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Body Transformation: Welcome To The Century Club!

Anytime someone loses 100 pounds, Bodybuilding.com bows as a show of respect. Michael's triple-digit weight loss journey is totally incredible and deserves recognition.
Name: Michael Maresca
BodySpace: mmaresca

Michael Maresca Michael Maresca
AGE 20
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
271 lbs
BODY FAT
25%
AGE 20
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
171 lbs
BODY FAT
9.2%

Why I Decided to Transform

In August 2010, the year after I graduated high school, I was 5-foot-9 and 250 pounds. I was overweight and it showed. I'm from New Jersey and went to college far from home in Daytona Beach, Florida. During the first week of classes, I got into a major motorcycle accident that put me in a wheelchair. I was unable to walk for weeks due to a severe back injury and other minor problems.

The road to recovery was long and I could not have succeeded without my family and friends. I returned to school in spring of 2011 after transferring to Fairfield University. My weight was up to 271 pounds since the injury. I was constantly sick and felt worn down due to health issues. I lived an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle.

At the beginning of 2012, I decided it was over and that I didn't want to look or feel this way anymore. I started eating healthy and doing cardio for a week to see how it went. After the first week, the positive results increased and my motivation skyrocketed 1000 percent.

Throughout 2012, I continued learning about nutrition and training. By October 24, six months after I started living healthy, I lost 100 pounds and weighed 171 pounds. I lift five days per week now and it feels amazing to build muscle.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I believe that achieving your goals is all about mental strength. You must adopt a "no holds barred" mentality in order to succeed in your transformation journey. You must ask yourself: Is that cheat day worth it? Is short-term satisfaction better than achieving your long-term goal? I can answer from experience that it's not.

Nutrition is the key. You can learn about all aspects of nutrition on Bodybuilding.com and how it plays a key role if you want to accomplish any goal. It helped me to understand how different foods affect my body so I can make good nutritional choices.

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

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

Dieting was by far the most difficult part for me. Making radical lifestyle shifts isn't easy. Remember that nothing tastes as good as it feels to accomplish your goal. This comes back to the mental aspect of reaching your goal and how incredibly vital it is.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan to continue working out at least five days per week to build muscle and increase strength.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Set your goals.
  • Create a plan that will lead you to success.
  • Put yourself in the correct, focused, mindset.
  • Don't give into temptation.
  • Know that you will succeed.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding helped me succeed in so many different ways. The most obvious way is allowing me to purchase supplements in one place and have them delivered quickly. I learned so much from Bodybuilding.com articles regarding nutrition and working out.

I continue to read new articles nearly every day. I want to take this opportunity to personally thank Bodybuilding.com for the assistance they provided.

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TA28

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TA28

That after pic is seriously 9.2% BF, just wondering? Great transformation none the less.

Feb 6, 2013 3:49pm | report
 
simity

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simity

I'd say it is around there but his skin is thick because he lost so much weight.

Feb 6, 2013 3:59pm | report
KthxHibye

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KthxHibye

Thats cool that he dropped the weight... But the before and after BF% seem off... I realize its hard to gauge on your own short of getting it actually tested. But they seem pretty far off for height/weight alone.

Feb 6, 2013 5:18pm | report
trice777

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trice777

yeah im at 10% bf and you can see my abs pretty clearly there is no way hes at 9%

Feb 6, 2013 5:56pm | report
JRose13

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JRose13

he is not ******* 9.2%, id say im around there and look at me. Hes not under 15%

Feb 6, 2013 9:39pm | report
heinstein

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heinstein

definitely closer to 20% bf, but still inspirational :)

Jul 9, 2013 3:01pm | report
OffshoreJ

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OffshoreJ

I would say his before is more like 40% and after more like 14-16%, still very impressive, the same transformation took my almost a year.

Feb 6, 2013 5:20pm | report
 
BobbyGz

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BobbyGz

Not syaing he's at 9.2% but take into account all the extra skin.

Amazing transformation in such a short period of time!

Feb 6, 2013 6:22pm | report
 
mendietaj

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mendietaj

Congratulations, man. Stories like these give me motivation

Feb 6, 2013 8:29pm | report
 
PDeV1

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PDeV1

don't give up man ! Lost 80 pounds before. It's hard but when you finish you don't know how you can feel ! you can do it !

Feb 7, 2013 1:28pm | report
jcsmitty

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jcsmitty

Great story and tremendous comeback from a major accident! Had one myself and so easy for the weight to creep up on you. Good job!

Feb 6, 2013 8:29pm | report
 
bearstearns3

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bearstearns3

losing 100lbs within a year is truly impressive! ive accomplished only half of that but it took 2 years

Feb 6, 2013 10:38pm | report
 
NewBuild1

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NewBuild1

@TA28 and the rest: Body Fat Percentages aside, losing 100lbs.... that is just **** impressive!
Great work buddy, keep it up. You've come so far but there is always more to look forward to. Out of curiosity, is there any reason you favour machines over other exercises like squats? Keep up the great work.

Feb 7, 2013 2:06am | report
 
TA28

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TA28

Did I not say "none the less great transformation?" haha

Feb 7, 2013 1:15pm | report
mmaresca

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mmaresca

Thanks for the reply! I have been working up to squats starting at low weight but in my accident I herniated 3 disks in my back and have been apprehensive about putting alot of weight on it but Im getting there. Thanks Again

Feb 14, 2013 8:30pm | report
23Banks

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23Banks

Wow, great job man. 100lbs lost in a year is impressive!

Feb 7, 2013 7:56am | report
 
73bronco4x4man

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73bronco4x4man

great job. i have recently lost over 80 pounds myself and it was a total lifestyle change. i have total respect for someone who can make that big of a change. your doing great keep up the good work.

Feb 7, 2013 9:45am | report
 
Clint18Robin

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Clint18Robin

Great transformation but im afraid its not 9%

Feb 7, 2013 10:21am | report
 
Clyde74012

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Clyde74012

Good job! Stay the course and continue your training! You look great.

Feb 7, 2013 4:07pm | report
 
killiandw

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killiandw

Great freaking job man. You have inspired me in my own weight loss. I'm pretty much in the metal zone right now myself been at it for a month non stop now lose 10 pounds and I've made major changes in eating and exercising. I think what you have done is great and inspiring who cares if your 9% or 15% body fat the fact of the matter is you did.

Feb 7, 2013 10:51pm | report
 
mmaresca

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mmaresca

Hey guys,
I was using an inexpensive handheld machine to calculate body fat. I am actually about 11.4% bodyfat now, not sure about in that picture. I am not sure where the 25% bodyfat stat came from as I was at least 35%-40% then and didn't have any sort of bodyfat calculator. None the less thank you all for reading and congratulating me I really appreciate it.

Feb 14, 2013 8:26pm | report
 
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