Fitness Transformation helps man build a six-pack and build muscle
Michael Ashford's life changed when he saw a photo of him on the beach looking at a man who looked unhealthy. Resident in Denver, Colorado, he campaigned for a new diet and exercise program, and managed to build 30 pounds of muscle – not to mention a six-pack. That's his story.
The Basics  Starting weight: ~ 130 pounds
Weight gain : ~ 30 pounds of muscle since starting my fitness journey 6.5 years ago
Age: 34  "Skinny was just my body type", Ashford says about the way he grew up.
"I've always been the scrawny kid blessed with the metabolism of a desert jackrabbit (thanks mom and dad, ha!)). I was also a runner-up in high school and had the corpse to prove it. That's why I did not really have to try to be skinny … I could eat whatever I wanted and it really would not affect me. Despite all this, Skinny is not necessarily all right.
His fitness trip began in 2012 with a photo on the beach.
"I took my wife and baby son on a business trip to Ocean City, Maryland, and after I finished working one day, we left Family at the beach. As we walked along the beach and played in the waves, my wife walked in front of me and my son and took a picture of us. "
" When my wife showed me this picture of holding my son's hand on the beach, something snapped inside me. In this picture I not only saw how unhealthy I looked, but how unhealthy I felt. And I felt the weight of responsibility that I was now the husband and father of a family that depended on me to be there for them. "
At first Ashford felt embarrassed," that I lacked any kind of muscle definition whatsoever. "
" But more than that, I was impressed with the reality that when it came to my health and fitness, I just passed by and my family earned more from me. I vowed at this moment I dedicated myself to a consciously active and active lifestyle for the sake of my and my family's sake.
He wasted no time getting started.
"As soon as we got home from this business trip to Ocean City, I went to a gym and immediately started 5-6 days during the week. I started a pretty straightforward bodybuilding program, especially to add muscle mass.
Ashford also changed his diet.
"I changed my diet, both for health reasons (gluten intolerance) and from the awareness that I realized it. How much of our health depends directly on how we Recharge our body with the food we consume. That was tough because I grew up in the Midwest off Kansas City, where Comfort Food is the norm. Casseroles Much cheese. Fried and breaded everything . And of course … Grill in Kansas City. My diet is based on a simple concept: Eat Food. Eat as close to their natural state as possible. The fresher, the better. And if it came from a box or a can, I would think twice about putting it in my body.
At the beginning of his fitness transformation, Ashford needed to learn how to balance his time.
I was a husband and a new dad – I now have two wonderful, beautiful children and have been happily married for eleven years – and I had a full-time job with a software company, and I knew I would have to live to do this work an unbalanced life, that is, I had to cut or reduce things in my life that did not match my goals, and I did my non-negotiable things – things that I would not sacrifice, such as my time with my The evening family was not negotiable, so I got up earlier and sacrificed some sleep to get to the gym in the morning. "