Chris Highcock’s Transformation : Ultra Impressive

Chris Highcock posted an impressive transformation this past August (here). I’ve taken the liberty to create a side-by-side image which you can see above.

While it’s possible that I missed one, I haven’t seen anyone blog about Chris’s transformation, and it leads me to believe that most people are oblivious to what a feat this was.

Not in the sense that what Chris did was unimpressive or unworthy of praise … but ignorant of the fact that transformations like this, are the MOST impressive.

More so than even ones like “The Unconquerable Dave“, or fill in the blank for a success story where someone lost hundreds of pounds of fat.

I realize one is more easy to observe, and may appear more enormous a task, but it’s really the opposite.

Chris didn’t go from clinically obese, to a healthy level of body fat.

He went from “healthy”, to fucking ripped.

By my judgement, that’s a hell of a lot more difficult, for anyone, and it never gets the level of recognition it deserves, because it doesn’t have a WOW factor.

Never mind that Chris accomplished this without the aid of Photoshop, drugs, etc.

Great job Chris!

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8 Responses to Chris Highcock’s Transformation : Ultra Impressive

  1. Chris Highcock September 28, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    Thanks for the post Anthony.

    This was all about diet. I train once a week on HIT style workouts and usually get a hike in the hills on a weekend, but the loss of fat was about diet. The before picture makes me look very smooth, but that was how I was that day.

  2. butcher September 28, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    I wouldnt call him ripped, but he has some decent definition. also “ultra impressive” come on, maybe for you HIT guys, but if he trained like a body builder he would look much better and be much bigger- his dimensions have hardly changed, although im sure he is much stronger. Functional strength is great, but lets face it, unless you are a power lifter, we lift to look good, and this guy still doesnt fill out a t-shirt. Dump HIT and start bodybuilding.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson September 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

      Chris looks to be in the single digits of body fat % … that’s “ripped” in my book.

      I think Chris would be the same size or smaller if he were “body building” instead of performing BBS/HIT influenced training.

      I mean, you do realize that there are thousands of people, who look nothing like Chris, who train the exact same way, right?

      They are either more or less muscular, eat and train the same way, and look nothing alike.

      Get a clue.

    • Chris Highcock September 29, 2012 at 3:32 am #

      The thing is, I am not really focussed on being a massive bodybuilder. My main aim is keeping fit for hiking and hillwalking. Shedding some fat has helped fitness and was also an interesting experiment. Doing it the way I did – IF combined with calorie and carb cycling with Andy’s coaching ( made it easy.

      I wouldn’t really claim to be ripped, but I am happy with my condition and am still getting leaner.

  3. Andy Morgan September 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Anthony thanks for picking this up. I helped Chris with his transformation. Just want to post my two cents if I may.

    I’d say that “Healthy –> Ripped” is, in terms of training & nutrition is more difficult. However, Dave’s “obese to healthy”, while technically a lot easier is psychologically* a lot harder. Thus, deciding which is more impressive depends on which you value more.

  4. Bill October 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Also keep in mind that Chris is in his 40’s. An age where most men “give up” and let middle age pudge take over. It’s just plain harder once you reach your 40’s. I bought some weight equipment last year from a guy who looked to be about my age (47-ish). He said something silly about how he “outgrew” it. Outgrew it? Man, at your age, your pudgy ass needs it now more than ever!

    • Chris Highcock October 5, 2012 at 1:48 am #

      Very true Bill. I am 44 and can’t believe the state that a lot of my contemporaries have let themselves get into. Sure I don’t have kids, but even so there is always time to train, walk and eat well.

  5. Mark January 9, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    There’s good improvement indicated in these photos, no argument, but -every- rule of honest before-&-after photography was broken: Subject is: 1/Closer to camera in the 2nd shot, 2/At a different angle, & 3/ Contracting multiple muscle groups in #2, relaxed in #1. 4/ Lighting’s shadowless on #1, well-shadowed on #2. 5/ Backgrounds as different from one another as I’ve seen in a “B&A”. //Accurately shot comparisons might not be so dramatic, but are much more meaningful. Check some of Dr Darden’s comparisons.

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