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Tom R.
Age: 44
Gender: Male
State: Florida
Primary Program: Body Beast
Supplement: Shakeology®, Whey Protein Powder, Pure Creatine, Beachbody Ultimate Reset, Core Omega-3, P90X Protein Bars, Results and Recovery Formula
My Stats
Before AFTER
Dress/Pants Size3628
Right Arm13.515
Left Arm1314.5
Right Thigh2222.5
Left Thigh2222
Body Fat %2812.3
Blood Pressure130/90110/72
as-of 10/18/12
Tom R.
Lost 50 LBS and 8" off WAIST!
"My results are foundational, fundamental and life-changing. . . . My body fat percentage is down from nearly 30% to 12.3%. I have a six pack, and I'm headed for an eight pack!"
What Tom R. won:
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body? * In the early 2000's I was in my early 30's, living in Northern California and working for online start-up companies. Like so many people at that time, I was working crazy hours; during that year that my oldest daughter was born, and I decided to pursue a graduate degree at the same time. The stresses of work, family and school added up pretty quickly and what had been a healthy, long-term athletic running habit quickly fell by the wayside. The pounds packed on and before I knew it I was pushing some serious weight. Life continued, and we moved from California to Florida. I received a promotion at work and started working with an intense travel schedule, as much as half time. I stayed on the track that I had gotten on several years earlier, living in an extremely unhealthy way and, yes, I gained even more weight. I finally topped out at close to 215 pounds just before my 40th birthday.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey? * In December 2007, dejected and discouraged about my body and feeling unable to really do anything about it, I found myself in a hotel room in Texas, late at night, flipping channels while drinking a beer. I remember watching TV that night, holding the beer can on top of my gut and as I breathed my view of the television was being cut off by the beer can. Earlier that same week, my brother had been prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication, which he would have to take for the rest of his life. It was at that moment that I found Tony Horton speaking to me from a P90X infomercial. I flipped around the horn a few times, found nothing else to watch and finally decided to settle in and really take a look at P90X. The testimonials were compelling and before I knew it I was putting down the beer, and laughing at my self-created cliche as I picked up the phone and started dialing the Beachbody order line.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge? * The box came about a week later, and as soon as the weekend came I decided to crack open the seal and put in the watch me first disk. There was a fit test. Well, that was sensible so I decided to take the fit test in order to gauge my readiness for the program. I failed it. Miserably. I couldn't do a pull up. I couldn't do ten push ups. I realized that I would have to achieve a base level of fitness first before even attempting P90X. I didn't feel like a man. So I went to the gym. The environment at the gym was not comfortable. I was weak and not able to do much. I overheard some very fit people sniggering at me under their breath when they thought I couldn't hear. I pushed through but I began realizing why so many people never, ever step foot in a gym. Less than a week later I came across an infomercial for Rockin' Body, and realized it was put on the market by the same people who did P90X. I ordered it straight away and decided to use it to prepare myself for my P90X journey.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose? * P90X seemed honest. And a little funny. To be truthful, I had no idea the depth and breadth of products that Beachbody offered when I first ordered P90X. But as I learned from the program (as I have since from every Beachbody program I've tried or completed) I found the same sense of integrity baked into every single one. I came to understand the truth of the process that is the foundation of every Beachbody program, including P90X, something I tell everyone today who asks me about it. That being, this may be the hardest thing you ever do in your life. But I promise, you can do it.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of? * My results are foundational, fundamental and life-changing. Ever watchful of the history of heart disease, diabetes and cancer among men in my family's history, I recently had my blood work done. The nurse administered blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure measurements. When she finished she looked it over, looked at my current age (44) and just about fell off her chair. "You're perfect!" she told me, and then asked me advice on how to lose weight and get in the best shape of her life. She will be starting Tony Horton's Power 90 very shortly. :) My total cholesterol is down to 140 from over 230, my fasting blood sugar today is 56, which should be impossible for a man of my age in my family. My normal, during the day resting pulse is 51. And then there's, well, appearance! I lost a total of 62 pounds and then gained back 12. (I'm packing on muscle right now!! My body fat percentage is down from nearly 30% to 12.3%. I have a six pack, and I'm headed for an eight pack!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program? * By the start of this year my fitness practice was no longer about my transformation. It was about my community and a driving desire to help others reach to accomplish what at first seems like an impossible task. In the end the goal, really, is not to get ripped or have a great body (although that's definitely what gets you to dial the 800 number!). It's not to lower cholesterol or come back from a flirtation with Type 2 Diabetes. It is to achieve what is necessary to do more than survive. To be healthier than "not sick." To thrive and integrate confidence and joy in life. We are only as strong as our ability to increase the strength of those around us. We are only as healthy as our community.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable? When I began my journey the Beachbody Challenge Group concept did not exist, but I have certainly since sponsored a number of them! I find that leading people through their own journey toward realizing their goals of health and wellness helps keep me accountable for my own success as I must lead by example. It has been very rewarding to watch people on their journey from client to enthusiast to coach to leader!
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey? As a Diamond Coach, Team Beachbody for me has become a way of life. It is not one coach but an entire community of coaches who have supported me every step of the way. Some are local to me in Orlando, while others are spread across the country. All of the aspects of coaching: cooperation, event-driven motivation, and of course summit have all played a part in keeping me on track and developing me into a leader in my community. Without the coaching system this would have simply been about me losing weight and becoming healthier. With the coaching system I have become a P90X Certified Instructor, and I am actively working with leaders in my community to drive the overall wellness of the people around me. Along the way people who started with me as customers have decided to take the journey of community leadership in wellness with me. As a team, we now have coaches operating support groups and fit clubs across Orlando, Atlanta and Boston, serving hundreds of customers.
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? Shakeology and the Ultimate Reset have been game-changers for me. Not only did these products play an active role in bringing my blood work to an extremely healthy place, but I have more energy and can accomplish more every day. On the Ultimate Reset I lost 15 pounds in three weeks, much of it stubborn belly fat that simply would not shed irregardless of my exercise level. I have such a strong belief in Shakeology as a product that I give it to my daughters frequently.
How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have? In the early days of my transformation, I was flirting with having to go on a statin, and was pushing into pre-diabetic numbers. Today my blood work is so good a qualified medical professional has actually suggested that I drive up the numbers with more red wine to my diet. I'm actually having to balance my nutrition between cholesterol and blood sugar so that my numbers don't get to _low_.
Did you achieve any other measureable improvements with a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program? (e.g. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, triglycerides, etc...) Blood sugar: over 200 --> 56 Blood pressure: 130/90 --> 110/72 Cholesterol: 235 --> 140 Resting pulse (daytime) 86 --> 51
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Tell us about the greatest challenge you faced. How did you overcome that challenge?
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody® program. What achievements are you proud of?
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
How did Shakeology® support your transformation? What are the biggest benefits?
What tips or tools on did you find most useful? What made them so instrumental?
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