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Halid Shokunbi Fitness 360: Taking Charge

Injuries sidelined Halid and cost him an active life. The 2012 Transformation Challenge inspired him to repair, recover, and take charge of his body!

Halid Shokunbi is the male winner of the 2012 Optimum Nutrition $100,000 Transformation Challenge. His hard work delivered a cash reward and, more importantly, extreme physical results. Check out his story. Follow his full program. Next year, this feature could have your photo at the top!

Halid Shokunbi Fitness 360

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Halid's Story, In His Words

Name: Halid Shokunbi
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Age: 27
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 175 lbs, 207-to-177 lbs contest
Education: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Occupation: Physical Therapist
Super Powers: Lats act as wings
Athletic Background: Basketball, football
Ultimate Goal: I'd like to motivate and inspire positive change that can be carried over from having a fitness lifestyle to other areas in life. 2012 Optimum Nutrition $100,000 Transformation Challenge Grand Prize Winner

My fitness story started off like many others. I played a lot of sports pretty all my life, but about 4-5 years ago, I started taking weight training seriously. I ran into trouble when I started ignoring the minor aches and pains I began experiencing.

Instead of resting and rehabbing, I made a mistake many people do: I worked through the pain. As a physical therapist, I knew better, but I loved lifting. After doing this for a few months, I reached a point where my body was just broken down.

I had Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendinitis, minor hernia, shoulder sprain, partially torn triceps tendon, and a severe wrist sprain. Eventually I couldn't work out without pain, so, I stopped lifting. I stopped being active. I stopped caring about my diet. I was frustrated and defeated. I ate whatever I could get my hands on. Slowly but surely, I began gaining body fat.

By the end of 2011, I reached a point where I couldn't deny that I was fat. I had a reputation of being fit and active. I was ashamed of what I had become. So, I decided to get in my best-ever shape.

I wanted my transformation to be an example to others, showing them that you can make a change naturally and without extreme strategies. Mission accomplished!

Halid Shokunbi

Halid Shokunbi's Supplementation

Supplements don't mean squat without hard training and great nutrition. When you nail those things, like Halid, supplements can help you push it even harder.
Halid Shokunbi

Halid Shokunbi's Nutrition Program

Halid kept his inclination for spicy foods and addressed his guilty pleasures by reforming them into healthy alternatives!
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Halid Shokunbi's Training Program

When Halid decided to take the Challenge, he hit the gym with extreme dedication. Follow his plan for great results!

Lightning Round!

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Why did you choose to join the Transformation Challenge?

I chose to join because I was dissatisfied with my body and self-image. I wanted my transformation to inspire other people to live a fit lifestyle. The Transformation Challenge was extra incentive!

Do you think you would have had equal success on your own?

I think I would have had close to the same success. Being in the Transformation BodyGroup gave me more motivation. Discussing the ups and downs of making a transformation with other people kept me from giving up. Seeing the success of other people in the challenge motivated me. I'm very competitive!

After you were done, did your view of yourself change?

My view of myself definitely changed. I realized I have an incredible amount of determination and drive inside of me. I never knew it existed. I figure, I'm just a regular dude, so if it it's inside of me, then it's inside of everyone.

Additionally, this drive in all of us can be applied not only to fitness, but to other areas of life as well.

What do you do now with your fit life?

I continue to live a fitness lifestyle. I try to educate and inspire other people to do the same. I'm still a physical therapist and I have started fitness modeling. I plan to compete onstage someday soon. Right now, life is great and the future looks even better!


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cdmagee

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Congrats ! Great story and Great comeback ....big ups to you !!

Dec 18, 2012 3:54pm | report
 
kwilly89

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Congrats man! You did what i've been trying to do for the past year but have yet to accomplish. Keep up the good work!

Dec 18, 2012 6:45pm | report
 
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Great Job Big Dog!!!

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rudy2dory

Is the contest all year long or is there a pre-determined amount of time. I want to compete this year.

Dec 18, 2012 10:57pm | report
 
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Dazzling Danielle

Its a twelve week challenge. :) That we hope will turn into a lifestyle change!! It starts the day you register (you can register any day from December 21st - January 31st). Once you sign up you have exactly 84 days (12 weeks) to transform! Good luck!

Dec 19, 2012 10:08am | report
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How does one sign up? Thanks

Dec 20, 2012 12:13am | report
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fit4life22033

great story man. congrats on yoru transformation!

Dec 19, 2012 6:50am | report
 
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sticky_wicket

I have the same height and weight, and don't look like this: something to aim for!!

Dec 19, 2012 7:49am | report
 
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JFort93

Great physique bro and awesome transformation. Well done!

Dec 19, 2012 9:04am | report
 
fluid1

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I've never been impressed with this transformation, not more than others. Look at his arms in the "before" picture.... bigger than most men on this website at any point. Cheat days? Yeah, those don't fit in when you're doing a 12 week challenge. Sorry, I couldn't be less impressed with this individual. I know of many other more deserving members and their transformations from this past year.

Dec 19, 2012 11:13am | report
 
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jpstanton

Have to agree. I would bet anything this guy just got as fat as possible, took the "before" pic and then cut back down. Too much muscle to begin with and he looks like he's pushing his stomach out as much as possible. $100k transformation should go to someone who goes from no muscle base to shredded.

Dec 19, 2012 11:46am | report
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kevinus99

my thoughts exactly as i was reading this...this guy was already in shape and then for whatever reason took significant time off....as someone who took 7 months off due to shoulder(surgery) and knee injuries its not hard to get back in shape once you get healthy...the tools and knowledge are already there...would like to see them choose fitness newbs for this..people starting from square one.

Dec 19, 2012 12:25pm | report
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turningthecorne

My thought exactly,how can anyone not notice it.

Dec 20, 2012 5:38am | report
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jbmi2000

Hate to hate on the guy but he does look like he was in shape before. Then again, he does say that he worked out before so he didn't try to hide it.

Now I, on the otherhand, would be a truer transformation as I qualify as one of the "no muscle base" guys that would make an amazing transformation. Can I count on you guys to hold me accountable if I enter the 2013 ON? lol!!

Dec 21, 2012 1:28pm | report
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@jbmi2000 Go for it man! With your size, if you packed on the muscle and got lean, you'd be a monster!

Dec 27, 2012 3:25pm | report
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batman313rd

Very inspiring. Great job, man!

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mrlongisland1

Incredible!

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hshokunb

Thanks for all the kind words fellas. I appreciate it!!! Hard work STILL does pay off! #werk

Dec 19, 2012 1:36pm | report
 
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What kind of therapy did you undertake to fix the pains. I'm having issues with my wrists too.

Dec 19, 2012 6:53pm | report
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kylewins

I lol'ed @ you researching supplements @ bodybuilding.com. Srsly LOL! you have a PhD and youre taking advice from bodybuilding.com articles, not likely. anyways great job on your 12 week cut, u look awesome!

Jan 19, 2013 4:06am | report
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Awesome transformation! Shows that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible! Hope it motivates others to transform their own lives as well.

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great!

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great job bro... congrats

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Great transformation & motivation...keep up the great work!

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