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The Strongest Lawyer You Know is Chris Hughes

By: Stanley Dutton

July 26, 2016

“Now when I go home and people haven't seen me in a year, they barely recognize me. I'll be talking to people, and they will be like, who are you?  I'm like, you don't recognize me?”

That’s the moment that so many people dream of.  It’s the moment when their friends and family can hardly recognize them after their transformation.

It’s the moment when their hours of hard work finally pay off ...

... not by seeing the scale change, but by seeing someone's expression change. 

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Chris’ Back Story

I’d imagine that a young Chris was similar to that of a young Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi grew up playing air guitar on an old broomstick, focused on being a great artist. Although Chris wasn’t playing the air guitar, he’d spend his time studying people like Thurgood Marshall, and important legal cases like Brown vs. Board of Education. Since the age of 8 or 9, he knew that he was meant to be a lawyer.

Like anyone with a dream and hard work ethic, he has made his dreams happen -- law school and all.

But, as you know, reaching your goals often comes at a steep price.

Chris’ focus had been on school and hanging with friends, but his health was suffering because of it.  By the time Chris got to his final year of law school, he realized that it was time for him to go all in.


Here’s What Happened

Chris snagged a crazy good deal that we were running: $7 for 7 days, and like most, when he walked in on his first day, he had no intention of coming back after day 7.


“I remember coming for the first day, and normally I was just happy to sign a paper, sign a waiver. But I remember you guys asking, getting to know my name; it was more of a family atmosphere. Everyone here was so nice and friendly and welcoming and asking me about myself, and I was like, I don't even know these people.”


Clearly Chris ended up sticking around, but his journey has not been without its challenges. Chris went from his 7-day membership into a 3-week jumpstart, with the final day of his program landing on the day that he traveled back home to Louisiana for one month….

Between the drive-through liquor stores and home cooked meals, Chris came back to us with his body in the exact same spot it started.

For some reason, things felt different, though.  Chris didn’t feel like he had joined UpLifted to turn and leave. He didn’t see himself going back to where he started. As he was preparing for his last year of college, he could feel his life transforming. Now it was time for his body to follow along.

“I think I'm generally very laidback and easygoing. But when I come to the gym, it's something about coming here; I just find a place, and I just focus.” 

chris-hughes-1.pngThe results speak for themselves.  He’s deadlifting 353lbs for 3 reps, dropped 3 pant sizes over the last year, and he sports sweet bicep veins everywhere he goes. But in this day and age, we are numb to the numbers.  Sure, they’re impressive, but what do they do for us? Well, Chris said it best himself. 

 

This is what it’s like to drop 3 pant sizes:

“Now, when I'm picking out clothes and I'm shopping, and stuff like that, I find myself saying, ‘oh you know what, I can get that.”

During my interview with Chris, I asked him this question.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about joining UpLifted?

 

Chris went OFF. Read it for yourself:

Put all the fears aside of why you don't want to go, even if you've never worked out before, you haven't worked out in a long time, or you want to lose weight on your own before you go to the gym because you don't want be in public.

Don't worry about it.

Just go, because once you start, it all just goes from there. The only way to go up is up. I would recommend Uplifted. They'll help you out.”

You form those relationships, and it goes beyond the gym once you start coming. So it's definitely worth it.  Like with the YMCA, you just pay $39 and all you get is to go there, you don't necessarily form any relationships with anyone. I mean, you could, but you don't necessarily form relationships with anyone, you know? Where they are checking in on you when something happens to you.

When someone's sick here, everyone is like, "oh, are you okay?" And it's so much more than that. It's such a family atmosphere, to see everyone's goals on the wall, and everyone's trying to hit PR’s at the same time we are all looking for everyone else to hit their goals, so I think that's why it's so much more than a gym..”


There you have it - the story of a hard working, passionate guy who also transformed his physique and his life.


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Stanley Dutton

Stanley Dutton

Born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, he found fitness at an early age and worked his way up to a 2nd Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. A TFW Level 2 coach, and a graduate of the American Academy of Personal Training.

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