2008 Champion, Group

2008 Group Champions

2008 Group Challengers


Name: John York
Occupation: Police Officer
State: Papillion, Nebraska

Name:Vince Guyer
Occupation: Police Officer
State: Hancock, Iowa

Name: John Danderand
Occupation: Police Officer
State: La Vista, Nebraska

Name:Brandon Diederich
Occupation:Police Officer
State: Council Bluffs, Iowa

Name:Chad Heller
Occupation:Police Officer
State: Omaha, Nebraska

Name: Jim Bartley
Occupation: Police Officer
State: Bellevue, Nebraska

Name: Dustin Franks
Occupation: Police Officer
State: Bellevue, Nebraska

Name: Matt McKinney
Occupation: Police Officer
State: La Vista, Nebraska

Results: All together lost 228.5 lbs. and nearly 49% body fat.*

Products Used: Myoplex® Lite bars and shakes, AdvantEDGE® Carb Control™ bars and shakes, CLA, Betagen®, Myoplex® bars and shakes

Goal: Fat Loss

Group Champions

Apprehending bad guys, sniffing out narcotics, searching for articles of evidence, and locating lost children are all in a days work for a Police service dog team. In law enforcement, there is no duty more rewarding and invigorating than working a police K9. Police K9’s and their respective handlers are always in demand, in the duty mindset, and in shape…right? Not necessarily, we only had two of the three going for us in January of 2008.

Our 12-week transformation project began at the turn of the New Year. The reflection in the mirror had not only become unimpressive, but it was indicative of many things an officer can contend with throughout a career: complacency, ineffectiveness, and a stagnant fitness level. No more empty New Years resolutions! An e-mail, setting the stage for a challenge, was sent to various Police K9 handlers across eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Let’s do this Body-for-LIFE® thing!!

Six police K9 Handlers, who had regularly trained dogs together once per week, accepted the challenge. Additionally, two former K9 handlers who assist in training also joined in. Together we possessed a 16-year age span, irregular demanding duty schedules, diverse family requirements, and a wide array of fitness goals. However amongst all of these obstacles and differences, we shared the common desire to achieve a body transformation and improve our K9 training, our image, and our lifestyles.

In the beginning, we were aware that others in public safety had previously participated in the BFL Challenge. As K9 handlers, we knew that we were unique from other groups in that we served in one of the most physically demanding specialty duty assignments in law enforcement. Additionally, the eight of us represented 5 separate law enforcement agencies in Nebraska and Iowa. Even though we gathered once per week to sharpen our K9 skills, geographical distance and conflicting duty schedules would require us to conduct our workouts independently of each other. We began gathering and deciphering as much information as possible and much of our communication was by phone or e-mail. As the first few weeks passed, we relied on good ‘old fashioned peer pressure to stick with our newfound menus and workout routines. There is nothing more relentless than a group of K9 handlers “hounding” one another about falling off of a plan (pun intended)! Nobody wanted to be the first to report to the others that they were giving up.

By week four, everything seemed to fall into place. Everyone was reporting progress and motivation did not seem to be an issue. Although we each had our individual goals (such as weight loss, strength gain, energy gain, body fat loss…etc.), we assisted each other by sharing menu choice ideas, nutritional supplement information, and training techniques. We had begun to talk amongst ourselves and with others about fitness more so than ever before and knew we were onto something good. At the six-week mid-point, noticeable improvements had been made. Co-workers and even strangers would ask us about our program and how they could get started!

As the second half of the challenge unfolded, the target “weigh-in” date remained circled on our calendars. However, instead of being viewed as an ending point, it was now being thought of as simply a day where we get together, take a photograph and weigh ourselves. This day was no longer a destination…it was a gateway. The wisdom of the BFL philosophy became glaringly obvious. We all began to discus the notion of continuing the plan beyond the 12-week challenge. The noticeable results from weeks seven through twelve were mounting, as were the positive comments from our families, friends, and co-workers. By now, nearly all of us had experienced accounts of introducing at least one other person to the BFL program.

On our ‘weigh-in” day we knew that we were successful. It was agreed upon that the most notable feature of our group was its size. We finished with all eight contestants, each obtaining results beyond merely tanning and shaving body hair. Previously, each of us had been set in our ways of eating and exercise. However, nobody quit or gave up on the plan, and each person was eager to continue. Together we lost 228.5 lbs. and nearly 49% body fat. We like to think that equates to getting one “bad guy” off the streets!

Police K9 handlers tend to be some of the most results oriented people in law enforcement, driven by the attitude of “let’s see if this works.” In January 2008, we lined up as eight of the toughest critics in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, researched a philosophy, and took a photograph. After twelve weeks we are true believers. We’re benefiting from higher intensity during the rigors of K9 training, improved self-image, and positive changes in our personal lives.

* Individual results will vary

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