Arthur Athans / Transformation

Arthur Athans' amazing MAX'S Challenge transformation

  • Before
    116.0 kgkg
  • After
    92.0 kg kg

“The Challenge gives you the structure to change and maintain your lifestyle. I’m 45 years old and I feel fitter and healthier than I ever have.”



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Reason to start The Challenge

Although I have trained hard for years at gyms I found myself getting heavier as I got older. Now at 44, I am the heaviest I have ever been and know that my long term health will suffer if I keep going this way. I'm hoping that with the muscle up challenge I will commit to the necessary dietary changes I require and get back down to a weight where not only will I look good, but most importantly I will feel great and achieve a healthy lifestyle I hope to maintain for the rest of my life.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

The organization and discipline I required to achieve my results. Having the structure of the challenge, with the online support and advise, as well as using the various Max's products to help with dieting meant the 12 weeks eventually was a breeze. I will continue to use Max's products as they definitely were an advantage in maintaining high levels of protein whilst losing weight.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

The initial first week or two, where major changes take place. After that, the new routine becomes easier to maintain. There's always temptations, but once you have the mindset, it's easier to deal with distractions.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

It's made me realize the importance of a well balanced diet and good nutrition. I lost 24 kilos in 12 weeks, which I'm extremely pleased with, but I will continue to train and eat in a very similar manner as I have been. Of course, I will switch to a weight maintenance diet (once I get to 90kgs), so I will still be recording my progress, eating clean and still using many of the Max's products.

What would you say to people who are thinking of doing The Challenge?

If you're the type of person who keeps putting of the lifestyle changes you desire until "next week", this is the program for you. Once you commit, you have a set time frame and program to follow, with a finish date, which means there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your Challenge?

This is by far one of the best things I have done for my health and well being. At nearly 45 years of age, I believe I am now the fittest and healthiest I have been in my entire life - and I'm not making that statement lightly. This challenge is fantastic for people like me, who really appreciate the importance of our health as we get older and need that kick start to the rest of our healthy lives. Well done Max's!


  • Arthur Athans
    5 Oct 2014
    1:57 PM

    Wow, two weeks to go! I bought myself some more protein powder and a bit of a treat in the Max's Cut Carbs protein bars - they are effen awesome!

  • Arthur Athans
    21 Sep 2014
    7:10 PM

    Week 8 done and for the first time in 9 years I am under 100 kilos! I'm training hard, eating well and really feeling great at the moment, however, I thought I would look in better shape than I do. I guess it's the truth that even if I get down to 90 kilos, I'll still technically be over weight for my height. (They say a guy 6ft should weigh between 74-84 kilos) Oh well, I'm enjoying the challenge and am probably the fittest I have been in 20 plus years. My blood pressure is 120/70 and my resting heart beat is around 46bpm. I'm actually starting to run, which I thought was never gonna happen again. I feel strong and haven't gone down in any weights at the gym and have increased my aerobic capacity significantly. I needed some more slow release protein which has massively curbed my night time cravings for sweets, thought I'd try a new flavour. Here's some of my stats, training and diet wise - Monday - Morning: 20min cardio, 40 min chest, Afternoon: 15min spin bike, Abs Tuesday- Morning: 20min cardio, 40 min Legs, Afternoon: 6km brisk walk Wednesday- Morning: 20min cardio, 40 min Arms&Abs Afternoon: 50km bike ride Thursday- Morning: 20min cardio, 40 min Shoulders, Afternoon: 6km brisk walk Friday- Morning: 20min Cardio, 40 min Back, Afternoon: 15 min spin bike, Abs Saturday - Either a 10km walk or a 30km bike ride Sunday - 60 to 100km bike ride Diet: Averaging 1500 caloris a day, 70% Protein, 20% Carbs, 10% Fat Loving it!

  • Arthur Athans
    24 Aug 2014
    4:57 PM

    Week 4 already, times flies when you're meticulously calculating every gram of food you eat and what exercises to do on a daily basis! I've dropped 7.6 kilos in 4 weeks, not us much as I expected, but a good result nonetheless. Can't say I look like I've lost much by the photos, but when you're looking at losing 26 kilos, I think it will be more noticebale in the coming weeks. I've gone from averaging 2355 calories a day in week one to 1800 calories a day last week. I've upped the cardio significantly last week, so I'm still confident of achieving 90 kilos by week 12. I can't say I'm feeling any better yet, the increased work load means the aches are staying a bit longer, but I am making gains strength wise and cardio wise. In it for the long haul, one third done! Cheers, Arthur

  • Arthur Athans
    2 Aug 2014
    9:26 AM

    G'day, Six days in and I think I've come to terms with how bad my diet has been. I've been recording all I eat and drink these past 6 days and am amazed at my daily caloric intake. Mind you, I've had no junk food, ice-cream, chips or triple choc-chip cookies, which were daily regulars, ON TOP of what I've recorded this week. I'm averaging 2200 calories a day of which 40% is from protein. 50% Carbs and 10% fat. Weekends, which have been regular junk food festivals for me will be hard, but just as the last week got easier without my snacks, I'm sure the weekends will get easier without junk. I've bought my first lot of Max's supplements which I will incorporate into my diet this week, which will help me maintain my protein intake whilst reducing my overall calorie intake. I'm looking forward to the next week, new diet aided by Max's products, plus I will be upping my cardio workouts. Training - Recovery - Diet: All as equally important each other when committing to an exercise / diet plan. My training and recovery has been good, diet was always lacking - now time to practice what's been preached! Cheers, Arthur

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