†Results vary depending on starting point and effort. John is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach.
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
My health, and in many ways my life, hit an all time low before I began T25. I had recently turned 40, was in the worst physical shape I’d ever been in, and had a super-energetic four-year-old son who demanded that I keep pace with him. With the daily aches and pains of a man twice my age, I sometimes struggled to get out of bed in the morning, let alone run around the playground with my son. The fact that I couldn’t show up for my family as much as I should because of my physical condition left me depressed, which only fed into the bad habits that helped me pack on the weight in the first place. For the first time in my life, the prospects for the future frightened me. That was when I knew that a change was not only needed, but absolutely required.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I was tired of getting out of bed every morning in pain because of the stress that the extra weight was putting on my joints. I was tired of not having the energy at night to spend the quality time with my family that I should have. Most importantly, I wanted to be a healthy role model for my son.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
When I first started T25, I could barely do five push ups, I struggled to complete 15 sit-ups, and I couldn’t do more than ten jumping jacks before the burning in my thighs forced me to stop. The great thing about T25 was the modifier. I didn’t feel forced to keep up with Shaun T (I couldn’t even if I wanted to) and felt free to move at my own speed and pace. There were times when I even modified the modifier! But slowly but surely, which each workout, the moves got a little easier, I relied on the modifier a little less, and the results began to pile on.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Shaun T is an incredible trainer. Tough, ferocious, and demanding, but also supportive, relatable, and totally understanding. Of course the fact that the workouts were only 25 minutes was a big draw, but I felt like I worked harder in those 25 minutes than I did in previous workouts that were double the time!
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I completed the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma cycles of T25 and lost a total of 40 pounds! I no longer wake up sore and limping. I no longer worry about not being there for my family. And most importantly, I’ve inspired others around me through my success to find fitness for themselves. This program has truly changed my life, and I don’t want to imagine where I would be right now without it.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
The sadness that was slowly beginning to settle over me has been lifted. I’m as confident as I’ve ever been. I’m no longer afraid to say ‘yes’ to trying new things or meeting new people. And I now have a purpose that extends far beyond myself and even my own family!
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?
I wake up at 4 A.M. to complete my workouts, and E&E was invaluable. I was able to power through my workouts with energy to spare!2 I had long since given up coffee, and E&E was the perfect substitute, without any of the unwanted side effects. I use it to this day and always will!
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