2010 Military Contest Winner Jason Barnshaw!

Jason was always one of those people who could lose weight, but could never make a permanent change. Now 22 pounds and 9 percent body fat lighter, he is still in disbelief of his progress. Check out how he did it!


2010 Military Contest Winner Jason Barnshaw


Jason Barnshaw.

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What Is Your Goal?

I have had the problem that many other individuals face day in and day out; I get into good shape but never make "lifestyle" changes and resort back to my bad habits. When I came across the opportunity to sign up for the military challenge I thought to myself, this is my chance to change my lifestyle to a much healthier one. I am currently deployed to Qatar AB and know that with 14 hour work days, difficulties with food selections, and the stresses of being away from loved ones, this will be a difficult task to achieve, but nothing worth having is ever easy.

In the next 10 weeks I will get into the best shape of my life. Not only by appearance, but also cardio and mental. I would like to drastically lower my fitness test run time, which now sits at 13:45 for a mile and a half, as well as my body fat level. I am going to become a better husband, father, and military member and I am going to accomplish it through fitness. For motivation I need look no further then the fellow Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines I work with on a day-to-day basis.

I will also lean heavily on my support system back home, my family. I am also looking to bring as many of them along on the journey with me...to not only support my lifestyle change, but also motivate them to join me. That is what this is really all about, bettering oneself while helping as many others as you can along the way.

Bettering Yourself And Others Along The Way Is What It Is All About.
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Bettering Yourself And Others Along
The Way Is What It Is All About.

How Did You Accomplish Your Goal?

Never in a million years did I think I would be where I am right now in life when I started the journey towards completing the Military Challenge 2010. This has been the most eye opening, rewarding, and life changing experience I have ever accomplished. I began my journey weighing 187lbs, with a 36.5" waist, 17% body fat, and a 14:27 mile and a half time for my Air Force PT test. I set my goals to improve on each one of those aspects; never did I imagine that overall effect the changes I would make would have on not only my life but those around me.

When I took my final pictures Oct 6th I weighed 175lbs, have a 31" waist, 8.5% body fat, and my new mile and a half run time is now 11:45. I have also been nicotine free for 14 weeks! I blew past all the original goals I established for myself. To obtain my goals I stuck to a conservative diet (as much as it could be at a deployed location) and worked my butt off. When I needed support I had to look no further than my family, friends, co-workers, and the great members of BodySpace.

But more importantly than my accomplishments was the effect I had on others, especially here, in this deployed environment. The guys I work with actually call me Mr. Synergy because of all the people I have influence and affected. Even with working 12-14 hour days, I spent many off duty hours working with people in the gym, developing workout plans, and answering as many questions as I possibly could. My workout partner actually did some research and asked everyone I helped in reaching their fitness goals and it came out to be over 20 people, even more awesome is that in total they lost over 250lbs! That is better than any reward or acknowledgment I could ever receive.

That is why I believe I would be a great military spokesperson, I have found my passion and calling, it is helping others reach their goals. I accomplish this through encouragement, coaching, assisting, listening, and leading by example. I am just a normal guy but I was able to completely change my life both physically and mentally while in a deployed location, working 12-14 hours a day protecting our country and going to school. I know it is a cliché, but if I can do it, anyone can. All they need is a little encouragement, and assistance along the way.

If I am chosen as the Military Spokesperson that is exactly what I will do, help as many people as possible while continuing to try to improve myself as much as possible. I would like to thank Bodybuilding.com and MusclePharm for providing us military members this awesome opportunity to make a difference. Just in my little scope it has already affected so many. See how far we can take it!

People Call Me Mr. Synergy Because Of All The People I've Influenced.
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People Call Me Mr. Synergy Because
Of All The People I've Influenced.


I kept my supplements simple with protein, multivitamin, BCAAs, and fish oils. When I felt my workouts starting to struggle I researched for an energy booster and found MusclePharm's Battle Fuel. Wow! My energy and concentration went through the roof; I have never experienced anything like it. I actually can't wait to get home from this deployment to try their Muscle Mass Stack when I begin my bulk.


Meal 1: 5:30 PM

Meal 2: 8:30 PM

Meal 3: 11:00 PM

Meal 4: 12:30 AM

Meal 5: 3:00 AM

Meal 6: 5:30 AM

Meal 7: 8:00 AM


Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.
Trisets - Three exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.
Drop Sets - Also known as strip sets, drop sets involve the immediate reduction of weight between sets with no rest. This will thoroughly burn out a muscle.

Day 1: Chest

Day 2: Back

Day 3: Shoulders

Day 4: Off

Day 5: Legs

Day 6: Arms

Day 7: Cardio

  • Morning Cardio - Swim: 45 minutes

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