The winners have been announced for the NUTRISHOP CDA Weight Loss/Muscle Gain Challenge! Great job by everyone who participated, especially our winners!

Zack Jones was the overall winner of the NUTRISHOP Transformation Challenge!

Zack Jones was the overall winner of the NUTRISHOP Transformation Challenge!

ZACK JONES, 28, is our overall contest winner and wins FREE PROTEIN FOR A YEAR! Zack gained 2.33 pounds of muscle and lost 12.24 pounds of fat, for a 14.57-pound swing!

“I’ve always lifted and to be honest,” Zack says, “I just always wanted a six-pack. I was more motivated to go for that and just needed some structure to follow basically.”

Joining the Transformation Challenge certainly helped him do that. Already a NUTRISHOP client by the time to challenge came around, Zack thought he may as well try — he had been lifting with no goals in mind, and he knew it would give him something to shoot for and push himself harder.

His training stayed virtually the same — in fact, many of his workouts were the ones we post all the time —and he just hit it consistently, about an hour or so, five to six days a week, hitting legs twice.

“I’d been shooting from the hip as far as workouts go, but then I started following NUTRISHOP’s workouts,” he explains. “I’ll go heavy on my chest and leg days, and back is really more of a pull-up, higher-reps-and-endurance style. And I do a lot of supersets after the heavy core lifts.”

As with most people who lost a lot of body fat, the dietary changes for Zack were the most important. The timing and intake of his carbohydrates, for instance, was something he wasn’t familiar with until NUTRISHOP set him up with an individualized meal plan, which was “by far the most valuable thing for me to follow,” he says. “And it was easier to stick to than I thought it would be.”

All of his results and the process has made Zack not only a Transformation Challenge winner, but a NUTRISHOP loyalist.

“The place is fantastic, by far my favorite shop that I’ve ever been to,” Zack says. “Once I met the guys there and got to know them, I haven’t bought supplements anywhere else. I can stop in after work with questions and they’ll just talk with me for a half-hour.

“Everything was easily laid out for me and the knowledge they had was awesome,” Zack continues. “Once they gave me a structure to follow, it was just a matter of doing it.”

Congratulations, Zack — and enjoy the protein!

Before Mike McConnell decided to change his life for the better, he was suffering back pain from a military injury and had gained 100 pounds in six months.

Before Mike McConnell decided to change his life for the better, he was suffering back pain from a military injury and had gained 100 pounds in six months.

MIKE MCCONNELL, 34, is a former Marine who saw his health slipping when he returned home from the service. He gained 100 pounds six months after getting out of the military, having hurt his back in service, and decided it was time to make a change.

“I just want to be healthy,” Mike says. “It’s been dragging me down and I decided this is something I need to do. I want to be healthy for my kids. When I sit on the couch and I’m in pain, my back’s bothering me, I know I’ve got to be more active.”

A couple years ago, Mike moved to Coeur D’Alene and he and his wife decided to choose a healthier lifestyle, making a fresh start in a new area. One of his first stops was NUTRISHOP, where he saw experienced nutrition and fitness experts not only giving advice, but practicing what they preached.

“A lot of people can feed you the diet stuff they read from a book,” Mike says, “but the guys at NUTRISHOP had experienced it and done it themselves.”

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Mike has lost almost 60 pounds since October, when he began working with NUTRISHOP's help.

Mike has lost almost 60 pounds since October, when he began working with NUTRISHOP’s help.

Since October, when Mike first started getting involved with NUTRISHOP, he has lost 60 pounds and won $75 in store credit with muscle gain and fat loss that netted him a 7.72-pound swing in body mass. He won his category in the NUTRISHOP Weight Loss Challenge with a ferocious approach to training, a personalized diet plan and some of his favorite supplements including glutamine, BCAAs and ERRATIC for his pre-workouts.

He was training seven days a week, twice a day, with heavy sessions in the morning and volume-based training later on. He did fasted cardio early in the day, with BCAAs to help prevent muscle breakdown, and high-intensity interval training after his weight sessions.

Such an intense regimen had him close to a plateau, he says — and then the Weight Loss Challenge breathed new life into it.

“I was doing that routine four months before I started the contest, and I felt like I was maybe peaking,” Mike says. “The contest just kept me going.

“I need to show up at that gym parking lot every day,” he continues. “As long as I walk in and do something, at least I’m not going backward. And that’s important to me.”

Great job, Mike!

LAURIE LITTMAN, 55, won her category and $75 in credit with a 2.4-pound swing. She had been building good fitness momentum beforehand, and saw the Weight Loss/Muscle Gain Challenge as a way to up her results.

“I’ve been working toward all this anyway, so it was nothing really new to me,” Laurie says. “I’ve done the Biggest Loser at the gym, and came in second on that in my category, and I’ve just been working on it ever since. Exercising and eating right has become a big goal of mine.”

Laurie has always been into exercise, but had never concentrated on building muscle and suddenly found herself with 15 pounds of fat she wanted to lose. She knew that implementing a lifestyle of clean eating would be the first step, and that she could accelerate her progress with weight training.

“I logged all my food and that helped quite a bit — realizing what I was eating and what was in everything I was eating,” she says. “At first it was a little strange — I wasn’t used to eating that much protein. I didn’t use to measure things. Now I am much better about knowing exactly what I’m eating and how much.”

Laurie’s goals and motivations throughout were simple enough: trying to stay in shape and feel healthy, keeping up with her grandkids and, of course, looking good. But most of all it was all about simply feeling good.

NUTRISHOP helped get her on track with her eating and showed her which supplements would be best for her. Laurie still uses FORZA PRO, PRO7, N’FUZE, GLUTAMIC and BCAAs. And of course, on top of the products, Laurie says she could always rely on NUTRISHOP for encouragement and expertise.

“They’re always very encouraging and knowledgeable with what they have there. That was very helpful,” Laurie says. “They’re all just very positive. I could ask anything and they’d spend time telling me. I like a store that knows what they’re doing.”

Way to go, Laurie!