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He embraced the jolly fat-guy mentality to get by, but Kurt's insecurities eventually surfaced. See how he emerged 92 pounds lighter and 100 times more confident!
Name: Kurt Conner
Email: kurtconner76@gmail.com
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Kurt Conner Kurt Conner
AGE 18
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
265 lbs
BODY FAT
35%
AGE 20
HEIGHT
5'10"
WEIGHT
173 lbs
BODY FAT
12%

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Why I Decided to Transform

I was a bigger kid growing up, but because I was decent at sports and somewhat athletic I never considered myself fat until the end of 2010. The day I realized I needed to make a change came on December 30, 2010, while on a cruise with my family. My insecurities came out in full force when I walked around in a bathing suit. I never wanted to take my shirt off in front of people and when my shirt was on I constantly pulled and tugged at it and thought everyone was staring at the fat guy.

You would have never known I was insecure because I'm one of the jolliest, friendliest, and most easy-going guys; being overweight was part of my personality. I was considered the fat and funny guy, and I embraced it. There was a point on the vacation when my family was ready to go to dinner and I struggled to get off the couch. At that moment, I decided to make a change.

I didn't want to lose weight only; I wanted to change my life. I tried to lose weight before but didn't have the knowledge or drive to succeed. I took it seriously this time and made it my New Year's resolution to be a healthier version of myself.

My life is much different than it was two years ago. I have the most confidence I have ever had in my life. I'm not insecure about my body anymore and don't think twice if I have to take my shirt off. Before I would eat fast food at least four times per week and the only exercise I got was from sports. I don't get near fast food now and enjoy the meals I cook more than anything.

I take a massive amount of pride in my lifestyle and respect anyone who makes a change. My attitude on life changed immensely. When an obstacle or challenge used to occur, I would shut down and avoid the situation. When a similar challenge happens now, I have the determination, dedication, and attitude to tackle it. Transforming is followed by an amazing feeling.

I walk around with confidence and people see that I accomplished something great. I hear from people that I motivated them to get fit, lose weight, and be healthier overall. It's satisfying to know I'm a reason that someone wants to live healthier. It makes me feel great to inspire my friends and family members and gives me an incredible amount of motivation to keep going.

How I Accomplished My Goals

From day one, my motivation level was a 10. When I wasn't working out or eating healthy meals, I researched or read about health and fitness. Becoming healthy and fit was my life.

Some days were harder than others, but I knew the end result was worth more than a lazy day or a few minutes of satisfaction. I had constant motivation from family, friends, Bodybuilding.com, and basketball.

I credit my inspiration to my older brother who transformed before me. It was inspiring to see someone in my household change their body in front of my eyes. Motivation poured in when people saw noticeable changes.

My family showered me with compliments and made me feel like the best-looking guy around. They were a major part of my success, and especially my parents, who helped me financially. They paid for my gym, healthy food, and a majority of my supplements. I couldn't have asked for better motivators.

Motivation and inspiration also came from the people I didn't expect to hear from. The gym manager and staff at Cardinal Fitness in Bloomington, Indiana, were amazing. They let me know they saw my gains and provided exercise tips. They kept a clean environment and were always friendly, which kept me coming back. There isn't a greater feeling than seeing someone who you haven't seen for months or years post-transformation. Their expressions are priceless and it gives me motivation to keep making more jaws drop.

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Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
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Training Regimen that Kept Me on Track
Day 1: Upper Body/Cardio/Abs
Day 2: Chest/Arms/Cardio
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Day 5: Heavy Ropes/Abs/Cardio
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What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The diet was the most challenging aspect in the beginning. I was always the guy eating constantly, so it was hard to slow down and plan meals. Before I started working out and eating healthy, I ate fast food, chips, candy, and soda all day and never thought twice about it.

When I started preparing my own meals, I fell in love with nutrition. Cooking and eating healthy became a reward! The first year of dieting was tough, but after I learned to spice up food and get creative with meals, I enjoyed eating more than I did at 265 pounds.

Fitness was hard at the start, but I went in with the attitude that it would be. The challenge was easy to overcome with the right mindset. Now I can't go more than a day without itching to hit the gym. Nutrition and fitness slowly became my obsession.

My Future Fitness Plans

Although it hasn't been a long-term aspiration to land a job in the fitness world, it has been popping into my head more often.

Becoming a trainer or working for a health and fitness company is intriguing. I don't think I will ever compete, but I will keep working toward the perfect body.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Find motivation from anywhere
  • Learn to love health and fitness
  • Never be completely satisfied with your body
  • Shoot for overall health; not just the best looks
  • Look forward to being healthier and stronger
  • Push through all roadblocks that are bound to happen and come out stronger
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

I don't think my transformation would have been possible without Bodybuilding.com. I have the link on my favorites bar and check out the website every day. It was a constant motivator for me to see other transformations and what people took that worked.

Every time I went to purchase a supplement or start a new training regimen, I had Bodybuilding.com reviews on-hand or chatted with a great customer service employee.

Kurt's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "P.Y.T" by Michael Jackson
  2. "Like A Stone" by Audioslave
  3. "California" by Wiz Khalifa
  4. "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson
  5. "Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder

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20fourseven

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good job on dropping the fat, now its time to work on those lats and chest-arms and shoulders looking good.

Apr 24, 2013 6:02pm | report
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Joedzilla

Agree with 20fourseven, amazing transformation, now work that upper body to make it look amazing...

Apr 25, 2013 7:22am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 14'6"
  • wt: 174.16 lbs
  • bf: 11.0%
plmcute8402

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plmcute8402

I was thinking the same thing.....Great transformation tho

Apr 25, 2013 8:44am | report
PM672033

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PM672033

Great job now to add some bulk to complete, I have a good feeling he's not done yet

Apr 25, 2013 1:19pm | report
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kurtconner

These pics were from three months ago...ive been putting in some crazy work in the gym and my diet is as strict as ever, but im enjoying every bit of it. My chest is getting up there trust me guys...Six weeks and some drastic changes will be seen

Apr 29, 2013 8:22am | report
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eddie911

nice one, very inspiring!

Apr 24, 2013 6:42pm | report
cdmagee

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cdmagee

Great Job and Good song selections also !!

Apr 24, 2013 6:57pm | report
kurtconner

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kurtconner

Thanks cdmagee I was hoping someone would appreciate my music...People catch me jamming to the temptations and stevie wonder way too much

Apr 26, 2013 4:58pm | report
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dsgb610

great thanks!

Apr 25, 2013 8:56am | report
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jlopez999

Great job man you look amazing!!!

Apr 25, 2013 9:26am | report
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ollieodells

that's one hell of a lot of weight. good job man (y)

Apr 25, 2013 1:39pm | report
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vsniperviperv

So inspiring. Great job dude. You got a nice solid block there now to start putting on the mad scientist muscle. Good luck with your journey! Keep it up!

Apr 25, 2013 3:05pm | report
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benchweight

Work on your chest mate

Apr 26, 2013 4:16am | report
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burns020

AMAZING! Hard work pays off. Very inspiring!

Apr 26, 2013 9:59am | report
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vancouvernewbie

Great work, and PYT is a good song I agree :)

Apr 26, 2013 11:18am | report
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ivan1992

great job

Apr 26, 2013 12:45pm | report
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lukebracegirdle

Great job man!

Apr 26, 2013 1:02pm | report
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kurtconner

Hey guys thanks for all the support and tips....These pictures are about 3 months old so I have been working on the chest a lot...check out my bodyspace to see progress and i appreciate any critiques or tips...Thanks again guys. I appreciate the support

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Scrummie02

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Scrummie02

Good stuff man, keep it up! Saw your deadlift max and that it keeps jumping up 5lbs a week? That's amazing.

Aug 8, 2013 4:11am | report
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logant22

Congrats on the transformation. I also workout at Cardinal and have seen you plenty of times but didn't know you transformed like this. I am still going through my transformation. Keep up the hard work!

Apr 27, 2013 11:20am | report
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kurtconner

Oh yeah Ive seen you there quite a bit...Everytime i see you look like youve dropped some more weight. I took a look at your profile and youve made huge gains. Very impressive. Keep it up man your doing great work.

Apr 29, 2013 8:20am | report
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Megafast13

Very impressive and great ab genetics.

Apr 27, 2013 6:08pm | report
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Keep Gettin it man! Awesome work!

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Great job. You are an inspiration.

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Huge transformation really quick

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