I just had this email exchange with a new TSCer named Michael. He's about to begin training with The TSC Heart of a Champion Program. He left a comment on one of my youtube videos and wanted to know more about my 10 week transformation, so he sent me the following email:
Then I quickly responded with the following email:
While I understand you may be busy, I was wondering if you had any comments on the comment I posted about you gaining 20+% of body fat in your 11/09-02/10 transformation video. I understand being laid up in bed with an injury but that is a lot of weight to put on over a short period of time. I'm excited to start your program next week! Well, after my 300 Challenge on Saturday. I've actually been using the Insanity program recently and while it may be great cardio, it's not an all purpose workout routine. Plus, while the P90X and Insanity nutrition books give decent guidelines, they're mainly recipes and promoting their "fitness shakes". It was good to see a no-BS type of nutrition guide that was very simple to follow. Thanks in advance! - Mike TSCer finding his Heart of a Champion
Michael, Here's what happened... I grew up a very skinny and weak kid despite playing sports and lifting weights. I was fed up with failure and buying into what the magazines and supplement companies were preaching. With the help of many great influences (Books, teachers, football coaches, soccer coaches, baseball coaches, hockey coaches, speed skating experts, athletic performance specialists track coaches, basketball coaches, professional bodybuilders, professional trainers, plyometrics specialists, and a former strength coach from the Bulgarian National Team) I developed my own unique training and nutrition philosophy for body transformation and peak athletic performance. From age 20 to 21 I rapidly transformed my body, from a skinny wimp to an 8-packed confident dude.
I then began helping my friends transform their bodies. I was the driving force behind a challenge that saw two of my best friends from high school each burn over 80 lbs of fat, build muscle and totally change their lives in just a few short months. From there I continued helping more of my friends to accomplish their goals. I also earned my CSCS, it's the designation held by elite strength and conditioning coaches in the United States and around the world.
In early 2007 I moved to LA. I was distracted by all that Hollywood had to offer and I strayed a little bit from my proven path, I still played sports and enjoyed physical activity, but I wasn't consistently pursuing my full potential. I let myself settle for mediocrity and being in "okay" shape. That changed when a close friend of mine was interested in getting back into shape. I took the opportunity to reassess my life and decided that settling for mediocre fitness was unacceptable, especially when I knew how little time it took to be in peak condition, so that I could look and feel my best. I rounded up a few friends and implemented a transformation challenge just for fun. We did a 6 week (42 days) challenge with everybody doing there own "routine" and trying to get the best results possible. I gave some advice to a few of the competitors, but I was the only that possessed all the proven principles of my training philosophy. In six weeks time (October 12th 2008 - November 23rd 2008) I was back at my best, I was fit, fast, and strong again, and it felt great. It's amazing how different you feel when you train properly and eat right. When you know exactly what to do. You end up investing just 35 minutes a day in yourself and it really pays off. I was having so much fun helping my friends and inspiring transformations that I decided to really develop TSC. I sat down and wrote an action plan for people to follow that would use my proven philosophy and exact training methods to give people a road map to real transformation success without all the baloney (take these shakes, buy these nutrition bars, pop these pills, etc). That action plan went through a few revisions until it become the current version of The TSC Heart of a Champion Training and Nutrition Program. The most powerful step by step body transformation guide ever created, it works every time and for everybody that chooses to accept the challenge and finish the program.
Then in the fall of 2009 I took a job coaching football at a small college in California. One day at work I was asked to lift something that was heavy and awkward. I strained and strained and allowed my spine to become curved (improper form) and ended up herniating 2 discs in my back. I could barely move for several months. The lack of exercise was depressing, some nights I would wake up to go to the bathroom and the pain would be so bad that I couldn't stand upright. I would have to walk my hands along the wall to make it to the toilet. I started eating poorly (it turns out that lack of exercise and poor eating go hand in hand), my hormones felt all out of balance and I became a fat slob in a matter of a few months.
By Thanksgiving 2009 I was fed up. I hated being fat, gross and sweaty. I don't understand how people can live like that. My back had recovered to the point where I could resume exercise and I immediately started following the TSC Heart of a Champion Program EXACTLY as it's written. I put my own words into action and triumphantly rebuilt my body one day at a time for 10 weeks. Each day I would feel better, look better, and improve in every way. My TSC 300 Challenge score skyrocketed by 150 points in just 10 weeks. I went from fat, sluggish and literally obese on Thanksgiving Day to fit, fast and strong by Super Bowl Sunday (February 7th) 10 weeks later. Six months after I started the Heart of a Champion program I was legitimately in the best shape of my life.
Thanks to the TSC programs, today my life is totally balanced. My training still only takes about 35 minutes a day and I'm continually able to improve and enjoy life to the fullest. When you have the exact action plan and simple rules to follow it's easy to live life at (or very near) your full potential. Now that I've transformed myself three times, from a skinny wimp incapable of doing a single pull-up, from a guy satisfied with mediocre fitness and from obesity as the result of a devastating back injury, my goal is to spread the empowering message of true health and fitness to as many people as possible. I want people to know that we can easily transform our bodies and maximize our potential by following a simple action plan based on my proven philosophy. It doesn't take any skill, talent, special shakes, supplements, or anything "extreme" or "insane" just consistent effort and the right plan.
PS: Michael, I'm going to post this exchange on my blog. Thanks for writing and email me if you ever have any questions. CK.
Make it Happen. Don't rush it, CRUSH it.