Body Transformation: Flexing At 40

Paul didnt want to attend his brother's wedding in an out-of-shape body. He needed something better. See how he flexed his muscle and proved himself wrong!
Name: Paul Welsh
Email: pwelsh71@hotmail.com
BodySpace: ThinkingBoutit

Paul Welsh Paul Welsh
AGE 34
HEIGHT
6'2"
WEIGHT
160 lbs
BODY FAT
20%
AGE 41
HEIGHT
6'2"
WEIGHT
210 lbs
BODY FAT
12%

Why I Decided To Transform

I was always tall and slender growing up. I graduated high school at 150 pounds and didn't have to work hard to stay lean (skinny was cool back then with big hair bands and skinny jeans). In my early 30s my metabolism started to slow and I didn't change my diet. Chubbiness started to appear in the places men don't want it.

I dabbled with lifting from 2006-08, but nothing serious. When I was 36, I realized it was time to get after it. With 40 in my sights, I wanted to be in the best shape of my life, so I could proudly say that I'm 40. That obviously wasn't enough motivation because I did very little.

In late 2008, I received a wedding invite from my brother who was getting married that following spring. I was going to see family I haven't seen in years. That gave me motivation to start my journey. I hit the gym every day possible and stuck with the program I got from Bodybuilding.com.

It took a few months, but I started feeling better and seeing growth. I found myself flexing in the mirror, which I didn't ever consider doing in the past, and challenged myself to work on different muscle groups until I saw change. It was on and I was 100 percent committed.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I was active in my late 30s. I coached my boys in baseball, football, and wrestling, so finding energy or a competitive drive wasn't an issue. I challenged and rewarded myself for going to the gym.

There were days when I didn't want to go, but I told myself to just walk in and see what happens. I usually did a couple warm-up exercises and got into it. Going to the gym was the hardest part. Sometimes I would meet a friend there, which meant I had to go.

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey
Morning
Pre-workout
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 3
Meal 5
Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track
Day 1: Arms/Chest/Abs
Day 2: Cardio/Shoulders/Back/Abs
Day 3: Legs/Abs
Day 4: Cardio
Day 5: Arms/Chest/Abs
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: Cardio/Shoulders/Back/Abs

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

The biggest challenge is cardio; I absolutely hate it, but I have a running partner, so it's a commitment I have to do. I can see the diet being an issue going forward as I attempt to find my abs by reducing my body fat percentage to single digits.

My Future Fitness Plans

I see myself staying fit for the rest of my life. The thought of competing has crossed my mind a few times, but I realize I'm a few years from that. I plan to stay on this path because I feel better, happier, and more successful.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers

It takes 66 days for habits to form—get there. When you start seeing gains, you'll be hooked and find yourself flexing in the mirror with a huge smile on your face. It's worth every ounce of sweat.

Find a friend to go with so you have to commit and don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Create a BodySpace account to track your gains, losses, and goals, and to meet others. You have to start somewhere. I highly recommend getting in the gym prior to New Year's.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

I have been a member of Bodybuilding.com for a long time. It's a one-stop shop for inspiration, motivation, and supplementation. I find myself on the exercise page consistently looking for new ideas for each muscle group. It's the best fitness site for beginner to advanced bodybuilders.

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Great job dude! keep it up

Dec 6, 2012 8:52pm | report
 
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geoffers12

awesome job....no chest press at all?

Dec 7, 2012 5:51am | report
 
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Good job man.. Shoulders twice a week? that's cool, if it works for you go for it! D'ont give up

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Nice to see a nice realistic transformation. Well done bro, you are a REAL inspiration instead of this fitness models

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Thanks! Appreciate the nice words!

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Great job!

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Great job! Excellent!

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aakarshandhir

Nice great motivation...(y)

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super great work

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