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Tony Turned Self Doubt Into Self Confidence

Tony Rodriguez was tired of feeling inadequate and decided the time was right to do something about it. Read on to see how he changed his outlook and shed more than 60 pounds.

Vital Stats

Name: Tonatiuh Rodriguez

Email: jango12fett@yahoo.com

Bodyspace: azt3k

Tonatiuh Rodriguez Tonatiuh Rodriguez

Before:

Age:
20
Height:
5'9"
Weight:
205 lbs
Body Fat:
28.5%

After:

Age:
20
Height:
5'9"
Weight:
139 lbs
Body Fat:
10.5%

Why I Got Started

I decided to change my body because the lifestyle I was living had gotten stale long ago. I became fed up with doubting myself in any endeavor I ever brought up.

If I saw an achievement I could accomplish, I would always degrade myself and say "I'm not good enough. The next guy is way better than me." I grew tired of the "what if" mentality.

I wanted to be inundated in self-confidence and most important of all, I wanted to feel good about myself.

Tony was and IS a man on a mission.
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Tony was and IS a man on a mission.


How I Did It

I really do owe it to my sister. After she came back from her 2nd tour in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, she stayed at my house for a few months. She has always been a steadfast athlete: participating in marathons, being a gym rat, mountain biking, you name it.

So, when she got back, we would often hang out and go out to lunch or what have you, and it was on one day, during breakfast, that the fateful conversation came up.

She asked, "So, how come you never try and go to the gym? You're always talking about it, saying you really want to go. Well, I can get you a free month at the gym down the street. Let's go today."

May 25th, 2010 was the day. So we went. And from that day on, I was addicted.

I had the fortune of meeting a trainer through a friend (his cousin), and my achievements grew 10-fold. Now, more than 60 lbs lighter, I live a new life.

I transformed myself. And I am the happiest I can ever remembering being, and I am in the best shape of my life, and I will only transcend further from this point on.

Slim, sharp, and in shape!
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Slim, sharp, and in shape!


Supplements


With Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner:
Pre Workout:
Post Workout and Before Bed:

Diet


Meal 1:
Meal 2: Post Workout
Meal 3:
Meal 4:
Meal 5:

Snacks throughout the day include granola bars, almonds, trail mixes, etc. Meals and snacks are spaced 2 to 3 hours apart.

Training

I've been doing 2 different types of workouts: I'm either on a full-body routine that I repeat each of the 3 days in the gym, or I'm on a routine that has me doing 1 different body part per day.

Here's my schedule for the full body workout:

  • Monday: Full Body
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Full Body
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Full Body
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off
Full Body Routine:
Warm Up
Exercises
Standing Military Press Standing Military Press Standing Military Press
3 sets of 10 reps
(no lock-out, arms at 90° at rest)
Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press
3 sets of 10 reps
(arms at 90° at rest)
Seated Side Lateral Raise Seated Side Lateral Raise Seated Side Lateral Raise
3 sets of 10 reps
Front Dumbbell Raise Front Dumbbell Raise Front Dumbbell Raise
3 sets of 10 reps
Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip
3 sets of 10 reps
(no lock-out, full ROM, slow negatives)
Spider Curl Spider Curl Spider Curl
3 sets of 10 reps
Triceps Pushdown Triceps Pushdown Triceps Pushdown
3 sets of 10 reps
Seated Cable Rows Seated Cable Rows Seated Cable Rows
3 sets of 10 reps
Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown
3 sets of 10 reps
Leg Extensions Leg Extensions Leg Extensions
1 set of 10 reps each
(both legs, left leg, right leg)
Seated Leg Curl Seated Leg Curl Seated Leg Curl
3 sets of 10 reps
Lying Machine Squat Lying Machine Squat Lying Machine Squat
3 sets of 10 reps
Cool Down
Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
15 min

For my 1 body part per day routine, I just break up the above workouts with the appropriate muscle day, and I concentrate on going heavy. I throw in either more sets with less reps or just new exercises.

Suggestions for Others

Search for a reason. Everyone and anyone that is even just flirting with the idea of beginning a physical and mental transformation is doing so because they have a reason for it.

Mine was rooted deeply in an intricate labyrinth of low self-esteem, non-existent self-confidence and lack of motivation and determination to better myself and annihilate all self-inflicted atrocities. When you find your reason, just add fuel and watch the flames roar.

Be patient with yourself. Results will come. Be very diligent in keeping track of everything. Keep track of weight change, body fat percentage change, lean body mass change. One thing that really helped me out was calorie counting, especially in the early stages.

Try and find like-minded people who can help motivate you and you can help motivate. I had the great fortune of meeting one of my best friend's cousins who happened to be a physical fitness trainer. Once I began a workout with him, the results that were already showing began to sky rocket.

It wasn't just because I started working with a trainer. He helped me further unlock my potential and drove my motivation and determination into the cosmos, and most important of all, stay humble.

In my own personal opinion, I believe it is important to remember where you came from and to never forget it.

Not only will it help you, but it will show the rest of the world you changed not only physically, but transcended mentally and spiritually.

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