Personal Trainer and Fitness Model Gains 90 lbs

Thank you Brian Petty for emailing me this very fascinating video. This video really struck me in so many ways!

Watch the video now! It will blow you away!

One of the most frustrating things clients and others I meet tell me is that I have it easy because I have good genes and I am a trainer. As to say: you were born with a six pack and you don’t have to work at it. I often times get internally upset when I hear those comments, because I know it is so far from the truth.

Each and everyday I have to watch what I eat and make sure that I am constantly moving and having intense workouts. I know that within a couple months of letting myself go I would be where 67% of American’s are… overweight.  I would argue that keep my bodyfat at about 6-7% and 3.8% for my fitness shows, is FAR tougher than someone trying to maintain a 18-25% body fat.

I had a similar idea as this trainer a couple years ago. I wanted to see what would happen if I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted for 2 weeks. The results; I gained 15 lbs and for the the first time in my adult life lost the six pack (barely saw a 4 pack). I couldn’t let that go on any longer (because that is not who I AM as a person) cleaned up my diet and withing 6 weeks was back to normal.

There is no doubt in my mind that this guy will get back to his original weight, but I have a feeling that he will have some permanent scarring and stretch marks in his abdomen as a reminder of his social experiment.

Just remember, every small decision and action you make each day adds up.  Your live and your results are made up of those hundreds of tiny choices you make.  Don’t tell yourself, “it doesn’t matter!” 

I would love to hear what you think to this story?  Please comment below.


  1. wow – thanks for posting this Dustin.

    Hopefully this guy didn’t damage his metabolism at all. If he only ate more total food than losing the weight shouldn’t be too difficult.

    If he ate chemicalized junk food then he might have some cravings and addictions and digestive disorders he will have to deal with which will make his weight loss journey much more challenging.

    I agree w you Dustin, its challenging to maintain a healthy lean body.

    Either way you look at it, there are challenges. People need to get over their complaining and deal with it, regardless of the challenge.

  2. I think what he did was crazy but also I think it will really put things into perspective for him to help train better. He will now see what people that aren’t in top shape have to go through to just get started
    I’ve been wanting to ask YOU to show some exercises with people who aren’t in top shape.. I want to see someone almost struggling to do them so I don’t feel so bad when I struggle! All of the videos you post are great – but the girls are fit. And to me they make it all look too easy. I know most have come very far but we don’t get to see them at the beginning when they are struggling… We all know fitness doesn’t happen over night and that is why I want to SEE the beginning.
    Keep up the good work all around! 🙂

  3. This guy has had the opportunity to experience two very different realities: one in which he is revered and worshipped by society and another in which he is loathed and rejected by society. And all based upon appearances. Physically, we all need to be healthy and make WAY better choices about food and exercise and Dustin certainly provides us all with the information needed there, but emotional health is not guaranteed by fitting into this physical description of “beauty”. The emotional impact of this guy’s little (or not-so-little!) experiment will be most interesting and I certainly hope to hear more on that part of his journey in this documentary.

    • Jacolyn,

      You are correct, you could have the body society worships, but still be very messed up emotionally and very unhappy. In Nov, when I compete at the world modeling championships in Vegas, I will be talking about that aspect of things.

      Stay tuned,

  4. I remember in college sitting down to lunch with some friends and noticing that one friend (an older woman with a nice figure) had yogurt w/granola sprinkled on top and some cut-up apples. I had a burger and fries and looked over at her and offered her a fry, but she declined. I told her that she had such a nice figure, she could stand to have a fry every now and then. And she replied, “I do because I don’t”. I think this is the source of most of my weight problem, I allow myself to have too many indulgences that at the time seem minuscule, but gradually add up to that extra 30 pounds.

  5. I certainly have never been in fitness model shape, but I’ve been on both the fit and overweight sides. While it certainly is a challenge to maintain a healthy body weight, I have to argue that it’s even harder to lose the weight. It’s been more of a challenge for me than I ever thought it would be, and the biggest part of the challenge is emotional.
    I gave up a very active lifestyle after my babies were born. I’m working my way back now, but I’ll always have the stretch marks as a reminder of my journey. I’m certainly not complaining, I know I could have made better choices and not gained so much weight.
    In general, people just need to stop being so judgmental of each other. You can’t tell what a person’s story is just by looking at them. I believe there really are somethings a person can never fully understand unless they’ve been there. If he wants to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, more power to him.

    • Melissa,

      You bring up a great point. The emotional side is definitely the toughest. It was interesting how he said he is now battling addiction symptoms and craving sweets and fats. I am guessing since he had been in amazing shape and mentally knew what it takes, he will get back there… very interesting though.


  6. Louise Schrunk says

    Loved the video, I agree it is great to walk in another’s shoes. My friend did the same thing. He gained 30lbs in about 2 months and took him 6 months to loose it. That was 10 years ago and he said that was the hardest thing he has ever done. He did love eating anything and everything but the after effects are definately not worth it. I see it everyday in my own personal battle with weight. Cheating your nutrition goals just defeats you in reaching your fitness goals. the cake always tastes good but the scale is never kind to those empty calories!

    • Louise,

      I would agree the cake does taste good, but after eating crappy for a few days or weeks, it is so obvious how much less energy I have and my mood is much worse.

      It was awesome meeting you last week!


  7. Wow. Makes you realize how easy it is to put on weight and how difficult it is to take it off. Which in turn makes you really want to think before you overeat and NOT do it. It is soooooo not worth it!!! Hope he gets his health back…..poor guy.

  8. Jessica B. says

    I saw this video yesterday as well. Pretty crazy.

    I also thought it was interesting that both Dustin and Louise talking about her friend noted that it took only two weeks or two months in each case to gain the weight, but six weeks and six months to lose it.

  9. That guy is crazy! I cannot imagine the emotional toll that this has taken on him. I have no doubt that he is depressed and spiraling into a cycle of beating himself up, sabotaging his weight loss because he does not like himself right now, and thus not loosing the weight.

    Please don’t go to that extreme Dustin you already do a great job with understanding how your clients feel!

  10. A response to Katie’s post and all those out there who wish to see a “before” person exercising, not just the “after” people-come join us at bootcamp, I can say with 100% certainty you will see someone struggling to do the exercises, because I AM that person. Joining bootcamp was the biggest risk I have ever taken=overweight,old, and uncoordinated with tons of excuses why I shouldn’t be there, but more reasons why I should be there. To this day I am still scared when I show up at bootcamp, yet I feel stronger every day-it may not be pretty, but I get the work done. From day one Dustin and the other instructors were encouraging and supportive-offering instruction and directions to the exercises. Your classmates will boost you up when you need it, and inspire you to do great things-I have never felt negative judgements of my classmates. So never fear, there are “before” people in Dustins’s classes, at least currently-as we all hold the hope of someday becoming the “after” people. I love Dustin’s transformations page=real people doing the job to meet their goals….such an inspiration and concrete example of what we can all become! So to conclude, men and women of all shapes and sizes are enrolled in bootcamp-come join us, you won’t be disappointed!

    • Cheryl, thanks for the kind words… Maybe this calls for a “Cheryl working her butt off at bootcamp video??” 🙂 I think that would be awesome!


  11. Cheryl,
    You are right on! Bootcamp is full of men and women of all shapes and sizes all cheering each other on. I love the bootcamp atmosphere! it’s way better than just going to a gym.

  12. Great comments Cheryl. Just by reading your post I can tell you will reach your goals! I’ve just discovered Dustin recently but your post shows how Dustin’s approach to fitness is SO MUCH more than just losing weight – that’s why it works.

  13. Anne Watman says

    I was anorexic in my late teens and early 20s and even now, in my 50s, I cannot imagine doing that! Although I maintain a low weight, I do eat and try to make sure it’s something healthy at all 3 meals. I don’t snack, but I love ice cream and have it 3-4 times a week and I am very active. I struggled a lot with weight during my teen years and was very abusive with food. I come from a family that is very weight conscious, probably too much so. I give that instructor a lot of credit for trying to discover why it is so difficult for people to get in shape because the weight problem we are seeing today is epidemic. My husband and I live in a town in Southern Wisconsin and as much as I try not to be critical, I am constantly amazed at the number of people who are overweight and actually morbidly obese. It has to be close to one out of every three and even worse are the number of children. So, I’m really thrilled to see what you are doing, Dustin, to help people take care of themselves and understand the “mental” and “physical” challenges of getting and staying in shape.

  14. This video really touched home for me, as I have been on both sides most of my life. I was active in school and was always around 180 pounds. In college I started to pack on the pounds, and three years ago was at me largest at 360 pounds. I can say now I have lost 140 pounds, but it is still a struggle each and every day. A million excuses go through me head as to why I should not go to the gym, or that I can just have one small piece of cake. One turns into 5 and so on.

    Choing to be healthy is hard, but so worth it in the end. I feel better, look better, and I believe am an all around better person. I still have some pounds to lose, but I don’t obsess on it any longer. I eat healthy 95% of the time and will allow myself a free day each week. I’m at the gym 5 times a week and make the most out of it each time.

  15. I saw that video yesterday. I think the most significant comment he makes is about how difficult it is for him to lose the weight again, especially his remarks about fighting the cravings for the junk food he ate in order to gain the weight. I think it’s encouraging for people who have always been overweight to see how difficult it is even for someone who has been fit and athletic to get out of the unhealthy rut. Thanks for the link!

  16. I think it is great that he wants to be able to relate to his clients better, but what he did could cause serious illness and a lifetime of problems which isn’t being responsible to himself. Plus each case is different. For awhile on drug-induced menopause, I was GAINING weight on 1200 calories a day and working out 3 times a week. When I lost my weight I was eating closer to 1500 calories for a majority of the time and losing. Plus I think it is different for men vs. women when trying to lose weight.

    And Katie, the funny thing about beginning exercises is that Dustin keeps making everything harder and harder — I still fall off the ball at least once each workout – sometimes closer to 8 times. Just like at the beginning when I couldn’t do a pushup or a sit-up, I just keep getting back on the ball until I can do it. Although you haven’t seen it, most of us have been at the beginning, including a few REALLY out of shape people like me. Keep at it and you’ll be an “after” too!

  17. I saw this segment on the news awhile back. I think this will make him much more compassionate to his clients. Its amazing how he is struggling with the weight loss/training. Dustin, you already have the compassion..its just built into you. 🙂

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