Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was always in decent shape, and looked ok on the outside, but did not have a great knowledge about food. I thought I had a pretty good diet, but in reality I did not. I was in a head on car crash with a drunk driver on a highway going 60 miles per hour. I smashed the left side of my head on the windshield which put me into a coma, and when I awoke from the coma I was paralyzed on my right side. I was not coherent when I awoke from my coma, and did not know who I was, who my family or any of my friends were, and could not talk because I had no word association. Slowly I regained mobility but was in extreme pain as both my knees were cracked from hitting the dash. Once the paralyzation started to subside, and I got movement back on my right side, the pain was incredible and the doctors told me I could never lift weights again, or work a job, as my body was too badly damaged. They told me I could not function normally in society again.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
After I was released from the hospital, my mother moved me into her house again so she could take care of me. I basically just ate, slept, and watched TV. I was depressed and miserable. I kept seeing advertisements for Beachbody workouts, which made me want to workout again, get back in shape, and get my old life back. After some time, I decided to order a program and try it.3 Because I was at home, if it was hard to do any of the workouts, I would not be ashamed or embarrassed because I was by myself, and it was great that it was at my home because I could not drive and was very limited to what I could do.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge I faced was my extreme pain and limited mobility from the car accident. Beachbody really helped me because I could do the workouts at home by myself and didn’t have to go anywhere or be embarrassed from people seeing me in my semi-crippled state. I would do the workouts at extremely low intensity, and keep up the best I could.3 Slowly my joints started to get better and my mobility improved. As my mobility improved so did my confidence, that’s when I started to see my life being returned to me. I started to regain my life back after the doctors had basically tried to convince me that my old life and lifestyle were gone forever; but not only did it return, it was improved because of the effort I put in to Beachbody’s workouts at home, and following their health and nutrition plans.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked the slow controlled movements and full range of movements, they really helped my joints start to get a full range of motion again and feel fluid and comfortable.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I got my full range of motion back and my joint pain is totally gone! I came from being in major pain just trying to walk, to getting in the best shape of my life. When people see me today they have no clue that I have ever had a problem with my body. When people meet me today they are amazed by my levels of strength and the things I can accomplish!
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My life has changed tremendously for the better. Before starting the workout, I had zero confidence, was borderline crippled, and just watched television from the couch while being in extreme pain. Once I started the workouts I was still in pain, and my confidence was still very limited, but I started to develop goals and strive to accomplish little things. As I started to meet my tiny goals, they began to grow bigger and bigger. My confidence was really growing and my whole personality was starting to blossom. I went from doctors telling me that I could never lift weights or exercise again to actually competing in the Strongest Man Alive contest, where I was pulling semis and flipping 700 lb tires! I considered myself to be in great shape before my accident but I have increased my body 10 fold since then! Beachbody has helped me in so many ways, and Shakeology is a lifesaver. The programs also taught me how to eat really healthy.
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?
Wow! Shakeology is a lifesaver in my book! I started drinking Shakeology almost 5 years ago, and I love it and would never miss a day of it! I also did Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset three times over the past three years, and recommend that to everyone!
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.
3Always consult with your physician about your unique medical needs before starting any fitness program or nutrition product.