My name is Alex, and I’m pumped to share with you my transformation story with Body Beast. With my wedding coming up, I needed to have that bridal physique I’ve been dreaming about for years! Check out my personal experience.
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My Exercise Background
Growing up, I was fortunate to have a healthy lifestyle ingrained in me from my parents – sports every season and salads after every dinner. With my petite frame, standing in 5’ 4”, and a consistent weight since high school of ~107 pounds. I figured things were going fine.
My activities centered around running with six marathons under my belt. On top of that, I joined my friends at their spin, barre, or other HIIT classes. Like most, I thought that workouts were measured in sweat, so if something seemed too “light,” I moved onto the next activity.
My days started with a slender bod in the morning, but by night, my stomach progressively grew and became bloated. If I had to fit into a tight dress that evening, I would abstain from eating for hours beforehand. Many of my friends used this same tactic. Thankfully, I’ve wised up with the help of Ryan.
The Wedding Push – Six Months To Go
I’d been through a rotation of workouts, between yoga, pilates, and cardio, but this time I needed to see a difference. Our wedding was just six months away! My wedding dress was sleeveless and slim fit, so I needed my arms, back, and abs to be toned.
Additionally, I needed to stay that way for the full day! We decided that morning was the best time for us to work out and got started.
Ryan put me on a lean weight lifting regimen that began with a build phase followed by a bulk phase, roughly 30-45 minutes, six days a week. To begin, I starting lifting with 5 lbs. weights on arms and 15 lbs. for legs. My strength improved each week over a variety of exercises targeting legs, back, shoulders, arms, abs, and cardio.
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The best part was that weight lifting wasn’t about the sweat. Most days I didn’t need to shower before work! I knew I was progressing because I was upping my weights each week. Never again will I question if I got a good body workout in if I didn’t sweat!
Even with the wedding coming up, it was easy to fall into lapses of laziness and overeating, but Ryan kept me accountable. One of the many benefits of working out as a couple. He made sure I prioritized workouts even during a crazy work and travel schedule.
Throughout the six months, I focused on my nutrition by eating more “leafy greens and beans” and keeping to six small meals daily. Overall, I didn’t make drastic changes to my diet.
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The Final Push – 2 Weeks To Go
Before I knew it, our wedding was just two weeks away! It was time for my final dress fitting. I slipped into my dress, and it nearly slipped off! Music to my ears, the salon tailor said she could take it in but warned me not to lose any more weight! I’ll never forget that. I hurried home to take my measurements and photos.
I felt stronger than ever before, and my body stayed the same size throughout the day. Regarding my photos and measurements, I am glad I had them. I didn’t realize how much my body had changed until I saw them.
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First off, I went from 110 lbs. to 102 lbs. This weight is incredible for my small size, especially considering all of the muscle weight I put on! I hadn’t been that size since early high school. My next proudest number was the 4” increase in my hips – so psyched for my new Asian booty!
For the rest, the photos speak for themselves. While I saw that my stomach and waist was leaner, I was floored when I saw my back. Who keeps hidden weight in their back?! I do, apparently! Now I was ready to rock my wedding dress!
Since then, other ladies have asked me how I lost 8 lbs. – especially petite girls who feel they’ve plateaued. It is incredible to help other women with my own experience.
Massive thank you to my trainer and now, husband, Ryan Gleason, for creating my transformation! Following the Body Beast program through Beachbody On Demand has been worth it for many reasons and proved to be an effective way to learn how to weight lift and get results.