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 , 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!