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Body Transformation: Triple-Digit Fat Loss In One Year!

Working the night shift didn't help Cory's cause. His gym bag collected dust and his body fat went haywire. See how this former college football player stiff-armed fast food!
Name: Cory Swearngin
Email: Swearngin94@yahoo.com
BodySpace: Surge94

Cory Swearngin Cory Swearngin
AGE 24
HEIGHT
6'3"
WEIGHT
290 lbs
BODY FAT
40%
AGE 24
HEIGHT
6'3"
WEIGHT
185 lbs
BODY FAT
8%

Why I Decided to Transform

Growing up, I was involved in many sports and was in good shape. During high school, I focused all my attention on football. I lived and breathed it. Working out every day came along with it. After high school, I played college football, but quit after one year. Soon after, I got a full-time job working nights. That's when the problems started.

When my new job started, my gym bag started collecting dust. Then the bad diet took over. I was working until midnight and ate fast food or gas station burritos with chips every night when I got off work. I ate loads of bad food and liters of pop and went to bed. This trend continued for three years.

One day I woke up, looked at myself in the mirror, and was disgusted. I dreaded going down a flight of stairs. It was time for a change. I went to a local gym in the area and signed up that day. A coworker asked what my goals were. I told him I planned to do a triathlon by the end of the year. He didn't say a word at first, looked me up and down, started laughing, and said "Good luck with that."

I was determined from that point on. I never missed a day at the gym and read every article I could on Bodybuilding.com about workouts, training techniques, and dieting.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I hit the ground running in March and the weight started falling off. By June, I lost nearly 50 pounds. Watching the scale drop made me push even harder. In May, I signed up for my first triathlon in September. I worked hard every day and never quit dieting. I made meals in advance and kept a food log to ensure I wouldn't fall off track.

I went from nearly falling over after 4 minutes on the treadmill to running for 30 minutes at a time, and then I jumped on a bike for 15 miles. I did cardio six days a week and weight training for five. When the week of my triathlon arrived, I went from 290 to 185 pounds. I competed in and finished my first triathlon on September 9, 2012.

Supplements That Helped Me Through the Journey
Morning
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Intra-workout
Post-workout
Mid-day
Night
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Post-workout
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 5
Meal 6
Training Regimen That Kept Me on Track
Day 1: Back/cardio/core
Day 2: Chest/cardio
Day 3: Legs/cardio/core
Day 4: Arms/cardio
Day 5: Shoulders/cardio/core
Day 6: Cardio
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The hardest part was getting back in the gym. I was one of the most out-of-shape guys in the gym. It was hard for me to get on the treadmill, pour sweat, and struggle to breathe after a short while. I was embarrassed by the small weights I had on the bar. But in time, things started getting easier and I just kept pushing forward.

My Future Fitness Plans

My goals are to keep working hard and bettering myself every day. I hope to start adding mass and strive to put on 15-20 pounds of muscle. It will be tough, but I look forward to the journey. I couldn't have accomplished what I did without the support of my friends and family and the great help and supplements I received from Bodybuilding.com.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Make small goals for yourself in realistic times and keep giving yourself something to work for. Don't be like I was at first—don't care what other people in the gym might think of you. Everyone is there for the same goal: to stay or get in shape. Make a meal plan and go into the day knowing what you're going to eat.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com helped me tremendously. I read the articles for hours on eating and proper nutrition. I also read other body transformations and saw what worked for them. I compared what worked for them with what I was doing. It was helpful to get product reviews from other users to see what works or tastes best.

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Reaver83

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One of the most impressive transformations I have seen on this site. Especially considering the time frame. Outstanding work, keep it up!

Jan 30, 2013 9:16pm | report
 
cubstang14

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cubstang14

Wow, true dedication and inspiring transformation man, great job!

Jan 30, 2013 10:25pm | report
 
kwilly89

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kwilly89

Truely inspirational

Jan 30, 2013 10:31pm | report
 
transformerchad

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transformerchad

amazing , respect !

Jan 30, 2013 11:30pm | report
 
Ibagdan

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Ibagdan

No words ! I respect you !!!

Jan 31, 2013 12:04am | report
 
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Avoc

You're very lucky, your skin adapted that well! Congrats.

Jan 31, 2013 12:53am | report
 
markprivinius

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markprivinius

Very inspirational. However, I would like to know if he ended up getting any surgery to remove excess skin?

Jan 31, 2013 9:16am | report
 
surge94

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surge94

No sir i have had no surgeries, i do have some slight stecth marks on my mid section but they have faded quiet a bit. As for my skin, it is tightening up pretty well its not as tight as i wish it would be but im hoping with time it will fill in when i start adding mass back.

Jan 31, 2013 12:07pm | report
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weswes420

i wondered that too cuz i have some loose skin on the bottom of my belly, i cant get the lower abs to show thru it . but i was 280lbs

Mar 5, 2013 1:04pm | report
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Kearsegirl

You did an amazing transformation and you look great!!!!

Jan 31, 2013 9:39am | report
 
surge94

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surge94

Thank you everyone it means alot to me.

Jan 31, 2013 12:09pm | report
 
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nbuesching

The fact that you trained 6 days a week with giant volume workouts making up 5 of them at incredibly low calories (according to the food log above) is pretty **** impressive especially given the time frame. You must have had some serious mental fortitude to even make it through those workouts. Did you have any plateau problems throughout your transformation?

Jan 31, 2013 12:33pm | report
 
surge94

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surge94

When i got down to around 250 than again at around 220 i was having problems. my legs always would seem gassed and it would take me a little longer to get going. but i just would keep running through it. in reality i probally should have eased up or added more calories/carbs but i was stubborn and wanted to lose the fat and make sure i wouldnt fail at the triatholn.

Jan 31, 2013 12:43pm | report
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pagansaint

Hard core dedication combined with high dose CLA/Carnitine strikes again. Well done sir.

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jmccarthey

That's amazing!!! Very impressive! Keep up the great work!

Jan 31, 2013 1:19pm | report
 
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inspiring!! Good for you and your health!

Jan 31, 2013 2:10pm | report
 
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uriahsboy

Awesome work man! Love it!

Jan 31, 2013 3:59pm | report
 
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bnewfie

Man, your rocked it. What an inspirational transformation. It's amazing what you can do once you put your mind to it. I have finally dedicated myself to getting back in shape over my colleagues betting me that I can't beat them in the warrior dash. Articles like this encourages us that anything is possible. Keep rockin' it.

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amazing job man!

Feb 6, 2013 5:52pm | report
 
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phunkinc

Mad respect man. Really happy to see this. It's inspiring me to keep going. I started mid-January at 260 and seeing where I can go.

Good job all around though, that's great work.

Feb 8, 2013 6:11am | report
 
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driftmunkey

Congrats on your transformation. I am on my 1 year transformation and am continuing to push forward. Thinks for the added motivation!

Feb 8, 2013 1:09pm | report
 
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himynameisjorge

Triple digits in less than a year?!?!?! Challenge accepted.

Feb 19, 2013 9:29pm | report
 
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weswes420

congrats bro i am 1 yr into my transformation, i dont look quite that good but im trying u are an inspiration to me !!!

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HaVoC888

lean machine, and then people tell me that your muscles will fall off by doing cardio :-0 This proofs their BS wrong ! Great Transformation man, keep going !

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221217

wow holy crap, great job mate! congrats. one question: how did you take carnitine at night? i have started taking it in the morning and afternoon and it gives me quite the kick of energy :-O ha

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