Male Transformation Of The Week - Michael Drane!

Focused on making a change to his body, Michael decided to give powerlifting a try. But without proper knowledge of nutrition, he soon suffered a shoulder injury that made him re-evaluate his training. Learn how he dropped 33 pounds and 6.6% body fat!
Before Before:
228 lbs
After After:
195 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Michael Drane
Email: drane1906@yahoo.com
BodySpace: mdrane

Before:
Age: 26
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 228 lbs
Body Fat: 12%

After:
Age: 27
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195 lbs
Body Fat: 5.4%

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Why I Got Started
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In October I decided to make a change. I had been doing bodybuilding splits from magazines for the past few years but saw minimal physical changes. I decided to try powerlifting instead.

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I Decided To Try Powerlifting.

With a "calories for the sake of calories" motto, I ate and ate with the goal of providing my body with the nutrition needed to dramatically increase my strength.

This very shortly led to great strength gains, but inevitably injury! With my shoulder and ego hurt, I was forced to look in the mirror and notice that not only was I unable to continue to lift in the style that had been for the past few months, but I was also grossly incorrect in assuming that my body only gained muscle.

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I Was Grossly Incorrect In Assuming
That My Body Only Gained Muscle.

Staring at the fat rolls on my back daily on my BodySpace progress pics, I decided to make a change. With all the great examples and great advice available to me on this wonderful site I was going to use my injury as both the excuse and the motivation to change my physique.

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I Decided To Make A Change.

Between March 31 and October 16 I put myself on a weight loss routine supported by my wife and BodySpace friends.

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How I Did It
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Nutritionally, I first emphasized moderation. I still ate anything I wanted. I just started decreasing portion sizes. I then began cutting the "hidden" calories (i.e. condiments, cheese, sugar, etc.).

For the last month and a half I was spending about an hour per day going through articles and private messaging my BodySpace friends for any helpful information on carbohydrate depleting and water loss.

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Nutritionally, I First Emphasized Moderation.

Pairing this information with my first experience with a consistent cardio routine of equal parts HIIT and distance training on a treadmill, I eventually was forced to set goal after goal as I continued to exceed my own expectations.

After losing a grand total of 51 pounds (31 from my starting weight), I'm now really excited about gaining some more muscle and working on my symmetry over the winter with the hopes to use my new found ability and experience to possibly pursue some modeling next summer.

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I Continued To Exceed My Own Expectations.

I credit this concept (BodySpace) of grouping like minded individuals together for support and competition for giving me the information, encouragement and platform to help turn a life-long passion into a career goal!

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Diet
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Training
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Suggestions For Others
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The best thing anyone can do is read and ask questions. The more you know about what theories exist and what other people have done to be successful, the more you begin to understand the underlying concepts that will allow you to make decisions that work the best for your body.

Keep a written and pictorial record of your changes. The bad changes will actually be more informational than the good because they are what truly reveal what works, and doesn't work for your body.

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The Best Thing You Can Do
Is Read And Ask Questions.

For me it was the backtracking I experienced when I stopped using the 30-second rest principal, that showed me that my body reacted more to a fast-paced weight training routine more than increased cardio.

Most importantly stay positive and utilize ALL of the written resources and experienced individuals that BodySpace puts right at your fingertips.

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