We love to share the exciting fitness transformation stories of our many awesome fans. It takes commitment to change your life, and we're proud that our meal management systems have been able to help people take the fitness bull by the horns. Today we introduce you to Chrisgen Whitfield, a man whose dedication to his new life is evident within seconds of finding out a little bit more about him. 31-year-old Long Beach, California resident Chrisgen is a Student Accounts Specialist who can pinpoint not only the exact moment he knew he wanted to make a change in his life, but also the seedling planted the year before when he bought a muscle and fitness magazine on a whim, read it, highlighted it, and then put it to the wayside. A year later came the day he will never forget. "It will go down as one of the most memorable days of my life," Chrisgen said. "I have always been a fat kid and come from a family of rather 'big boned' people. Growing up fat and having been teased for it at an early age, being called fat by someone with a hurtful intent never bothered me. For some reason though, this time it did. My friend and I went to meet other friends for a hang out and some drinking. When meeting everyone and saying hello, our 'friend' that doesn't have a filter said to me, 'Damn Chrisgen, what are you eating? You're getting big.' I laughed and said, 'Oh, really?' and the night went on. The next day I woke up with the sting of his comments still in my heart, so I took to the scale. The damn thing said I was two hundred and sixty five pounds. As a scientist you must test 3 times. Each time it said the same thing. 265. 265. 265. That was it for me." Everyone faces hurdles during a fitness transformation, but Chrisgen insists that he did not have to overcome any because he has found that when he wants something, he is going to get it, no matter the time it takes.
For example, he found what I wanted to take for supplements, researched them all until he had read everything under the sun on them, wrote it all down, and re-read the notes until he was falling asleep to them. He wanted to be sure he knew what he was putting in my body and how it would work. Then he set out a road map.
"I will invest myself in it, learn every aspect of it, and execute with precision. When you invest yourself into something, nothing can get in your way."
He is currently training with Kris Gethin's muscle building program. His main focus is on the use of heavy weight and loads of sets. He points out that this is "all the rage now," but he's been doing it since 2013. "They call it over training now," he explained. His average set is 18 or more reps for 4-5 sets, although if he likes the particular maneuver he can get up to 25 or so. Chrisgen first heard about 6 Pack Fitness when he came across a video of people trading in their old torn up cooler bags for 6 Pack Bags! Although he had already begun his fitness transformation and achieved the first goal he laid out for himself, he knew that the meal management capabilities and attractive appearance were just what he had been looking for.
"I read that it takes an average person a year to lose 100 pounds safely. I only wanted to lose 65, so I set what I thought to be a realistic goal: lose 65 pounds in one year. What I gave myself one year to accomplish, I did in 6 months."
Everyone has their own bit of fitness advice, and Chrisgen's is refreshingly practical: know what you are doing and set realistic goals for yourself. If you're starting your fitness transformation at age 30, you are not going to achieve your goals in 30 days. "You have 30 years of habits and functions to correct. It doesn't mean it will take another 30 to do so, but it's surely not going to happen safely in 30 days." It comes down to one simple truth: be honest with yourself. Chrisgen's inspirations are similarly as easy to pinpoint as his moment-of-change: Tony Horton, developer of the P90X exercise video series, Dreya Weber, aerialist and famous P90X personality, and Express For Men. In his own words, these are the reasons behind the inspirations:
"I was hooked."