Meet Brent Freeland – Profile of the Month

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NAME: Brent

AGE: 31

LOCATION: Florida

TRANSITION STAGE: Started social transition in 2008, medical transition in 2009; top surgery in 2010 and a hysterectomy in 2011.

 Brent is a college student studying Exercise Science as well as studying to get certified as a personal trainer. He was recently certified as a group exercise trainer. His interests include baseball, watching and playing sports in general , reading, socializing and working out.

Could you describe yourself in a few words?

Brent: Loyal, hard working, determined, compassionate.

How did you get into fitness?

Brent: Well I was really overweight and decided that I needed to make a change; so I went to my doctor and started a healthier meal plan but I wasn’t working out. I lost 50 pounds in that first year. After I started T, which was right around the time I lost all that weight, I felt motivated to work out. I started working out on my own and with some good advice from a friend who is a nutritionist and working out with her, I just sort of fell in love with the lifestyle.

I have always been an athlete so it was cool to be able to build the way I had always envisoned and get into lifting weights and working out. My body became a canvas and I thought it was cool to transform it. Then I got into playing basketball again and now baseball and I found it very motivating to enhance my athleticism through diet and exercise.

How much weight did you lose and what was the major change you had to make to lose all the weight?

Brent: Hard to say in total but I was a size 44 at my heaviest 210 pounds. At my leanest I was 138 pounds and size 29/30; and I am currently 168 pounds, size 32/33.

Diet alone helped me lose that first 50 pounds and then just a combination of diet and exercise. If you are burning more calories than you are consuming whether through diet, exercise or a combo of both you are going to lose fat.

What specifically in your diet did you change and what does your diet consist of today?

Brent: I just made healthier choices; lean meats like grilled chicken and turkey, I limited and still do limit red meat to 2-3 times a week, smaller portions, more veggies and fruits, healthy snacks like kashi and frozen yogurt, complex carbs over simple carbs, unsaturated fats over saturated. I still eat the same way. I pretty much follow the pyramid.

Do you think that being on T helped you achieve results faster?

Brent: I think it helped me put on muscle faster. At least mass. May have helped speed up my metabolism as well. It’s really hard to say. I lost a pound a week that first year not being on T which is a healthy amount to lose especially considering the fact that I wasn’t working out. It definetely motivated me but I think pre T or on T if you are eating healthy and working out there is not reason you can’t achieve your goals.

When it comes to fitness, what’s your favorite muscle group to workout?

Brent: Probably biceps and triceps only because I really enjoy a lot of those exercises. I love curling, skull crushes, and hammers.

What’s the most challenging thing for you when it comes to staying healthy and fit?

Brent: Working out on days I just don’t feel like working out, cutting back so much on “bad foods”… I used to eat crazy amounts of ice cream, cakes, cookies, pizza and what not lol. It’s a weird adjustment to make but I don’t deny myself any food; I just eat it in moderation. For the most part I really enjoy the lifestyle so there isn’t much that is challenging about it. When you love what you do it doesn’t really feel like work.

What are your fitness goals for this year and the next 3 years?

Brent: Right now I am just focused on baseball. I would like to lean out a bit as long as I don’t sacrifice muscle. I have done some math and made some adjustments to my routine that should help me lean out and hopefully maintain what I have muscle wise. Hard to say for three years;’ I’m just focused on baseball. I play in a league and I think I have the potential to be one of the better guys in the league; so through diet, training, and baseball practice I hope to just keep increasing my overall athleticism and maxing out my skills as a baseball player.

How do you deal with locker rooms and what advice would you give to people who worry about that?

Brent: Well normally I don’t change in them, so I just go in and do my thing and get out. I have showered at the gym twice and I just try to put my boxers on and off underneath my towel or do it real quick. Most people aren’t concerned with what you are doing. My advice would be to go in and do what you gotta do and leave. I don’t think most people will be concerned.

Other than baseball do you have specific workout routines you do that you would like to share with others?

Brent: I switch it up every 5-6 weeks but I think it’s important not to neglect any body part. Your body functions as a kinetic chain and if certain muscle groups are unbalanced or not stable you are running risk for injury, not to mention selling yourself short with gains. There are tons of fitness apps, muscle magazines and websites like bodybuilding.com that offer great exercise routines. I used to get a lot of my routines from those things.

Is there any fitness celebrity or bodybuilder that you look up to?

Brent: I have a lot of respect and admiration for Scott Herman, Mark Wahlberg, Jillian Michaels, Tim Tebow, Chase Utley, and the Rock. And Arnold of course lol. I also met Jay Cutler recently and I am not only a big fan but he seems like a cool guy.

What advice would you give to beginners, who haven’t started T or are just starting and are looking to maximize their fitness performance?

Brent: To do something they enjoy first and foremost. Make it fun. Create a good playlist, find an enviroment you enjoy like a park or a gym; if you get a gym membership, classes are a great way to meet people and keep yourself accountable. Write down your goals and make a plan to achieve them. Do research. Stay focused and definetely don’t give up. If you are willing to put in the work and stay consistent you will not only achieve your fitness goals but put years on your life. The diseases that are prevented and reduced just from eating healthy and staying active is insane.

 

If you’d like to keep up with Brent, check out his Youtube Channel and his Tumblr.

Do you have any question or comment for Brent? Feel free to comment below! And PLEASE SHARE!!!

Peace,

Neo