Category Archives: 01 Evolve (fat loss stories)
So it’s been a month since Michael Jaeger approached me about making the transition from purely an isolation bodybuilder to a functional beast. Like all of us before learning about new workout techniques the question of “will it be a waste of $$” and “Will it be hard?” But guess what – if it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you. Mike was adamant about getting his abs, he lost weight on his own but feels like he hit a wall. The plateau effect kicked in and he was stuck. I believe in evolution but when your walking on the same spot there is a problem. The adjustment was not the WODs, it was his eating habits. After one session every week he finally broken in and started listening to my eating plan. You can work hard as you can in the gym. But if you do not eat clean! Train dirty you will never achieve your true goals. Evolution starts from within, not from what you see in the mirror. Accept and be comfortable with your skin and after cross your comfort zone and live there. That’s when you start living. So as I post this first update I am proud to show you his evolution. Are you ready for yours?
Let me show how it works…..
Since December 2011 I watched and guided this young assassin to reach her goals. She wants to lose weight and get shred? Well I give her the gift of fitness and clean eating. My assassins are deadly and sexy. For those who puts a price on health – well here you go. She spends $35 per session once a week – she shed fat and gained muscle, strength and most importantly confidence. To some people putting a price on happiness just means they do not value themselves. GT teaches, pushes, and helps you to evolve. Invest in yourself especially if the person who is pushing you invest their time and knowledge on you. Don’t take your life for granted.
Proud of my little sister’s accomplishments. Keep killing the WODs!
I just wanted to write an update about of my new clients Charlie. When he first came to me his goal was simple – LOSE WEIGHT. His main goal was to get shred. He started doing GT in January. His energy was up but slowly broke down mid-way. I had to reprogram him and make him understand and believe in the philosophy of LOSING FAT instead – with the science of increasing metabolism and using compound muscles. Charlie has been doing P90x and Insanity. He has controlled his weight due to this and has kept it off. However, he did not control the nutrition portion. He was at 212 when he first came to me. Charlie only trains with me for once a week. Two weeks ago, I advised him to start eating cleaning and not worry about the weight scale too much. Well folks you tell me if the nutrition revision worked. You can say GTfit is a gimmick or it’s a fad workout system. Unless you start embracing this is a LIFESTYLE change you won’t fully learn what I am trying to teach you.
These transformation pics are due to strict diet it’s from consistency. EAT CLEAN! TRAIN DIRTY! BOOMSAUCE
I won’t say much. Won’t claim I did this or say I am the reason but I will tell you one thing. GT principles and WODs work. He came to me 2months ago with knee injuries and pain and now can box jump 24″ – came to me with lower back pains and can DL 190# and Sled push 340#. Could not do Pull ups, you name it he had issues but guess what he didnt have, was fear. Pain FUELED him to be better, stronger, smarter.
Eat CLEAN! TRAIN DIRTY! And see your evolution….
Great job Boz for following my lead and making your own path.
A dad, a musician, a big part of the ticket team in the US OPEN (Tennis), a loving husband, and now a GT assassin. How does one find the time? He does.
Today just got great news from Mike Bozzo that he lost another 2lbs – he is officially 190lbs. His journey with GTfit started in Dec 3rd 2011 and he started at 205 and just wanted to do the obstacle runs with me and Luis. He signed up for SPARTAN SPRINT to challenge himself. He didnt know that it was his first step to his evolution. He later approached me about my training. It’s been a nice road to consistency and max efforts. Lots of Absalut and AMRAPS. But Mike has maintained and has followed the eating plan. It’s simple – EAT TO TRAIN. I will post up more of his progress as we go on. I just wanted to give him props to make the adjustments to make this lifestyle change a habit, not a diet. THIS IS GOT YOU GT! LIFT and evolve.
So I made a challenge for myself on July 7, 2011 to get into the form I wanted and needed to drop into before Oct 29th. For the first time, I signed myself up for a course-filled race called the Men’s Health Urbanathlon. It’s an obstacle course within a 11.5 mile run. It was brought to my attention by a friend two years ago and although it was his wish to join it, I jumped in any ways. He was always adamant about joining it, even flying to Chicago to join. Last year it happened to be in NYC. So it was either do or do not. So he told me and although I hesitated, I said “Why not?” I overcame back to back injuries that year, and doing the race was just a testing ground of what I can push my body to do. We live such a congested life that any breathing space seems unorthodox. Well I created room. I was always in fear of obstacles and any competitive sports because I lack the confidence and drive. Well not anymore. I am going at this like a wolf in search of his cub. Although with a chaotic schedule during July due to my job as well as training GTfit members and my husband and fatherly duties, I managed to awaken the beast within and started reformatting myself. Having two jobs truly takes a lot of work and makes for an easy excuse. When I first dropped from 275 lbs to 165-170 lbs in 2008 it was quick and I used a lot of supplements and pills (see photos of before and after).
I was a size 44 waistline pants, 285lbs, size xxl shirt.
It took me nine months to drop all the weight. I got my first set of a 4-pack then or what I thought was a flatter stomach (above picture).
This time around I decided to do it the natural way. Cut out processed meat, steak and pork, and stick with natural and healthy foods (ie. veggies, fruits, legumes) with more vitamins and minerals. The result was a juggernaut weight drop and lean muscle build up. Utilizing all my knowledge in mixed martial arts training, Crossfit, bio mechanics, and nutrition I put together a simple regimen that had complex results. I dropped from a size 35 waist to a 32 waist and I dropped from 205 lbs to now up to date 176 lbs. Never did I think I could achieve this physique or even see my abs forming. I hardly did any sit-ups but mainly concentrated on my nutrition, calisthenics, and running. The nutrition was the key factor. I revised my eating plan completely. I use to do small portions and eat throughout the day. I found that inefficient because who has the time to pack small foods? When I have hunger pains it’s already too late. My body is already performing catabolism and burning my muscles. I started eating cleaner food with higher contents of omega-3 and fiber. These were the main factors of my quick weight drop. I feel lighter, faster, and stronger. So during the Open the same friend throws out a mud run challenge coming up before Oct 29th. I saw the hunger in his eyes and without hesitation this time I say why not? It was my birthday gift for myself. Let’s get down and dirty!
We live in a society that believes in what they see. They think if it can happen to someone it can happen to them. But wait? It’s not a miracle. You don’t lose the pounds or gain my energy by standing next to me. You must move with me and challenge yourself. I train smart and efficiently. Working smart is the key to having a nicely fit body and eating healthy is what’s going to maintain this physique. Be realistic with yourself and take on a baby step challenge. During the US Open this year I put out two challenges. The first one consisted of 5,000 push-ups in seven days. The second consisted of 16,000 movements and one hour of plank. For those that did it, kudos. For those who stopped or did not finish, ask yourself why didn’t I “just finish?” You didn’t have to do it within the time frame. All you had to do was just finish. When I train I set out to do what I say I will do. Regardless of the pain and fatigue. I am who I say I am. I go big or I go home, simple as that. A lot of people are always sticklers when it comes to deadlines and if they know they can’t make it they sabotage themselves and not even try. Why put yourself in a cage with open doors and be afraid to explore or enjoy what’s outside? Find motivation within so you will never have to rely on others for strength. In the moment of truth we all need a source of energy and push, why can’t it be you? We are our worst enemy but did you ever think, “why can’t I be my best push?”. Do not fear what you can become. Your true potential lies within you. It’s dormant, you need to awaken what you hide and shelter. Sometimes it’s okay to go beyond and past your comfort zone. This will unleash a part of you that you thought did not exist. I have done this multiple times and as I get older, embracing these challenges becomes easier. I might not be getting younger but at least in my heart I know I am embracing what I can while I still can move. If you need motivation, look at people you know who are always positive and get insight on how they do it. We all need someone but try to find it in yourself as well. People in your life will come and go. Those who inspire you, keep them close and try to understand why they are who they are. They embraced the notion that lines were meant to be crossed, limits were meant to be broken, norms were meant to be defied. We all live in a society that just makes us slow and lazy. We are easy targets. So to simplify my life I decided to go faster, move more, and LIFT!
So today or tomorrow find a challenge. Find something that will take you out of your comfort zone and just embrace it. Also, for all those people who want to stay fit remember, “Eat to Train, not Train to eat”, abs are not made in the gym they are carved in the kitchen. Be mindful of what you eat. It tastes good but is it good for you? Think about that next time you have a midnight snack of chips or cookies – is it worth it? There is no “I’ll burn it off tomorrow” because tomorrow you already stored it as fat. Tomorrow your metabolism slows down. I am not saying to be strict but if you want the body then you respect it and you live the lifestyle. Don’t be a part time athlete or bodybuilder, or fitness junkie. Live it! The choices we make today affects our tomorrow – so eating bacon for breakfast is not bad as long as you know your doing a heavy duty WOD. Eating a nice juice shake is also as good, but eating pancakes with bacon and some milk chocolate and expecting to get ripped is unrealistic. Fuel your body right and your body will show you what it can really do.
So it’s 2012 and I signed up for my first Goruck and Spartan events. I am scared as hell due to the fact I am not ready. Guess what, if I waited until I was ready I would never do anything. Embrace the SUCK and jump into the unknown and you will know WHO YOU REALLY ARE. Thank you to all these events which helped mold me and taught me many things about myself. I will never take a breath, a step, a second for granted.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start..
Sometimes I make the mistake of wanting to speed up the process to hit my destination that I forget that it can hit other paths that can lead me elsewhere. We all die! The goal is not to live forever, but to leave something that will. Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you. Live the life you love because it’s all you have.
“Fear Not Of Growing Slowly; But of Standing Still” – LIFT (live inspire fight Triumph). Are you ready to take on a challenge?
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