15 Transformations That Prove You Can Change Your Life

Each year, we publish hundreds of awe-inspiring transformations. Here are 15 of the year's best. Read their stories, share in their success, and get inspired to become your own transformation hero!

Transformations don't happen overnight. They take time—hours upon hours spent training, eating well, and putting health above all else. There is no easy route when it comes to making lifelong changes, but perseverance and determination go a long way. Whether you're battling health issues, facing an uphill fat-loss battle, or you've hit a plateau on the way to your goals, these BodySpace members prove that when you officially decide to change, nothing can stop you.

Before the new year starts and you begin to pile up a list of soon-to-be-forgotten resolutions, make one that will stick. Use 2016 as a clean slate and new chance to rebuild your strength, test your limits, and prove to yourself that you can make strides in carving out your own personal fit life.

Check out the top inspirational transformations of the year. Then, after you read these tales of triumph, use your skyrocketing motivation to kick off your own fitness journey. This is your year—the year of your best self.


Jesse Shand

Before 653+ lbs.
After 297 lbs.
Age: 26
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 653+ lbs.
Age: 28
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 297 lbs.

Imagine not leaving your house or seeing your friends for years. Imagine not bathing in nearly that long because your body had grown so enormous that it could no longer fit in the shower. Imagine looking down at the scale and seeing the number 653 staring back at you. That was Jesse's life a few short years ago. With the support of the Bodybuilding.com community, he was able to shed 350 pounds and regain control.

See Jesse's transformation.


John Glaude

Proving that slow and steady wins the race, John transformed the right way—through diet, exercise, patience, and consistency. In two years, he lost 170 pounds and finally gained comfort in his own skin.

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See John's transformation.


Rashard Keen

Rashard Before
Before 350 lbs
Rashard After
After 208 lbs
Age: 30
Height: 5'11"
Body Fat: 40%
Age: 31
Height: 5'11"
Body Fat: 5%

The birth of his son fueled Rashard's desire to change, but progress took him from simply fit to stage-ready. With the support of his family, Rashard had no fear. In May 2014, barely a year into his fitness journey, he won first place at his first-ever bodybuilding competition!

See Rashard's transformation.


Andrew Chilson

Before 238 lbs.
After 158 lbs.
Age: 29
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 238 lbs.
Body Fat: 33%
Age: 32
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 158 lbs.
Body Fat: 5.5%

Andrew didn't let the debilitating effects of Crohn's disease get in the way of achieving his best self. What started out as a slow process of figuring out his nutrition proved worthwhile once he revamped his meal plan. Andrew changed with the help of Kris Gethin's 12-Week-Muscle-Building Trainer and Jim Stoppani's Shortcut to Shred.

See Andrew's transformation.


Tiffany Hatfield

Before 197 lbs.
After 127 lbs.
Age: 30
Weight: 197 lbs.
Body Fat: 30%
Age: 33
Weight: 127 lbs.
Body Fat: 18%

Sick and tired of being sick and tired, Tiffany resolved to change her life for the better at the start of 2013—and stuck with it. The feel-good endorphins she got from exercise helped change her outlook and forge a healthy lifestyle.

See Tiffany's transformation.


Katie Anne Rutherford

Before 175 lbs.
After 145 lbs.
Age: 19
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Body Fat: 25%
Age: 23
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Body Fat: 8% (competing)

Katie went from restricting her food to make weight for track to regaining control of her meals and owning the iron and stage. She won her NPC class one weekend, won her powerlifting meet the next, and finished her three-week string by taking home her pro card in a national figure competition the following week! She's living proof that anyone can be lean and strong.

See Katie's transformation.


Kate Jones

Before 120 lbs.
After 105 lbs.
Age: 24
Height: 5'1"
Weight: 120 lbs.
Body Fat: 25%
Age: 26
Height: 5'1"
Weight: 105 lbs.
Body Fat: 10%

With some inspiration from a former running coach, Kate changed her sedentary ways, dropped the "freshman 15," and learned how to reconnect with her inner athlete. By making her health a priority, she dropped 15 percent body fat in less than two years!

See Kate's transformation.

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Pete Crawford

Before 392 lbs.
After 205 lbs.
Age: 41
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 392 lbs.
Body Fat: 40+%
Age: 44
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Body Fat: 15%

Pete went from chasing beer with McDonald's Quarter Pounders and zero exercise to following strict meal prep and chasing miles on his cycle. He lost 150 pounds in three years, kept it off, and never looked back.

See Pete's transformation.


Samantha Bowman

Before 174 lbs.
After 132 lbs.
Age: 47
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 174 lbs.
Body Fat: 34%
Age: 47
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 132 lbs.
Body Fat: 12%

After tight size-12 pants left her feeling less than stellar, 47-year-old Samantha took matters into her own hands. With a little help from a friend, she took on Arnold's Blueprint, lost more than 40 pounds in 10 months, and took second place in novice figure. She's proof that there's an inner athlete in all of us.

See Samantha's transformation.

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Jon Welch

Before 430 lbs.
After 197 lbs.
Age: 31
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 430 lbs.
Body Fat: 30+%
Age: 35
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 197 lbs.
Body Fat: 11%

After ditching his all-or-nothing mentality, Jon was able to make small, sustainable changes that led to a 200-pound weight loss and a newfound hunger for continuous self-improvement.

See Jon's transformation.


Isaac Velarde

Before 321 lbs.
After 167 lbs.
Age: 35
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 321 lbs.
Body Fat: 46%
Age: 39
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 167 lbs.
Body Fat: 4%

Isaac's childhood trauma led him to use food as a comfort. When he decided to let go and transform his body, he dropped 150 pounds and became fit, happy, and successful!

See Isaac's transformation.


Jason Tucker

Before 245 lbs.
After 201 lbs.
Age: 29
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Body Fat: 26%
Age: 31
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 201 lbs.
Body Fat: 8%

Highly disciplined naval officer Jason Tucker learned that unwanted weight gain can happen to anyone. After giving up his laid-back college life, he set a goal and got shredded!

See Jason's transformation.


Laura Picton-Hildereth

Before 165 lbs.
After 110 lbs.
Age: 45
Height: 5'1"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Body Fat: 30%
Age: 49
Height: 5'1"
Weight: 110 lbs.
Body Fat: 10%

A bone tumor was a wake-up call for Laura. After finding a smarter way to eat and train, she was able to slash her body fat by 20 percent, lose more than 50 pounds, and take the stage—earning a top-three finish!

See Laura transformation.


Christin Rossano

Before 95 LBS.
After 110 LBS.
Age: 17
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 95 lbs.
Body Fat: 10%
Age: 21
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 110 lbs.
Body Fat: 8%

With the strength she drew from her supportive family, Christin was able to meet her goal of gaining weight. She found a meal plan that worked for her and gained muscle mass.

See Christin's transformation.


Vanessa Garcia

Before 164 lbs.
After 123 lbs.
Age: 22
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 164 lbs.
Body Fat: 32%
Age: 25
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 123 lbs.
Body Fat: 16%

Vanessa struggled with an unhealthy relationship with food, but after using her pregnancy as an excuse to eat, she committed to a healthier lifestyle and lost 40 pounds!

See Vanessa's transformation.

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