My favorite part about the muscle magazines is the “members feedback,” What you have to say,” “success stories,” and “story of the month” sections.
I love seeing the pictures of every day folk, like you and I, who have taken action and proved that they are for real.
Today I want to feature Peter Luckraft who was a winner of my 3rd Transformation Challenge and who was willing to answer some questions about his success.
I plan on doing this on a regular basis so keep an eye out on your email Inbox for when I ask you to be featured.
Peter’s before and after pics are at the top (he cropped out the background so they look better FYI)
Vince: What was your fitness level and physique like before using any of my programs?
Peter: I would say mediocre to poor. Before I began implementing your six pack program, I did go to the gym, but like most of the people there, I really didn’t know what I was doing. It was the same old routine with no real results.
Vince: What has been your primary fitness goal and what is your primary motivation towards your training?
Peter: My fitness goal was to get my body fat level into the single digits. I feel that 10% BF is a healthy place to live. My primary motivation is my age and family.
I am 32 years old, and have a wife and 3 daughters who look up to me. I will be the best role model I can for them, and you and I both know Vince, that it feels dam good to be in shape.
Vince: What is your secret to staying motivated?
Peter: Good question, because I have seen so many people lose weight, only to put it right back on, and end up either where they started, or worse! If you have ever watched the first episode of “The Biggest Loser”, then you will know what keeps me motivated. Like anyone else who is out of shape, I struggled like heck to shed the fat and get into great shape, and there is no way I want to do that again, especially now that I have all of the tools required to keep in shape. I quote you Vince, “It’s much easier to keep a six pack than it is to get one”.
Vince: How do you handle your training and nutrition schedule around your company and having a wife and 3 daughters?
Peter: Another great question. Here’s how I see it, if getting in shape is important to you, you make it a priority. Personally, I get up at about 5:00 to 5:30 to get to the gym, usually about 4 days a week. I will sometimes use the old treadmill in the basement for evening intervals on the off days (time I would likely be spending in front of the tube). It leaves me so much available time to be with my wife and daughters.
Regarding nutrition, For the first 4 meals / snacks, I eat alone, so I can eat as healthy as I wish. In the evening, I always try to prepare a great dinner for my family, and frankly, I do allow myslef to indulge a bit at times, but I always make sure that the majority of the time, I am eating good whole foods.
Vince: What is your biggest obstacle with achieving your fitness goals and how have you overcome it?
Peter: Nutrition nutrition nutrition!!! I am a big eater, and I do tend to indulge in a few beers or mixed drinks sometimes more often than I know I should. I have overcome it by being truly committed to my goals, as your programs have taught me how to do so well. I am not going to lie, in my journey, I did go out occasionally, I did order a big prime rib with mashed potatoes once or twice, but I seriously felt committed to my goals.
Like I said, if it is truly important to you, you WILL make it happen. I have heard so many people say, “oh I can’t live that way”. No, it is that you won’t live that way, and that says to me that becoming lean and fit is not important enough to you.
In a nutshell, I overcame this obstacle by taking a stand against myself, and like Eddie Murphy said in the Nutty Professor, saying to myself, “YES I CAN” 🙂
Vince: Share your latest results this past 3 weeks getting ready for your cruise?
Peter: 3 weeks prior to the cruise, I incorporated Joel Marion’s Program, “Cheat Your Way Thin” into my routine. Using this coupled with your workout and motivational program gave me great results, and this was through two of the worst flus I have ever had! The results were I went from 186 lbs to 179 lbs, dropping my bodyfat by 2%. May not sound like much, but it brought me to the lowest BF level I have ever been, sub 8%. Also, as many of you know, the last few pounds are the toughest to lose!
Vince: What has been the most valuable technique you’ve used in building your body to this point in your life?
Peter: Supersets and Giant sets at the gym, as you outline in your programs. Physically, I believe that I learned how to get the most out of a workout when I am at the gym. Frankly, sometimes I am at the gym for 45 minutes, and I literally have to stop because I have worked so hard. I would say this made the biggest difference in my results.
Vince: Your biggest physique goal for 2010?
I would like to live the entire year around 10% BF, and I would really like to pack on some lean muscle. Through my 6-pack quest, I learned that there was a lot more fat on my body than I knew about, and overall, I have gone from a max of nearly 235 lbs down to 180. I would like to get myself to 190 lbs (in the single digits for bodyfat). My plan is to begin by using the 29 week intermediate No Nonsense muscle building program, eating lots of whole foods, and then to lean down over a 12 week period, and see where I am at.
Thanks for the interview Vince, I have truly changed my life thanks to your guidance and support. Your programs are motivating, inspiring, and extremely informative and complete, and I hope that my results have inspired someone else to take a stand and change their life, it is truly the best experience you could ever go through!
END OF INTERVIEW
Wasn’t that great? Heck, I was very impressed to Peters 5-530am wake up times and his outlook on, “If you’re serious than you’ll make time…”
I asked Peter if he would pop into the blog and answer your questions below so feel free to shoot him some specific questions and don’t forget to give him a huge congratulations.
Also mention what stood out to you in his interview. I’m sure he would appreciate that.
If you want to be featured then let me know and send me your pictures and I’ll send you a new batch of questions to answer.
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