Edward Beggs / Transformation

Edward Beggs' amazing MAX'S Challenge transformation

  • Before
    80kg
  • After
    82kg

It is without a doubt one of, if the not the best thing I've done for myself mentally in a very long time. Im so glad that I heard about the challenge before it was too late to sign up.

Details

Height

185 cm

Program

Mass Intermediate

Reason to start The Challenge

For the last 3 years I have been training consistently in a gym from 4-6 days a week. My training routine is fine, though my nutrition and diet hasn't been. I have a fast metabolism and am able to get away with eating plenty of junk without it showing up on me. I go through phases of eating well, though I never end up eating enough daily and consistently long enough to help put on any mass. I do however don't like the idea of what it could be doing to me internally. Im choosing this challenge to prove to myself that I can stick to the plan as is, written by someone else, with someones else's rules and that I will not make any exceptions to alter it.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

I really enjoyed logging my workouts every week, when the next week would roll over, it would motivate me to train harder and aim to lift more weight with each week that passed. The progression is what motivated me and kept me honest with my commitment to the program. I really enjoyed the two phases of the program, the strength and conditioning in the earlier weeks were great to get the ball rolling, with the compound movements and high calorie diet, Id never felt stronger in my life. The second phase of cutting back my calorie intake whilst having to train harder and faster, was such a cleansing feeling, to get my heart rate up and feel the sweat dripping off my chin and to rep out those last few burning reps was therapeutic for me. This was such an educational experience for me, I loved noticing how my body would react with the type of foods I was eating and how certain foods would influence my strength and the type of workout I would be able to have, these small bits of knowledge all add up and make a huge difference and will only help me with my next challenge.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

At times I was travelling interstate for work, so this meant packing my gym gear, supplements and prepping my meals in my accomodation (often with limited cooking facilities) and finding a gym in another state close to where I was based for the week. I never had a car whilst interstate, so if it meant walking to the closest gym, I'd walk (even if it meant walking 40 minutes to the gym I googled only to find it had closed for business - No Thanks to World Gym Chullora!!!) So occasionally Id find myself on quite the trek to get to a gym.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

Firstly it has made me mentally stronger. Thats what I have liked the most. I have never put myself on a diet and it feels amazing to have smashed it the first time around. It has made me realise how much more productive I can be with time. The disciplined nature of the challenge has carried over into my day to day life now and I don't foresee it leaving. Witnessing first hand the lengths I'd go to make sure I got my meals, to stay away and reject the foods that weren't on the plan and to get my training sessions done and done to a standard that would leave me satisfied as I left the gym, that is what has jumped out at me and inspired to further push myself even now that the challenge is over.

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

Don't make any excuses, be strong, sign up for it and make that promise to yourself, no one else, that you will be honest and resilient over the 12 week period. At the end of the day, I can tell you first hand that nothing feels better than knowing what you have accomplished, its the internal satisfaction and strength that will change you as a person. I suggest taking progress shots through out the 12 weeks, all it takes is an old photo to boost you and remind you why you signed on in the first place. I used an Instagram account to blog and record my progress throughout the the program
and I have to say, scrolling through my earlier posts and comparing them to current day really helps me see progress.

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

It is without a doubt one of, if the not the best thing I've done for myself mentally in a very long time. Im so glad that I heard about the challenge before it was too late to sign up. I'd highly suggest it to anyone who has ever thought about doing a challenge like the Max's Challenges. I really hope that somehow my accomplishment inspires and motivates other people out there to do what Ive done and to challenge themselves. You have to be in control of your mind and not let the excuses and voices that circulate get the better of you.
*I have uploaded a photo from Sunday 8/11/15, the end of the challenge showing my condition. My "final" photo featured was taken 2 days after on Tuesday 10/11/15 during my completion process.

Journal

  • Edward Beggs
    24 Aug 2015
    1:48 AM

    So thats a wrap on the first week of this challenge!! I've noticed that I've been feeling more tired this week, all the food that Im eating (consistently) has to play a part in this. Im not feeling as much DOMS as I thought I would, even with the increase in resistance. Im guessing the increase rest periods help with this.

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