Lachlan Bartsh / Transformation

Lachlan Bartsh's amazing MAX'S Challenge transformation

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  • After



184 cm


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Reason to start The Challenge

I entered the challenge as my goal for September this year is to step on stage in the ICN South Coast Classic. I also joined this challenge to support my fiancee who made the top 50 in the last Maxine's challenge and is back for another round. I was not very supportive last time with my own diet being very lax (and encouraging her to partake) so hopefully with both of us on board we can encourage each other not to eat bad foods and be consistent.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

What I liked most about the challenge was that in a group setting, I felt more accountable and supported not to break the diet and remain consistent. The support you get from the Facebook group and forums was a real boost to not falling off the wagon and completing the challenge. I entered this challenge with the long term goal of competing in the ICN South Coast Classic in September and with the results from the challenge I am well on my way to achieving this goal.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

The hardest thing about the Challenge is remaining motivated to go and train when your body is tired and sore and you could easily just sleep in. I found that I needed to set reminders in my phone for training that said “get up and kick ass” to combat the high demand especially because I was starting the challenge with a 6 month old baby. The challenge was hardest when I had to train on little sleep due to teething!

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

The challenge has kept me accountable to my long term goal and set me on the right path with the right direction for a natural body building competition this year. The challenge has helped me recognise my limits and push past the boundaries to continue with it. I found having a group environment where everybody was feeling the same thing a real positive as you could see and feel like you weren’t alone in the hard work.

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

Give it a go, it will be hard at the start but once the routine sets in you will find it easier and will be spurred on by the physiological changes you see. If you try and don’t make it to the end you will still have made progress to getting into a better lifestyle change.

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

Completing the challenge was a smaller goal to my overall goal to compete in bodybuilding competitions. The sense of accomplishment looking back at my before photos has really given me a boost to keep going! Enjoyed the plan, it focused on lifting heavy weights which kept my strength high even when losing weight!


  • Lachlan Bartsh
    6 Aug 2018
    7:25 PM

    Having a look through the journals of people’s last photos and wow I’m impressed. Dan Barker, if you are reading this mate well done for all your hard work. 30 kgs lost is so impressive and your looking much better. Continue on this path brother! Well done to everyone! Can’t wait to see more transformations!

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    2 Aug 2018
    7:35 PM


    So it’s the last week of the challenge, pretty happy with my overall results. My weight loss really stalled at about week eight so I had to increase what a did during the day and add an session of HIIT in. Can’t wait for the final photos this weekend.

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    8 Jul 2018
    5:26 PM

    I still can’t believe the change. I had to put both the start and 8 week pictures side by side....... my 35 inch waist is now 33 and even those pants need a belt!

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    8 Jul 2018
    10:45 AM


    Week 8 check in and wow what a change! I’m speechless for this at the moment. Granted the lighting on this side of the room is better than the other but I can see huge changes in my body composition just after more weeks of nutritional and training consistency. Looking forward to week 12!

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    17 Jun 2018
    7:34 PM

    Back from a week away. Kept pretty close to where I wanted to be. Scales stayed steady which was good even though my eating wasn’t that good. Looking forward to the next six weeks. Training with my partner tomorrow who is also doing the challenge and who got me on board for this one.

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    10 Jun 2018
    4:12 PM

    On a week off holiday in Brisbane and found a gym to train at, I have found some different equipment that I haven’t seen before to try out as a bit of a break from the program. Fatigue is very high and can feel myself getting ‘run down’ backing things off slightly for this week so that I can keep progressing. I don’t have scales here though so I can’t weigh myself. I feel like I am getting leaner but not sure how much is in the mind. Haven’t been 100 percent in the diet this week.

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    7 Jun 2018
    10:39 AM

    Just checked in for the four week mark. Progress looks good so super proud of how I am looking at this point. Definately getting leaner and abs are starting to come through now. Looking forward to the next 8 weeks to take this further! Good lighting always helps but I had to take this photo at night time so had to use my house lights and not natural light like my before photo. Also took this photo after a big meal so not the best timing to check in.

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    25 May 2018
    12:28 PM


    This morning’s training was a real challenge. Really struggled to lift the heavy weight for sets of 5 as during the warm up weight I felt that my joints were very taxed and sore. I didn’t want to risk injuring myself so I scaled the weight back and increased the reps to make sure there was enough volume there. Diet wise things have been great and I have been sticking to it without bingeing or falling off completely. All in all the weight is coming off and he strength is OK. Starting to see some changes which is awesome

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    18 May 2018
    12:51 PM


    First bit of weight is making move :) Today’s workout was a focus on strength and I hit 130kg on the bench press for 3 sets of 5 before I had to drop the weight. My goal is 140kg for 4 reps. Getting stronger in a calorie deficit can be done.

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    15 May 2018
    6:11 PM

    Training in the morning today went really well. Focused on maintaining good mind muscle connection as best I could. Today’s diet has not been great due to working commitments meaning I had to purchase my lunch and leave my prepped meal at the office. Not ideal, however I did my best to pick something simple that fit the nutrition guidelines. Hoping to be back on track tomorrow. Raise a glass (of water) to being lean for September!

  • Lachlan Bartsh
    9 May 2018
    4:48 PM


    Measurements: Weight: 90.7kg BF%:15.5 Arms: 41.5cm Chest: 112cm Waist (at smallest point): 85.5cm Legs (at level of index finger with arms at sides): 53.5cm Legs (at widest point): 62.5.5cm Note: I have bruising on my back in the photo below from a sports massage/cupping therapy.

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