Name: Robins Dorvil
Location: Orlando, Florida
Why I decided to transform
I struggled with my weight as a kid. I was made fun of and my self-esteem was at an all-time low. At age 14, I hit puberty, the weight came off, and I was able to maintain 15 percent body fat.
Things changed after my son was born when I was a 21-year-old. I felt like I was pregnant because I grew heavier each month. Shopping became harder and expensive because I constantly bought new clothes. It's like my metabolism gave up.
It got even worse when I worked 16-hour days at a desk job, barely exercised, and ate two heavy meals per day.
As my son grew older, I noticed he had the same problem I did with his weight and I could tell he wasn't happy. I needed to set an example and be a role model for him because I didn't want him to deal with the issues I faced. I wanted to inspire others too.
I used to think all athletes were born to be athletic and look it, and I was born to be fat. I'm sure there are others who think the same. I took a stand to prove that I can turn my life around, step on stage, take modeling photos, be athletic, and keep the weight off. No one can set a limit on you but yourself.
How I accomplished my goals
I was always surrounded by friends in great shape who gave me advice, but I thought it would take too long and constantly looked for a shortcut. I tried every fad diet, which was a waste because the weight came back on and more.
A friend said I made it harder than it should be. She told me to K.I.S.S., or "Keep It Simple, Stupid." I gave in and she said to stop reinventing the wheel and do what's necessary.
Robins' first passion is music. He started playing saxophone 21 years ago, taught himself to play piano, toured with bands, and
recorded music videos and songs!
I joined a gym and entered a 12-week transformation contest. I saw results, but nowhere near what I saw on Bodybuilding.com or BodySpace, so I sought professional help and hired my coach from Team Freak Physique. He gave me a detailed nutrition and workout plan tailored for my body.
I started at 19 percent body fat and 212 pounds in December 2012. I stepped on stage and won men's physique overall in July 2013 at 183 pounds with 4 percent body fat.
What aspect challenged me the most
The diet was the most challenging. The food was bland at first because I was used to seasoned Haitian food and high-sodium processed food. When it was time to eat natural, unprocessed food, I felt sick.
Keeping up with my meals every two hours didn't make sense at first, but after a few weeks of eating that way I started to get used to it. I focused on mind over matter and kept consistent. Everything became easier over time as it switched from a diet to a lifestyle.
My future fitness plans
I would like to become a sponsored athlete, compete in more shows, and get to a pro level. Most importantly, I want to inspire. That's number one and will always stay on top of my fitness priority list. That's why I call myself "D" Motiv8or.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
I had an interesting conversation with a friend recently and had an epiphany that we go through difficult times and are tested. I started my journey, watched amazing transformations, and decided to get out of my slump and rise above the occasion. Keep in mind, someone is watching you, so stay focused and don't give up.
Here are 8 steps to get started:
- Set a goal that inspires you.
- Shift your paradigm for tunnel vision.
- Organize and set a date for your goal.
- Operate with positive intentions.
- Keep it simple and consistent.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people who support your goal.
- Hold yourself accountable.
- Aspire to inspire others with determination.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
After joining Bodybuilding.com, I was amazed by the wealth of information and support I received from articles and profiles on BodySpace.
When I felt like I wasn't progressing, I logged on, updated my status, browsed the site, and looked at inspirational profiles to stay motivated. It was a way to recharge my battery.
Robins Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "I Give Myself Away" by William McDowell
- "Started From The Bottom" by Drake
- "Mwen Bouke" by Harmonik
- "Wild Boy" by Machine Gun Kelly
- "I'm So Blessed" by DJ Khaled