I was the epitome of a stereotypical “nerd” in high school. I was in the top 1% of my class, wore thick glasses, had big hair, and spent most of my time outside of school studying. While I fulfilled my parents’ demands of excelling academically, I dreaded P.E. It was a constant source of humiliation and my own personal nightmare, especially the days with team sports. As if my self-esteem wasn’t low enough, continuously being the last person picked for a team just made matters worse.
Focusing on my education and grades, I was able to obtain a scholarship to an internationally renowned University in the United States – where I hoped to be able to start over. However, as a skinny (weighing in at 105 lbs. at 5’9” tall), shy, awkward, international student, I realized there was no escaping my past. Enough was enough. I decided to at least attempt to change my body, in hopes that it would also change my life.
My first attempts at the campus gym were complete failures. I didn’t have any friends to go with, had no idea what I was doing, and was surrounded by world-class athletes and other regulars. Intimidated (to say the least) and discouraged, I realized that if I was going to succeed, I needed help.
It was the summer after my freshman year that I first saw Tony Horton’s Power90 infomercial. I took a leap of faith and ordered it immediately. I was hopeful and inspired. My support system, on the other hand, was not. My friends and family laughed, convinced I had wasted my money, stating that I should accept the fact that I would always be skinny – it was in my genes and there is little I could do about it.
I started Power 90, in the privacy of my own apartment, using the resistance bands I received with my order. After some online research, I purchased some whey protein and began using it three times a day. After only 30 days, I began to notice a difference – visible definition in my chest and arms. By mid-summer, I was confident enough to go back to the gym (at 6 a.m. in the morning as this is when it was most deserted) to replace the resistance bands with dumbbells. By the end of the program, and for the first time in my life, I had pectoral muscles. But what was even more astounding was that I now weighed 135 lbs. – an increase of 30 lbs. of muscle mass in just 3 months.
Nick Husin’s P90X Transformation on Esquire Magazine, Jan 2011 issue, pg 39
I had a renewed sense of self-confidence. I had proved everyone wrong. Not only COULD I change my body, I HAD changed my body. And this was only the beginning!
At the start of my sophomore year, I was flooded with both compliments and questions. Many believed I had used steroids, to which I assured them my process was all-natural. However, my doubters no longer fazed me as much. I was no longer shy and withdrawn. I found myself able to talk to strangers about anything and what’s more – people wanted to talk to me! I began attending social events, started making new friends, and joined the Greek system. I no longer felt like an outcast; I was accepted and even admired.
After college, I was working as an Electrical Engineer and had continued to work out diligently. However, I found myself ready for a new physical challenge. I signed up for a martial arts class and as fate would have it, I met Tony Horton – my fitness hero, on my first day of class.
After having the honor of telling him my transformation story, he suggested I look into P90X, one of his newest programs.
I completed my first round of P90X, as a member of Joey Petri’s “300 Challenge Group,” just in time for Halloween in 2008, where I dressed up as a Spartan soldier from the movie “300”.
I look at the results I have achieved over the past few years and know that I am a testament to the payoff for hard work, determination, and commitment. I became an Independent Beachbody Fitness Coach in 2009 to help others realize their full potential. Being a part of my clients’ journey and watching them achieve their goals is both fun and fulfilling and is the reason I continue in this line of work. Because I know that I have to lead by example, I’m never complacent with my own fitness journey. Every year, I keep pushing myself to improve my strength, agility, flexibility, and even my very own physique. I would have not been able to do Human Flag, climbing rope upside down, or even becoming the 2014 Mr Muscle Beach Men’s Physique Champion, if it wasn’t the fact that I’m here to inspire and be the role model to my community.
I want people to know that regardless of genetics, or whether you are skinny or overweight, you have the ability to change your body. You can live your life to the fittest. You should never let anyone tell you that you can’t do or be whatever you dream of. The only thing holding you back – is you. And no matter what – never give up!
If an asthmatic, nerdy, international student, from a long line of skinny ancestors can manage to gain over 60 lbs. of lean muscle mass and transform my body into what it has become, anyone can achieve the results they want. If I can do it, anyone can do it!
MY P90X TRANSFORMATION VIDEO
MY BEFORE-AFTER PHOTOS
MY PROGRESS PICTURES
Power 90: Day 1, 45, 90, 180 (2004-2005)
P90X: Day 1, 30, 60, 90 (2008)