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I want to start by saying thank you to my wife, Anita, for believing in me and supporting me all the way.  And I want to thank my 6 amazing kiddos who make my life a total chaotic mess, but keep me grounded, focused on what truly matters in life, and striving to set the example for the way I want them to live when they grow up.  I love you all!!!

Before P90X, I was “fluffy” (my kids’ term for it). I bounced between 255 and 270 lbs.  I was out of shape and overweight. I had all the convenient excuses (busy job, lots of kids, church activities) to justify why I didn’t have time to take care of my body. I also figured that at my age, with full shoulder and knee reconstruction from sports injuries, that I was simply “over-the-hill” and that an active, super-fit lifestyle wasn’t still in the cards for me. I wasn’t taking good care of the body God blessed me with, and it showed. What’s more, I was setting a poor example for my family. My poor example was not setting my kids up for success with their own fitness and nutrition.

….. Then, I gave P90X a try ……  In just 90 days of total commitment, it all changed! My body changed, my energy level changed, and my attitude changed.  I got ripped! I went from 23% body fat to just 8% in 90 days. I even surprised myself with how much my body changed in 90 days. My transformation has gotten a TON of attention, both on YouTube, the P90X website, and even the infomercial!  I’ve gotten so much feedback and questions about my P90X experience (what worked, what didn’t, what supplements did I use, what did my diet look like, how did I stay so motivated, etc.) that I decided to start my own coaching site, teamRIPPED.com, to answer questions, give advice, and help others achieve the kind of success I had.  As I’ve continued with P90X, Insanity, Asylum, P90X2, and Body Beast, my body fat has actually dropped even lower (in the 6% range) and I’ve gained muscle by maximizing the workouts, nutrition, and supplements.  See for yourself in my updated photos below =

Me before starting my journey of health and fitness =

Me now … after two years of P90X, P90X2, Insanity, and Asylum =

Not bad for an “old dad” pushing 40, huh?

My faith played a huge role in my motivation and commitment to transform myself.  I always knew my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, but I wasn’t treating it like one. I realized it was time to make a change.  This is not how I wanted to look or feel.  P90X was my answer!  And WOW, did it ever work!  P90X and these other awesome home workout programs are now the way I steward and care for the body God has blessed me with.  It’s not about 90 days anymore – it’s the new me!

My parents always taught me that I should surround myself with the kind of people I want to be like.  That’s why when I started P90X, I chose a coach who demonstrated commitment to the program, integrity, discipline, and an expertise in nutrition, supplements, and motivation.  I knew I needed a coach who would encourage me and hold me accountable on my 90 day journey.  I am a former college football player, and I know just how important a great coach is to getting the most out of his/her players.  Needless to say, I achieved great success by following in the footsteps of my coach who had achieved the kind of success I wanted for myself.

As far as nutrition, I ate clean … SUPER CLEAN!  I never allowed myself cheat meals, because it can take 2-3 days of clean eating just to get back to where you are before that cheat meal.  Trust me, that fried food and dessert is NOT worth it!  And this isn’t easy for me to say.  Before P90X, I drank pop for breakfast, always had a bag of candy in the car for my drive to and from work, and ate whatever my belly told me it wanted for lunch.  That’s why I looked the way I did on Day 1!  But by committing to the nutrition plan, using the right kind of supplements to fuel my body in a clean and healthy manner, and never giving in to my sweet tooth, I was able to achieve extraordinary results on P90X.

As for the workouts, this is where the blood, sweat, and tears come in!  I BROUGHT IT every day!  If the kids kept me up the night before … I BROUGHT IT!  If work was super stressful that day … I BROUGHT IT!  If we were on vacation … I BROUGHT IT!  You’ve got to decide ahead of time that you won’t let obstacles knock you off track.  Push play every day.  PERIOD!  Plus, these workouts are simply genius!  They force me out of my comfort zone by mixing cardio, resistance, balance, and stretching.  I knew that if I stuck with the workouts and pushed play every day these workouts would transform my body.  And they did!  I can’t even imagine going to a gym anymore.  P90X, Insanity, and Body Beast are better than any workout I’ve ever done (and remember, I’m a former college football player who spent hours in the gym when I was playing).  I stimulate my body more in just 1 hour, in the comfort of my living room, than I used to in a 3 hour weightlifting workout.  These Beachbody workouts really are THAT GOOD!!  My entire transformation was fueled by nothing more than Beachbody – no outside lifting, no outside running, no outside swimming, no outside cycling, etc.  This does it all!

– Wayne

 

324 comments
 Air Andrew
Air Andrew

now we got to come up with a new nickname for wayne, now that fluffy dosn't work:) hey how are your results now to this day wayne?

keith
keith

Hi, i was just wondering how many times did you do the P90x & the P90x2 in between the first 2 years of your training.  I was also wondering if you have seen or tried the P90x3, cheers.

keith
keith

The photos of the before and after are just awesome.  I cannot believe that you changed this much in only 2 years, i am in total shock, you definately show what people can achieve if they put their mind to it.  let me just say well done in getting where you are and well done in helping and people to get where they are, you are inspiring.  Just wondering if you have or are going to try the Body beast workout.

Tony Alvarado
Tony Alvarado

Alright Coach, quick question. Just about to finish my 12 week cutting phase and I'm down to 8% percent body weight. I'm satisfied with my body fat now and want to bulk up but I'm scared I might just get fat again. What would be an ideal amount of calories to add per week or month if im planning on bulking for around 9 months? Right now I'm ending the cut with 1800 cal, and my maintenance is 2300. I don't want to rush things and would rather gain slow but lean muscle. Thanks in advance, Tony Alvarado.

bruno1996
bruno1996

How much dumbell weight should I buy for p90x? i´m 17 years

bdaniel03
bdaniel03

Coach Wayne, What did you do prior to your first round ? If you look at your Day 1 pics you can almost see abs and obliques already ? Just curious if a 15% bodyfat loss is realistic within 90 days after being sedentary for a while.

JoaoNazareno
JoaoNazareno

Hello! My name is João Pedro , I'm 17 Years old , I'm from Brasil. I'm overweight ''105 KILOS'' , , 1,80 CM.

And i want to ask if I can do P90X. I did Brasilian Jiu-Jitsu from 14 years-old until 16 years-old.

I went to a doctor and I Just can't take supplements , 'cause my ''LIVER'' IS FAT. 

My Goals is TO LOSE WEIGHT and stay like YOU :)

 

Congradulations for your results !!! Help ME pls COACH

LeithAshba
LeithAshba

Coach. I'm 19yr, 6.2 ft and i weigh 240 lbs.. I'd like to ask if its okay to go with level 1 in the 90x nutrition plan though the guide suggested level 3.. I want to lose weight fast and i thought I'd ask you. 

 

Thanks,

Leith

Kingpaul
Kingpaul

Wayne, One question about timing of nutrition. I get out of bed at about 6 AM. Get the day started, kids out the door, etc. I generally have a cup of coffee at 6:15, maybe some Jacked at 6:45, and then workout at 7:15. After working out, I'll have a shakeology in the car on the way to work. I then have some raw nuts at about 10:30. Am I starting right, or do I need to consume more in the AM, or before working out, etc. Confused.

Thanks,

Paul

AJ
AJ

Well, I've lost eight pounds in a week. That's probably a lot for one week, but I've been doing a lot of exercise (P90X/Insanity, gym (weights), softball, and basketball. I've also closely monitored by calories and macros, and they're in line perfectly. I can already see my abs have gotten way more defined from where they were. Just thought I'd update.

AJ
AJ

Gotcha! I think I am going to do 2,000 calories and lean up. I can always bulk up later, when I have achieved a decent look. I realize now that achieving anabolic and catabolic reactions simultaneously would be difficult. It's best for me to basically follow your round one nutrition guide. I think a hybrid of Insanity/P90X would be good for this. Can't wait to make it happen!

AJ
AJ

Last question, honest! I want to look large, but necessarily weigh the amount I look. I've been pouring over the different calorie plans and reading various articles on this website. It seems that in order to achieve a cut (larger muscles, with minimal to no fat gain), one could follow a 50/30/20 plan and consume, in my case, 3,000 calories a day, as you did with the 3,000 calories plan. I'll maintain my weight, roughly, while adding lean muscle, and I could do the hybrid of Insanity/P90X in that instance, yes? What would a 3,000 calories a day, everyday, while doing the Insanity/P90X hybrid bring me results-wise is my question I guess? Will I lose body fat, and replace it mass-wise with lean muscle?

AJ
AJ

Sorry for bombarding you again, lol. I weigh 192. I want to gain about 25 lbs of lean muscle. I know that will take a while. According to the teamripped calculator, if I don't add a number at all, my calories are 2900 roughly. If I add 600 to it, it becomes 2300. Should I eat 2300 calories, or should I eat 3500 calories to achieve my weight goal? I'd like to look lean as possible, but I don't know which way would be best, from a calorie perspective. I am about 10.5% body fat. Can I expect my body fat to go up or down based on those caloric needs?

AJ
AJ

Thank you for expeditious answer, Coach. And I think it's absolutely incredible that you're available to answer questions and to help guide everyone along. I'm pretty sure I've gained a little (maybe a pound or two of fat) back within that seven pounds. I've signed up on beachbody (hendrixfreak70). You're my trainer lol. I want to weigh (ultimately) 220lbs. I know this is going to take the better part of a year, if not more. I am super excited about it! I'm going to do the Insanity/P90X hybrid, with a few days of heavy lifting in the gym. I don't want to lose too much of that 405 on bench! Thanks much, bro!

AJ
AJ

I have a question, coach. I've completed Insanity once, lost 18lbs from that. I started Crossfit for four months after that, then went into the gym for five days a week after that. I bench 405 pounds, but I still weigh 192 freaking pounds. I weighed 185 when I finished Insanity. I have gained very little. I want to gain lean muscle mass. My question is: Which way should I go? Should I follow your 3k calorie plan, or the bulking plan? I know that I haven't been eating enough food. That's the reason I still weigh 192.

amitparkash
amitparkash

Hi Wayne, thank you for replying to my msg about training first thing in the morning on only bcaa's. I also wanted another opinion from you.  I own p90x, p90x2 and insanity.  I am starting the p90x classic program for the first time but wanted to know if you recommend doing a hybrid or switching a few workouts from p90x with p90x2 or insanity. I def wanted to switch the yoga out for the p90x2 yoga bc of what i have been reading online from people about how long p90x yoga is.  Also have read many people switch out the p90x cardio days with insanity.  What are your thoughts. My goal is to burn as much fat as possibe in 90 days while putting on a bit of muscle for a nice beach body.   Thank you for your time! - Amit.

dbyrd
dbyrd

Good day Coach!  I'm new to P90x and I must say this is the toughest workout I've ever experienced!  It is really hard and I can't keep up with the guys on the DVD.  Even still, I will not give up.  I'm determined to press play every day and work at it no matter what.  Thank you for your site and thank you for your inspiration...you have no idea what this means to me.  God Bless you!!!

carlo775
carlo775

Good day coach wayne, I'm Carlo and I'm writing from Italy where unfortunately P90X programme fitness isn't so popular. However, after several years of daily fitness I decided to change my fitness programme with P90X. I bought it so my wife and I have been started 2 days ago. In addition, we are eating all the calories calculated by P90X nutritin level (Level I - 1,800 calories/day for my wyfe and Level II - 2,400 calories/day for me). However, I have some doubts regarding the quantity for each meal and if the quantity for each level are standard for each person. I'd like a personal programme by your coaching. Thanks in advance for your cooperation, we'll try our best. Have a good day.

Insane_Nick85
Insane_Nick85

Coach Wayne, you truly are an inspiration! A Christian guy who wants nothing but to help others live a long and healthy life! Awesome job man awesome job! I just finished my first month of Insanity and I gotta say I'm in the best shape of my life and that was just from the first month!! Lol

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@keith Hey Keith, you can see exactly what I did for my first couple years under the "My Hybrid Workouts" tab. I only did them once as stand alone programs but mixed them in with hybrids a lot.


I have done X3. I didn't get to finish because I injured my knee playing football but it's a great program! Our X3 Challenge Group got great results too! Right to the point 30 minute workouts and they get your heart pumping. Check out: http://teamripped.com/the-p90x3-battle-of-the-ripped-results/

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@keith Thanks Keith! Yes, I have done Body Beast multiple times. I am using the workouts now actually. I never did a full out bulk, like Body Beast recommends though. I prefer slower bulking to help stay leaner. They are some of my favorite workouts! If you haven't tried them, you should.

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@Tony Alvarado  You won't just get fat but you should become ok with the idea of adding some fat back. I would work back up to 2300 for a while (maybe a month or two). Being at maintenance will allow you to still add some muscle and cut a little more fat. Then jsut slowly go above that. Add 100-200 a week until you are 500 over. That is a really safe way to stay leaner. Again, go to maintenance first and let your body adjust to that before going into a bulk. Really nice work man! 8% is ripped!

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@Computerbux What's TRT?

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@bruno1996 Most people use 10-50 lbs for their first round or P90X. But check with your parents too. 

Juergen
Juergen

Nutrition is the key!

It IS possible, but you have to stick to your nutrition. I myself started at a litte more than 27% bodyfat (calipper measurement) and after P90x round 1 I was down to 12,5%. But you have to stick to clean nutrition!

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

 @bdaniel03 Nothing really. I had started to watch a little what I eat but that was about it. I really committed and dialed it in from day 1 on. I went all in and all out!

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

 @JoaoNazareno Check out my advice in: www.teamripped.com/4-adults-only

 

Work out hard, eat healthy, and go for it!

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

 @LeithAshba I should have started at level 3 too and ate 1900. It's work, but it produces great results. Track all your nutrition. Get a MyFitnessPal.com account and log everything you eat. That will make all the difference. For a sample of my plan, check out: www.teamripped.com/fat-shredder-sample-diet

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

 @Kingpaul Sounds good. The one thing I might add are some carbs to your morning routine. Either in the Shakeology or with your morning snack. Also if that morning snack could have protein it would be better. You don't really need fats in the AM as it will only slow digestion and you want all those nutrients to go to work after your workout. 

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

AJ, No one gains muscle quickly without some fat. The reality is building muscle happens best in calorie surplus and getting lean happens best in a calorie deficit. They are completely opposite caloric environments. You can minimize the fat you're going to gain by having a smaller surplus, but you'll also gain muscle a little more slowly. If you can regularly add a pound a week you're doing really well. If 3000 cal allows you to maintain your weight with your hybrid, I would assume that your adding muscle while you cut a little body fat.

 

Just be realistic, it will be extremely slow. At the end of the day it's low body fat that makes you look bigger. A guy at 190 with 7% body fat is going to look better/bigger than a guy at 210 with 13% body fat even though their lean body mass is within a couple pounds. I've heard it said and I think it's true, the best way to look like you gain 5 pounds is to lose 5 pounds of body fat. Go for 3000 in your hybrid and give it a few weeks to see what your weight does.

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

AJ, 3500. And I don't know if the P90X/Insanity hybrid is the best option for bulking. Cardio is really counterproductive for bulking. Cardio constantly works against your surplus (burning too many calories making it harder to maintain that excess). If you are bulking, your BF will go up. As long as you shoot for adding about 1 lb a week (check back in and see if 3500 allows you to do that) the BF gains will be minimal. Track everything and aim for 30/50/20. 

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

AJ, 7lbs over 4 months can be some good quality mass. If you want to gain more consistently, you need to track your calories and macros exactly and find what total allows you to add mass. It pays off to be just as strict bulking as cutting. 3000 might be a good starting point, but I would calculate your maintenance need and then add 600 over. 

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

 @amitparkash You can make a hybrid, or just do Classic. I know you won't be disappointed with Classic. Yoga is a good swap but having the base of fitness that P90X builds before X2 is wise. You could change Plyo and Kenpo for Insanity cardio options if you want to take it up a notch. 

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

Do it dbyrd! Keep pressing play and you will surpass those guys in the DVDs!

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

 @carlo775 What I recommend is nutrition tracking. You can still use the guidelines of the P90X nutrition guide but you track everything you eat. Check out: www.teamripped.com/nutrition-tracking and www.teamripped.com/myfitnesspal-set-uo

bruno1996
bruno1996

Tnx, i live in europe and there no shakeology, what to use to change shakeology

vpeart123
vpeart123

@CoachWayne what was your caloric intake when you first stared a beach body intake?

JoaoNazareno
JoaoNazareno

 @CoachWayne  Ok ! I TALKED with my parents , and a Doctor. They sayed '' OK '' But i can't take Supplements until my 'LIVER' stay normal.

 

So i'm going to WORK OUT Hard and eat Healthy. Thank YOU !

 

You motivated me a LOT ! and again , ''Parabéns'' . 

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

AJ, Body Beast would be a great option. 

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@Computerbux @CoachWayne Oh LOL! No I am not on any hormone replacement therapy. 

bruno1996
bruno1996

Can you tell me your nutrition plan, and pls give me your email.

Juergen
Juergen

@CoachWayne @bruno1996 

Hi Bruno1996, I´m having the same problem as I´m also living in Europe (Germany).

I know there´s no actual way to replace Shakeology, but I tried to find somthing similar.

What worked out great for me was the BSN Syntha 6 Shake als Meal replacemeht, enriched with Vitamine capsules.

Two scoops of Syntha 6 has almost the 50/30/20 FS percentage and 400kcal, but is lacking of Vitamines, Antioxidants, Greens and so on.

But if you add e.g. MusclePharm ArmorV Capsules (has greend, antioxidants and more), you´ll get a ´kinda´ Shakeology, but you still can´t compare it to the original. My effort is still lacking some ingredients, but that´s the best and closest way I can get to the oroginal.

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@bruno1996 There really won't be a replacement. There is nothing like it. You can look for a Greens mix and add that to a protein shake... but it won't cover everything Shakeology does. 

CoachWayne
CoachWayne moderator

@vpeart123 I did 1900 calories on Fat Shredder (50% protein, 30% carbs, 20% fat)