Mitchell Silberman / Transformation

Mitchell Silberman's amazing MAX'S Challenge transformation

  • Before
    81kg
  • After
    74kg

Details

Height

172 cm

Program

Lean - Intermediate

Reason to start The Challenge

Earlier this year my best friend, Yitzchak Jonathen Rosen may he rest in peace, passed away from a freak accident and I made a resolution to myself this this was going to the the year I stop procrastrinating and quit the excuses, especially with my work overload that always got in the way of my committing to regular gym and bad eating habits and too much coffee to deal with stress at work. This has started with me entering dancing competitions that now sees me travelling interstate and now i am ready to improve my body that will increase my confidence further and facilitate me becoming the best person I can be in all areas of my life.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

I liked the workout program that was set for us and the forum where issues were raised. While I did not actively participate in this forum, I still found the discussions very informative.
I really liked that this challenge did not require me to starve and taught me that its more important about how I time my meals and what I actually eat.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

Getting into cardio was initially not easy and it took me a while to get into regular dedicated cardio sessions, but once I started, after a week it became much more manageable and enjoyable.
The other difficulty was shortening my breaks between sets and keeping my workouts within a short timeframe.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

This has bought balance back into my life and I have changed myself so I can improve myself in the gym and maintain a good diet while also at the same time staying on top of my career. Giving up coffee (the latte type with lots of milk) has also reduced my stress levels, which was my usual default as soon as I felt any pressure at work.

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

I would say to not think about it and just sign up and register - the figuring out bit can be done later. Its a learning experience and you won't have all the answers straight away.

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

This challenge has exceeded my expectations and I'm looking forward to improving myself even more in the next challenge.

Journal

  • Mitchell Silberman
    11 Nov 2016
    2:14 PM

    average weekly results of my weight (taking into account daily fluctuations due to things like water levels) 1) water levels stayed the same at 48.5kg 2) protein levels stayed the same at 13.5kg 3) mineral levels stayed the same at 4.5kg 4) body fat was the big mover, falling from 13kg to 8kg, a loss of 5kg, and from a high of 16% body fat to 11% body fat on my 2nd last training day I did hit 7.8 kg and 10.3% of body fat

  • Mitchell Silberman
    3 Nov 2016
    5:49 PM

    75.5kg

    I'm going to need to invest in a pair of Bluetooth headphones and subscribe to spotify. I've noticed today that the music in gym is getting worse and softer and its demotivating. otherwise, another good day in the gym working out my back. my fat kg went below 8kg for first time and my bf% hit a low of 10.5%. it's looking like getting below 10% might be within reach

  • Mitchell Silberman
    26 Oct 2016
    2:02 PM

    76kg

    cardio day today and as usual my appetite is crazy and I'm guzzling water to keep myself from eating. also hit a low of 10.6% body fat so I just keep focused with 18 days remaining

  • Mitchell Silberman
    24 Oct 2016
    8:43 PM

    saw physio for 2nd time after seeing last week. shoulder is still feeling good. did my lunch gym session and finished evening off with a after work 30 minute cardio HIIT. my abs are starting to show and I think I might just get that clean defined six pack (maybe). also got a low of 11.2% body fat on the scales. it varies but is on a down trend

  • Mitchell Silberman
    21 Oct 2016
    2:38 PM

    did my 30 min HIIT on cardio today. the cardio session always makes me much more hungry than the weights session

  • Mitchell Silberman
    19 Oct 2016
    10:37 PM

    finished my new back and abs session today. decided not to do a cardio HIIT after work as my legs are still hurting from 2 days ago which is weird as usually I would have recovered by now. might have been the new stiff legged deadlifts

  • Mitchell Silberman
    17 Oct 2016
    8:13 PM

    went to the physio today after suddenly experiencing shoulder pain which reminded me of my rotator cuff injury I got 2 years ago. turns out I couldn't turn my neck fully to the left, but all good now after treatment and was able to do the first leg workout in the afternoon today. but I will try to avoid the after work time as it was too busy and I couldn't get onto the leg press machine and had to do the machine one instead. overall did it in 75 minutes, even with the 30 second breaks so have to work on somehow speeding it up. have booked another physio session for next monday

  • Mitchell Silberman
    15 Oct 2016
    8:06 PM

    getting into this regular Saturday morning food shopping now. chest and biceps workout finished in an amazing 50 minutes, with actual sweat. up until 2 weeks when I switched to enforcing 40 second breaks on myself sweating was a rare occurrence for me. my veins are popping around my arms now when I work out. that was the last workout of the 5 - I week program, tomorrow cardio and then new program starts on Monday. will spend time on Sunday googling how to do the different exercises correctly

  • Mitchell Silberman
    14 Oct 2016
    9:49 PM

    key improvements I have made is implementing 40 second breaks between sets over last 2 weeks - seems I spent too much time between sets that was seeing my workouts extend to 2 hours. also just started 30 min cardio interval treadmill over last 2 weeks too . I'm going to take the next 4 weeks to the next level and do cardio after work, while I do my weights session during lunch time. today I smashed out my chests, shoulders and tris with cardio after work.

  • Mitchell Silberman
    7 Oct 2016
    1:28 PM

    my first 30 HIIT

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