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Body Transformation: Focused, Fueled, And Ripped!

Wrestling taught Josh to diet like a champion and work like a beast, but a massive college workload diverted his priorities. See what reenergized his fitness focus!
Name: Josh Dech
Email: jdech3@hotmail.com
BodySpace: jdech3

Josh Dech Josh Dech
AGE 20
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
190 lbs
BODY FAT
18%
AGE 20
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
168 lbs
BODY FAT
6.5%

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Why I Decided to Transform

I wrestled for four years in high school and coached for two years. I started going to the gym in high school and did everything possible to stay in pristine shape for wrestling. I did well my first two years because I was stronger than most competitors. I never placed lower than second at any tournament. My last two years of high school, I wrestled at provincial level and almost made it to nationals.

However, when college came, I experienced the famed freshman 15, then 20, 25, and more. I left high school at roughly 160 pounds, but the paramedic program in college took all of my free time and left none for the gym. I was a full-time student, ate when possible, and only managed to be at the gym 2-3 days per week at best. I spent 60 hours per week in the ambulance for field experience and my down time was spent studying for upcoming tests.

My sleep schedule was messed up because I worked nights (7 p.m.-7 a.m.) and my classes and tests were in the morning. Due to that, my eating habits were off track. I wanted to change my body back to the way it used to be. I always valued pushing my body to the limit and there's nothing I wouldn't do to reclaim it.

I entered the 2013 100K Transformation Challenge on Bodybuilding.com to motivate me to eat better and exercise regularly. I love being in the gym and weight training more than sleep. I sincerely missed being able to train hard, so I challenged myself. If you want to see a man cry, stick around after my leg workout when the down escalator at the gym is broken.

After getting into shape again, I feel better, sleep better, have more energy, and my friends and family are encouraged to change too. My mom is down 12 pounds in the last 12 weeks. Considering her age, I'm impressed!

How I Accomplished My Goals

I accomplished my goals with a good work ethic. I learned how to lose weight from wrestling, so fitness wasn't a mystery. My major obstacle was sacrificing down time to precook meals for upcoming work days and getting to the gym after a 12-hour shift at work, which took serious motivation and drive. Admittedly, I slacked a bit at first, but was able to pull my socks up and keep going.

I motivated myself with pictures from previous transformation challenge winners. I thought, "If they can do it, why can't I?" People have transformed their bodies for years and I knew it was possible.

I started my diet by cutting out extras. First, I cut pop, sweets, and fast food, and then I looked at my weekly progress photos. I felt better, slept better, and had more energy. This in itself was motivation. I got my nutrition in check and ate carbs in the morning and fats and proteins later in the day.

There were always obstacles. My family has a tendency to eat dessert at least three nights per week. After that, if they play a card game or have friends over, there are chips, pop, cake, and other junk food involved. Some days, if they had friends over, they would have pizza for dinner because it was easy. I had to be in the kitchen cooking a chicken breast and cutting up veggies, but knew it was worth it.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
Before Bed
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation

I kept a steady breakdown of my diet. I ate 5-6 meals per day that were 300-400 calories each, which totaled 2000 calories per day.

Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5: Post-workout Shake
Dinner
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

I lifted four days per week and did cardio 3-4 days per week.

Day 1 & Day 4: Chest/Back/Shoulders
Day 2 & Day 5: Legs/Abs
Cardio Days

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

My biggest challenge was finding motivation to work out after a 12-hour work shift. The best way to get through was with a solid pre-workout product.

I had to be careful to time it properly so I could sleep after the gym. Sometimes it was best to skip the pre-workout.

My Future Fitness Plans

My future fitness plans are, and always have been, to compete and get on magazine covers, and be a spokesmodel for a company.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Find motivation: You need something to keep going. If you don't have the drive to do what is necessary, you are guaranteed to fall off track.
  • Be realistic: If you're new to fitness and nutrition, make a realistic goal. If you have lots of weight to lose, think it terms of years, not weeks.
  • Work hard: The generic "work hard" statement fits anything worth doing. However, when I say work hard, I mean go into the gym realizing that throwing up or passing out is always on the table.
  • Sleep and hydrate: Sleep and water are absolutely necessary for your metabolism and recovery. I aim for 3 liters per 100 pounds of bodyweight.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

I've been a member for a long time and have browsed most categories on the site. I recently started looking at the hundreds of transformation stories and photos. It helps to find someone with similar body stats as you to get a mental image of yourself in the before and after.

Josh's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Numb/Encore" by Linkin Park and Jay-Z
  2. "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore
  3. "That Ain't Classy" by Classified
  4. "Run With Me" by Classified
  5. "Days Go By" by The Offspring

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gwengiox

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Bulked real good my man!!

Jul 3, 2013 8:04pm | report
 
Dbuild31

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Dbuild31

Very nice! As a fellow wrestler I've been trying to find the motivation to get back into the gym consistently. I'm right there with you on the 12 hour shifts and school. Let me tell ya, this is some serious motivation man! Great job and keep it up, it all pays off in the end brutha!

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jake8k

I saw many of my own struggles when you were talking about abstaining from junk food when your family was eating pizza and desserts. It's a hard choice to make everytime but as i've learned it pays off. Stay committed man, you're doing great.

Jul 3, 2013 10:29pm | report
 
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great work bro

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KEEP IT UP MAN GOOD JOBBBBBB

Jul 4, 2013 6:07am | report
 
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jstanek

I'd never do tough mudder, who runs through electrical wires on purpose?

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Mudvayne24

I'm just amazed that nobody's died from it yet. 10,000 volts is way more than enough to stop your heart.

Jul 4, 2013 11:46am | report
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codyhedberg

Ha just try one, take some friends, never had so much fun working my *** off ever. And it's not the volts you need to worry about, it's the amps. The setup in the event is perfectly safe.

Jul 25, 2013 12:29pm | report
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selrahc39

Agreed. I"ve ben tasered before and I got to say I'm not a big fan

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RadovanPanik

wow you are my hero

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sameh_fikry

What about arms days???

Jul 4, 2013 8:09pm | report
 
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bsalkeld

Awesome job man! The fact you can hit the gym after a 12 hour shift is no easy feat. Love it...

Jul 4, 2013 10:15pm | report
 
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  • wt: 197.53 lbs
  • bf: 13.0%
Antrozous

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Antrozous

Ha I'm from Windsor too! What gym is that? I don't recognize it

Jul 5, 2013 5:29am | report
 
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occylupo

finally someone with a good taste in music. awesome physique!

Jul 5, 2013 8:40am | report
 
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I totally know what you mean with your friends and family eating crappy. They judge me but I know it will be worth it like you said.

Jul 5, 2013 12:43pm | report
 
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Am truly inspired. Working 12 hr shift and still go to the gym/workout is incredible. Great work there.

Jul 5, 2013 12:48pm | report
 
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chiefgreybeard

Remember those college days, went to college, worked a PM shift and lived at home. Had a set of 50# dumbbells and adjustable bench and multi-grip chin up bar. Read for 20-30 minutes, superset or tri-set for 10-12 minutes and read some more. Stayed in great shape.

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BoldE

Gr8 work man. bt wat bwt biceps nd triceps. Just curious

Jul 6, 2013 10:13am | report
 
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Gr8 work man. bt wat bwt biceps nd triceps. Just curious

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Awesome job!

Jul 6, 2013 1:36pm | report
 
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Unreal work baby! I am so proud of you! Keep the hard work coming. Be careful though, I'm catching up ;)

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Great : )

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Been awhile since I've seen a classified fan. The hard work definitely shows, good job!

Jul 25, 2013 12:34pm | report
 
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Thanks man this article was informational and motivating! Thank you!!!

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Good job bro! keep it up!!

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