A man who completely transformed his body in just 12 weeks has captured the process in a striking time-lapse video, revealing how he worked to define ripped muscles while shedding 42 pounds.
Hunter Hobbs, of Norman, Oklahoma, was curious to see what results he could get if he took his workout routine more seriously than ever for 12 weeks.
For three months, Hunter, 24, strove to remain consistent, mixing weight lifting and cardio into his routine, and managed to lose an impressive 42 pounds, going from his original weight of 202 pounds to 160 pounds.
Test: Hunter Hobbs, of Oklahoma, wanted to see what results he could get if he worked out more seriously for 12 weeks. He is pictured left on day one and right after his transformation
Efforts: For three months, Hunter, 24, strove to remain consistent. He is pictured five days into his experiment in January
Transformation: During his experiment, Hunter (pictured on day 12) took one photo a day in order to track his progress and see his physique evolve
Clip: Hunter (pictured left on day 15 and right on day 25) later assembled all the snaps into one time-lapse video
Sweat: Hunter (pictured on day 31) incorporated weight lifting and cardio into his routine
During his experiment, Hunter took one photo a day in order to track his progress and see his physique evolve.
He later assembled all the snaps into one time-lapse video, which in just 55 seconds gives an overview of how much his body changed over the course of three months.
Hunter starts off bare-chested, wearing white shorts, and showing off his 202-pound physique in front of the camera.
As the days go by—and get ticked off on a calendar pinned behind him—Hunter starts to lean out as he muscles begin to show more and more.
Within weeks, Hunter’s stomach got flatter, and at the end of his 91-day journey, he had chiseled six-pack abs, brought out by the tan he got especially for the occasion.
Hunter, who said he started the experiment out of curiosity, admitted it’s the ‘toughest thing’ he has done so far.
Changes: The time-lapse video of Hunter’s transformation shows his muscles getting more defined over time. He is pictured on day 43
Challenging: Hunter (pictured left on day 48 and right on day 56), who said he started the experiment out of curiosity, admitted it’s the ‘toughest thing’ he has done so far
A bit of everything: Hunter (pictured on day 63), who has a desk job at an oil and gas company, also incorporated 20 to 30-minute cardio sessions into his regimen
Abs are made in the kitchen: The hardest part, however, wasn’t the workout routine but Hunter’s diet, which he believes made ‘the most difference’. He is pictured on day 65
His workout routine consisted of weight lifting sessions five to six days a week at the gym, with Hunter starting out with heavier weights. Then, as he got closer to the end, he switched to lighter weights and increased his tempo.
Hunter, who has a desk job at an oil and gas company and is therefore not significantly active during the day, also incorporated 20 to 30-minute cardio sessions into his regimen, either in the morning or right after a workout.
He increased the intensity of his cardio workouts during the last month, and during his transformation did abs exercises two or three times a week at home or at the gym.
The hardest part, however, wasn’t the workout routine but Hunter’s diet, which he believes made ‘the most difference’. He got into a routine throughout his three months, and told the DailyMail.com he typically ate ‘chicken, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, salads, almonds, whey protein shakes, etc’.
‘I also cooked all of my meals, brought my lunch to work everyday and rarely ate out,’ Hunter added. ‘I initially tracked all that I was eating to get a better idea of how many calories, protein, carbs and fats I was taking in and then just stuck to the same stuff so I knew what I was eating.
‘I drank tons of water (at least a gallon a day), no sugary drinks like soda, and apart from a few drinks on special occasions didn’t drink any alcohol.’
That last part, he said, felt ‘very tough and not fun’—one of several challenging aspects of his new lifestyle.
Menu: Hunter (pictured on left on day 69 and right on day 72) got into a routine and typically ate ‘chicken, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, salads, almonds, whey protein shakes, etc’
Tough: At the beginning of his transformation, Hunter (pictured on day 77) felt ‘exhausted, demotivated and always hungry’
At the beginning of his transformation, Hunter felt ‘exhausted, demotivated and always hungry’.
‘After about three weeks when I started seeing some real changes and my body adjusted to my diet and workouts I felt better each week,’ he added. ‘It was still a struggle and had to push myself harder each week, but seeing progress kept me going. I feel a millions times better now than I did at the beginning, so much more energy, confidence and motivation.’
Hunter, who had never done any such experiment in the past, admitted that he had ‘no idea’ what he was getting himself into when he embarked on his fitness journey.
‘It took so much mental and physical dedication and I wanted to give up so many times throughout it,’ he said. ‘Also having people all around me going to the bars or eating pizza, burgers and all that while I ate my chicken and salad was tough, but worth it 100 per cent.’
Now that his challenge is over, Hunter intends to ‘definitely relax a bit’ when it comes to his lifestyle.
‘This transformation was meant to be extreme and not something [I would] sustain long term,’ he added. ‘I will still go to the gym five to six times a week, eat clean and stay consistent, but wont worry as much if I eat out or have a few drinks with friends.’