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Josh suffered a horrible string of luck that would have finished most people, but life didn't stay bad for long. He found the strength to pick himself up through fitness!
Name: Josh Black
Email: JoshBlack3@yahoo.com
BodySpace: ammonblack

Josh Black Josh Black
AGE 33
HEIGHT
6'0"
WEIGHT
240 lbs
BODY FAT
23%
AGE 34
HEIGHT
6'0"
WEIGHT
185 lbs
BODY FAT
6%

Why I Decided To Transform

I've always been involved in sports in fashion. Wrestling and football were my passion growing up. In college, I got serious about lifting because I wanted to perform better in football. My philosophy was to consume a lot of calories and gain weight because I lifted large amounts of weight during my workouts.

In 2005, my life was turned upside down. My father and older sister passed away and I went through a divorce within eight months. It all took place within the first year of my teaching career also. This was an extremely difficult time for me and my motivation for life was gone. I stayed out of the gym for a long time and became disgusted with myself.

My mindset in regards to training and fitness changed in June of 2011. A close friend recommended Kris Gethin's 12-Week Hardcore Trainer on Bodybuilding.com. I started at 240 pounds and 23 percent body fat. I set some personal goals for myself and jumped into the program full bore. I decided to make a change because I was unhappy with the way I looked and wanted to live a longer, happier life. I didn't want my life to be cut short like it was for my father and sister. I wanted to be around for my family and be able to lift weights and train with my four children.

By the time the program was over, I lost 45 pounds and was down to 10 percent body fat. A month later, on the day of my first photo shoot, I was down to 182 pounds and 6 percent body fat. A few months later, I decided to compete in my first NGA natural bodybuilding competition and placed third. I'm currently training for my next show.

I've had success because the changes I made were permanent, not just short-term. I changed my lifestyle and the way I think and train. It doesn't matter how much weight I lift. I still lift as heavy as I can, but it's more important to me that my muscles are contracting and working on each rep.

Since my transformation, I had many conversations with friends, family, acquaintances in the gym, and people on BodySpace. It feels good to offer advice and share my story with others. It feels good knowing that I'm a regular guy who works a full-time job, has a wife and four children, and is able to find time in the gym. It doesn't matter what your background is, what you do for a living, or where you're from, you can be successful and reach your goals.

How I Accomplished My Goals

The first measure I took was to put everything out there for people to see. I didn't want my transformation to be a secret. I told everyone I knew on social networks, at work, and in casual settings. I told people I'm going to transform my body and make major lifestyle changes to better myself. I'm an elementary school teacher who sets high expectations on my students. I didn't want it to be different with my fitness goals.

I have to admit, there were many days I wanted to quit. I still have days where I have to talk myself into going to the gym. I think it's important to realize we all have those days. What sets you apart is taking it to the next level and not making excuses. BodySpace was a huge help for me to overcome those moments of weakness. I reminded myself of the end goal and looked to others who inspired me.

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey
With Meal 2, 4 and 6
With Meal 6: Post-workout
With Meal 8
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation
Meal 1: Breakfast
Meal 3: Lunch
Meal 4: Afternoon
Meal 5: Dinner/Pre-workout
  • tilapia

    Tilapia

    6 oz

  • veggies

    Veggies

    1 cup

  • quinoa

    Quinoa

    1/4 cup

Meal 6: Post-workout
Meal 7
Meal 8: Before bed
Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track
Day 1: Legs/Abs/Cardio
Day 2: Chest/Cardio
Day 3: Arms/Abs/Cardio
Day 4: Shoulders/Traps/Cardio
Day 5: Abs/Calves/Cardio
Day 6: Cardio
  • Jogging-Treadmill Jogging-Treadmill

    HIIT

    25 min
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

The staff lounge at school is full of unhealthy treats that teachers often bake and bring to share. I couldn't partake. That's the world we live in. There are many sources of cheap, unhealthy foods that are easily accessible. It can be hard to find healthy foods.

Second was patience. I wasn't seeing the results as quickly as I wanted. Changes take time and consistently. Some days are harder than others. I learned to take it one day at a time, one workout at a time.

My Future Fitness Plans

My goals are to continue competing in natural bodybuilding shows and to find a supplement sponsor. I earned my personal training certificate and want to be a positive influence by sharing what I learned. I have a unique opportunity because I work with children and childhood obesity is a huge problem in our country. I'd like to stand as a healthy example to my students.

I want to do some fitness modeling and influence my family by training my children how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and create lifelong habits that will be passed down for many generations.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers

The message I want to share is that you can do it. I'm a regular guy who put effort forth and experienced success. It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from, or what your profession or background is; everyone can have success. Believe in yourself, your goals, and hold nothing back. Keep in mind where you want to be and envision yourself reaching those goals.

Don't let others discourage you. There are many who try to discourage you. I call them haters, and there are plenty of them. Prove them wrong and show them and yourself that you can. Don't wait until later, do it now.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com had a huge influence on my success. The website is a never ending source of knowledge and support. When I need answers for anything to do with bodybuilding and fitness, I can find them here. The videos, articles, and posts motivate me to achieve my goals.

BodySpace helps me connect to others with similar backgrounds and goals to find strength. Bodybuilding.com is a great place to get supplements at great deals with superior information. I'm on Bodybuilding.com every day seeking knowledge and motivation.

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Trapani517

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Trapani517

Great work man, keep it up especially at your age. People tend to fall off the wagon once their 30's set in

Nov 28, 2012 5:32pm | report
 
hospitalward4

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hospitalward4

LOOK AT THE STRIATIONS IN THE CHEESSSTT! LOOK AT THEM!

Nov 28, 2012 5:45pm | report
 
JRose13

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JRose13

look at the fibers, look at the seperation, DEM GAINZZ man, DEM GAINNNZZZZZ!

Nov 28, 2012 7:50pm | report
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sjpaladino

He getting all KINDS of gains. Hes got feathers! Striations even in his fingers tips!

Nov 28, 2012 11:06pm | report
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TheKodaBear

RESPECT EM!

Nov 29, 2012 11:55am | report
H2odude

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H2odude

STRIaaationzz allll ovvvvaaa

Nov 29, 2012 4:27pm | report
rpeach27

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rpeach27

Love this! Way to go man I wish you all the success in the world! Keep it up and you will achieve your goals and more.

Nov 29, 2012 1:11am | report
 
Jamaloogy

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Jamaloogy

One Beautiful Motivation today! :D

many thanks!!

Nov 29, 2012 1:36am | report
 
Joedzilla

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Joedzilla

Amazing job man, and inspiring story too, i know is hard in our 30's to keep up working out, since is just easy to relax and quit...
Your story has inspired me and made me want to keep up my training and even be better at it at my 33's years old.

Nov 29, 2012 7:12am | report
 
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 176.37 lbs
  • bf: 17.0%
beeker287

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beeker287

You are a inspiration to us all. Great article.

Nov 29, 2012 8:07am | report
 
jpoole78

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jpoole78

Great transformation man. I have lost 28lbs and and am 34 so this helps keep me motivated. You've got striations on top of striations! Again great job sir!!

Nov 29, 2012 9:30am | report
 
Fr4me

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Fr4me

Couldn't find "back" day, reason for not doing back day?

Nov 29, 2012 9:43am | report
 
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  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 171.96 lbs
  • bf: 13.0%
xMiiDNIGHT

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xMiiDNIGHT

I noticed that too, he does to a lot of rear delt stuff so maybe he doesn't have to.

Nov 29, 2012 10:41am | report
jpstanton

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jpstanton

That would explain why his back is so weak, no where near in balance with his chest.

Nov 29, 2012 2:44pm | report
kiestonreece

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kiestonreece

Excellent excellent EXCELLENT way to apply both HIIT and LISS in your routine!!! I enjoy this as well. You are kicking tail!!!

Nov 29, 2012 10:08am | report
 
DocF

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DocF

Awesome work man, great comeback. I definitely admire your determination, keep up the good work.

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georgesmith85

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georgesmith85

Awesome work! Sorry about the losses in the family. Your comeback is inspiring. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Nov 29, 2012 11:38am | report
 
101PeteN

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101PeteN

no back day lol obviously does though

Nov 29, 2012 2:15pm | report
 
rtvick

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rtvick

this is going to sound like a real newb question but just so i'm clear. the exercises that have 3 sets of 12-15 then a triple drop set of 10. in reality, that is 6 sets per exercise when that applies, correct?

Nov 29, 2012 3:07pm | report
 
ammonblack

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Yes that is correct at times I will do 3-4 sets of 12-15 reps heaviest weight I can go, then with that last set I will start with a heavier weight and complete 5-10 reps, then drop, 5-10 reps, then drop 5-10 reps. Some days I will drop as many as 5 drops within that set. I am high blood volume kind of guy and I love the feeling of feeling my muscles burn and I like they are going to explode. I think one of the biggest things with me is I don't do the same stuff day in and day out. I like to switch it up and keep the my body guessing and challenged. The above program was just one way of I have approached my training.

Dec 2, 2012 11:12am | report
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Well done Man!!!!!It's funny,how not so long time ago,U were the one in search of motivation,and now U are motivation to many...

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Great job, man. Very inspirational.

Nov 30, 2012 5:26pm | report
 
ammonblack

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ammonblack

Wow just noticed my back workout was not included. I don't know if in the chaos of trying to put things together for the highlight I forgot to put it in or what. The above back and white pics where taken right after my transformation over a year an a half ago. I too noticed that was an area I wanted to improve in. Since then I have attacked my back, shoulders, and traps and have seen a lot of progress. In my forums you can see my daily workouts as I post them and back, shoulders, and traps are being hit really hard every week. I think that really is what the sport is about, looking at areas that you need to improve in and going to work. My next photo shoot will show the difference. ;)

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beetle213

Great job! Curious as to what time you typically eat breakfast and workout.

Dec 4, 2012 11:37am | report
 
ammonblack

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I usually eat breakfast during the workweek on Monday, Wed, and Friday's at 6 am because I try and workout in the morning before my teaching job on those days. Tuesday and Thursdays I will eat breakfast at 7:00 am because I will workout nights on those days anywhere from 8-10:30 at night. Depending on when I can get my kids to bed and get out the door. In general I try to eat as soon as I can after I wake up. After fasting through the night your body need nutrients right away.

Dec 5, 2012 1:04pm | report
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