Todd Maier is a lieutenant at the St Francis Fire Department. I've had the privilege of working with his wife Penny for over 2 years. Her amazing progress finally inspired him to start getting serious about training this past fall. He quickly took everything in and his hard work ethic both in and out of the gym has carried over to many others in his department. He has gotten pretty ripped, stronger and out of pain in around 8 months time. He is proof that hard work and dedication with training and diet will lead to awesome results. From September 2011 to February 2012, he went from ~27% bodyfat to ~16% bodyfat. Looking at the last pictures shown down below (taken in May), he is now under 10% and lean. Peep the photos kids.
Could the competitive stage be in her future?
The last transformation story featured Joe Becker. Joe has a favorite quote that was written by the man himself, Louie Simmons. "Some men grow older, others grow stronger." This is a brilliant quote and I'm going to go ahead and change "men" to "people." In this month's feature, Veronica Ariens, aka Big Ron the Ripper, will be featured and she is the definition of this quote.
At 61 years young, she outtrains and outperforms most people in their twenties. She is truly an inspiration. Over the course of the last year, she has dropped around 9% bodyfat and is now in the low 20 percent range, which is considered excellent for females at any age let alone over 50. She has also shed inches off of her waist and abdomen. She can knock out pushups and pullups with the best of em, squat and deadlift well over her bodyweight and has developed the conditioning of an animal.
Even more impressive, she follows some amazingly consistent eating habits and it shows in both her physique and performance. She has even been asked on more than one occasion if she is a cop. There are some clients that, with a little guidance and direction, will go above and beyond what you would normally expect and take things into their own hands in order to push limits and achieve their goals. Ronnie is one of those clients. Even when she is not working directly with me, she gets in for extra workouts multiple days a week with her partner Gwen (who I'm sure will be featured soon as well).
Any females (and males for that matter) that think pain, injuries and osteoporosis are all that await you as you grow older and that you can't train hard and be an athlete after college have proof right here. Get better everyday; there are no excuses. In addition to the body comp changes in the pics below, take note of the great postural improvements all the way up and down the body, both in rotation and flexion/extension. Big congratulations to Ronnie, keep up all of the amazing work!!
Get to work kids.
Ronnie in action
This awesome transformation has taken place over the course of the last 4 months. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves.
Joe came in to see me back in August and said that he wanted to take his body to higher levels that he'd never taken it before. When I first consult with a potential client, I can usually tell within a few minutes whether or not they are serious and going to be successful with what they claim they want to do. I knew right away that this guy was going to be successful with any goal he set. He wanted to get strong, powerful, ripped and in awesome overall shape. Well, in 4 months hes accomplished more than many people do in 4 years.
Strength? Joe went from struggling to perform a proper bodyweight squat to front squatting 300 pounds. He went from never really deadlifting at all to pulling 315 for reps. He took his bench from 185 to 225.
Ripped? Joe dropped around 11% bodyfat and 10 pounds. He lost inches off his waist and hips and put on muscle everywhere else. He dropped at least 8 millimeters on every single body fat site, including 20 on his abdomen site alone!! Look at the pics if you don't believe it.
Great overall shape? Kettlebell swing intervals, prowler pushing, box jumps, band sprints, circuits, sled work and plenty of specific energy system development to go along with the strength and muscle development. Movement and neuromuscular coordination has improved and back pain is gone.
Joe works extremely hard both in and out of the gym to better himself. By training to get stronger and performing the proper conditioning along with practicing good diet including upping his eating frequency, cutting down processed food and getting ample protein, he has gotten himself along a successful path to a new body. Sky's the limit from here. May this be a piece of motivation to anybody out there who wants to change their life and body. Stay tuned for more transformation stories coming up!