Jonathan Howe / Transformation

Jonathan Howe's amazing MAX'S Challenge transformation

  • Before
  • After



196 cm


Lean - Intermediate

Reason to start The Challenge

I'm a full time fire fighter and my lack of fitness has started to affect my ability to do my job to my full potential. I keep getting injured and overall I feel terrible.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

The food and meal plans were amazing! In a society so full of poor and easy options, its awesome to come home to delicious meals. Meals and recipes which sets the framework for a healthy, nutritious and tasty diet that's easy to maintain. I couldn't ask for more.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

I think attending social events was the hardest part of this challenge. I found that on my own I wasn't tempted to indulge in savory food or alcohol, but in a social setting (eg. Christmas parties, family bday bbq's and catching up with mates on a sunny Sunday afternoon) where everyone is snacking on chips and dip, eating burgers and drinking beers, it was so hard to just order a chicken salad with dressing on the side and a coke zero. In hindsight I'm so glad I went through it though, I never knew how strong I could be until this comp.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

As a full time fire fighter, my fitness was shot, I was getting a lot of injuries and I was struggling to do my job effectively. To be in a position where peoples expectations and even lives depend on you and your fitness, I can't imagine there's anything more embarrassing or depressing than to fail someone in such a time. Fortunately I was never 'caught out' but it was only a matter of time. This challenge has not only fixed my injuries but it's given me the confidence to take on any physical task that's required of me and that if I still fail, I can live with that, before the challenge, there's no way I could've handled it.

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

Do it! Do it! Do it! You challenge yourself in so many ways, and with the right mindset and enough discipline, it'll blow your mind just what you can achieve! Definitely a life changing experience! No one ever looks back and remembers missing out on the sausage rolls and cake they turned down at last years Christmas party, but the results and lessons learned from doing this challenge, this will stick with you for life!

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

I'm just really thankful for the opportunity! I was pretty disappointed that I got crazy sunburnt a couple of days before the final photo's and I lost a heap of definition from the swelling, but another lesson learned. As much as I loved (& hated/struggled) with this challenge, I'm hoping I never put myself in a position where I feel like I need a reality check again. Thanks again! :D

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