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BEFORE
BODY FAT 23%
WEIGHT 208 LBS

AFTER
BODY FAT 10%
WEIGHT 175 LBS

Lifting The Odds At 42!

Markus Keicher
over 40 transformation

Body Transformation: Markus Keicher Defies Odds At 42

Markus was paralyzed from the waist down and slowly regained mobility after decades of struggle. Check out the amazing story of a 42-year-old who refused to fail!

Why I decided to transform

In 1995, at age 25, I sustained massive injuries in a motorcycle accident including two burst vertebrate, and a fractured right femur, hip, and pelvis. I was paralyzed from the waist down, spent years in a wheelchair, and two years on leg braces and crutches. I regained my mobility by age 39, but my injuries took their toll.

My pain level was severe and I was seriously overweight and out of shape. If I didn't take control of my body, the remainder of my life would be frighteningly difficult, physically challenging, totally debilitating, and extremely painful. I was determined to turn 40 years old and feel better.

My transformation affected my life profoundly on every level. I'm stronger physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Bodybuilding grounds me and is the way to be the best me possible. I was 39 years old when I started my transformation—I felt 50—and am 42 years old now, but I feel young again. I could write for days about the long- and short-term benefits of bodybuilding or can sum it up as simply and proficiently as possible: Bodybuilding saved my life! I receive great admiration on my appearance and people generally respect my stature, physique, and presence.

Before the transformation, my pain level was severe and debilitating. Today, I can unequivocally say as a direct result of bodybuilding/training, my pain level went from a steady 7-8 to almost non-existent. My life has been restored and renewed. I'm like a new man!

Before /// 208 lbs
After /// 175 lbs
AGE 39 / HEIGHT 5'11" / BODY FAT 23%
AGE 42 / HEIGHT 5'11" / BODY FAT 10%
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How I accomplished my goals

For me, there was no option besides a full-body transformation. The quality and wellbeing of my life depended on it. I knew I was capable of rebuilding my body because I learned about bodybuilding during my youth and trained off and on throughout my adult life. My acquired knowledge was a major factor to accomplish my goals.

I simplified my life as much as possible and removed all distractions that didn't serve my training, which provided extra energy and focus to stay on task. Quitting wasn't an option. Due to my extensive injuries, I lived in chronic pain. When I walk in the gym, I might be stiff, sore, or suffering from pain, but when I start training and the endorphins kick in, my pain becomes non-existent.

I learned firsthand what a gift and divine blessing a fully functioning body is. I refuse to take my second lease on life for granted. I inspire myself to be the best I can be. Spending months in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics introduced me to less-fortunate people who will never have the chance to do what I can. I'm inspired by the gifts in my life. Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it's inspiring.

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Supplements that helped me through the journey

Pre and Intra-workout

Diet plan that guided my transformation

Meal 1
Meal 2: Post-workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 7

Training regimen that kept me on track

Day 1: Abs/Chest/Arms
Day 2: Abs/Legs
Day 3: Abs/Back/Shoulders/Biceps
Day 4: Cardio
Day 5: Repeat

What aspect challenged me the most

My injuries are the most challenging aspect of my training. My pain level dropped significantly since I started my transformation, but there's no escaping the pain and discomfort. The first half hour of training is the most challenging, but once I stretch and start warm up, the endorphins kick in and my pain goes away.

My future fitness plans

My goal is to gain corporate sponsorship and bicycle across America from gym to gym, school to school, and hospital to hospital to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries. I plan to raise money for doctors on the cutting edge of spinal cord medicine and surgery, and for those with spinal cord injuries. My goal is to promote the benefits of bodybuilding and inspire those who face challenges in life.

Cool Fact

Saving lives isn't new to Markus. At age 18, he rescued four people
who fell through a frozen lake!

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

You are more powerful and strong than you think. Life challenges are inevitable. Being defeated is optional. I've proven that. Stay consistent and the results will follow. Be humble, live in gratitude for the blessings in your life, and always be nice, especially in the gym.

When you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done. Be sure to have fun while doing it and enjoy the ride.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

Bodybuilding.com is a must to learn the right information about bodybuilding or any form of fitness. It's convenient to have a one-stop site for the best supplements at the best prices. I appreciate the informative articles that keep me on the right track. Thank you, Bodybuilding.com, for giving me the chance to be a featured transformer.

Hopefully, I can inspire future transformers to be the best human they can be. With the right attitude, determination, knowledge, and supplements, any goal can be achieved.

Markus's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Bombtrack" by Rage Against the Machine
  2. "More Human Than Human" by Rob Zombie
  3. "Schism" by Tool
  4. "One" by Metallica
  5. "California Love" by 2Pac

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Brucef

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Wow! How inspiring! Congratulations on your recovery and transformation Markus. I wish you continued success in your endeavors!

Sep 19, 2013 6:05pm | report
 
ahero4all

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ahero4all

Hi Bruce...

Your kind acknowledgement and continued support are greatly appreciated....thanks for taking the time to check in

Sep 19, 2013 8:11pm | report
godschild23149

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godschild23149

Thanks for sharing... This is inspiring, bruh

Sep 19, 2013 6:15pm | report
 
ahero4all

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Hi Godschild..

Thanks for the checking in....God will never give us more than we can handle...

Blessings to you...

Sep 19, 2013 8:13pm | report
Hingeside

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Hingeside

awesome man !

Sep 19, 2013 7:42pm | report
 
ahero4all

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Hingeside...

In the words of Yoda...

DO or DO NOT...there is no try...

Thanks for the acknowledgement

Sep 19, 2013 8:15pm | report
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michaelr575

Unbelievable! What a journey, such a blessing to be where you are after going through so much. Congrats and good luck in your future ventures!

Sep 19, 2013 7:54pm | report
 
ahero4all

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ahero4all

Yo Micheal...

Yes, my life has been a journey...in life, any thing can happen, what matters in your attitude and what you choose to do about it...

Your words are appreciated,,thanks!

Sep 19, 2013 8:16pm | report
hitman79

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hitman79

Dang straight brother.......great to hear your story and how you didn't let life get the best of you but are getting the best out of life. Keep it up!

Sep 19, 2013 8:20pm | report
 
ahero4all

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Hey Hitman...

In life, We have the freedom of choice..Grateful I learned the art of body building at an early age so I could bring my self back from the Brink..

Thanks for the encouragement!

Sep 19, 2013 10:18pm | report
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Robert165

cool music man!!! we are almost the same age so i guess we like the same music. i struggle with my own problems, depression, sometimes it is hard for me to do things due to stress but i keep working at it. stories like yours are a good example for me to hear.

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ahero4all

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Hey Robert...

I also experience bouts of depression so I understand how you feel...I might suggest large dosages of vitamin D with calcium, large dosages of time released niacin, lecithin and 5htp, all help brain chemistry...also, what really helps keep my mind healthy is consistent training... When you feel depression coming on, write down a list of things in your life you are grateful for, then exercise focusing on the blessings in your life...

Gentle thoughts my friend

Sep 20, 2013 12:40pm | report
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hey buddy this was the real inspiration i got in my life i had experience life after death in bodybuilding

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ahero4all

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Chris...

Body building can and will save the world! Keep the faith....

Sep 20, 2013 12:42pm | report
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hey buddy this was the real inspiration i got in my life i had experience life after death in bodybuilding

Sep 20, 2013 12:29am | report
 
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****!!! true inspiration , awesome man ..... People like u keep all others motivated ......

Sep 20, 2013 1:42am | report
 
ahero4all

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MurtazaShah...

Thanks Brother! Counting my blessings has been the recipe for my successes

Sep 20, 2013 12:49pm | report
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Alphaden

Wow! As a 41yr old overweight guy going through a mid-life crisis, I feel kinda stupid now. What you've overcome is amazing!!! You just became my inspiration and modivation, dude. \m/ \m/

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ahero4all

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Alphaden...

Honestly speaking, I refuse to buy into the whole mid life crisis concept,.......we are fortunate to make it into our forties...now is the time in our lives to learn from our mistakes and capitalize on our gained knowledge..The body is the most amazing and incredible machine...treat it right, treat it like your temple and it will bless you in return...Stay away from carbohydrates sugars dairy and starches for 3 to 6 months...Your unwanted weight will fall off...feel free to message me with any questions...

be the change you want to see..

Sep 20, 2013 12:55pm | report
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Amazing story!

We are always complaining about everything all the time and fail to understand how many people like you manage through huge difficulties.
Respect!

Sep 20, 2013 4:58am | report
 
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  • ht: 5'11"
  • wt: 190.74 lbs
  • bf: 19.2%
ahero4all

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Ulfit...

Thanks Friend...Reminds me of when I was paralyzed and thought my life was over...then I was transferred into a rehab clinic with quadriplegics and individual with traumatic brain injuries.... interesting how that experience took any complaints I might have had and turned my attitude into a vibrations of gratitude for what I still had...

Complaining get us now where we want to go and just brings every one down...the only way forward is with a positive attitude...

Cheers

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Anybody have any excuses?!

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Samerym...

Thanks brother....no excuses allowed

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wow im sending this article to everyone i know who always has some sort of excuse. truly amazing and inspiring

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ahero4all

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Hey Tony...

Thanks Brother, your support is greatly appreciated..truth is, if I can accomplish my transformation with the extent of my injuries, any one can..

check out my web site to learn more

www.ahero4all.org

Cheers

Sep 20, 2013 1:21pm | report
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