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Body Transformation: Leonard Breathes Success

Years of yo-yo dieting made Leonard borderline obese. See how a trip to Las Vegas altered his goals and inspired him to go from 23 to five percent body fat!
Name: Leonard Fox
Email: Nard369@gmail.com
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Leonard Fox Leonard Fox
AGE 43
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
232 lbs
BODY FAT
23%
AGE 44
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
165 lbs
BODY FAT
5%

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Why I Decided to Transform

It was time for a change when I moved to Michigan and gained 30 pounds in six months. This was a years-long struggle of terrible yo-yo dieting that I couldn't get under control. As a former college basketball player, I remembered how easy it was to play the sport and participate in physical activity without it feeling difficult.

I moved back to Michigan after living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. My nephews, who are now in high school, started to challenge me in my old age. The athlete inside me never left, but my body told a different story. I made a commitment to eat clean and work out for one year. While transforming, I was approached about competing several times in the men's physique bodybuilding division.

I researched about men's physique and thought it would be nice to compete again. When I was in Las Vegas, Nevada, I saw hundreds of people in excellent shape and knew I had work to do if I wanted to be on their level. But I was surprised to hear people ask if I was in town for a competition. I had no idea what they were talking about. Later I found that they were referring to the Olympia. It was a sign and I added it to my goals in September 2012 along with my original goal: to be a featured transformation on Bodybuilding.com.

When I was overweight, I never had energy to play with my daughter and made excuses not to play basketball. My knees were in extreme pain. I couldn't play pickup ball in the driveway without getting winded.

Now, after my transformation, I currently play in a basketball league, run around with plenty of energy, and usually guard the best player on the opposing team. I'm enjoying the fountain of youth.

How I Accomplished My Goals

A former employee recommended looking online for a trainer and nutritionist. I used one for four months and did tons of research. I worked out six days per week and didn't miss a session no matter what. There were times I went to the gym at 1 a.m., or got up at 3 a.m. before work to train. On business trips, I found gyms to use at hotels.

I didn't completely give up alcohol, but I had it in moderation. After the Las Vegas trip where I set a goal to compete, I found an outstanding local nutrition coach who had an online service, bodybuilder Bryan Beaune of Building Your Temple. He helped me realize the steps needed to accomplish my goal, created my nutrition plan, and stayed in constant contact, either in person, or through email and text messaging.

I fought through lower back strain, swollen knees, shoulder injuries, and the mental challenge that came with dieting. Looking in the mirror and telling myself to keep going helped me overcome injuries and the mental challenges. I harvested inspiration from YouTube videos by the HipHop Pastor. My favorite line is "When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful." I listened to it twice each day for about two months before and after my workouts.

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With Meal 6
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
Meal 1: Pre-workout
Meal 2: Post-workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6
Meal 7: Before Bed
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track
Day 1: Chest/Biceps
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Legs/Cardio
Day 4: Shoulders/Triceps/Cardio
Day 5: Back/Calves/Abs/Cardio
Day 6 & Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The most challenging part of this lifestyle change was the diet. Positive encouragement from Bryan Beaune helped when I wanted to eat something that slowed the process. The re-feeds were awesome, I must say.

My Future Fitness Plans

I realized my goal and stepped on stage for the first time in Metro Detroit. I placed fifth in the men's tall open division and third in the master's 35 and older division. I will compete in the master's nationals 40 and older division next and hope to place there.

I have my sights set on a pro card in the coming years. Adding lean muscle will help me achieve that goal. I will also become a certified personal trainer to help others achieve what they may think is impossible.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Don't let the scale determine your success.
  • Use the mirror and your clothes to determine progress.
  • Consistency is the key.
  • If you have a bad day, start over on the right foot.
  • Want it as bad as you want to breathe.

For those who transformed, remember the pain you dealt with to make gains. Drive forward looking straight ahead. We don't need the review mirror to see what's behind us; the old person is in the past. We passed that person by.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

I looked at Bodybuilding.com daily. It was and still is part of my research. I look at the transformation articles constantly and read everything on the site. I love We 'Mirin and hope to be featured soon. If it wasn't for Bodybuilding.com, I wouldn't be in shape. The site has been an inspiration for me. I love the prices also.

Thanks

Special thanks go to Bryan Beaune. It has truly been a pleasure working with him. Please continue to change people lives. Thank you to Erin Banks of Enhanse Photography for the great after photos. You were there in a pinch for me. We have a great team. Let's get it at nationals. Go Team BYT! Thanks to Erika for the brown rice recipe and for dealing with my grouchiness during dieting.

Leonard's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Hustle Hard" by Ace Hood
  2. "Sail" by AWOLNATION
  3. "Started From The Bottom" by Drake
  4. "Ambitionz As A Ridah" by Tupac
  5. "Work Hard Play Hard" by Wiz Khalifa

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cdmagee

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cdmagee

Great Job and Great song selections !!

May 30, 2013 7:13pm | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

Thanks CMAGEE, you can do it too! Anytime you have questions let me know.

May 31, 2013 9:34am | report
chumar47

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chumar47

keep it up

May 31, 2013 12:32am | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

I plan on Chumar47

Jun 3, 2013 4:23pm | report
hallayah

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hallayah

Inspiration.

May 31, 2013 12:50am | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

Thank you Hallayah

Jun 3, 2013 4:23pm | report
ChaoticHoshi

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ChaoticHoshi

Awesome transformation. Thanks for the "Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers" input.

May 31, 2013 4:53am | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

ChaoticHoshi, it true, push for a look and not the scale. Trust me it will work and make you work harder. Dont get frustrated with the number on the scale

May 31, 2013 9:35am | report
Hollandxo

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Hollandxo

Hustle Hard will have anyone pushing extra weight!

May 31, 2013 5:01am | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

You got that right bro

Jun 3, 2013 4:23pm | report
BDTrr

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BDTrr

Wow, what a great transformation. I hope I'm looking that good when I'm 44. Great work.

May 31, 2013 10:51am | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

You can age is just a number

Jun 3, 2013 4:24pm | report
Samsdaddy0525

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Samsdaddy0525

Awesome job Leonard!

Do you consistently use Universal Nutrition's ZMA Pro and if so, do you see a difference on it and off it?

May 31, 2013 12:12pm | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

I did miss a few times, but I have been on it consistently lately I will let you no if I can tell the difference. I am training for another show in July.

May 31, 2013 4:50pm | report
JustinHeatherly

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JustinHeatherly

very cool man. love seeing other people accomplishing their goals

May 31, 2013 1:08pm | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

Its a test of you against you

Jun 3, 2013 4:24pm | report
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JonathanWinbush

I've noticed you don't eat any bread. I got stuck in my cut (down to 210 from 250) and some people mentioned give up the bread for awhile and see what happens. Do you think helped you in your cutting bodyfat?

May 31, 2013 3:12pm | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

How much bread are you eating? I believe if you want stay away from it. Have you tried Ezekiel bread?

May 31, 2013 4:52pm | report
JonathanWinbush

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JonathanWinbush

I haven't heard of Ezekiel bread before but i eat wheat bread pretty regularly.

May 31, 2013 5:06pm | report
torpstar711

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torpstar711

nice transformation, and @JonathanWinbush bread is fine, IIFYM

May 31, 2013 5:42pm | report
nardfox

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nardfox

Topstar711 how do you like IIFYM. email me more details if you dont mind. I have been researching it but I have met any one who is actually tried it.

Jun 3, 2013 4:28pm | report
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dylan83301

I just wanted to say great job, very impressive. While I have never had a problem with weight gain I have always had trouble with gaining mass and definition. How hard was it for you to eat clean? It seems like meal prep is so time consuming. Anyway, best of luck in the future. Keep it up!

May 31, 2013 5:16pm | report
 
nardfox

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nardfox

It can be time consuming, but if you do all the cooking on one day. And take a little time each day to weigh you food it breaks up the time. But you have to make some time for the finer things in life. Why not do it for you health.

Jun 3, 2013 4:26pm | report
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GaPeachFIt88

That is an amazing transformation! Is this your typical workout regimen? What do you do for HIT? I was thinking of joining CrossFIT but i am not sure if it will provide the physique I am looking For...

Jun 3, 2013 11:49pm | report
 
nardfox

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GaPeachFLT88, email me and I can send you several HIIT. Crossfit is good for you also, I would need to know exactly what physique you are looking for.

Jun 10, 2013 8:02am | report
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