Michael Smith, age 46, gained 10 lbs with a variety of Beachbody fitness programs, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge® and won $1,000!
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I had known about Beachbody for years starting in 2008 when I was introduced to P90X by a fellow cadet at the University of Oregon ROTC. From 2008 to 2010, I would continue to do P90X but only getting to week 10 at my furthest points of progress. Excuses of school, work or ROTC would take hold and I would give in instead of driving on. In 2010, I was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. I had access to P90X, but only focused on P90X when I became an Executive Officer for a Infantry Basic Training Company. Although I was “working out” every day, I did not have the kind of success I thought I should be. Finally, I moved back to Eugene, OR in February 2015. After getting settled in Eugene, I decided to take my fitness seriously since I was not happy with the way I felt inside and looked outside. At this time in my life, I was lacking confidence and a plan. It wasn’t until I became a Coach or started 22 Minute Hard Corps when things started to change.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
The inspiration to change was how I was feeling on the inside that was manifesting itself on the outside. I know that if I started on a plan of getting myself fit, my confidence would grow and I would have a structure that I could follow on a daily basis. I needed that structure and it has helped me stay focused since September 2015.
What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
My biggest challenge was just getting started. I knew what I needed to do and I know what I wanted to do, but it is like getting out of bed in the morning to workout, the hardest thing is to get your body moving. Once I got my body moving, out of the bed, and with a program, I haven’t stopped. I have completed 2 rounds of 22 Minute Hard Corps, P90X, CORE DE FORCE, 3 Week Yoga Retreat and I am currently completing CIZE and Body Beast.
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
22 Minute Hard Corps is quick, it is a great workout for cardio and strength training and you can modify it to make it harder. Once I got the cardio down, I started adding dumbbells to the cardio to work hard and also get a little strength training. I also tried to increase my weight each resistance training session to get myself stronger.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am proud that I increased my weights in the Resistance programs and my cardio is much better. Although I work hard with the added dumbbells, I recover quicker and I am ready to go to the next exercise.
How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I have more confidence in who I am as a person. Also, I am helping others start their fitness journey. Family and friends see my results and ask what I am doing and I point them directly to Beachbody.
How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
Participating in Chad’s Challenge group kept me focused on my program, but also encouraged me by seeing others and their success and challenges.
How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Chad provided encouragement through posts or direct conversations with me. Chad is very supportive and encouraging.
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?
Shakeology is the first thing I take in the morning. It is my breakfast and sets me up for success for the rest of the day. Before working out, I also take Energize to get my mind and body ready for the work ahead.
Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
My experience with Beachbody on Demand has been great. Outside of a couple of glitches, I use BOD at home, in the gym and when I travel. I stay on schedule and I never have to worry about if I am going to get my workout done. All I need is space.
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†Results vary depending on starting point, goals, and effort.