Mark says he used to be chubby but strong. Looking at his day 1′s you’d never know the “strong” part LOL! He worked out some, but had no dedication to proper nutrition and was steadily getting further and further out of shape. He made up his mind to CONQUER his health and fitness, and boy did he ever SUCCEED! These are some AWESOME results! Congrats Mark! I’m glad to have you out there representing teamRIPPED, Beachbody, these products, and your own team — team Conquer — to a world desperately in need of answers to the problem of obesity and poor nutrition.
Mark’s Story in his own words:
Well here goes my story guys!!! My name is Mark Miller and I am a new Team Beachbody coach, and I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. I have always been a very active person, even back in middle school. I played basketball pretty much since I was able to throw the ball toward the rim so I have always been in fairly good shape. By playing basketball and running heavily I never got what you would say “chubby”. Well, after I graduated high school I wasn’t playing ball near as much as I was at that time, so I became a little less active.
I did, however, decide that I needed to attempt to get into shape!!! I started a workout regimen at the gym, lifting and doing moves like bench press, shoulder press, and of course curls. All I knew was that I hated doing cardio and running so I kept that to a minimum of maybe once or twice per week. My nutrition was very sporadic and I really had no idea of what to eat, what NOT to eat, when to eat or anything like that. So I just ate as “healthy” as I knew how.
I stayed with this routine through college and even afterward into my sales job at a local Cadillac/Nissan dealership. Even though I continued to work out, my eating habits were severely pulling me into the opposite direction. I decided to switch sales jobs from the dealership to my current place of employment…AT&T. I am a full time sales rep with AT&T and boy did I not realize how much time I had to work out when I was selling cars. I had virtually NO TIME to work out!!! So my cousin and I were determined to stick to working out, even working out late at night at a local gym. We would spend an hour and a half in that gym lifting and laughing and having a good old time. Don’t get me wrong here guys, these were among the most fun times I can remember having, but we weren’t doing much of any kind of workout.
It was around this time (fall of 2008) that we began to discuss different avenues that we could explore with our workout. We had both seen the funny P90X infomercial, and had even mocked it and made fun of it at times. I simply discarded it as “just another one of them silly workout commercials.” So, our cycle continued in the gym. Working out and lifting heavy weights, and doing little to no cardio (as I said before I hated cardio) Well, by the time Christmas came around that year in late 2008, we had been working out for almost 9 months or so and we had gotten stronger, but I still didn’t see a change in my appearance. What was going on here??? Why was I busting my tail in the gym lifting all these heavy weights for nothing??? I remember in January of 2009 I saw the infamous Tony Horton in my face yet again late at night on the television staring directly at me. I leaned up off of the couch and gave it some attention this time. I was thinking……”90 days huh, well I guess I could do it for 90 days just to see what the big fuss was about.” Little did I know what was in store for me!!!!!
I remember telling my cousin that I was going to start P90X in February just to see if it was for real. I mean afterall, what did I have to lose but BODY FAT?? We kinda laughed about it during the workout that night and the next two weeks I spent preparing for the upcoming test. I purchased my dumbbells, pullup bar, and protein. I WAS READY!!!!
90 days later I was in the BEST SHAPE I had EVER been in, and my cousin was a believer at that point!!! I knew after the first workout it was going to take some hardcore dedication to this program. But if I stuck with it, I would have some amazing results……and that’s EXACTLY what happened.
Now here I am, after stepping up to the plate once again I am never looking back. I get up early at 7am every morning and kill my workouts, my nutrition is on point every day, and I have more energy than ever before!!
Thanks Coach Wayne!!
That's where I am currently at 184lbs. I got there by staying on fat shredder (1800-1900 calories) as long as it took to get my body fat low. Adding in additional cardio will be fine, just be sure you are giving your body enough time to recover since you'll be on low calories. Remember, more isn't always a good thing! I stuck with one workout per day during my first round and really brought it in my workouts and nutrition. I dropped from 210ish and 23% body fat to 185lbs and 10ish% body fat. The better your nutrition.....the better the results ;)
Thanks Marc, I appreciate that. If I do cardio during my rest days, would that be harmful at all? It's just I have a high bodyfat % and i'm trying to drop down. I'm currently at about 218 pounds, 5'9", my goal weight is about 180 solid. What do you think?
Carlos, You'll be just fine, bro. Man oh man do I remember my first week of the X....OUCH. Even now when start a new hybrid phase I'm sore the first week, but that just means what you're doing is working ;) BRING IT decide, COMMIT, CONQUER
Eric, dude......6ft and only 15 years old! All I can say is must be nice lol. Anyway, at only 15 your body is still changing quite a bit, but stick with a low calorie plan like CW's 1800 fat shredder. If you stick with that, the fat will melt off in no time. I recommend a very similar fat shredder plan for my team members as well. Stick with it.....IT WORKS.
I see what you mean Mark, no pain no gain. I just completed week one and im surprised how difficult this is. Im giving it 110% and I know that it will work out for me. Im already feeling the difference in my muscles. I'll have picks after my 90 days are up and then im doing another round, gotta prep for the summer :D
hey coach mark im 15 and 6 ft and im at 20% body fat and i wanted to ask since you use to be like my % of body fat how much calories did you take at the begining
Stick with it Carlos, show us all what you're made of. WINNERS find a way to get it done no matter what, WHINERS make excuses!! BRING IT
That's great man, you really gave it all you had and got superb results. I just recieved my p90x yesterday. Im waiting for my visiting family to leave after christmas to start lol there occupying my workout area :( but im ready for the challenge and i'll keep all the coaches updated. Thank you and all the other successes for inspiring people to get up and do it.
Yogesh, I increased my carb percentage up to a more maintenence level of 40%. I was able to increase strength quite a bit and at the same time burned off that extra fat that I needed to get rid of. We can't stay on fat shredder for too long because we will begin to "bonk" in our workouts, so we need to up our carbs to a more "energy booster" phase. Take CW for example, he actually increased his carbs in round 2 and lost 2+ points in body fat. Increase your carbs to 40% and calories up to around 2500-2600 and you'll see your strength gains SKYROCKET, not to mention losing extra body fat!!! Hope that helps!! Coach Mark
Mark, Quick question for you. Between round 1 and 2 apart from increasing calories what changes did you make in your diet. I am currently in that phase and offcourse trying to get rid of lower belly/back. suggestions might help. Thanks!