Athlete Body's core values are to inspire, motivate and educate athletes on their own personal athletic journey. We believe that each individuals journey is beautiful and courageous, and that the strength you gain through the up's and down's on the quest to your goal is powerful and fulfilling. We love to share and spotlight individuals who have believed in themselves and conquered adversity so that their personal testimonies can help others.
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'' I have seen negativity regarding transformation posts which is fair- it only showcases a physical transformation that is technically representing “approved” vs “not”. As one person put it on here, “your IG feed is about to be blasted with before and “afters” with many of them declaring that everything was horrible and their life was a mess before they got fit”. Of course, a scale dictates nothing about who you are as a person or anything else in your life. True happiness lies within- regardless of your size. But there is a lot more to before and after photos than the weight loss story.
I made my change because I was upset with my body image. Society loves to remind us that being fat is one of the worst things a human can be and it was taking a toll on my mind. I didn’t have the resources at the time to remind me that I was so much more than my weight. I made a change because mentally, I didn’t want to continue to binge eat or be teased about my weight. I made a change because I wanted to add value to my life and that, FOR ME, ultimately meant losing some weight.
For everyone that enjoys a post about a transformation there will be tons of people that look at it negatively and that’s just how it goes. It's unfortunate that people unfairly criticize someone for wanting to change their environment and becoming happier. Yes, I am happier but what they don’t see is deep down I still have mental scars from hearing people call me names and having embarrassing moments with people watching. The weight may be gone, but the healing is still happening. Physically, I still have scars from loose sagging skin which will never go away without surgery. Am I happier, yes. Should I be ashamed for being happy about changing my body, no. People should be allowed to be proud of their accomplishments, no matter what type of accomplishment they are. Just remember that you never know what one photo can do for someone. ''
'' Before I came a certified personal trainer, health coach, and group fitness instructor- I was STUCK.
Fitness was an 'all-or-nothing' approach to me. I was either eating very little (less than 600 calories per day) and doing HOURS of cardio, or I would binge eat on the weekends and lift weights for up to two hours at a time at the gym!
Needless to say, I became very burnt out and frustrated. When I started working as a personal trainer, my lifestyle became very busy and my fitness goals became less routine. I didn't want to spend hours in the gym working out, nor did I have the time for it anymore either!
It wasn't until I discovered that I could actually cut my workouts in half and utilize my time more to fit my busy schedule that I truly started to enjoy fitness as a part of my lifestyle rather than something I dreaded doing!
Now, I'm able to get in my workout in 30-45 minutes (or less) and go about my day, AND I'm even seeing better results and staying in shape-year round! I literally went from busy and stressed out to busy and Balanced- thus why I created Busy And Balanced as my signature program launching Jan 2019! My goal is to help show busy women that they CAN stay fit and enjoy balance, even while living a busy lifestyle! ''
'' My Story Body Building, Nutrition, Athleticism, Strength, Coaching
If you would have asked anyone who knew me just 5 years ago, they would have said I embodied none of these things. Hell, if you asked me just 5 years ago, I would have thought you were mistaking me with someone else. Point me to the car to modify, computer to build or nearest Arby's, yeah I was totally that guy.
My Childhood was mostly sedentary and I found peace in competitive gaming and food. My teenage years, the streak continued and even into my young adult life until the age of about 24. I had reached my heaviest weight at 260+ lbs and secluded myself to dark areas of my mind. I used humor and social events to hide my pain from anyone who knew me. People have always looked up to me especially my little brother. But I always looked down on myself, my talent was my seeming inability to quit on anything I decided I wanted. One day while staring in the mirror, I broke internally. I could no longer take the sight of myself and blamed myself for allowing this to happen. I decided at that moment that I would turn back time. The years wasted, the days passed, the weight gained and the missed opportunities. Even as a young boy I idolized men who lived by code and honor. I felt deep inside that I needed to discipline myself and live by a code. I found that discipline in Body Building, Weight Training, and Nutrition. I took a photo on this day and decided it would be the last time I ever stared in the mirror in disgust.For 2 years I studied Deep into Nutrition and Human Metabolism as well as Strength Training and Physiology while practicing different dieting techniques and training protocols and recorded everything I experienced. I became my own little
experiment and 1 year later I had transformed myself.
Losing almost 100lbs and sculpting my physique aesthetically to my desire. I found myself coaching friends by accident on Nutrition and Training fundamentals and decided I would get certified in different areas as a way to test my knowledge. After acquiring a few certifications from NASM and Pn and successfully having
coached more than a few people in weight loss and bodybuilding, I started my Fitness and Nutrition Coaching Brand ‘NutraFlex’.I look back and am thankful for my struggle and obstacles I faced. I realized along the way that so many people felt like I felt. There are so many unheard voices and hidden faces. So much pain hiding behind half smiles and half-truths disguised as humor; so much of LIFE left on the table. People deserve the opportunity to take back control and live their best life, as the strongest version of themselves. Be the version of themselves that makes them the happiest and comfortable in their own skin. My hope is to keep transforming lives and in doing so, make up for all of my own lost time and previous failings.''
'' Thanks to my mom, dad, & grandfather, I've always related to sports since I was 7 years old. My mother was diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer in 2016 & after a year of fighting against the Cancer, my mom passed away in peace in 2017. Me, being an only son, the struggle & the pain of missing her was too hard to handle & she always wanted the best for me. I found peace & calm in Triathlon training, I started to train very hard, without a coach or team, to calm my heart & mind. I also registered for my first 70.3 in Peru, 8 months prior to the race. During those months of training, I started to deal with old injuries & struggled to find the time to train.
3 months before the race my grandfather passed away as well. Once again, I held onto training to help clear my mind & honor his & my mother's life. Then 2 months before the race my wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). As you can see, I had a lot of reasons & a heart full of love for this race. The day of the race arrived, and I was so nervous when I saw the sea & far-off buoys. The race started, throughout the swim, I talked to my grandfather with every stroke. I was so happy to get out of the water. The bike was a cruise, but then the struggle began in the run with the injuries of my leg coming back. It was very hard with the hot weather, being tired AF, but still with a full-heart & memories in my mind to finish this race. In the last km, when I was very close to hitting the wall, another runner with a big smile passed me & on the back of her shirt was my mother's name, Elizabeth. I knew that was a sign that I needed to finish, and I did just that.
Now, on my desk, I have a photo of my mom along with the bib number, & the race medal. I'm now training hard with a calm mind & heart, always remembering my mom & grandfather during the moments when my body & mind scream at me to stop! My wife has also started running & swimming with me. Together we're fighting & getting stronger against multiple sclerosis (MS). We're both vegans & happier than ever. ''
'' Everything started because I wanted to improve my health as I was very overweight. In February 2018, I signed up for the Barcelona Triathlon. I thought of Triathlon because my work friends are into the sport and that aroused my interest. For 8 months, I trained very hard, I went to the gym regularly, and ate healthy meals.
The big day arrived (October 7, 2018), my first super-sprint Triathlon. Everything was perfect, and I managed to be a finisher in the Barcelona Triathlon. Of course this is not the end. I am already preparing the 2019 season with a lot of enthusiasm.
So far, I have lost 72 pounds, and I will continue with Triathlons because I love it and it has become a part of my life. My final goal is to become an Ironman and hear the words "You are an Ironman".''
“First off, woah. Never thought I’d consider myself an athlete but SO much can change in a year.
This time last year, I felt like I was drowning. At 4 ft 11 and almost 200lbs, I felt like I’d hit rock bottom.
All my life, my weight has been up and down a solid 30lbs! The assumption about people who are overweight is that losing weight is as simple as putting down the cookiesI wasn’t eating terribly, I hadn’t had soda in years, I was working out three days a week but yet, here I was...overweight, miserable and losing control of my life.
Since high school, I’ve tried or I’ve seen my mom try every fad diet, fat burner, weigh loss solution out there. It’s not that nothing worked...nothing worked LONG TERM.
I even tried the “no food diet” until I was so sick, I physically could not move from my bed in the morning.I was so tired of this cycle. Something needed to change. My career was suffering, my relationships were suffering, I was depressed. I hated the person in the mirror.
I felt like my youth was passing me by.
On January 1st, 2018....I decided to change the script. I committed to working out 5 to 6 days a week. I meal prepped. I made sure to drink a gallon of water each day. I dug deep into my WHY and began a journey of self love.
Once I realized that I had the power within me to do this, I did the damn thing and became a badass.
I believed in myself and began to cheer on the girl in the mirror instead of breaking her down.
I debunked the lie that I’m not an “athletic” person by doing things I’d never thought I’d do like Pole Dancing, Cycling Classes, Tai Chi, Kickboxing, Belly Dancing and so much more.
Sixth grade me who broke her finger in gym class trying to catch a basketball would be so proud!
I’ve lost weight along the way (over 40lbs although I don’t know the exact number at this point cause I got rid of the scale and decided to focus more on how I feel). More importantly, I’ve GAINED the CONFIDENCE and CLARITY to live my best life ❤️''