Overall Male Winner, Ages 40–49
In 12 short weeks, Gary lost:
NA% body fat
10.5 inches off his waist
What was the key to your success?
A lot of cardio. Every day I either ran five miles or I’d get on an elliptical for an hour. That was the key to me dropping so much weight, so fast. I loved it. Cardio was the first thing I did every day. I wouldn’t touch weights before I did my cardio. I also kept my diet clean by avoiding unhealthy foods. And the training staff, especially my trainer Kevin, kept pushing me through every day.
What was a benefit of the Challenge?
You can’t even explain the difference that you feel. At 42 years old, I can do stuff that I couldn’t do at 22. It’s amazing how my body has adapted to running five miles—and for the first 4.5 miles, I can have a conversation with somebody and not be winded. I can do a set of 20 pull-ups with no problem. I could never do that before.
How did you stay motivated?
I had never entered any kind of challenge or weight-loss challenge, but I was feeling winded and out of shape. I knew that if I was going to do it, I was going to do it all the way. I couldn’t believe how far I actually went. I love the way I look and feel. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Gary’s ChallengeTip: Do your cardio first. If I do it at the end, I’m dragging and I’m second-guessing myself. If I do it first, then the rest—the weights, the abs, is a bonus for me.