Name: Justin Frechette
Location: Boston, MA
Why I decided to transform
My decision to transform all began when I turned 27. I was unhappy, lost my job, my girlfriend broke up with me, and my physical and mental health was deteriorating. I realized I was devoting all my efforts toward pleasing everyone but myself.
I tried satisfying everyone because I feared how I was being perceived. I wanted to be accepted by everyone, and was willing to sacrifice my own happiness to gain that acceptance. But no matter how hard I tried, I never seemed to be able to satisfy any of them. I then realized I should have been focusing on myself, my own goals and ambitions, and—more importantly—my health.
I started my path to happiness and self-fulfillment at the neighborhood fitness center. I first walked into the unfamiliar landscape and lifted until I could not lift anymore. I exercised until every bit of stress, anger, and anxiety fled my soul. I had suppressed many years of pent-up aggression. My self-esteem was at an all-time low, and the only thing that felt remotely satisfying was exerting all my energy at the gym.
Over time, my anxiety and stress levels began to drop. I found a new passion, a passion that revolved around me for once. Along the way I received a lot of ridicule, mostly from my family and friends. They all doubted my ambitions and ridiculed the amount of time I dedicated toward fitness. But this time, I refused to let the opinions of others impact my well-being.
A year and a half later, I got into the best shape of my life, and competed in my first ever men's physique fitness competition in Carver, Mass. It was the most amazing experience. I met so many like-minded people, and was surrounded by positive influences.
Since beginning in fitness, I began traveling. I have since traveled to
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Moscow, Russia, Cuzco, Peru, and attended
the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
How I accomplished my goals
I signed up at Bodybuilding.com, and chose my first ever workout routine: Greg Plitt's MFT28, a military fitness trainer. I followed the program exactly as described, took the supplements when directed, and followed the nutrition program as outlined.
Choosing a program taught me discipline, both in the gym and in the kitchen. I was not going into training just lifting whatever, whenever. I had a plan of attack, a strategy to help me achieve my goals.
Plitt is my new role-model. His motivational videos are the best. I can't help but want to hit the gym every time I watch one of his videos on Bodybuilding.com.
My future fitness plans
I plan to continue my fitness regimen, focus on strength and size for my next fitness competition.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
For aspiring transformers, just know that this is not an easy path. But every hour spent dedicated toward your own well-being will drastically improve your appearance, confidence, and overall well-being. There are times when you feel like quitting. Just remember that you owe it to yourself to be the best possible version of yourself that you can be.
In addition, it is important to take pictures to record your progress. Selfies are motivating. There are times when you'll feel like giving up because you don't feel or notice a change.
Taking pictures on a monthly basis will prove that your hard efforts are showing, and will motivate you to continue your efforts at the gym.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
Bodybuilding.com was one of the leading reasons why I am where I am today. I found my role model on Bodybuilding.com. Bodybuilding.com educated me on the importance of proper nutrition and supplementation.
In addition, I was surrounded by like-minded people, all of them supporting and motivating one another to improve.
Justin's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Dada Life" – Rolling Stones T-Shirt
- "Knife Party" – Bonfire
- "Zeds Dead" – Rudeboy
- "Pretty Lights" – I Know the Truth
- "Deorro" - Elevated
Personal Shout Outs!
I want to thank my personal trainer at Club Inhale/Exhale in Billerica, Mass. He helped me prepare to compete in my first fitness competition.