Koby Barker / Transformation

Koby Barker's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
  • After



170 cm


Tone & Shape

Reason to start The Challenge

For the past few years I have felt very ashamed of my body, having tried numerous times to loose weight and gain any confidence but failed every time. Studying fulltime and working two jobs has caused even more weight gain as I am a massive stress and emotional eater. I ultimately wanna gain back any self confidence I can and be happy in the skin I have.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

I did the challenge along side my partner so I loved being able to support eachother along the way. I really enjoyed being able to watch others move along on the same journey as me. Having others giving updates of their progress along the way gave me motivation to continue many times. I loved that most meal plans were actually just adaptions of normal non-challenge meals but made healthy (That healthy chicken parmigiana will be my favourite for ever!).

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

I had many injuries during the challenge. I play soccer as a keeper so often found myself with injuries from this and overworking because I would have to help the team out by also playing an extra field game twice a week while maintaining the challenge training plans. Through the 12 weeks I managed, a bulged disc in my back, a fractured finger, a small plate size graze/burn on my thigh and many times a sprained or very sore wrist. Still fighting the fractured finger and disc currently.

Just finding time to do everything to set me on the right path. Between two jobs, soccer games and training as well as University I found myself in the head space of I’ll meal prep later, which lead me down a dark ally a couple of times.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

It’s given me so much confidence! I am not fully there yet of ‘loving’ my body but I am so much closer due to the challenge. I also think it’s motivated me to set some longer term goals for my fitness and motivate me to be able to do it on my own.

What would you say to people who are thinking of doing The Challenge?

I would say that you have to at least give it a go! Choose a time period where you have the least on so you can bring your whole self to the challenge. Never give up, if you fall, get back up.

It’s such a motivating challenge, as you watch others changing their lives with you.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your Challenge?

There were so many times I fell off the wagon when it came to nutrition. The emotional eater demon inside of me has definitely not been defeated, yet! But because the challenge gym plans had me enjoying the gym so much I was able to follow the plans and add my own extra workouts to keep from allowing my nutritional set backs to destroy my progress.

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