JYM Army Profile: Peter Kovach

JYM Army Profile: Peter Kovach
Fighting depression and anxiety with a dedicated fitness program has turned this young man's life around.

Written by Peter Kovach

I was always active growing up. I played virtually every sport, I was very involved and active in my education and social life, and I was never short on energy or stamina. I don’t think I ever lost that drive, but at some point in my life, my focus shifted to things that weren't so healthy.

At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with major depression disorder and anxiety. This was a huge turning point in my life, and I would spend the next five years spiraling downward. I made a lot of mistakes in my life; I could write a book explaining every step of this journey, but that's not the point of this story. In short, I experienced a lot of heartbreak, drugs and alcohol, and suicidal ideation. All of this led to me being institutionalized in hospitals and jails, and even homeless on the streets.

At my lowest point, I was an extremely unhealthy and malnourished 135 pounds at 5’10. Fitness started as a way for me to escape reality. Before I started lifting weights, I would just do push-ups until I couldn’t feel my arms, or run drills until I was sweating through all my clothes.

For a while, I didn’t have the education I needed to eat correctly, supplement correctly, or design a program. I began by just getting active every day, and always testing my limits. I found and started following Jim Stoppani in early 2016 at age 22, after about six months of training. I had gained a good amount of weight, sitting at about 150 pounds, but I wanted to go even further.

It all started with Pre JYM — WOW! I can still remember the first time I drank it. I had tried other pre-workouts before, but nothing even compared to the mighty Pre JYM. I...

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