P90X Success Story: Extreme Weight Loss
I was in the audience this weekend at the Beachbody Summit for coaches when it was announced that Richard was the male Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Beachbody Challenge contest. It was probably one of the most emotional moments I have experienced with someone I had never met before. The speech he gave made everyone well up and brought goosebumps to my skin. I was feeling a little embarrassed at being so emotional, but when I looked around, I saw a bunch of grown men and women wiping tears from their faces, too. I never cry in public, but it was impossible not to be moved by his story of courage, conviction, and commitment.
It’s incredibly hard for me to wrap my head around the full extent of Richard’s achievement. For some people, losing 50 pounds is a miracle. That being the case, Richard achieved four miracles because he shed a total of 200 pounds in thirteen months. Let’s put this in perspective-I weigh about 155 pounds. That means he lost an equivalent of me plus 45 pounds for good measure. So, for most of his adult life, Richard had been carrying around the equivalent of a full grown man on his frame everyday, all the time. That’s pretty brutal wear and tear on the body. When I lift heavy weights or go hiking with a heavy backpack, I can put them to the ground when I’m done and walk away. Not people like Richard. He had to carry that extra weight with him all the time. Just the thought of going up a flight of stairs with a 200 barbell makes my legs melt, but that was his life for many years. Here’s the craziest part–he could not weigh himself with a regular scale. He had to go to a metal scrap yard in order to see how much he weighed.
But no more. Richard finally got sick of being “the fat guy” and decided to take matters in his own hands. He took action. He purchased Power90 (but later transitioned to P90X). Unlike most people, though, he used his workout program instead of letting it collect dust on his shelf. Additionally, he revamped his eating habits. Dropped the crappy greasy stuff and started to eat foods which fueled his body instead of killing it. He made health and fitness a lifestyle.
When I was listening to Richard talk about his P90X success story, it struck me how vitally important the mission of Beachbody has become. Richard was among a growing number of Americans who are morbidly obese. More than two-thirds of all adults in this country are in that category. The trend line looks more bleak each year. However, Beachbody is the only health and fitness company that creates products, services, and programs that actually work. Richard and tens of thousands of people across the country are proof of that. No gimmicks. No magic pills or potions. And no bullshit.
Tony Horton was also in the audience that night. I can only imagine the pride he had in creating a product that can change another person’s life in such a profound way. Richard looked at Tony and thanked him personally for giving him a new life. If Tony was like the rest of us, he probably had wet eyes, too. We often times think fitness in terms of vanity such as sporting a six-pack, but Richard’s transformation story demonstrates that it is about living a better life.
Richard’s P90X success story also changed my attitude and made it more uncompromising. I am now even less tolerant of excuses and cop-outs. If this guy, who has been obese all his life can manage to lose 200 freaking pounds in thirteen months, then anyone should be able to do just one quarter of what he achieved. It’s just a matter of deciding that you no longer want to live a crappy life, committing to a program to change it, and succeeding by using the tools at your disposal.
Watch Richard Neal’s Extreme Weight Loss Journey With P90X
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