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Judson’s New Swolemate: Body Beast

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Judson Halbrooks gained 18 lbs with Body Beast. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for November 15th!
Judson is an Independent Beachbody Coach.


Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
To sum it up I was completely out of shape. Eight months prior, I tried a local Cross-Fit program and quit a week into it due to a a tare I received in my left shoulder. It was so severe that I wondered if I’d ever be able to workout again. My dad and brother have always been power lifters where I was more on the I can’t gain anything so I would get ripped quick. We have a basic home gym with weights my dad built and a few various machines, and looking at them collect dust only added to my depression during the eight months it took my shoulder to recover. I felt miserable which led to me abusing alcohol on a regular basis, which also led to the further decline of my once fit and healthy body. I seriously can say that I’ve never been in that bad of shape as I was at the beginning of the New Year. I felt lower than I’d ever been and losing my job at the start of the year didn’t help my alcohol consumption. I was in pretty bad shape and it was plenty evident.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
Well I have a friends that have been with Beach Body for quite sometime, and seeing their transformation pics was very inspiring. One after the other I saw my old friends join, and at first, I’m not going to lie, I thought they were all drinking some kind of Beach Body kool-aid i.e. Shakeology. I was skeptical but the results were obvious, there was no denying the products worked. It took me a couple years from the first friends I saw join to the more recent transformations to say, “I think I want to give it a shot.” Also, Beach Body was the only company that I noticed promoted making an income from working out and helping others get results as well. After I lost my job and I was down to the last of my funds, I thought I better go ahead while I have some cash and invest it in something good for me and that has the potential of making me some cash while I’m jobless. Not to mention I was totally out of shape but by then my shoulder had healed and I was ready to start a program.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Just feeling really low after losing my job. It was on a technicality, but all the same I’m always pretty tough on myself when it comes to succeeding. I was at my bottom. I had little to no money, my health was the worst it’s ever been, and I was abusing alcohol on a daily basis. I just felt if something didn’t change soon I may bee to far down in my own self made hole to pull up. With the last little bit of cash I had I made a call to the only male I knew that was currently involved in Beach Body, Ben Gentry. I purchased the Body Beast program on the first of February and by mid month the program arrived. I was like a kid in a candy store. My shoulder had fixed itself over an eight month period and I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. The program was unlike any workout I’d ever completed and it was so hard the first few days I didn’t know if I could keep up. I knew the drinking had to go to be successful so I traded it for Body Beast. I guess you can say I drank the kool-aid.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
There are so many things I loved about this program. The direct shipments saved time and gas. I’ve used some comparable supplements, but the bundle was cheaper. Also, I didn’t have to spend a lot of time reading labels in a GNC or Vitamin shoppe wondering if I was getting the best quality. Also, I love the at home workouts. I’ve had a few gym memberships in my time, and depending on whether you run into a talkative friend or if the gym is packed a planned 1 hour workout can easily turn into two hours. Another aspect I liked were the Body Beast worksheets. I’ve always come up with my own workouts, and kept a journal to see my progress. With this program the sheets are available online to print. I was familiar with about half of the exercises where the others were completely new, so I knew I was going to work areas of my body that over my life I’d neglected. Also, I really like the instructor. Sagi’s enthusiasm, dedication, and humor made the program very enjoyable.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Did you see my transformation pics? I’m just kidding. Yes the transformation of the body is the main reason everyone begins a workout program, but this program has increased my physical as well as my mental strength. One of Sagi’s saying in this program is, “What ever it takes”, and that can be applied to life as well as a workout program. Also, I made the commitment to basic goals and until this program I’ve never monitored results on an personal endeavor quite like this. I’ve applied the concept of basic goals and reaching those goals to other aspects of my professional life and I now have two businesses that are slowly taking off. Also, I decided to become a Beach Body Coach to help others learn how to transform their bodies, but to also transform their lives. I started this journey with a selfish state of mind wanting to transform myself. Now I want to show others not only how to be healthy, but also to instill in their minds that they to can do anything they believe in.
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How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
How has it not? The obvious is the physical transformation. I get compliments daily and people can’t believe I’m thirty four years old, but this program gave me a reason to believe in myself again. After losing my job, I was at my low. I was using alcohol daily and I knew that if something didn’t happen soon I may not be able to pull out of the self made hole I’d found myself in. It’s given me back the mindset I had when I graduated college, that as long as I believe I can make something happen it’s possible. Also, it’s taught me not to quit and throw in the towel. So many times halfway through the workouts I thought “how am I going make it.” I could’ve stopped the video and given up but then I heard Sagi say, “We are not quitters, we are winners”. I’m currently in the middle of my second round of Body Beast and I am anxiously awaiting the new program, “The Masters Hammer and Chisel”. I drank the kool-aid, I’m all in, and I can’t wait to see where this journey leads. Truly Grateful!

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
It gave me a benchmark and knowledge to follow along my journey. We were all seeking the same goals and hearing others questions, concerns, and complaints really gave me the sense that I wasn’t alone.

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
She and her husband Ben have guided me throughout the onset of this journey. It all started with Ben’s post three years ago, and it’s no mystery that Beach Body is predominantly a female company. Seeing Ben go for his goals and attaining them with the P90X program helped get the ball rolling in my mind that this was not just for women, and I too could be successful in this organization. On the other hand, Connie is my Coach and she has always made herself available when ever I’ve had a question through text or video chats. I couldn’t have come this far without her directions and guidance. I look forward to gaining more knowledge and guidance from both Mr. and Mrs. Gentry.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
Oh wow, I can’t say enough about the Body Beast supplements. I’ve used comparable supplements and I like to tell all of my potential clients its all the best ingredients minus the sugars. I gained 18 solid pound of muscle with the supplements, increased my daily energy, and noticed a reduction in my recovery time. I’ve never been this chiseled or had twelve pack abs before and I know I couldn’t have had these results without, Hardcore Base Protein, Fuel Shot, Max Creatine, and Super Suma. I look forward to their continued use as well as adding the high performance line down the road.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program affect any existing health conditions you have?
I mentioned I tore a support muscle in my shoulder/back eight months prior to starting this program while trying my first week of cross-fit. Since taking the Body Beast supplements I’ve had no prior pain in that region. I was also diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 15, but decided to not take any medication due to the side effects and strain those form of narcotics put on your physical body. Since taking the Body Beast supplements I’ve notice focused clarity in my thoughts and increased energy. Everyone asks me, “where do you get your energy from?” I know it’s a combination of working the program and taking the supplements. Again, I’m so glad I found this program and supplements, very grateful.

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