I have spent the last 180 days with Mr. Tony Horton, and he has proceeded to whip me into better shape than I thought I would ever be in again. A lot of you have asked me to post my pictures and share a little more of my story. So here goes.

This is how things have changed over the last 6 months of my life.

Before I get into this, I want to give an absolutely huge amount of thanks to my hot wife. Without her helping me eat right and supporting me, I would not have followed through on this. She even changed her own eating habits to support me in this. She is a huge blessing in my life, and I thank God that he put her here with me.

Brace yourself. This could be is a lengthy post.

March 23, 2009 @ 3:00 PM

I switched doctors to go to someone closer than I had been driving (30+ miles), and he required a full physical for all new patients. I’m expecting all the standard stuff: “You could probably drop a couple of pounds,” “Oh, you’re on blood pressure medicine because it runs in your family,” “Turn your head and cough,” etc. Simple enough, right?


First off, he is the best doctor I have ever been to in my life. I was at his office for no less than an hour and a half. He asked me every question imaginable. He probably knows me better than I know myself now. Then he asked me to take off my shirt and hop up on the table. That’s where it all officially changed (and no, this isn’t turning into some sexual harassment story).

Now, I know I was a few pounds overweight, and I also know that I thought I was pretty good at hiding it with my clothes on. However, when your doctor says, “Dude, when did you get those?” “Those what?” “Those moobies?” you know something is wrong. When he later asks his med student intern if he should write down “S.M.B.” under chest exam and then explains that it stands for “Small Man Boobs,” and you then realize that he’s only half joking (and wonder if it’s now part of your permanent medical record), you really know something is wrong.

Needless to say, I left that day completely and totally pissed off. As I should have. That is the nicest thing a doctor has ever done for me. It was in this moment that he changed my life, just by “poking” some fun at my lard laden body. It was just what I needed to hear, whether he knew it or not at the time.

I made a follow-up appointment for 3 months later, and I went about the business of changing my life.

March 23, 2009 @ 5:00 PM

As any good nerd would do, I began my research. I wasn’t interested in some fad diet or meaningless workout program. I wanted something that worked. I wanted something practical. I wanted something concrete. I wanted something that would give me great results for the right reasons.

I didn’t want to go to the gym and work with a personal trainer, and I didn’t want just general guidelines. I wanted a complete plan that I could do at home within my schedule and that showed me what to do, what to eat and how to change my life. I had never exercised in my life (at least not regularly), and it was time to change that. And I had to figure out a way to do it that wouldn’t cause me to burn out and quit 2 weeks later.

p90After some discussions with a friend and some online research, I eventually stumbled across P90X. I thought to myself, “wow, that sounds pretty good.” Then I watched the videos on their website, and I thought to myself, “maybe I should start a little slower.” P90X is ridiculous. So I did some research on it’s little brother and predecessor, Power 90. This seemed like a good fit, and the results were seemingly undeniable. It was all common sense: eat right and exercise. Duh, Einstein! “Oh, and here’s a book on how to eat and some DVDs to workout with.” Exactly what I was looking for.

March 26, 2009

I officially committed and ordered Power 90. No turning back now. It was starting to get real.

Brace yourself. Here’s what I looked like on this day (click thumbnail for larger view – if you dare):

Power 90 - March 26, 2009 SidePower 90 - March 26, 2009 FrontPower 90 - March 26, 2009 Back

I weighed in at 177.0 lb. I had started at about 185 a couple of weeks before this since I knew I had a doctor’s appointment coming up. I had started to eat a little better and lost about 8 lbs by this point already.

March 30, 2009

I wrote my first official Josh is a Big Loser post. Continuing to change how I eat and what I do.

April 6, 2009

This is the day I officially started Power 90. Day 1 pictures were taken and measurements were recorded. It was time to spend almost every day with Tony Horton and the Kids.

These were my first official Day 1 pictures (I didn’t look too happy, did I?):

Power 90 - Day 1 - Front FlexPower 90 - Day 1 - BackPower 90 - Day 1 - SidePower 90 - Day 1 - Front ArmsPower 90 - Day 1 - Front

My starting weight for Power 90 was 173.5 lb. I had dropped 3.5 lbs getting ready to start by eating less and running a little bit.

May 5, 2009

Day 30 came pretty quickly. I was super excited because I saw major results during this past month. My weight dropped to 168.0 lb, and I was noticing some major changes in the mirror.

Power 90 - Day 30 - Front FlexPower 90 - Day 30 - BackPower 90 - Day 30 - SidePower 90 - Day 30 - Front ArmsPower 90 - Day 30 - Front

At this point, I started thinking about what was coming next. I didn’t think I wanted to stop after Power 90.

Surely I couldn’t do P90X…or could I?

June 4, 2009

P90X20Logo20greyI ordered P90X on this day.

Day 60 was upon me, and changes were still coming. My doctor had switched my blood pressure medicine on my first visit, and it was becoming apparent that it was making me very tired. Since starting Power 90, my BP had dropped to extremely good levels, so I called in and he told me to scale back my dosage and then eventually took me off of it completely (I had been on it for years)! That made a HUGE difference in my energy, and my BP was still holding great. Score! Also, I was down to 164.5 lb. Things were going exactly according to plan. Sticking to the nutrition plan made a big difference.

For some reason, I decided to look at the ceiling during these pictures…

Power 90 - Day 60 - Front FlexPower 90 - Day 60 - BackPower 90 - Day 60 - SidePower 90 - Day 60 - Front ArmsPower 90 - Day 60 - Front

June 23, 2009

My 3 month follow-up appointment with “Dr. Blunt” had arrived. I was more than a little nervous going back for some reason. I really wanted to make sure he wouldn’t need to put me back on any kind of BP medication. Thankfully, all was well with that.

When he first walked in, I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised when he looked up and grinned from ear to ear. He shook my hand and told me congratulations. He was more than thrilled with how far I’d come in 3 months. He was even more thrilled when I told him I wasn’t done yet. This was only Day 79 of 90.

“All right. Moment of truth. Take off your shirt.”

I proceeded to remove my shirt, and he proceeded to literally applaud my progress. Can’t say a doctor has ever clapped for me before.

I left the office that day flying high as a kite. I knew what I was doing was working, and it pushed me to keep going.

July 4, 2009

Our country’s Independence Day was also my own personal independence day. Day 90 fell right on the Fourth of July. I had stuck with it for 90 days, and now I felt like a new man. Heck, I was a new man.

My weight was down to 162.0 lb. I had met every goal I had set out to accomplish so far. I was thrilled. My doctor was thrilled. My wife was thrilled. Everyone was thrilled.

Where, oh where did my moobie go? They had disappeared (mostly), and I had replaced them with a nice sunburn on my arms (thanks to Sports Camp).

Power 90 - Day 90 - Front FlexPower 90 - Day 90 - BackPower 90 - Day 90 - SidePower 90 - Day 90 - Front ArmsPower 90 - Day 90 - Front

July 6, 2009

Now that I had lost the weight, it was time to get in the best shape of my life. Throwing caution to the wind, I started P90X the day after I finished Power 90.

The insanity of P90X began. New journey. New pictures. New shorts.

P90X - Day 1 - AngleP90X - Day 1 - Back FlexP90X - Day 1 - BackP90X - Day 1 - SideP90X - Day 1 - Front FlexP90X - Day 1 - Front

July 7, 2009

Severe pain from working out like I’ve never worked out before. This never officially went away during the 90 days.

August 2, 2009

Day 28 of the X. Four weeks in and time to change the workouts up. Bring the pain again.

Am I starting to see some abs? Where have those been hiding all this time?

P90X - Day 28 - AngleP90X - Day 28 - Back FlexP90X - Day 28 - BackP90X - Day 28 - SideP90X - Day 28 - Front FlexP90X - Day 28 - Front

August 6, 2009

I celebrated my 29th birthday feeling better and in better shape than I ever have been.

August 30, 2009

Day 56 brought me 8 weeks into the P90X journey. Still feeling good and getting much stronger. Time to really change up the workouts and push through to Day 90.

P90X - Day 56 - AngleP90X - Day 56 - Back FlexP90X - Day 28 - BackP90X - Day 56 - SideP90X - Day 56 - Front FlexP90X - Day 56 - Front

October 3, 2009

Day 90 has arrived. I have completed 180 days with Tony Horton. He has brought me from the weak, fat, sloth that I was to the much leaner, stronger me.

I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m putting a bookmark on this page of my life. I obsessed for 6 months about getting my act together, and it has changed my life.

P90X - Day 90 - AngleP90X - Day 90 - Back FlexP90X - Day 90 - BackP90X - Day 90 - SideP90X - Day 90 - Front FlexP90X - Day 90 - Front

It’s still hard to believe that I went through this transformation in just 6 months.

P90 vs P90X

Here’s what Power 90 did for me:

Power 90 Progress

And here’s what P90X did for me (not quite as dramatic from looking at the pictures, but look at the numbers below to see more):

P90X Progress

Here are my before and after fit test results showing how much stronger I became during just P90X:

Prior to Day 1 After Day 90
Resting Heart Rate 62 57
Wide Front Pull-ups (2 fists wider than shoulders) 2 8
Vertical Leap 16″ 22″
Push-ups 36 57
Toe Touch (inches past toes) +4″ +7.5″
Wall Squat (min:sec) 1:24 4:20
Bicep Curls (w/ 20 lbs) 20 46
In & Outs 18 112

Here are my before and after measurements showing how much I lost during Power 90 and P90X (180 consecutive days):

Power 90 – Day 1 P90X – Day 90
Biceps 13.125″ 14.0″
Thighs 22.75″ 21.5″
Chest 39.5″ 36.75″
Waist @ Bellybutton 39.125″ 33″
Hips @ Pantline 37.75″ 34″
Weight 173.5 lb 160 lb

I’m down to about 160 lbs, which is 25 lbs lighter than my heaviest weight. My goal from this point on is to lose some more of the body fat and continue to get in better shape and to be able to do more pull-ups (my big weakness through this whole thing, having never done them before this). I think I may do the Lean version of P90X to accomplish that, but I know that a huge part of it will be my diet. I have to keep it clean to shed this fat. It’s going to be tough.

But for this week, I’m going to take a well deserved break (for the most part). I’m exhausted!

In the next few days/weeks, I’ll post some more of my thoughts about going through this, such as things I’ve learned, things I liked and disliked, etc.

If you want to view my progress pictures through my Picasa account, you can do so by going here:


23 Responses to P90X and Power 90 Final Results

  1. Clarnce says:

    Great job Josh.

  2. Carol says:

    Josh this is amazing. You should be very proud of yourself. You are young and healthy and will stay that way with all you have learned. Keep it together and you will always be young no matter how old you get. You are a true inspiration for others. Thanks for sharing your story. It’s been fun following your progress.

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  4. John says:

    Dude, you’ve got to send this link to Doc. McCoy. Nice job man.

  5. Michelle P says:

    You so rock! This is phenomenal, seriously. What’s even cooler, is that I’ve seen others follow your lead…and have also seen progress. Quite impressive, so congrats!

  6. Jeff says:

    Hey, I started the same program (Power 90 and P90x) about a week after you and have been following your progress. Unfortunately, unlike you, I found reasons to not finish the program (yet). You should be very proud of yourself – congrats!

  7. MikeC says:

    I found your P90 blog post and found it amazing. I saw the P90X commercial today and like you thought that it seemed a bit too extreme to start out with, so I’m going to order the P90 program.

    Since it has been several months since you’ve ended P90 and P90X, how well have you been able to maintain or improve?

    Thanks for the inspiration. Gotta go get off my butt now :-)

  8. Josh Young says:

    @MikeC: Once I finished P90X, I wasn’t able to keep up with the same 1+ hour per day schedule every day, so I reduced the amount of days per week I was exercising. To be honest, it was difficult between Thanksgiving and New Year’s due to a lot of personal things I had going on. I would say that I’ve been able to mostly maintain my progress, maybe a small step back, but I’ve just recently started again and my hope is to get most of P90X back into my regular routine. It won’t be hard to get back to where I was in October.

    Power 90 was much more manageable since it was only about 30-45 minutes 6 days per week instead of 60-90 minutes 7 days per week. I saw results like crazy during that program. I saw crazy results during P90X too, but they were more in the realm of strength, reps, etc. instead of weight loss like they were with Power 90. Both programs have been invaluable to me though.

    Good luck with P90! Stay on track with the food side!

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  10. Jeff R says:


    Just want to pass along a quick personal note and thank you.

    I ordered the P90x dvds ~1 yr ago on a whim and made it through 2-3 weeks, sticking w/ the diet and really working at it. Long story short, I fell ill (all is fine) and had to give it up and basically let it sit around collecting dust. A week ago, I decided I can’t stand my body anymore, man boobs and all. I started looking at people’s blogs and P90x stories and to be honest, got a little frustrated because many of the people’s Day 1 Photos looked pretty damn solid to me. No one had my body type and I really began to think maybe this wasn’t gonna do it for me. Then I came across your blog…

    Same body type, Basically same starting weight, height, family situation, etc. Yes, same moobs, although mine might have been a C Cup to your A. A ha! Someone just like me. When I saw your 30/60/90 pics and beyond, I was just in in shock. You’re what I want to get to. I give you such credit for working your way through it.

    I’m 4 days in so far and feeling good. Getting up at 6 am to exercise has never been in my thought process before, but what the hell. The low/no carb thing in the P90x diet is really tough for me but I’m trying my best. Tuna Fish is my savior I must say.

    Anyway, just want you to know that YOU were by far my #1 inspiration for getting back on the P90x horse. I’m lucky as well to have a supportive wife and two young kids to keep me motivated. Good luck to you in the future.

  11. Brad says:

    Hi Josh

    Nice work. Are you still doing Power 90 & P90X?
    I was contacting you for two reasons. First off have you heard about the Beachbody Coach program? If not, go to http://www.BeachbodyCoach.com/bradgibala and click on Coach.

    The second one is I saw you were a minister at your church. Beachbody has a program where non-profits can sign up and promote their products as a fundraiser. The best part is that its free to sign up. There are many churches doing this right now as its a way to promote health and fitness instead of bake sales and candy drives.

    Feel free to e-mail me back to so I can attach the non-profit info in a e-mail for you to look over.


  12. Shakeology says:

    Thanks for the article.

  13. Hey fantastic results! Keep up the good work.

  14. After reading your site my son and I have both decided to start the p90 series. Thanks for all your information on how it worked out of you

  15. Jamie says:

    Josh! Congratulations on completely changing your life man! You look awesome, I’m sure you feel great, and most importantly, you proved to yourself that you could do it! I’m proud of you for making the serious commitment to healthier living. I’ve lost 50 pounds with Power 90, and though I’ve still got a long way to go, it makes me feel good to see someone who reached the promised land on the same road I’m travelling :)

  16. Kate says:

    Congratulations on your success and thanks for the post! I just bought the Power 90 DVD’s today! The hubby and I will be starting TODAY!!!

  17. Liz says:

    Applause, Applause! Congratulations & thank you for sharing. Today is my day #1 of Power 90, and your story is just the motivation I was looking for. Keep it up & wish me the best!

  18. Amanda says:

    amazing. great job on the weight loss and on the postings!!!

  19. Patrick says:

    Thank you for sharing all of this. I will visit this post often when I doubt weather or not this is worth it. This post is really amazing and inspirational. I hope you’re still keeping up with it. Nice job!

  20. Lily says:

    Wow great job! I’m starting this week :) Once I get the DVD! Who knew you could be that much more attractive (face) once you lost weight?

  21. Stas says:

    Simply amazing results – I wish I will reach some of them.

    Keep up posting your progress!

  22. Rod says:

    Hey, Josh

    Your results are VERY encouraging! I bought P90x, but after going through the material and what-not I realized I’m a loser couch-potato (who knew?), so I have to dial it down and start with the Power 90 Boot Camp series, then move on to the harder stuff, like you. Where are you lately? It would be great to see further progress!
    Keep up the great work!

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