Messianic Rabbi, Michael Calise, Loses 110 Pounds with P90X and Shakeology!

by admin on October 18, 2013

Congratulations to Rabbi Michael Calise who got amazing results with P90X and Shakeology!

Not only did Michael lose 110 pounds, he also won $1,000 in the Beachbody Challenge!  Check out his before and after pictures below:

Beachbody Challenge Michael C.


Here is Michael’s story in his own words:

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?

My name is Michael Calise I am 49 years old. My wife Carol and I are Messianic Rabbis at Beth Emanuel Synagogue on Long Island New York. My story really begins over two and a half years ago when I was struggling once again with my weight and more importantly my health. I was 46 years old and weighed in at a hefty 320 lbs. If the weight wasn’t enough, I was really struggling with the simple daily activities of life. I would send my kids up and down the stairs in my home because just the thought of going up and down the stairs was exhausting.Being a lifelong asthmatic I had become accustomed to using inhalers to get relief from difficulty breathing, but I was at the point where I needed to use it all the time because I couldn’t catch my breath even at rest. I would often go to bed and struggle breathing while just lying there which worried me since I had young kids and a wonderful wife who were depending on me… Some nights I pray I would make it through the night .

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?

After my yearly physical ,the doctor told me he was concerned that the visceral fat around my organs, specifically my liver, would cause me major health problems in the near future if something wasn’t done about it. We then headed to Florida for a family vacation. Once again I found myself struggling with all the walking as well as being embarrassed by not being able to fit into some of the attractions because of my size. It still did not keep me from overeating & I still didn’t feel good.. On the drive home I was contemplating beginning a diet.. This is something that I had done many times before. I had even lost 100 lbs before and gained all the weight back plus some extra because I did it improperly. As a younger man with no help or guidance, I ate ½ can of tuna fish every day until I lost 100 lbs. As you could imagine, it was impossible to keep the weight off when I went back to regular eating. At one point, I would eat & force myself to get the food up to control my weight.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?

When we got home my wife ordered P90X & we began our journey as a family. We homeschool our children so this became their gym class. At that time my son Josiah was 14 and my daughter Abigail was 12. Anyone who has done P90X would attest it is not easy and it certainly was not for me since I was so out of shape with health issues and very obese. But we stuck with it and did what we could at first. Honestly we, or really I, clawed my way through the workouts and every week it got a little easier. At first I had to modify the exercises so I could get through the program. My family and I have been doing P90X for over 2.5 years now and I have lost over 100 lbs, but I have kept it off and so many of those health issues have gone away. I no longer struggle breathing (unless we are doing plyo) and I am really in the best shape of my life.

Why did you choose this particular program?

I had heard so many testimonies on the radio and saw infommercials of others who had success. One of the attractions was that it was something I could do at home. I knew I would not follow through if I had to go to a gym every day. It’s a lot to attribute an exercise program to changing your life but as a man of faith I believe that G-d brought P90X into my life as a tool to help me and guide me into a healthy lifestyle. I am truly grateful and thankful to Tony Horton and all involved in this program because it has helped me get my life back and has put my family on track to live and sustain a healthy lifestyle. I have reaped the benefits of this program and to me it’s more than just looking good. I tell people all the time it goes far beyond having a beach body or wearing a size 34 (although those things are great), but for me every breath I breath reminds me of the reason why this has been such a transforming experience to me.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?

I liked the variety and intensity. I never get bored with the workouts. I have been using it for over 2 1/2 years and it is still challenging. You would think after doing it for 2 1/2 years, I would know all the exercises in each routine. But the truth is, it is varied enough that I still need to check my sheets to see what is coming. My muscles still get sore after each workout. It has become a lifestyle for me and my family. Also, from the things I’ve read, it seems to me like a really great balance of strength training and cardio vascular training.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?

I look human again. Seriously, it feels great to be able to buy regular clothes off the rack and not have to go to a big men’s store. It was embarrassing trying to find clothes that would fit. A year ago I went to a rabbis’ conference with my wife. People walked right by me because they didn’t recognize me. They stopped to say hello to Carol, my wife, and then realized it was me standing beside her.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?

Everything has changed. I am 110 lbs. lighter. There has been a complete paradigm shift in everything I do. I eat clean, exercise 6 days a week with P90x. I enjoy health and fitness and have a better quality of life. The people in my congregation are always talking to me about my health habits and I am more than happy to pay it forward and help them any way I can. Now I am a Beachbody coach with a passion to see people overcome in this area of their lives as well.

Congratulations to Michael on the amazing results he got with P90X and Shakeology!

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