Body Transformation: Buffer Ben

Alcohol abuse and unhealthy eating habits kept Ben from seeing his true potential. News that he was going to be a father motivated him to trade beer cans for dumbbells!

Name: Ben Holmes
BodySpace: HolmesDG

Ben Holmes Ben Holmes
AGE 25
253 lbs
AGE 26
216 lbs

Why I Decided To Transform

I decided to transform because I was overweight, unhappy, unhealthy, and depressed. The morning I stood on the scale and it read 253 pounds was the moment it hit me. I had to do something about my weight before it was too late.

Being overweight affected every part of my life. It made everything much harder; everyday household activities, my job, and rugby. I started snoring, which made sleeping difficult for my wife. She often slept in the spare room to get a good night's sleep. I also had a major drinking problem.

I would drink every day of the week and was never home on weekends because I was out drinking with my mates. A change had to happen because I was also expecting my first child.

How I Accomplished My Goals

My transformation got a jumpstart when I was picked up for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and lost my license for six months. With no license, I went out and bought a bike that I rode to work and to the gym.

I stopped drinking and started eating healthy. I gathered information and tips on nutrition and training from sites like and YouTube. When I started getting results and compliments I was hooked. The longer I stuck with it the easier it became.

After six months, I decided to put my hard work to good use and enter my first bodybuilding competition. I didn't know anything about competing, so I got a personal trainer, Leanne Simays, from 2refine, entered the New Zealand Nationals NABBA novice class, and placed first.

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

The most challenging part of my transformation was giving up old habits like alcohol and eating junk food. The longer I kept at it the easier it got.

My Future Fitness Plans

I really enjoy the new me and look forward to the future with my family. I want to keep training, competing, and making heaps of new friends.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Keep a before picture handy so you stay on track.
  • Set realistic goals to keep your progress moving forward.
  • Get as much help as you can and stay away from negative people.
  • Don't cheat. You're only holding yourself back.
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