Body Transformation: Winston Roberts Jr. Found Fitness At 52!

Winston told laughing naysayers he would be in a fitness magazine with a shredded physique. See how he lost 16 percent body fat and proved haters wrong!

Why I decided to transform

In 2012, I got tired of buying extra large shirts to cover my basketball belly and decided to join a gym, mostly to condition myself for basketball. After a couple months of aches, pains, and swollen knees, I decided to hit the weights.

When I started lifting I became interested in bodybuilding and knew I had to change my overall lifestyle, which included eating healthier and taking supplements. I went to the supplement/health store so often that I became friends with an employee who invited me to my first bodybuilding show (NPC Southern States Classics 2012).

At the show, I was inspired by a 59-year-old competitor who won his division and placed second overall. I didn't know that was possible at his age and thought I wanted to be like him. There was a trainer sitting nearby who offered to help me reach my goal. I found out when the next show was (four months later) and put my all into prepping for the stage.

Before /// 189 lbs
After /// 150 lbs
AGE 52 / HEIGHT 5'10" / BODY FAT 23%
AGE 52 / HEIGHT 5'10" / BODY FAT 7%
Post To Fitboard

Many people who were on my side when I joined the gym were suddenly naysayers when I told them about my goal to compete. They said, "Your body is finished after 40. There's no way you'll make it." This served as fuel for me to push harder. I picked up a magazine sitting on the counter and told him, "See this magazine? I'll be in there one day." Lo and behold, I was featured in the April 2013 issue of Natural Muscle.

I used to eat and drink whatever I wanted with little regard for my health overall. Now my alcohol intake is very limited and juices and sodas are gone. I don't eat fast food and I'm very choosy when it comes to dining out. I eat clean daily and take every opportunity to be physically active, like parking on the far end of a parking lot to go shopping.

How I accomplished my goals

I worked part time at the gym in the morning and worked out immediately after. I then changed my clothes, went to my second job, and worked full time at a supplement shop.

My coworkers called me Superman because I changed my clothes throughout the day and carried around two bags of clothes, food, and supplements. I slept very little, but my motivation from the naysayers kept me going. The most sleep I got during this time was five hours, which worked against me because sleep is important for recovery.

I had difficulty with my shoulders four months later, which limited my upper-body workouts. I was never discouraged, but felt disappointed because my mind/drive was going full speed, but I had to slow down because of my shoulders and work around it.

Quitting was never an option. Any obstacle was just an opportunity to try something new. If I hit a plateau, I changed the routine. The tricky part was scheduling my meals. With my hectic schedule, it was difficult to eat. Some days I had to eat while driving.

What aspect challenged me the most

"I plan to continue my bodybuilding career and compete in nationals to go pro."

The most challenging aspect was the diet. I was tired of the same bland, dry, boring foods every day.

At times, I had to force it. Keeping focused on my ultimate goal helped me get through it. I knew that if I wanted to achieve my goal, I had to follow the diet plan.

My future fitness plans

I plan to continue my bodybuilding career and compete in nationals to go pro. I have a way to go, but with the right team to guide me, I have no doubt I'll make it.

In the meantime, I'm a personal trainer and will continue to pass my knowledge onto my clients.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

  • Don't think negatively.
  • Have a plan and set your goals on paper.
  • Keep your eye on the goal.
  • Don't make any big changes to cause setbacks.

How helped me reach my goals has been my go-to site since day one. I use it to research workouts, supplements, and diet plans. When I consider using a supplement, I research the product and read the comments, ratings, and feedback provided by other members.

Winston's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Empire State Of Mind" by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
  2. "Holy Grail" by Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake
  3. "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull & NeYo
  4. "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke & Pharrell Willams
  5. "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams