How it all began

My name is Mark Dacoron and I am a Beachbody Coach. You probably want to know what a Beachbody Coach is. I am not an employee of Beachbody. I am a just a person that uses P90X, Insanity and other workouts from Beachbody to stay in shape. A Beachbody Coach helps others get fit. If you need help, I am here for you.

Do you know why most people fail at their workout? There isn’t any one reason that people fail trying to accomplish their goals in health and fitness. Most people don’t know what they are doing!

I can say that I didn’t know what I was doing when I first started out. Most people that begin a workout regiment decide to join a gym and use the machines. That is where the problem is. They don’t have any guidance and they don’t know that there are so many resources out there for them.

When I first started working out in 2003, I joined 24 hour fitness. I signed up for a 3 year membership thinking I was going to be going forever and get in the best shape of my life.

I started going with some friends who were working out already and made it a weekly thing to go with them to workout together. For the first year, it was fun and exciting. I was happy and getting stronger. The real thing that I wanted was the results, but really didn’t get them. I could see myself progressing but not as much as I liked.

In 2006, I decided to do a half marathon in January of 2007, the Carlsbad Half Marathon. I was doing the weights and running 1-3 miles at a time. I hated running. I decided to download a running plan from the site www.runnersworld.com. I put in the best times for my last 5k and what I thought my average running pace was at the time and inputted that in to get a 16 or so week training plan.

I followed that as much as I could and did all of my training on a treadmill. It was winter and it was cold outside. I learned so many things during that time. From running shoes, to nutrition, to running style and form, it was so much to learn. When I finally got there, I was able to finish faster than my goal. I was hooked on running and that year I ended up running 4 half marathons and a marathon. I thought I was crazy.

In 2008, I decided to take a break from running and wanted to try triathlon. I bought a bike in October of 2007 and started riding but didn’t make the decision till December 2008 to do it. Triathlon training is tough. I didn’t know what to do there. I joined the San Diego Tri Club hoping to find out workout partners and learn a lot more about it. I did and I was still nervous about what I was doing especially swimming.

I bought DVDs and even spent money to go to a swim coach whom I quit after a week because I felt I wasn’t learning anything the right way and then decided to go learn Total Immersion and even went to the weekend class that cost $500. It helped a lot with my form but I was still nervous about swimming in open water, which the triathlon I signed up for had.

The day of the triathlon, I was super nervous and I had my brother there to support me. I was glad he was there. I was going in blind. I was always fascinated by triathlon and the discipline that the athletes have to accomplish a 3 sport event.

I got into the water to warm up before the swim and I knew I wanted to quit. The open water and the fish and seaweed scared me half to death. I knew I didn’t just want to walk away. I decided to do it. I was able to finish exhausted. I thought to myself that this was tougher than a marathon. I struggled throughout the swim and was tired in the bike and made it through the run.

I still liked running and decided to continue with a half marathon and some small runs in 2008. In 2009, I finished with another 3 half marathons. In 2010 I did a marathon and a century bike ride. In 2008, when I turned 29, I ran 29 miles and I also did the same in 2009 for my 30th birthday.

With all the running and all of those different events that I trained for, there is one thing that I always went back to. It was the beachbody workouts. I haven’t been going to the gym in the last year or so, only to run on the treadmill or go for a swim.

I don’t know where to begin with how I started P90X. It all came as a bet back in 2007 where one of my coworkers saw the infomercial. I was already signed up at the gym at 24 hour fitness and was working out. I was also in mid training for my half marathon and running as a goal of mine. I was going in over my head to say the least. I never knew at the time what I was getting into.

So we decided in March to start a bet. The bet was to lose the most body fat % in 90 days. It would start on Monday April 1, 2007. I think I weighed in around 190 lbs and was in the 18% body fat range. I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me. I knew it was going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. I didn’t have any prior sports or weightlifting experience but just was doing some at the gym along with the running I was doing.

I can remember vaguely how the first week was. I was excited and the help of the other people in the bet helped to motivate my progress. I remember at the end of 30 days, my pictures were really hard to tell if I was even doing anything. I felt better and I knew that I was working as hard as I could. At 60 days, I could tell a lot more. I felt better and I was doing great. I knew the weight was coming off. At the end of the 90 days, it was crazy. I think I dropped down to 13% body fat which was awesome and I was at a 32 inch waist. I don’t think I was ever this fit and skinny since middle school. I could remember back in middle school wearing 34 in pants. I was looking great and every body noticed. I didn’t know what was next. I kept looking at everyone that was seeing me and I told them what I was doing. They could tell that I was doing something right. At the end of those 90 days I even won the bet. It was a close call though. Not everyone that was in the bet was doing P90X though.

In 2009, I did Insanity and I think I got in even better shape and it helped my running a lot by allowing me to get a PR on my half marathon during my Insanity journey.

My life in the last 8 years has really gone by fast. From joining the gym and going through my running endeavors. I just had my first son and that changed my workout regiment and diet. I put on about 30 pounds and tipped the scales at 200. I put a lot of blame on myself because I didn’t stick to my normal eating habits and it made me gain weight.

I started RevAbs this year as a new bet with my coworkers. I am in Week 6 and I am down 13 pounds at a weight of 187. I will continue with workout until Day 90 in April and will move to a combination of other workouts like P90X, One on One, Insanity, and Revabs.

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