Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I am a 36-year-old father of three, husband, and full-time physician who lost 23.3 lbs. in 5 months using Beachbody’s Body Beast, INSANITY: THE ASYLUM, and INSANITY MAX:30 coupled with caloric and macronutrient restriction. In 2010, I lost 40 lbs. in 5 months using Beachbody’s P90X and INSANITY programs and by keeping a strict diet. I was in the best shape of my life back then and was able to keep in shape through 2011. However, my weight and shape fluctuated over the next few years given a series of important life events: starting residency, having my twin boys during the middle of residency, and then starting a new job as a hospitalist physician at around the same time my daughter was born.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
By the middle of 2016, I have gotten used to being able to balance work and home, and certainly diet and exercise was not part of the equation. It became easy to just let myself go and be comfortable. Even #dadbod became acceptable. However, I knew I had to do something when even my scrubs started to feel tight. It didn’t help that Facebook reminded me of how fit I used to be in 2010. Feeling like I was on my way to the “Before” pictures in 2010, I knew I had to do something about it, especially since my weight was up to 167. I therefore set a goal to get back to 145 lbs. and back to the same level of fitness I had once achieved in 2010. In August 2016, I decided to do what I knew worked for me and allowed myself 5 months to do it because that was the same time it took me to lose all that initial weight 6.5 years prior. I opted for Beachbody’s programs because of the convenience of home. I made use of Beachbody On Demand’s programs: Body Beast, INSANITY: THE ASYLUM, and INSANITY MAX:30.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
I exercised 6 days per week using the above programs. On workdays, I woke up between 4:30am – 5:00am to work out because there was no way I could fit my workouts in otherwise with 3 toddlers at home. I logged every meal on MyFitnessPal and weighed out my portions to the gram and ounce. So in about 5 months time, I reached my goal weight with the above results. Overall, I’m satisfied with what I have accomplished thus far, but I also know I can be better. I’m not sure if I’m in just as good or better shape than I was in 2010, but I am confident I’m better than I was 5 months ago. Being the best version of yourself is a reasonable goal. Even if you “fall off the wagon,” it’s important to get back on. At anytime. Even if it is, in my case, 6–7 years later.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Beachbody On Demand: Freedom to use any program I wanted. For the first 3 months, I was committed to Body Beast. Then the next month, I was committed to ASYLUM. However, by the last month, I was able to combine Body Beast, ASYLUM, and MAX:30 to my own exercise needs.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
That I was able to lose weight dramatically in 2010 and then almost reverting back to where I started on my “before” pictures, I was able to lose weight again.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Committing myself to a new baseline of fitness and striving to not to revert back. While life is understandably unpredictable and it is easy to “fall off the wagon,” I do have confidence that Beachbody can help anyone achieve my goals time after time.
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
Beachbody On Demand allowed me the flexibility by the time I got to month 5 to try different workouts and tailor them to my needs at the time.
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†Results vary depending on starting point and effort.