By: Ryan Magin
About: Changing my life and getting shredded
God I cringe looking at the pic of me at 240 lbs.
I mean holy shit what did I become. I am actually amazed I managed to have an attractive girlfriend while looking so damn fat.
But either way…
I set out a year ago this month to get as lean as I possibly could. I figured when I got to a point were I was comfortable showing a Instagram pic of me shirtless it was time I wrote about what I did to do it.
(Side Note: I am still cutting and shooting for 185 lbs and I still am highly self conscious about said Instagram pic.)
The journey has been crazy…
So much has happened in 1 year that it was emotional to write out all the stuff that happened.
I gotta tell ya..
If you set out on a journey like the one I did you change.
I am not just talking about your physique.
But you change as a person.
I will talk about some of my life events a little lower in the post but for now lets talk about my workout and diet that got me to each photo and weight.
October 2012 – I weighed 240 lbs and looked like shit
I followed a basic 5 day a week body building workout that my good friend Chris Barnard wrote out for me.
I am talking chest day, arm day, shoulder day etc…
I also started doing slow incline cardio 5 days a week fasted (No food for 10 hours prior to cardio) in the morning as well.
I didn’t change my diet much I just cut out all Gluten and dairy products.
This was a pretty easy phase as I lost 20 lbs fairly quickly.
The next phase was a little harder.
May 2013 – 225 and a little bit of muscle
I took a huge step and I actually hired a physique coach. This was a small investment for a Skype consult with Jeff Alberts of Team 3DMJ.
I found them on youtube and all the people they coached were absolutely shredded.
So invested and haven’t looked back since.
Jeff actually taught me how to count my macros and manipulate my diet so I could lose weight while still living life.
The macros I followed were 300 carbs, 230 protein, and 70 fats.
We agreed upon a 20 week cut to get to 205 lbs.
This took a little longer as I had a few major life events derail me a bit.
(A break up with a 2 year long relationship kinda side tracks all diets)
But either way I got back on the horse and kept at it.
The workout I followed during this phase was Jim Wendlers 5,3,1 program.
I also did the boring but big accessory lifts after my bench, squat, deadlift, and military press.
This was a basic program that got me really strong.
My deadlift actually got over 500 lbs during this phase. I really liked training for pure strength and this was a lot of fun to follow.
But as I got lighter so did my motivation for caring about lifting huge weights.
August 2013 – 205 lbs and in a dark place
Once I hit 205 lbs a lot of weird things happened.
Mentally it was tough because i was very attached to being over 200 lbs.
I also really liked lifting heavy weights.
As you get lighter your strength will go down. This is a total mind fuck.
But I just kept on pushing following the 5,3,1 program as laid out.
Here is were things got weird.
My weight started to go up and I was packing on a lot of mass in my chest, shoulders, and back.
This was causing all of my newly acquired tailored clothes to not fit. This was not something I wanted.
So I lowered my macros and started eating 180 protein, 200 carbs, 70 fats.
I then hit up my good friend and expert at getting the lean GQ look Rusty Moore.
Rusty is the creator of the muscle building program Visual Impact Muscle. He is pure badass at helping guys get the lean GQ model look.
This is currently what I want.
I have gotten into fashion and like to be able to buy nice good fitting clothes without spending a lot of money at the tailor.
So I told Rusty my goal as I was currently back at around 210 lbs.
He also added that I workout and do cardio before eating on those days as well.
I don’t want to give away the workout I did as Rusty charges for his expertise…
But i will say it contains a lot of cardio and can get a little boring 🙂
So I have been following Rusty’s program as he laid out for the last 6-8 weeks.
My weight as of writing this is 193lbs.
As you can see in the pic I am leaner than I have ever been in my entire life. I also fit into all kinds of awesome clothes that I never knew I would even like.
I am gonna continue to keep cutting until I have a legit set of abs. I suppose it will take me to around 185 lbs before I hit that goal.
Once again being this light for me has been an adjustment.
I mean I can buy medium t-shirts lol.
But either way I wanted to write this for myself as well as the hope that maybe it will inspire someone to change their life.
So if you liked this please hit the little Facebook like button and share this page. My ego will thank you highly. 🙂
As for some life events that happened during the year long journey?…
At the weight of 240 lbs my business was in ruins. I felt like shit all the time and had no energy.
At the weight of 225 lbs I was in the process of completely reinventing my business and it was at a loss for what I even wanted to do with my life.
I had no clarity and no vision for what I wanted to do.
At the weight of 205 lbs I split up with my girlfriend of 2 years.
I knew I was in a dark place and instead of drowning myself in vodka I sought out help from my longtime friend Elliott Hulse.
He introduced me to a crazy form of therapy called Bio Energetics.
I am not gonna get into what we do during our sessions but the shit really works. Since starting to do Bio Energetics I have changed as a person.
Not only am I at the lightest and in the best shape ever. I am into a lot of things I never knew I even liked.
This has also given me clarity in that I now know exactly who I want to talk to with my writing and what I want for my greater vision.
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