Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
For the past 10 or so years, I have been a fairly active person, whether it was playing in a marching band or working at an animal shelter. However, when I was younger, I had serious leg problems where I had to get a plate in my knee, which I never got.3 I tried every sport or activity in elementary school, but use my legs for 15 seconds and I was in serious pain. So I gained a lot of weight that I can never get rid of over the years. My metabolism was pretty bad also; no matter how little I ate, it seemed like I gained a pound or two after the meal. I hardly ever wanted to go outside because of the way that I look and the way I felt others perceived me to look. I hardly went to pools or beaches but if I did I would never take my shirt off. My peers would also pick on me with little regard for me. I always wanted to lose the weight; it was just hard. I didn’t have the support that I thought I needed to get through my workouts or even make it to day two. It was not the life to live
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I didn’t necessarily grow up in the richest of families, so I was raised in the way that we make good use of the money we have and use it for important and necessary reasons. My health is a very important reason. Constant shortness of breath, exhaustion after climbing stairs, and not being able to enjoy outdoor activity with my family have pushed me further towards taking that step. The icing on the cake: I am getting married on 12/13/14 (a few months away) and I want to look the best I can to at least try to compliment my beautiful bride to be. I decided to take the step. I finally got a decent paying job and around that time, on TV, I was seeing this INSANITY workout program and immediately I wanted it, so I ordered it. I was very scared, but I was just as much determined.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
There were two challenges I faced before beginning my program. The first is time. I am usually busy about 12 hours in any given day, so I never had time to go to a gym, to try to set up a routine, or even start running or anything. I needed something that would allow me to get a full day in the gym workout without actually having to go to the gym. My other challenge was overcoming my leg problems.3 I could barely march a block without being exhausted. As I watched TV, I began to see infomercials and I immediately got excited. I wanted this. I didn’t have to care what others thought because I would be working out in my own living room! And Beachbody taught me form! Form is what helped get my legs in order, especially in INSANITY: THE ASYLUM. If it wasn’t for Beachbody, there is no way I would be the man I happily see in the mirror and on the scale today!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
INSANITY: THE ASYLUM gave me insane results in an insane amount of time. The workouts were challenging, but fun. Shaun was demanding, but with good reason. I also liked the fact that I am a part of a small group of people to accomplish this workout, and an even smaller group of people at my weight and health level. There is a very real sense of accomplishment upon the completion.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am proud of all of my achievements! I lost 105 pounds and over 50 inches off my body. My waist size went from a 43 to a 30, which was absolutely extraordinary. I’m most proud of beating my goal of 215 by 65 pounds and getting my body fat down from 37.7% to 13%! Also, my shirt size went from XL-2X to S-M, I have never been that size before and it’s a welcome change.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I’m so much healthier, I have so much more energy, and I’m so happy! I have become a motivator and an inspiration for everyone around me and everyone wants to hear my story. More people are starting to try their own Beachbody challenges and diet changes and they ask me for tips. I have been humbled during this journey and I’m just happy I’m able to help somebody else through you guys. Now it is impossible to stop working out! I am in love with and I still have a long way to go. Lastly I feel so much better and excited for my wedding. Beachbody, Shaun T, and INSANITY have been the physical molds for my new direction in life.
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3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.