This set of body transformation photos is still funny, 5 years later.

NOTE: These photos were taken in 2005.

Just remember to read the entire article before you comment on the amazing transformation.

Stepping on the scale will not always indicate how fabulous your results are. Taking a before and after a picture is one of the best things you could do for motivation and inspiration as your starting your fat loss program.

Below I share a few tips that will help capture a winning photo.


Oh, the sad, gloomy before photo…a dopey look on the face, poor lighting, terrible posture, and a ‘poofed out’ belly!

Hmm, better posture, shoulders pulled back, muscles flexed a little more, and the light is a little brighter. This would be a great change in 2 weeks!

And now? Wow! A smiling face, a great overall transformation, better energy, and a big smile. I look like a new man!

Now…The TRUTH About Transformations

By now, I hope that you have already realized this was not a real transformation.

ALL of these photos were taken within minutes of one another.

But this just goes to show you that simply changing your posture, your lighting, and flexing your muscles, you can “achieve” a transformation physique in minutes.

Check the photos out again, and then see the tips below…

NOTE: We didn’t even do a good job on these photos…the lighting was terrible, and I’m not tanned at all. So you can imagine how much more dramatic my “before and after” would look if we had professional photographers involved.


  1. Don’t trust every “before and after” ad that you see. Be critical, but understand you’ll also see a LOT of amazing transformations that are TRUE but hard to believe. You CAN achieve amazing results in less than 90 days.
  2. Even though the content of this blog post has been humorous, I still believe it is very helpful and motivating for clients to do progress photos. Take a before photo, and then a progress photo every 4 weeks.
  3. If you want to have good comparison photos, and photos that accurately portray your improvements, do the following:
  • Take the photos in good lighting in front of a blank wall.
  • Get a tan.
  • Use good posture. Pull your shoulder blades back and together, flex your abs, and then suck in your gut.
  • If you do a biceps pose, open up your chest and externally rotate your arms. Remember: Proud posture!


Having shown you all that, I know that you won’t “fake” your photos. That said, there are good tips there that help you make your after photos as good as they can be. Use these tips for good, not evil when you do the 10th Turbulence Training Transformation Contest.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, M.Sc. – Gain muscle, lose fat

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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