9 weeks ago 40 brave participants, full of great intentions and expectations embarked on my 8-week Shock & Awe fitness challenge.
This 8-week fitness program promised to deliver the participants who followed my guidelines results that were Shocking and Awe-inspiring; hence the name.
I like to be able to connect with every individual and keeping the numbers low helps me from feeling spread to thin.
These challenges are without a doubt the most popular programs I run and it’s no doubt because every participant that reaches the end sees amazing results.
It’s common to see both men and women
- lose 15-25 pounds
- Shed inches off their waist and hips
- Increase energy levels
- Reduce and sometimes completely remove the dependence on medications
- Sky rocket their fitness levels and capacity
- Develop a new positive identity
- Gain a tremendous amount of self confidence
- and in many cases participants completely change the direction of their lives because of the mental, emotional and physical changes they undergo.
My biggest passion lies, not in training people, but in helping facilitate positive change.
I strongly believe that fitness is synergistic and by improving your health and improving your fitness, you also indirectly improve every other aspect of your life.
I see it happen every day.
Having better health & fitness = more energy to be the person you want to be.
**please only add your name to the list if you are absolutely serious about wanting to positively change your life.
- an intensive “Mission Plan” goal setting worksheet
- Have body fat, body metrics and before pictures taken.
- A new weekly assignment ranging from running 1 mile every day to going gluten free.
- Make a public declaration of goals.
- 8 straight weeks of intensifying workouts.
- 6 Workouts per week
- Fitness test of 100 Burpees + 100 squats at the beginning and end.
- And all participants had to wear a special wristband with the words “Be The Inspiration” on it and there was heavy penalties for anyone who forgot to wear it to the gym!
These are just a few of the fun details that my brave clients endured. The hardest part of course was sticking to the program for the 8- week time.
If you’ve ever made a been a member at a big box gym in January, you’ve probably experienced the New Years rush that quickly dies out before Valentine’s Day (6 weeks).
Commitment isn’t easy and because of that, I’m extremely proud and humbled by all my challenge finishers!
Now out of the original 40 participants, 26 people finished the entire program. That means 26 completed the final fitness retest of 100 Burpees + 100 Squats and did their final measurements.
Of those 26 finishers, every single one of them saw major improvements in fitness and body fat changes.
Pretty safety say, if you never quit, you’re chances of success sky rocket.
As with most challenging journeys in life, “many people start up the mountain…and only a few reach the top”.
I’m extremely proud and humbled by the amazing effort and discipline my clients put forth.
Never give up and never quit. Even if every step forward is a baby step, you’re still making progress.
At the beginning of my 8-week Shock & Awe fitness challenge, I promised to award the person with the best transformation… 1 year of Free Training!
On paper, 12 months of my coaching and mentoring is valued at a few thousand dollars; pretty good prize.
But in terms of potential life improvements, this award is PRICELESS.
At the end of this 8-week challenge I had to pick a single person who made the biggest transformation….
I was ecstatic and stressed to have to pick only one person.
In 8 weeks I witnessed so many great stories of struggle and triumph.
The struggle of completing each and every workout, which I made tough every single day!
The struggle of making nutritional changes and having the strength to not give in to temptations, cravings and social pressures.
The struggle of our habits, that die hard and try to pull us back any chance they get.
And the struggle of overcoming our own mental and emotional limitations that keep us from reaching our true potential. This I believe is the biggest struggle of all.
As I went through all the results and stories I realized that out of all the winners, one single person really stood out.
And that person is Garret Sample.
I first met Garrett 2 months ago when he was convinced to sign up for this 8-week challenge by his good friend Carlos. Carlos had already been working out for a month and was undergoing his own transformation (Carlos by the way was one of my finalists).
Garrett’s fitness mission was to get in shape to successfully finish the Fire Academy in 2014.
I met Garrett during the beginning measurements day and he quietly asked me if I could not cash his program fee check for a week.
Now I generally don’t like to make these kinds of deals because I only want the people that are most committed to join and those that don’t let anything get in their way.
But when I looked in Garrett’s eye, I knew he had a fire that had yet to shine bright so I agreed and made a mental note to hold him to higher expectations.
Garrett is a quiet guy and you most wouldn’t notice his 6″ frame in a room.
For 8-weeks, Garrett put in his work. Sweating and suffering through workouts.
At first he was completely de-conditioned and could barely finish the workouts.
But slowly as each week and workout went by, Garrett began to move to the top of each class and was finishing each workout stronger than the one before.
At the end of our last week when it was time to remeasure, I was floored…
Garret had lost 25 pounds, 8% bodyfat and 15 total inches (5 of those off his waist.)
His fitness levels were now thru the roof and the cherry on top is, Garret now has a normal blood pressure and has confidence he didn’t have before.
In fact he told me his new nickname at work is now “Slim”.
How’s that for life changing?
Here is Garret’s story in his own words.
I have been wanting to change my lifestyle and fitness for a while. Over the last few years I have been struggling with it.
I looked up diets and workouts to try but was never motivated and only last a few days to a week at most. Then my friend Carlos told me about your program and said he was getting great results.
He also told me about the 8 week challenge you were about to start and I was very afraid to do it, as I was in absolutely terrible shape and the biggest I have ever been at 218lbs.
I wanted to try it but from other friends they told me I wouldn’t last more than a week or two. I knew in the back of my head I was going to start a fire academy soon so I knew this would be a great way to start getting back in to shape and I wanted to prove everybody that doubted me wrong and to show them I could do something awesome, like complete this challenge.
So I set out to kick ass in your gym! When I heard the person who has the biggest transformation gets a year free at your gym, I set out to be that winner.
I wanted to show everyone that I could push myself further than I ever have before. From the very beginning, at measurements, you told me I could win this challenge and that’s what I needed to hear.
You made me believe in myself. So over the next 8 weeks I committed myself to your program and changed my life.
I went from 218lbs and couldn’t even finish a long lap without stopping to dropping 25lbs and being able to kick ass through an entire 45 minute workout at your gym.
Since I was 16 I have had high blood pressure usually averaging 150/86 blood pressure to now after your program my blood pressure is back to normal at 124/72. I almost cried when I saw that number.
You have transformed my life from being at rock bottom to feeling like a rock star. Thank you so much Steve, for everything over these last 8 weeks and I hope I can continue to kick ass in your gym over the next year.
Garrett was just one amazing transformation and story of perseverance.
As I mentioned above, my next fitness challenge is scheduled for January 13th, 2014.
If you’d like to join my program and experience an awesome transformation like Garrett, add your email to the ‘Early Notification’ list below.
I only take the first 40 people to sign-up so when I do open up my program please take action! (I would hate to have to turn you away because the program filled up).
I look forward to seeing you in the gym soon!