Meet Stephen L., age 42 from Flanders, NJ.
He entered The Beachbody Challenge and won a $1,000 monthly prize in May 2015!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Ugh, before starting Beachbody’s Body Beast program, I was just miserable. My motivation, enthusiasm, and self-esteem about how I looked and felt were at an all-time low. Not to mention, I was a poor example for my very active children. They eventually knew that their dad wouldn’t want to play anything unless I was sitting down. The looks on their faces were the worst part of all.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Well, I wanted to be there for my family. I wanted my children to grow up not without their father. Thankfully I reconnected with some old friends, one of whom would become my eventual Beachbody Coach. She is truly a motivational and inspirational person and she gave me the desire and the belief to try the Body Beast program, a program that is well suited to my past.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge, for me, was finding the time, finding the time without finding the excuses. Time to get to a gym doesn’t exist and I have a decent weight set at home but there was always some reason to put off the workout. That is where Body Beast helped the most. It showed me that, with a little bit of equipment and not that much time, I could realistically achieve the goals I had set without the need of the gym setting. Don’t get me wrong, Body Beast is not an easy routine, but with the help of my family and my Beachbody Coach, I could easily push past those mental and physical barriers that were once holding me back.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The Body Beast program, for me, is a good connection with how I used to train in the past. Therefore, it was mentally easier to relate to and easier to keep motivated.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Ninety days into the program, fat loss and muscle retention were what I was hoping for and it’s what I got. I now look bigger and more muscular, even though I’m 20 lbs. lighter, but now with a much healthier body and the addition of six-pack abs.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Since starting my journey through Beachbody, I can sum up how the Body Beast program has changed my life with one word: confidence.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I was not a part of a Challenge Group but am a member of Jennifer Zausmer-Terry’s Facebook page Fired-Up! Fitness. This page consist of a variety of extremely supportive individuals who are in any number of Beachbody programs.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
She is always there with encouraging words and suggestions to help keep you going.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Hardcore Base Shake, Fuel Shot, M.A.X. Creatine, and Super Suma, the four supplements associated with Body Beast, were used during the program. They definitely aided in the recovery time between the workouts. The Body Beast training regimen is very demanding and I do believe I would have over-trained and burnt out without the use of this supplement line.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
The supplements helped me stay the course and thus the resulting benefits associated with weight loss were achieved.
Did you achieve any other measurable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc…)
I didn’t take any measurements at the onset of the program but I can say that my belts can no longer hold up my pants because my belts are now too big.
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