My journey to lose weight started 8 years ago when I got back from a study abroad trip to China. It was on this trip I realized how out of shape I was in. When climbing the Great Wall I fell behind my friends that were quickly making their way to the top. When I finally reached the top I was completely out of breath and at that moment I knew I needed to make some changes in my life. After getting my photos developed from the trip, I was ashamed to show some of them because I was upset with how I had neglected my body and allowed my weight to get out of control. These photos were my motivation to begin my journey - a journey that has had its challenges and triumphs, but through perseverance the journey continues today. Through the years I realized that it truly took a lifestyle change for me to get to where I am today.
Making fitness activity a regular part of my day and maintaining a healthy meal plan has been the secret to my success. I hope that by sharing my story, I am able to help motivate and encourage others in reaching their goals.
Adam Ebnit - NY, USA
I would like to thank you personally Scott for providing all the great info which helped me lose 60 pounds. With hard work and dedication I have shed that fat off but I'm not done yet. You have been a big motivation and inspiration to me during my journey and will continue to be. I Have attached two of my before pictures at 305 and two of my after which were taken this week at 245.
Agamemnon Sofikitis - Korinthia, Greece
Well I was deployed at the end of 2009 and a friend of mine introduced me to one of your videos on YouTube. I remembered the "drop set" type of lifting from high school football and thought that it was a great way to put on some muscle. I really never managed to get motivated to actually work out and get my body in the mood to be worked out. After one set of the chest workout I knew I was hooked. After spending a few weeks of mainly cardio and getting my body in "shape" I started lifting. I utilized SHF videos from YouTube including but not limited "Chest Workout", "Triceps workout", "Back workout", and the abs workout. The results you see are literally from the beginning of deployment, midway, and the end. I can honestly say it was real (you can tell by just looking at my love handles). It has affected me by motivating me to keep up the healthy lifestyle and do whatever it takes from a good sweat at the gym or a few miles on the treadmill. You have managed to change my life, even though I am a member of the military and should almost be expected to be at the top of my health. I know I wasn't obese or anything but you brought me to a level I could only imagine to be at. I was at least a 36 inch waist and easily jumped in to 33 inch pants at the end. My fat percentage probably went down about 7% in matter of 6 months. I was 196 pounds and saw the scale at 175 by the end of my tour. I haven't seen that number on a scale for almost 10 years now. Thanks again for your awesomeness!
Your motivated soldier,
Alan Patterson - North Dakota, USA
Having Scott Herman in my life has made an impact in my military career as well as my personal life. I was introduced to Scott via YouTube and have since then watched all of his videos and learned a lot of information about working out. I was 210lbs, and was put into the Army Weight Control Program. I began to watch Scott's videos and began to do every workout he did. The videos gave me the confidence to go to the gym and do the exercises completely without looking out of place. Since then I have lost 35 lbs and gained a lot of muscle mass. I also have excelled in the military from failing my Physical Fitness test to almost maxing it. Scott's videos are great because they show you how to split up your body and gives you the reps and sets you need to complete for that body part. Ask Scott and Sean is my favorite of all the videos Scott has because it takes question that I am always thinking about and they answer them in full detail.
I also utilize the facebook community page (which Scott comments on everyday) to ask the question and sometimes answer question that people who are just starting have. That is the best tool because that is a big family and you are not judged even if it's a basic question you will always get an answer, and most of the times multiple comments/answers. I have gained a lot of friends on the facebook page who I can always rely on the get answers from.
Scott has helped me tremendously, in my personal life because with my body changing, I am starting to like the image that I am producing. I am now helping my friends out with working out and showing Scott's YouTube videos to all of them so we can have more Hermanites in the world.
Andrew Ducharme - SC, USA
Just about four months ago, I was roughly 155 pounds and 13% body fat. I was determined to join the Military and decided I needed to get lean and mean. I had no idea how to do it and losing the weight seemed impossible. Luckily, I found Scott Herman fitness on YouTube! After adding those routines to what I was doing every day, the weight started to fall off. Three months after my fitness journey began; I was down almost 20 pounds of fat while also toning my arms and abs. Without these workouts, I don't know if my progress would have been so drastic.
Dan Maciejewski- Michigan, USA Age 17
Scott! Happy Happy Holidays! May you, your family and friends have a safe and great holiday!
I am an avid fan of your YouTube home and gym training videos! I am a subscriber. I am a member of your website... and purchased your SHF tank top. I initially bought it for my son but nah, I'm keepin' it. Thank you for seeing to it personally! BTW...I am 5'2" petite, from 130lbs (Jun/10) to 120lbs (Dec/10). That's at a pace of home workouts 2X week for 1 hour. Then shifted and joined a gym in late Oct. going 1X week for 1 hour. I travel far over an hour to work and back so I'm exhausted when I get home. I also study.
If you can remember, I started off with your Spartcus: Blood & Sand "Official Workout!" (Home & Gym). It was the Spartacus TV show that initiated my interest in researching the workout. I Googled the show and there you were! The rest is history! Nutrition is very important and it takes motivation and discipline. I, too, eat toasted whole-wheat bagel and peanut butter! My family was amazed when I went to visit them. My friends have complimented in my change especially the moms with children and the males in my circle! I am divorced, 44 years old and had 4 children. : )
It's true. It's not just a diet. It's a lifestyle. It's ongoing; can't stop.
THANK YOU SCOTT!
Emily Hamilton - Toronto, Canada
My Name is Mike, a father of 3, and I am from New Brunswick in Canada. I decided in March of 2010 that I had enough of being so out of shape and wanted to do something about it. I did a lot of research so that I would do it the right way and make sure it was a lifestyle change, so that I didn't end up where I started. When I started training I was 260lbs. I trained 5 days a week and did cardio 7. I am still training hard and I am going to make sure by this summer I am in my best physical shape I have ever been. thanks to all who have inspired me!
Mike Sampson - New Brunswick, Canada
"Scott's info and videos have been a key part to my success. I look forward to his new work-outs weekly and really get inspired to try my own variations and just have fun in the gym!
Scott, your help has made me unstoppable! I'm proud to be a part of the growing Hermanation! Thank you!"
P.S. when people approach me at the gym and say "holy cow! You're a monster!" It has been my pleasure to refer them to your site and YouTube page!
Patrick Monte - MN, USA
Ok so, I am 27 years old and started working out for the first time when I was 25 and I spent 4 months doing only Cardio; like 45 minutes to an hour or until the machine told me I had burnt 1400 calories. I never did any weight lifting or other exercises because I didn't know how to do them and didn't really want to ask anyone. Then I started doing some weights on my own until l found SHF. Meeting all the great people of the Hermanation on facebook and looking at all the enthusiasm of everyone and all the excellent videos from Scott as well as the Meal Plan helped me shed 20 pounds of fat and get ripped in no time. I never thought I could have the body I have now and it feels great. Now I can't spend one day without checking with the Hermanites and carrying all my workout videos on my Ipod. This is the most effective and supportive plan I've ever known and keeps you enthusiastic with real goals on fitness and health; and it's always up to date and a fun way to keep in touch with workout buddies from all over The Hermanation World.
Keep it up and never lose hope! Anyone can do it!
Salvatore Compagnone - Venezuela, South America
My lifestyle change came March 15th 2010! I had worked out in the past and knew how to diet and do what I needed to do to stay fit. But had fallen off! After seeing my pants stretch to their limit and refused to go up a size I went ahead and decided it was time to get back into shape! I took on the p90x challenge and after a 90 period I was back down to feeling better! But that was not enough, I wanted that bigger better body! I was looking over the internet for new workouts and routines when I stumbled across Scott Herman Fitness on YouTube! Obviously looking for a bigger chest that was the first video I ran into. From there on I got hooked up on the facebook page! True inspiration is all over that page! Unlike most forums when you go to ask a question and get shot down for being a "fool" now I was getting the answers. Others ask questions you may be thinking yourself! One of the best things I do enjoy is the constant research I get to do! When someone asks a question that intrigues me, I get to run out and start searching which always leads to going off track finding more and more! Every week I get to interact with Scott, pick his brain a little, and consistently be provided with new workouts that allow me to make easy changes to my workout to keep that muscle confusion going!
My body transformation has only just begun. I went from 190lbs to down to 165! I'm working my way back up now about 175 (bulking) and plan to work it back to 165ish during the summer time! Hoping that I added some nice lean muscle along the way!
Terry LaFountain - TX, USA
"Superman wishes he could be heroic as you are and the reason you are so heroic is not because you are trying to be, but because this is the person you truly are."
Thank you Scott Herman for everything, you're not only an amazing trainer, but also a great inspiration.
AbdulRahman El-Megharbel - Cairo Egypt
Hey, Nation, it was kind of hard to pick just one great thing that Scott's done for us to talk about, but a good place to start, though, is the community on Facebook. In junior high, I was on the varsity track team for shot put. It was around mid April of 2010 and I was just stuck with my training. Classical shot putters found success by having big size. At 5'4" 122 lbs we were at a loss because I wasn't gonna get much taller and I really didn't want to add any size. So strength training was the key. But at 14 years old with no experience outside of wrestling and shot put I had no clue how to do that. So, I asked Scott on the community page. To my surprise, half a dozen people broke it down for me, really explaining what weight/strength training was and how to start. That week, I started training and as I progressed, coming back to the SHF Community became routine. It was my way of learning about different training techniques, how the body functions and reacts, and methods to improve a person's way of life to ensure that they could lead a healthy lifestyle. When I was confident that I actually knew some of this stuff, I began to answer questions and that's when the bonds formed between me and some of the coolest people in the world. These days, those same Hermanites are kicking my ass worldwide, keeping me level headed, humble and on track. I have the honor and pleasure of calling them my friends. So, you see, the Facebook community page isn't just another fan forum. It's a place where total strangers with a common goal really want to see YOU achieve your goals and be the best person you can possibly be.
Connie Sariraksa - WA, USA
I was introduced to Scott in December 2007. At that point, I was bored with my workout routine and diet, but I was not sure how to take it to the next level. I have always been lean and my ultimate goal is to put on muscle mass. Scott offered me advice on which nutritional foods I should be eating more of, as well as those that I should consider cutting out of my diet. He also provided me with a customized workout plan that was easy to follow, particularly with the step-by-step examples he provided. With Scott's guidance, I was able to build a workout schedule and diet that delivered noticeable results. I am grateful for the advice Scott offered me. His approach is kind, professional and effective. Going forward, I'll consider Scott the go-to guy for all my fitness needs.
Dennis Walsh - MA, USA
Hello my name is Jacob Babbin. I have known Scott Herman since I was in 8th grade. He was always a nice guy. We started training when I was a sophomore in high school. Once we started to train together we got know each other more. Scott is kind of like the big brother I never had. When we started training he felt like family. Even now even though he lives kind of far from me he is still there when I need him. And as for training he is very good with the weights and at training people. He is a credit to his profession.
Jacob Babbin - MA, USA
Scott helped make my workouts fun yet challenging. He took what I was interested in; kickboxing, and not only taught me proper technique, but also how to have fun while working my body to its optimal potential. He is not the kind of trainer that sits, watches you and tells you what to do, but he is always fully engaged in your workouts. He is full of knowledge about health, fitness, nutrition, and the science behind it all. He lives and breathes fitness, and loves to rub his enthusiasm about fitness onto others. It is inspiring to work with him. He couldn't be more down to earth. He was a great trainer and friend!
Jessica Kenney - MA, USA
In October of 2006 I was approached by my doctor regarding lap band surgery or gastric by pass surgery. Both seemed to be to be a great idea! It was easy & I would loose the weight I needed to lose to hopefully get rid of some of the medications I am on.
I had a triple by pass in January of 2000. I was 75 pounds overweight & thought the triple by pass would have put my mind set in the right direction to lose weight. I did ok for a while but then quickly went back to my old eating habits. I was then diagnosed with diabetes in 2001. I tried to manage my weight but still not anywhere near what I needed to do. I was then diagnosed with High Blood pressure & was put on medication for that.
In May of 2007 I was told by my doctor I had a prostate problem which is connected to the diabetes which is connected to my weight gain.
Now at 270 lbs my doctor told me I am a great candidate for the lap band surgery but I had to think about whether it was something I wanted to do. The more I thought about lap band surgery the less interested I became. If the band isn't tighten enough they can go back in and adjust it, if it is too tight they can go back in and adjust it. Who wants to deal with that? I though it was going to be easy just put a band on and you're done. It seems like a lot of add ional surgeries that I really didn't want.
As far as the gastric by pass I didn't want to have to be on a liquid diet for a month prior to the surgery & 2 months after the surgery & pureed food for a month after that. I don't mind sacrifice for some things but that just seems way out of the ordinary for me. And what happens once I started to eat again? I was told if I ate too much I would vomit which means I would be sick on top of everything else. Then I was told if I didn't exercise I would have flab from my belly etc where the extra skin would have been. I thought to my self why not at least try exercise first. Then I said to my self I don't have time for that! I bowl 3 days a week. I work a minimum of 10 hours a day driving. At some point I want to spend time with my family what am I supposed to do? My doctor told me if I didn't do something I would not be around to see my family in approximately 5 years.
In January of 2008, I visited Answer is Fitness in North Attleboro, MA. I liked the location and I liked the facility. I met Scott and decided to work with him once a week. I just wanted to get on the right track. I wanted to make sure I was eating right & wanted to know what kind of exercises were best for me. Since that time I have lost 15 pounds and am feeling much better. My doctor said my sugar hasn't been this good in years. She is thrilled! Scott is always there even if it is just to say hi. I am on my way to losing the weight slowly. As we all know it took a while to put it on and it will take a while to take it off. I feel much better and am eating much better. I never thought I had enough time to fit exercise into my hectic schedule but now I make a point to fit it in. I feel much better after excersing. I would recommend excersie over surgery to anyone who asked me. >br>
Jim Tuirok - MA, USA
My name is Justin Cann. Scott was my trainer during a really difficult period in my life. I was over weight and unhappy. At the time I had ballooned to 260 lbs. He saw me struggling to working out and told me that he could help me. After months of rigorous training and his meal plan i had lost 100lbs. He is a real inspirational and genuine guy, but he does kick your ass with his workouts. As you can tell by my picture it is well worth it.
Justin Cann - MA, USA
I've been working out for about 4 years (my parents got my brothers and I a Bowflex for Christmas, and I used that for a long time and saw results), but I wanted to go a step further and gain more mass while toning. Towards the end of this school year, just as I was getting excited about reaching a new level of fitness, I began to feel extreme joint pain in literally every joint in my body, to the point it was hard to walk up stairs or get out of bed (I was extremely crushed the first day I could no longer do a pushup. The strength was there, but the joints weren't working.) After many visits to many doctors, I was diagnosed with an enflamed liver due to an allergic reaction from a medicine I had been taking long-term. As soon as I began treatment, I started searching for motivation to work out again once my body would let me, and I found your page. And for the last several months, it has inspired me to get out of bed and hit the weights!
Scott, I really appreciate what you're doing by offering effective routines to anybody and everybody who dreams of being fit and having the best body possible, regardless of their current health level and fitness resources. Keep up the good work! You've inspired me to overcome my recent setbacks, and I look forward to continuing on my path to a better me!
Luke Scholhamer - TN, USA
I have hired trainers in the past that pretty much had the same build as I did. When I met Scott for the first time you can get a clear understanding that he knows what he is doing. He is the end result of what you can look like when the right workouts, correct eating, and proper motivation are applied. Scott is intense and you cannot help but give 100% into your workouts. I lost 5% body fat in 7 sessions. I am really looking forward to utilizing his site for new workouts to keep my muscles guessing and continuing muscle growth. I also need all the advice I can get on how to eat properly. I can't afford to sabotage my workouts by eating poorly. I am still a work in progress but I know Scott's site will be a valuable tool in how I reach my goals. I still have 5% body fat to lose and another 10 lbs of muscle to go. Mike Forrest - MA, USA
I wanted to take some time to write in with some thoughts related to my journey through the year with the Scott Herman Fitness community page on Facebook.
Unlike most of the people who have come to the community page, I didn't find Scott through his season of The Real World: Brooklyn or through his YouTube channel. In fact, I don't even think I'd heard of Scott until one random evening when I did a search for something completely unrelated to The Real World or fitness.
On that night in question, I was looking for information on friendships between straight men and gay men and somehow came across an interview in which Scott talked about his support for LGBT causes. I remember seeing pictures and being impressed with his looks, but I was even more impressed with the commitment I saw Scott display during the interview. It led me to start searching for more information about Scott. Ultimately, that led me to the community page.
Shortly after I joined the page, there was a point when much of the conversation on the page had little to do with fitness, leading to Scott and others asking people to focus on fitness. "That leaves me out" I thought at first, thinking about how badly out of shape I was. That said, I decided I'd give the community a chance and perhaps offer encouragement where I could. I started by offering general advice that could work for setting goals in general. Soon, I paid attention to the information Scott and others were giving out. Before I knew it, I started offering advice to others.
One of the things that led me to want to stay on the community page was the positive support I saw for people there. People were offering advice, positive reinforcement and (mostly) gentle prodding when necessary. I also began to watch The Real World, hoping to gain some more insight into Scott and find out what he was all about. Soon, I watched the episode when Katelynn announced that she would have to leave the show because of her finances. Then, I saw Scott give Katelynn money for her to pay her bills. That had such a huge impact on me. In fact, it led me to post a thread in which I asked others to post the kindest thing anyone had ever done for them.
Eventually, however, I started to watch some of the videos on YouTube. The video I remember the most vividly is the second episode of Beat Me Down. What struck me about it was seeing Scott expend so much energy that I could tell his body was ready to cry "Uncle!" But Scott refused to give up, and kept battling and battling until the timer hit zero. With that determination in mind, I went outside and mowed the entire lawn at my house, not stopping until the last blade of grass was cut. I thought if Scott could keep going, so could I.
Scott's example has certainly helped me from a fitness standpoint to be more aware of what I need to do to improve my health. However, getting to know Scott from seeing him interact on the community page, reading interviews, and watching his videos and his season of The Real World has also challenged me to better myself in other ways. I feel inspired to do better at work and in life after seeing Scott do as much as he has for the community as a whole and for individual people as well.
I'm honored to consider Scott a friend, and I look forward to taking the next fork in the fitness journey with Scott on my tail.
Mike Sarzo - MD, USA
When it comes to fitness, we all seem to have set goals which we strive to reach. Fitness comes in many forms and it differs among person to person. It helps a great deal to do some research, gaining knowledge of what you need to help you attain all your fitness goals. By using "Scott Herman Fitness", you have made one giant step forward in the right direction.
I personally know Scott Herman, and his life revolves around good health, great fitness, and positive energy. His presence at our local gym gave its members(including myself) that extra step and motivation to achieve what they came to the gym for in the first place, to conquer there fitness goals! Scott also has a great quality to him which many people do not have, he feels great when he knows he is helping someone else. So he will put 100% effort into each individual who wants to use him as an aid to their life in fitness. Let Scott Herman Fitness bring you better health, more energy, and the body you always wanted, it worked for me and will for you as well!
Steve Renda - MA, USA
As a manager for Abercrombie & Fitch, it is my job to ensure that our stores are staffed with energetic, friendly and great looking associates. In an attempt to recruit Scott to work in my store, I approached him and began learning about his profession as a personal trainer. He encouraged me to become a member at his gym and offered to take me on as his client, providing me with a personalized diet and physical exercises to help me build and develop lean muscle. After setting a goal weight for me, Scott began personal training sessions to familiarize me with the gym equipment and facilities. After our first month together I saw immediate results not only in my body, but also in my energy and strength. Scott's motivating personality and commitment to his job helped me achieve my goal weight and showed me how to successfully incorporate my new diet and workout schedule into my life. Thanks to Scott, I now share a similar passion for taking care of my body and still go back to him with any questions i have. Regardless of his schedule, Scott continues to keep in touch and help me with anything I need.
Andrew Dahl - MA, USA
I don't know how I ran across your channel on YouTube, but wow, I am glad did! I have always had an athletic background with gymnastics in grade-high school and rowing in college, and recently beach volleyball and distance running after grad. I have enjoyed a life of fitness and health, but after stumbling across your channel, I have learned many new exercises that has take my body to another level. My goal is to not get bulk, but to define most my muscles. Your drop-sets that you have demonstrated have shocked my body into a new routine and I recently have been receiving many positive comments from my fellow gym-goers. My hope is to continue to define my body, while inspiring my fellow gym-mates. I thank you for publishing and sharing your talent, and I wish I can help contribute in any way. If there is such way I can help, please let me know. Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work!
Andy Stange - CA, USA
After graduating from college, I had hopes of joining the Massachusetts Correctional faculty; however, in order to do so I first had to pass a series of physical abilities testing which would test my strength and endurance. As anyone else would, I began working out on my own in the hopes of preparing myself for this endurance test. The physical abilities test was a lot harder than what I had expected and when I failed to pass the first time around, I got discouraged. After talking to several friends and family who encouraged me to try again and told me not to give up, I decided to hire a personal trainer. Lucky for me, Scott agreed to work with me to get my strength up to par before the re-test. He helped me build my upper body strength and taught me how to use every muscle in my body effectively without straining one that did not need to be used. After even just one week I had learned so many things about my muscles and my entire body that I had never known before. Scott was beyond helpful! Every day he had a smile on his face and made me feel comfortable even when I was struggling. He pushed me to do as much as I could and would never allow me to give up on myself. He went above and beyond his job description; he even came to the re-test with me as moral support. I passed the test with ease! Not only was I surprised at how well I did, but the doctor was also surprised that I could have done so horribly the first time and then came back after only training for four weeks and go through the test with no problems. To this day I can still remember the feeling that I had that day after passing the test and knowing that he was the one who got me through it. Scott is a wonderful trainer and I will forever be grateful for everything he did for me. I highly recommend him to any individual who wants to build strength, endurance, or just get in shape!
Ashley Gilbert - MA, USA
Hey Scott, I'd just like to say thanks again for everything! I found your videos on YouTube about 6 months ago and they have taught me so much! I started working out about 2 years ago but never really took it seriously, it resulted in me going to the gym every now and then and not learning proper techniques and diets. This year I decided to take things a little more serious so I have been hitting the gym 4x a week since December of 2009 and have no plan on stopping. Your videos have helped me gain 15 pounds of muscle, confidence in myself and made me a believer that anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it. I cannot thank you enough for everything that you have done, you have helped motivate a nation to getting into shape and you have kept me motivated every step of the way. Every time I struggle on that last bench press rep or those last 2 miles during my jog I think to myself "Why is this so easy!" you said it best in your Spartan workout video. Your intensity is ridiculously addicting and it's something I thrive off of to help me achieve my goals in the gym. I could make this letter another 2 pages long just stating on how you have helped me out but I just got off work and now it's time for me to hit the gym!
Thanks for everything Scott!
Blake Gareau - TN, USA
My name is Brendon Hudson. I'm an avid visitor of your page on facebook, I read what everyone has to say and questions they have every morning and throughout the day. What you're doing, getting everyone interested in fitness is amazing. I attached two photos to this email for you to put in the Hermanite Transformations folder. One is from October 2006 and the other is from September 2009...I think you'll be able to tell which is from when :).
Thanks alot man and keep it coming!
Brendon Hudson - KS, USA
It all started when I was in 7th grade (12yr old). I got fired-up with teases and laughs when I asked my teacher 'Can I be Santa in this year's Christmas Party' and teachers said was "Gosh, you are so pale, just sit down" . That year I spent my summer vacation in the gym because I had heard that people get big and gain weight in gym. I continued for nearly 8 months but didn't find good results. After that, studies took a toll over and I lost interest. Seven years later after Graduation, next day after my last exams I joined the same gym. Our gym is a kind of old school with lesser machines (we don't even have a smith machine). After about a month I had my internet connection and that day itself (May 2010), I come across Scott Herman on YouTube and that was when everything changed. I gained about 12lbs in 4months without any supplements. Scott Herman taught me one great thing:
"It's not about getting BIG, it's about being FIT."
So True! What I loved about SHF is The Man himself Scott Herman. The way he has taken efforts to teach fitness and workouts to the World is Priceless. In today's self-obsessed world, in spite of being a Super Model and a Celebrity, he spends nearly 6-8 hours on his Facebook Community Page answering fitness related questions, motivating his community and posts a new workout routine, Saturday exercise explosion, and Sunday Update Every week. Isn't that AWESOME? Even though he has more than 50,000 members (Hermanites) on Facebook, not even a single question goes unnoticed. The Community is always Supportive and Positive. Apart from being a good idol, he is also an great human being which makes him so special and a good friend.
Today I feel like I won a Battle when my school friends, who laughed on that very day, say "Hey, You Got an Awesome Body! I Saw your pic on Facebook Scott Herman's page, You look So FIT! Give us some tips!" and I reply; "SCOTT HERMAN FITNESS is the solution... ?Join in ?
Deepesh Shah - Mumbai, Maharashtra India
The pictures are in order of the progress I've accomplished.
I started working out back in 2007 and I really wasn't motivated at all because being strong and eating healthy weren't my priorities, but as time ticked by I started reading and learning more on the human body and gaining muscle. Two years passed by and I was slowly gaining muscle but I was happy because I never saw my body transform like that before. Then in late 2009 is when I started to really push it to my limit and beyond and that's when I discovered Scott Herman's chest workout video on YouTube, this video wasn't like any other workout video I've seen on there so it really motivated me to gain even more muscle. The workouts I started with weren't even for the chest (haha) they were for the arms and slowly I worked towards my chest. As 2010 kicked in I set a resolution to gain even more muscle and that's exactly what I did, each new workout video Scott put up was a step forward for me and just recently I've gained a lot of strength really quickly, 4 months ago I used to struggle doing 8 reps with the EZ curl bar for biceps with 70 lbs, now Im doing 8 reps with 100 lbs and excellent form, this amount of strength gained can be said for all the muscles in my body; I've even bought my own ScottHermanFitness tanktop! Thanks to Scott I know exactly what to eat and how to continue gaining muscle, everyone has to remember that Hard Work Pays Off, and muscle gain starts off in the mind, if you believe you have the power to do it then it can be done.
Dennis Chambi - CA, USA
I used to work out religiously about a decade ago. Looking back, I had amazing results yet never saw them at the time. After getting a cold one day I missed a workout and it was a battle ever since to get back into the groove I was in. I was also a work-a-holic working 2 jobs. Almost 2 years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. My entire world was shaken, blended, and shaken some more. I took that as wakeup call that it was time to make change. To me, my body was telling me loud and clear to do something because I was getting less sleep…not eating well and etc. After surgery, I totally changed my diet and started to eat a completely healthy diet, or now Meal Plan. I still did not have the urge to work out and nor did I have the time. It was a constant battle and I kept getting little wake up "knocks" reminding me to get it in gear.
This past January (2010) I was now in a position to workout time wise. It "felt" like it was the right time to start. Being unemployed kinda helped. So I started back working out. I resumed my old way of doing things but I was not seeing the same results as I had that long decade ago. One day, don't know how, I came across your sites. Needless to say I had seen you on the Real World and always admired your physique. That day everything changed. Little did I know I was WAY over-training. So much so I pulled a muscle in my neck and was forced to do no workouts for a week or so. I needed help with my workouts and the local Bally's Club Manager was not really that helpful. This is where you come in. I had watched your YouTube videos, checked out your website, and despite not working I signed up to be a member. You helped me understand what to do, how to do it, eating, I could go on. I remember calling about having trouble with accessing the site and never expected to talk to "thee" Scott himself. You even answered questions I had which to me was a complete bonus for me.
I continued watching your how to videos, going thru your site, and actually getting a meal plan in place to help guide me in my daily meals. I have since tossed out what I used to do and now do 90 percent of your personal routines. I added the BSN products you talked about since you are living proof that it will help supplement my workouts and my meal plan. I have steadily increased my weights in all my exercises and shocked myself on some of the increases. Your drop sets…are amazing and I do those on all exercises but my legs. You have also changed my attitude on working certain muscle groups. I HATED working my shoulders and abs. I used to not work them at all. Now, I enjoy my shoulder routine. My abs…well that was more difficult as I do have a midsection that could be thinner. However, I did your kettle bell routine for a few weeks to do some circuit training. I did the Turkish Sit up and I loved it!!! I then created my own abs routine and I now love doing my abs. I am also starting to see improvements. Still got a lot of work to do but I have noticed that my core is a lot stronger. Posture is much better. I even am thinking of adding a sixth day just for abs. I know that we are never happy with our body and are always working on making it better. We are our own worst critic. I fit that mold for sure. But thanks to you and your guidance on ScottHermanFitness.com, the meal plan, the YouTube videos, and the Facebook Community page, I have realigned my focus to working out. I have not missed a single day. I even went when I felt a cold coming on. I finished my workout feeling better…and never got the cold. So Scott..."Thank You" The best part of my day, besides waking up, is when I am at the gym.
Don Foss - IL, USA
Thanks again for motivating me to be a better ME! I started working out 7months ago and in that time have put on 20lbs of muscle. Thanks to your workouts, I have gone from a waif of 135lbs to 155lbs! I'm honestly in the best shape of my life and owe a lot of my self-confidence and new body to you! I have a ton of friends who work out a lot and for me it was never really a priority because at my height, 5'6 and 135lbs, I was naturally thin so I didn't really bother with it. The attached photo of my friend and I on the beach is what did it for me. As you can see, I am a STARVING CHILD next to my good friend who encouraged me to join the gym with him and to start going on a regular basis. My next photo is of the amazing transformation my body has gone through thanks to your program. I can't thank you enough for the "encouragement" to keep pushing hard and never giving up. Right now I've seemed to hit a plateau of staying at 155lbs. My goal weight is 160 and I'm going to start taking BSN's Cell Mass to help me get there. Can't wait to report back and let you know that I made it to my goal, thanks to you and your amazing program. Keep up the AMAZING WORK.
Ernest Bannister - Fort Myers, FL
Scott Herman Fitness has been invaluable in my pursuit of increases muscle size and strength. While there are many personal trainers and websites, Scott Herman Fitness is unmatched in the variety of exercises presented as well as in the detail given to techniques and tips - all of which have been essential to my breaking through exercise plateaus/walls and maximizing the results of my routines.
Hayden Courtland - NY, USA
My name is Icaro Andrade, I'm Brazilian, 18 years old, and used to live in Rio De Janeiro – Itaguai. But now I live in England in Bristol with my family. I started going to the gym when I was 17. I was really skinny because I never had any breakfast in the morning and used to wake up in the afternoon having only 1 or 2 meals in a day; so I wasn't very happy with how I looked! I wanted to change and be healthier for my own good! I started working out and waking up in the morning to have a breakfast as 2 eggs , bacon, 2 or 3 breads, and a glass of milk. Then one day I was on YouTube I saw a video of Scott Herman's chest workout. From that day on I picked alot information about eating the right things and all that, so your website information and videos helped me a lot to reach my goals
When I started at the gym I wasn't doing the right things, so your videos and information helped me a lot! After 4 months of eating well I began to see a difference in my body. After 4 months I went from 61kg to 67kg. Then another couple months went by and I found myself weighing 73kg. I want to have the same body as Scott Herman, that's my goal!!! So thanks Scott for the information, it helped me a lot! Hope to see you in America one day, we never know I have two uncles that live in Boston! :)
Icaro Andrade - Bristol, England
My name is Jarrod Gibson, I'm from the Texas Coast and I'v been working out for about a year and a half now. I've made great progress in the gym and I've gained twenty pounds in under 6 months as a hard-gainer. I owe a lot of my success to Scott's videos that I've been watching for a few months now. I've learned so much about appropriate form for a ton of the exercises in my weekly routine and Scott's way of speaking directly to all types of people has been both insightful and motivating. As a hard-gainer, Scott has shown me a lot of great mass-building workouts that have boosted my progress a great deal in the gym, especially in these last 3 months. Also, to give credit where credit is due; Scott, between your personality, your obvious knowledge and passion for fitness, and your attitude to just put yourself out there and try to help people, I personally appreciate it so much and I hope your videos are able to affect others as much as they have affected me. You're a great trainer and motivator, you're awesome man! Thank you for what you're doing.
Jarrod Gibson - TX, USA
I was already pretty well versed before joining Scott Herman Fitness, or so I thought. I had always been in decent shape throughout my life due to my physical activity habits like sports, and also my nutrition. I started lifting intensely in the Fall of 2009, and I had made excellent progress learning from my training partner and neighbor. I gained 15 pounds of muscle in one year, and I was on a roll. My only challenge at this point was that I was doing longer and longer workouts and having to spend 2 and 3 hours of time in the gym just to get a proper muscle breakdown, which translated to me not gaining any weight because of my extra calorie expenditure. For me, it was perfect to come upon Scott Herman Fitness at this time. Scott showed me ways to really shred my muscles without having to spend forever in the gym. That really attracted me, as well as the variety of new exercises and variations to add some more color to my workout experience. After I started applying these, I began to watch his informational videos. I was hooked: I watched them all in one night, or at least I tried. They really took my understanding of bodybuilding to a new and deeper level. I watched all the videos including the 'Ask Scott and Sean's which are packed with information. I am still learning now, as you can never know everything, but my level of understanding and practice of fitness has been exponentiated by Scott, he really knows what he is talking about. He should, he's been doing this over a decade now. Aside from the quantity of information, Scott has a quality character that really shines through in his videos and makes them fun to watch. If I had to recommend a personal fitness coach to anyone, I would trust Scott 100%.
Joshua Wagner - PA, USA
I've been following Scott's program for a few months. Within those months I've gained about 15 pounds of muscle and doubled my self confidence. My blood pressure and cholesterol have gone down significantly as well. Scott offers online programs as well as an iPhone app and his facebook community to ensure that a fit and healthy lifestyle is not a struggle to be made without great company.
Mikey-Lee Manschot - San Antonio, TX
I had always wanted to be in great shape and be that guy who is just super ripped but because I was never really out of shape I didn't have any motivation to start working out because I was lazy and thought that I looked fine the way I was. After finding Scott Herman's YouTube channel it really got me motivated to start working out and getting in great shape. The workouts are explained in full detail and it doesn't leave me sitting at the gym wondering what to do next, it's like having my own personal trainer without spending hundreds of dollars for every session. Thanks to Scott I'm in the best shape of my life and I love working out!
Zach Gauthier - ON, Canada
I've been working out for about two years now, but it wasn't until I discovered Scott and Scotthermanfitness.com six months ago that I really started to learn about fitness. Scott's videos have been unbelievably helpful to me with learning more about fitness and nutrition, and the general fitness community. The detail, organization, and variety of information he has to offer about different exercises, supplements, routines, nutrition- on top of blogs and other things are incredible. One particular feature which made all thedifference for me was the Meal Plan which Scott created for his website members. The Meal Plan is the perfect tool for creating your perfect diet, and it will allow you to outline just exactly what your body needs depending on your goals, something most people really need help with. Scott's achievements are as inspirational as his eagerness to help others with their goals.
Thanks Scott for all the invaluable help with health and fitness, I'm always looking forward to what you have next.
Sam Schwartz - NY, USA
I've been training pretty hard for the past year or so and began noticing that my gains had really slowed down. Plus, I had been struggling to cut just a little more body fat. I had a "diet" mentality and it was (as I later learned) counter-productive. I felt I was eating very balanced meals throughout the day, but after watching Scott's video on his meal plan; I figured I'd give it a try. After inputting some basic information such as age, target weight, and activity levels, the program guided me to my optimum nutrient targets. Wow! I was shocked at how high my saturated fat and sodium levels were in the food I had been eating, and to top that off, my total caloric intake for the day was way too low to support my training levels. I immediately adjusted my habits and saw results pretty quickly. I had much more energy throughout the day, felt better, and even slept better. Scott's meal plan not only breaks down calories, protein, and fat, but also guides you to proper levels of essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and omega-3's and -6's. One of my favorite aspects of Scott's program is that you can search meal plans created by others who have similar goals. I was free to browse and tweak different plans to suit my tastes. I've begun making gains again and feel leaner than I ever have. This is not a diet; this is a way of eating. I highly recommend this program to all health seekers and those looking to make positive changes in their life!
Mike Purzycki - NJ, USA
Firstly, I must say thank you for everything that you do. It's not every day that you find someone willing to give free advice to people with little or no knowledge of physical fitness. Just to give you a brief background of me, my name is Ryan Toole. I have always been in great shape; however, about 2 years ago I hit rock bottom. I started to drink heavily, I never drank before I was 21, but it started the day of! To add to the downward spiral, my girlfriend of 3 years broke up with me. That really hit me hard. I just gave up on staying in shape. A little while after I left California and transferred to a University here in Tennessee. I continued my partying and eating crappy. On Christmas Eve 2009, I looked in the mirror and said I had enough. I couldn't do this anymore; I was 198 lbs., that's when I started following you. I used every bit of information that you gave to help me get back to what I was before. I used your meal plan which now has not only helped me to lose weight, but learn how to cook just the same! If there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask! Your truly and inspiration.
Ryan J. Toole - TN, USA
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