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Nick Burns

This former military man wanted to get serious about his fitness, so he turned to proper programs and meal plans and is crushing his goals.

Nick Burns

Written by Nick Burns

In the past, fitness has always been average and cyclical in my life. In my military days and throughout college, I usually hovered around 15% body fat or below year-round.

Unfortunately, like anyone in this busy world, in the past few years my career took off, I started a family, and life got a hold of me. I let myself go, and from then on, I told myself to never let that happen again.

My initial goal was not only to get back under 15% body fat, but to also take it much further and achieve ultimate success in the single-digit body-fat range with the hope to one day compete.

I’m very close to approaching that day and becoming way more than just “average.”

On Day 1 of my transformation, I weighed in at 215 pounds and roughly 20% body fat, the heaviest I’ve ever been.

Eight months later, I can proudly say that I’m currently in the single-digit range at 8%-9% body fat and 180 pounds, which equates to 35 pounds lost and 11%-12% body fat reduction. (The above before and after photos, however, are six months apart.)

Without a doubt, I’ve also been able to pack on a lot of dense muscle in the process, but the numbers are unknown.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve completed many of Jim Stoppani’s programs, including (in sequence): New Year’s Challenge, Super Shredded 8, Rep Max Runner, Summer Shred Challenge (SS8, again), 4-Minute Muscle Full-Split, and I’m currently on Down and Up Mass getting ready for the fall.

Throughout this process, I also took the full JYM product line, including: Pro JYM, Pre JYM, Post JYM, ZMA JYM, Omega JYM, Vita JYM, and I've cycled through Shred JYM and Alpha JYM.

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