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My Story

The Short Of It: As a 6′ 1″ “you don’t look 30ish” 30-something-year-old, P90x is THE reason I’ve dropped from a 36-bordering-on-38 waist to a college-level 32, built muscle, kicked 60+% of my body fat right where it counts and transformed my body into a physique I never had even at my college best. P90X has changed my life and taken it in a new, focused and rewarding direction. As cliche as it sounds, it’ll do the same for you as well.

The Long: Growing out of your clothes is the total lameness.

I’d been pretty thin since I was a kid and actually began lifting and working out in college to fill out my clothes a little better, look good playing tournament volleyball, and kicking it poolside in college. I admit- it was total vanity back then. I made pretty good progress until I got married. After I tied the knot, quickly hopped on the plump bus to Fatburg, thinking since I’d nabbed a fun-loving hottie, I  could just coast on late night cookie binges, pints of Ben & Jerry’s and Pizza whenever I felt like it.

A few years later, it came to this: I’d gained 35 all-fat pounds and couldn’t even walk a flight of stairs without gasping for breath at the top. Pictures were an embarrassment as I could see the soft, bloopy way I’d let myself go. I began to pack so much weight in my face (being a taller fat guy has it’s advantages in being able to “hide” weight everywhere else) people began asking if I’d recently had my wisdom teeth pulled. Even my wife (lovingly?)  had nicknamed me “Sweet T*ts”– accompanied with a mandatory “jigga-jigga” bouncing of my man-maries every time she said it.

Obviously, it was time for a change.

I went back and forth in weight for a while, trying the gym and various diets. Still, I needed structure and found myself devouring the P90x commercials in their entirety every time I saw one on TV. I loved to see others successes and couldn’t get enough. In 2009, I received the program as a gift and was absolutely stoked to find that not only did it have a nutrition guide, the guide laid everything out in detail– from shopping lists to what to eat for every meal and snack of the day. With that, I put my trust in the program and went to work, religiously following the nutrition plan and workouts, pressing play every day and tracking everything I ate. I knew there were huge rewards waiting at the end if I could make the sacrifice of giving up all my fatty, sugary eating habits. With that sacrifice and dedication, I melted 25 pounds (from 205 to 180), over 60% of my body fat, healed and strengthened a painful, nagging shoulder injury and was introduced to abs I never knew I could have.

Was it easy? Not at first (and honestly, not ever)– P90X pushed me and left me sore.  During the first few weeks my body still had cravings for the sugary, fatty snacks I used to eat. But that quickly changed and with so much success, I kept going. Unfortunately, I was 2/3 through a third when I got sick.


The Race Back To The Bandwagon

Being sick, I  missed a workout.

And another.

And another.

8 months and a whole chain restaurant menu of bad choices later, I was back to old habits, pounding pizza, eating out, sampling the world of Ben & Jerry’s and tipping the scale at 195 glutinous pounds. I had the tools of change at my disposal, but after having worked so hard and dropped so far, lacked the willpower to recommit and push through that first 30 days again… until August of 2010.

In late August, enough was enough and my P90X “Re-awakening” was born. This time, I knew what to expect and pushed the workouts harder. I woke up early EVERY morning without excuse. I ate ridiculously clean at a 1800-2000 calorie intake and overall calorie deficit. In the first just 65 days of following the program and diet (see pic above), P90x once again transformed my body from a marshmallow padded lump of schlub to “I can’t believe my ever-lovin’ eyeballs” and made “Please Honey, not in front of the children” my unofficial motto. I’m amazed at my new transformation and double take (with crazy-face) every time I step past a mirror:

The key was a focus on the end goal and every ounce of dedication to get there. I’ve since completed Insanity and Insanity’s sequel “Asylum”, all while continuing to incorporate P90X.

I’m not posting this up to say look what I did… I’m posting this up to say “Look what YOU can do” with dedication to P90X or any one of Beachbody’s amazing programs. You really can change your life both physically and mentally. I’m happy to help you do it should you choose to use me as your free and decicated coach.

Either way, keep on track, keep focused and “keep pressing play” as you BRING IT. Ridiculous success is waiting on the other side of 90 days.

12 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Jim says:

    Cool Story of your transformation Dan, I’m right there with you. Man, you got really ripped.

  2. Romall Smith says:

    Love it bro. worst thing in the world is moobs, cant say any of us will miss them :)

  3. Noel Price says:

    I think a lot of men can relate to your strory Dan!!!! Way to stick to it and inspire so many!!! Keep if moving bro!!!

  4. Danv says:

    Thanks, Noel! Keep rockin’ it!

  5. Will Ponce says:

    “Please Honey, not in front of the children” … hilarious … cool and real story Dan .. nice job changing your life forever.

  6. Leland says:

    Way to put yourself out there Dan! You didn’t try to seem perfect. You failed and failed pretty bad when you first tried like 85% of the people who do P90X for the first time, but it’s never too late to get back up again and you proved that. Great job Dan, GREAT JOB!

  7. Danv says:

    Thanks, Leland. You’re no slouch yourself.

  8. Bryan says:

    Great job! I started with Insanity first, and it was a big mistake I wasn’t prepared for the pain. I am in week one of p90x and I have a hate/love relationship with it lol. WHEN I finish p90x I hope to be able to do Insanity again, and with less pain this time. Thanks for the post its motivational!

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Thanks, Bryan!

      I’m very familiar with the P90X love/hate feelings- haha! P90X never gets a whole lot easier (as you can continue to push yourself further) but when you see what it does for your body and fitness… all that pain becomes pleasure. Insanity is a great program but definitely not for everyone- especially knee trouble. Have you had your knees checked out? Looking forward to hearing more of your progress!

      In the mean time, what’s your favorite workout so far?

  9. Bryan says:

    I might go to doctor sometimes, I haven’t done cardio in a long time lol. I usually hate cardio although it brings alot of benefits. My favorite one so far has to be shoulders and arms, and yoga x. Yoga X is tough for me in the first 45 minutes, but after that its very relaxing.

  10. Sean says:

    I was looking at the body beast program to try and get in shape. Im 47, 200 lbs and way out of shape. My problem is that I have no equipment at all and don’t have the income to buy a thousand dollars worth of equipment let alone the room at my place to work out. Is there any way to use this program at a gym.

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