I was hesitant to embrace the IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) approach since I was convinced that I could only achieve my goals by eating chicken and broccoli, but figured that I would give it a shot. My previous (and only) experience with a trainer left me starved, sick, muscle-less, and even led me to a trip to the hospital. What else did I have to lose?
In a little under 3 months, Joe took me from the state I described above to the stage. I was doing less cardio, eating more, not destroying myself in the gym, AND putting on lean muscle mass. I won the Overall Novice trophy and placed second in a very competitive Open class. My next show was 2 weeks later, resulting in an Open Overall win and my ANBF Pro Card. Never in a million years would I have thought that I could accomplish something like this, especially in such a short amount of time.
Joe has not only helped me grow as an athlete, he has also played a crucial role in helping me develop as a person. From struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, and a developing eating disorder from my previous experience, Joe has turned me around 180 degrees. I no longer suffer from any of the above. He has helped me realize my personal potential both in and out of the gym.
I am thrilled for today and so excited for what the future holds.