There are many people who start going to the gym because they want to lose weight. Some of them wish to decrease their weight by 10, 20 or sometimes as much as 50 pounds. However, Jordan Grahm, a young man who had a difficult adolescence, was capable of losing almost 200 pounds.
While it may sound incredible, his journey to success wasn’t easy. Everything started in 2008 when Grahm almost died in a car crash, breaking his wrist and enduring a wreck that separated his shoulder. At that moment, he weighed almost an astonishing 400 pounds.
At the day of the incident, five guys were needed just to lift him up on the stretcher. This was the moment when Grahm decided he needed to change his lifestyle. Of course, he realized it wouldn’t be easy, because he was completely out of shape.
But at the same time, he knew if he continued his old lifestyle, which was filled with depression, overeating and traumas from the past, then he would have died due to poor health anyway.
After Grahm fully healed, he started exercising by walking for one mile every morning with his dog. While it sounds like an easy walk for a regular person, Grahm admitted it was not an easy task for him to do.
After returning home, he always felt pain all over his body. But he didn’t stop believing in himself and continued these painful one-mile walks. After walking for one mile became easier, Grahm started running four miles six times per week and lost as much as 100 pounds without doing any other exercises.
As he slowly developed his self-confidence, he decided to join the gym. While he was still overweight, he realized he shouldn’t care about what people think about him in the gym and do his best to further decrease his weight.
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Again, it wasn’t easy for him to start weightlifting because he wasn’t athletic. He bench pressed a barbell with no plates and it felt painful to him, he used dumbbells that many women use while doing their yoga training, and wasn’t able to perform even a single pull-up.
But the most important thing is he did what he was capable off and began to not only lose body fat but also get stronger. As he burned another 100 pounds, he became a serious powerlifter capable of squatting up to 434 pounds, bench pressing 315 pounds and deadlifting as much as 500 pounds.
Yet, as he had lost 200 pounds, he decided he needed surgery to lose the excess skin. It took two months to restore his body to the conditions in which he was able to train again. This wasn’t convenient to him as two months of inactivity had shockingly decreased his strength. Fortunately, it was much easier and faster for him to get back in shape than when he weighed 400 pounds.
Right now, Grahm works out six times per week and prefers to perform fewer reps while using heavy weights. Also, he eats much healthier than before. He eliminated junk products like candy, cookies and soda from his diet, and he instead filled it with healthy foods like lean meats, complex carbs and green vegetables. His current diet looks like this:
- Oats, blueberries and protein powder.
- Protein powder
- Egg whites and sweet potatoes
- Chicken, sweet potatoes, broccoli and peanut butter
- Steak or fish and broccoli
Today, Grahm lives a happy life and wants to get even stronger and compete in powerlifting championships. Also, he was capable to not only transform his body but also his career as he changed his job from a real estate agent to certified personal trainer and even motivational speaker who inspires many people around the world.