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Body Transformation: Mid-Life Fitness

Seeing a photo of himself during the holidays was Simon's reality check. His beer gut was getting in the way of life. He traded in the endless six packs of booze for shredded abs!
Name: Simon Parry
Email: jackdawparry@gmail.com
BodySpace: redkop1

Simon Parry Simon Parry
AGE 39
HEIGHT
6'3"
WEIGHT
232 lbs
BODY FAT
22%
AGE 41
HEIGHT
6'3"
WEIGHT
207 lbs
BODY FAT
10%

Why I Decided To Transform

In 2010, I saw a photo of myself during the holidays and decided enough was enough. I was done eating bad food. I was out of shape and wanted to do activities with my son Billy. I could see I had a beer belly and decided to get rid of it before next year's holidays. I immediately joined the gym with a now or never attitude.

I joined the gym in July 2010 and saw progress after six months. I changed my entire diet and lifestyle. No more beer for me. I wanted a six-pack of abs and was going to get them. I've been on a clean diet for a year now and feel totally dedicated and committed to fitness and healthy eating. I feel better about myself and have more confidence. The hard work, dedication, and commitment pays off.

How I Accomplished My Goals

You have to do it for yourself. If you do it for anyone else, you won't stick to it. You have to enjoy working out and find a program you enjoy. No excuses. If you can sit in front of a TV for an hour a day, you can give your body a workout for an hour a day.

Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. You can't do one without the other. You ccan own the best car out there, but without fuel you're going nowhere fast. Keep a record of your training and nutrition. I analyze what I eat in at www.fitday.com. This allows you to adjust what you eat. I eat seven meals a day, seven days a week.

I was doing a lot of cardio last year, including two spin classes and kettlebell/tabata training to get my body fat down to 11 percent. This year, I thought I'd try carb-cycling, and I saw great results. My body fat was down to 10 percent with very little cardio (one spin class a week). I wanted to hold onto that hard-earned muscle. I'll continue doing spin classes and hiking on the weekends to keep my fitness up

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Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey
With Breakfast
With Lunch
Pre-workout
Post-workout
At Bedtime
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6: Post-workout
Meal 7
Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track

I perform a four-day split with rest periods at 45-60 seconds between sets. I do abs in a circuit with no rest until circuit is compete and rest 30 seconds before starting again. I run on this program for 6-8 weeks then change it up. I always do a warm-up before starting my training.

Day 1: Shoulders/Abs
Day 2: Legs/Calves
Day 3: Rest
Day 4: Back/Biceps/Abs
Day 5: Cardio
Day 6: Chest/Triceps/Abs
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

I have good will power and determination. I gave up smoking a long time ago and I don't miss alcohol one bit. If I put my mind to something I do it with no problem. Sometimes the smell of my son's pizza gets me, though.

My Future Fitness Plans

Who knows where the future will take me. I plan to stay in the same shape and do it naturally.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers
  • Never be afraid to ask questions.
  • Age is just a number. I'm in the best shape of my life and I want to be better. If I can do it, so can you.
  • You owe it to your body to be healthy.
  • Remember, it's not a diet; it's a new lifestyle.
  • You need dedication, discipline, and patience to maintain or get the body you want.
  • Consistency is the key.
  • During training, I need music on my Ipod. This keeps me focused and prevents people from trying to chat with me in the middle of a workout.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

BodySpace keeps me motivated by looking at people's great physiques. I'm learning more about training and nutrition with the help of Bodybuilding.com.

Anyone who wants to share information should drop me a line, or if I can help anyone on their journey, please let me know. Keep the fire burning within.

Thanks

A big thanks to my wife who keeps the fridge and cupboards full with all my good food.

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Congrats. So inspiring!

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Great transformation all the hard work worthwhile.

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Great change, you're not even reconizeable in the after pic!

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Gr8 transformation..........Leading by example. Thanks for inspiring

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Way to go!!! Congratulations : )

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Thanks a lot all.

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Looking good there!!!

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well done! i like your diet.

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congrats. very inspiring. your suggestions are really very helpful. thank you.

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beast mode engaged

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Awesome job!!! This is an inspiration to push a lil more harder to get to my goal. Need to get BF% Down!!!

Nov 25, 2012 7:18am | report
 
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Congrats Simon youve proved that if you stick to it at any age you can still get results

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Thanks for the great article. As a beginner, your successful program and hard work will be a big motivator for me. Congratulations to you!!

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Thanks again all, age is just a number go into gym and give it 110% stay strong

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Great to see the transformation you did in your late 30s/early 40s. I just hit my 30s and felt like I would never get back in the shape i once was, but if you can look like that at 41, a should be able to do it at 31.

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You can get into shape @ any age, age is just a number.

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You can get into shape @ any age, age is just a number.

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Amazing - you look awesome. I'm hoping I can do something similar and be in the best shape of my life later this year.....V inspiring - thanks.

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Great transformation sir. Well done! Keep up the great work!

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Thanks again :)

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Good job!

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well done m8

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well done sir

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This is proof that just because your over 40 means nothing!!Thanks for the motivation..Great Work..

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that is amazing!!!! congrats

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