WINNERS of Vince Del Monte's & Ben Pakulski's
HyperTrophy M.A.X. Transformation Contest

1st Place - Richard John Shanksr = $3,000 Winner

"A strategically structured approach to keep you
growing constantly…"

Vote for Dairo

Age: 30

Height: 6ft

Before stats
Weight: 195 lbs (88.6 kg)
18.8% body fat

After stats
Weight: 174 lbs (79.2 kg)
9.4% body fat

II would say the biggest advantage to following a program is that there is a plan. A plan that isn’t your own is challenging and keeps you pushing beyond your limits and comfort zones. When we ‘wing it’ at the gym without any real purpose we pick what is easy, do the same sets and weight ranges, and we don’t challenge ourselves. That is where I was before: doing what I ‘thought’ was right, but never really changing it up, and I focusing too much on my weight going up, hoping it would change my body.

Seeing the program and specifically that it wasn’t a 30 day plan and that it wasn’t a quick fix, is where the appeal was. It was a strategically structured approach to keep you growing constantly. Knowing that there were also full detailed videos to know exactly what I was doing helped me improve and to keep myself accountable. I wasn't just moving the weight and getting the exercise done, but really maximizing the workout.

I’ve dropped over 9% body fat, which was about 19 pounds (9kgs) of actual mass. I am leaner and more energetic, and I can handle whatever life throws at me a whole lot easier now. Not to mention the obvious confidence improvements that goes with looking a whole lot better. My girlfriend is also quite happy with the new improved me.

Countless people have taken notice and are asking me for advice: How did I do it? What’s the secret?

It all goes back to the basics, which this plan helps you focus on. Too many of us are looking for quick fixes that actually take us on an even longer and not as rewarding path. Have a goal, have a plan, keep focusing on the outcome, dominate!

Having the plan, knowledge and skills from the program, combined with a bit of determination, made it that easy.

Thank you for such an amazing program with epic detailed videos and the constant support and inspiration.

Richard John Shanks
Johannesburg, South Africa

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2nd Place - Joe Jose = $2,000 Winner

"This is turning out to be a career changer"

Vote for Joe

Age: 37

Height: 174

Before stats
Weight: 87 kg

After stats
Weight: 77 kg

Hypertrophy MAX has given me hope that a person can transform his body without compromising family life. In fact, I am enjoying quality time with my family and 3 kids much better than earlier. Reasons are plenty:

  • I am able to run around with kids for longer duration as I won’t get exhausted
  • I can carry my kids around rather than find reasons to leave them at home.
  • Earlier, all job related stress used to impact me at home and I was short tempered. Now, everyone finds me jovial
  • Gaining confidence to attend parties and social gatherings.
  • Able to wear latest trendy clothes without pain of holding stomach inside whenever ladies approach.

The biggest obstacles I faced before starting HMAX were:

  • Shortage of time due to office workload (used to work 12 hrs daily)
  • Family of 3 kids
  • When I became member of this program, my 3rd kid was just born. Lot of constraints to hop from office –home-hospital
  • Fear of getting injured as I never did proper weight training

My frustrations were:

  • Unable to withstand the sight of my manboobs and potbelly despite dieting and starving. I refrained from walking shirtless even at home.
  • Expensive equipment like Ab-circle pro & threadmills which wasted my time and money.
  • Even though just in 30’s, people thought I was middle aged.
  • Unable to climb stairs more than 2 floors without struggle (heavy panting!!)
  • Cannot carry my new born baby for long as hands started paining (this was an agonizing moment).

I was totally frustrated and decided to stop taking resolutions every new year but act immediately. I received an email from Dr. Charles ( about M.A.X Hypertrophy. Initially, I thought this program is only for those who have been into years of weight training and hence, ignored. However, on detailed review, I found this is the best opportunity for me to achieve my single largest goal: Losing weight and adding lean muscles at the same time.

After reading about VINCE & BEN in various articles, I felt assured that my investment (both time and money) is with safe hands. Hence, I paid for the 12 months volume at once at the beginning itself. I was criticized by my wife for spending such huge money without even knowing it which obviously given me tense moments. However, on receipt of the materials and the simple descriptions in it, made us feel this is the right program. In fact, the bonus videos (MI40 etc +primer phase) received was game- changer as I could practice the weight training basics and be ready before the materials were received.

Due to the positive response on this program, I am a regular follower of VINCE’s emails and also forward to my friends as I’m sure they can also benefit like me. I had also purchased the “skinnylicious cooking” from FLAVIA for my family due to this immense confidence.

I achieved the following results with HMAX:

  • Arms are in shape with visible Biceps & triceps
  • Waist size reduced from 37 inches to 33 inches.
  • Weight reduced from 89 kg flab to 77 kg lean muscles.
  • Hamstrings and calf muscles in shape
  • Dumbbells: struggled to lift 2.5 kg properly. Now I am regularly training on 10kg.
  • Benchpress: struggled to lift above 10kg. Now I am training with above 30kgs.
  • Can climb stairs at one go without any difficulty and even while carrying kids. In fact, I ignore the lift nowadays.

This is turning out to be a career changer as I am focusing on long term to start my own local health club. From a nobody, I feel I am living for a purpose and I can help other family persons like me to transform their life. Due to this, I am getting less worried about job security thereby helping me work stress free and spent quality time with my family.

People should know even having so much obstacles as mentioned above, if you enter into the right program, everything will change. This program is not just for professionals whose entire focus is on body building career but even for normal family men like me.

Whilst an award at this stage will be a big motivator for me and family, Irrespective of the results, I will continue my journey till I achieve my goals as I know I'm on the right track.

Joe Jose,
Bangalore, India

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3rd Place - Ben Salkeld = $1,000 Winner

"Going from AVERAGE to the BEST"

Vote for Ben

Age: 36

Height: 178 cm

Before stats
Weight: 87 kg
LBM 72.21
17% body fat

After stats
Weight: 83 kg
LBM 75.53
9% body fat

2014 has honestly been the best year of my life in terms of health and fitness and achieving my physique goals. As you can see I’ve made some significant physical changes over time and I have big plans moving forward.

My life prior to H.M.A.X training was ok, but it was stagnant. Everyone faces their own demons and challenges and I had my fair share. Getting up to go to a ‘job’ that I didn’t love 5 days a week, not having the body I desired, wanting to be able to spend more time with my children and wife, always feeling tired. I know things could be worse, but I’d lost that ‘SPARK’ that I used to carry at a younger age and I didn’t like who I was. I felt like I was just ‘cruising’ through life but not ‘living’ life so to speak. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something was amiss.

The past year had it’s fair share of challenges, while being blessed to have 2 beautiful children (18 months apart in age, 3 and 18 months old) there’s no doubt it’s freaking hard work on that has and will always be a great personal test! My wife having to go back to work 3 days a week as well to help financially made things challenging, especially with the children as we want to provide them with an amazing life and being there as a parent is so important but the grind of life has slowly taken hold. Also we’re living with my Mother in law (who I adore and it’s created a special bond between us all) while we get our finances back on track, but there’s always that voice in the back of your mind telling you you’re a bit of a failure for doing so.

Anyways, I’m a big believer in everything happens for a reason, and I remember to this day coming across your program. I’d never heard of either of you as I hadn’t been involved in the industry. I was literally doing a few training sessions a week at the local gym in class work (Boxing, circuits, TRX etc) and no weights. Focusing on just getting fit and burning fat. You know, the typical uneducated approach to the game.

After reading through your free download (I think it was the 6 tips to maximising hypertrophy) I was hooked on the world of physical change and wanted to learn more. It presented a challenge and a great learning opportunity. I love learning, it’s one of my favourite things in life especially those that are backed by science and action. I’m a very passionate person as well and felt that passion was something that had been lacking in life of recent times and I figured now could be a turning point to start on my journey to become the best MAN (father, husband, friend, son, brother etc) I can be. I believe it starts with a healthy looking physique and mind that leads to confidence and ‘ownership’ of life.

So with this as my catalysts I decided to join the program, and I’ll be honest at this stage in life, dropping $100/month on a training program was a little tough at first as it was all new, the wife wasn’t stoked and no one really understood why, but you know what – “You gotta pay if you wanna play.” After that first week of training I was hooked. I loved that each month there were new learning’s, new challenges and new ways to look at the world of physical changes.

I am now more dedicated to this space than ever and so much so that this year I completed my CERT IV PT licence, a nutrition course through the Health Sciences Academy for nothing more than just learning. I’ve then applied everything I learn to my training and nutrition and love just how adaptive the body truly is.

Since starting this journey, I’ve had a lot of feedback from friends and family who say I’m completely ‘obsessed’ but I have noticed they’re now asking me about a lot of questions around health, fitness and lifestyle. I love that everyday I learn something new, and everyday presents a new challenge. You see I’ve been a competitive person since a child and always been into sports and activities, however as I’ve grown older I’d slowly lost that edge. The last competitive piece was racing Ironman Triathlons back in my mid 20’s.

Over the past 12 months I’ve built up that INNER BEAST/FIRE back up into a roaring energy that has plenty of room for more. I now have a competition every single day – against ME. I compete in the gym, at the park even in the kitchen with nutrition.

I love that I now understand more about the world of training and what impact that has on the bigger aspects of life and am working on sharing that with everyone around me.

From a pure physical change aspect, I have more strength and energy than I’ve ever had. I look great for a 36 year old with 2 kids, so much so that I love it when I get to show up a young early to mid 20 year old!

I could go on for longer, but need to keep it tight.

Thank you both for this awesome eye-opening experience and helping me re-ignite that inner passion that so many men and women lose over time. It’s now a goal of mine to help other realise that they can re-ignite that Inner Beast as well!

Ben Salkeld
Sydney Australia

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And a big congrats to everyone of our contestants!


4th Place - Paul Vu

"HMAX helped change the way I viewed training and nutrition…"

Vote for Paul

Age: 23

Height: 168 cm / 5'7

Before stats
Weight: 75 kg
9.8% body fat

After stats
Weight: 81.5 kg
7.1% body fat

HMAX helped change the way I viewed training and nutrition all together and opened my eyes to the vast knowledge that was out there. After the results I had with mi40 and Ben's and Kassem's PEC I knew I had to continue the gains with HMAX

My main challenges before joining were trying to stay lean in my offseason and bringing up my lagging body parts which I found hard to contract.

The result: I put on over 6kg of lean muscle while losing bodyfat!! Strength gains went through the roof with the double day training. Deadlift went from 130 to 180, bench 120 to 135 and squat from 125 to 145.

As I am a personal trainer myself, HMAX has given me knowledge that I have instilled into my clients and helped them get great results.

Paul Vu
Perth, Australia

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5th Place TIE- Anthony Mantarro

"What I wouldn't give to have this knowledge back in my early 20's!"

Vote for Anthony

Age: 30

Height: 182 cm

Before stats
Weight: 96 kg
18% body fat

After stats
Weight: 86 kg
13%-14% body fat

I haven't had the greatest fitness and physique. When I was in high school, I was never overweight but my fitness was terrible, I played soccer but couldn't run a field without huffing and puffing.

When I first got bit by the fitness bug back in 2007, I managed to drop from 95kg to 75kg in 6 months. It was a great achievement and was so proud of what I had achieved and my confidence soared. I didn't achieve my 6 pack, but I was close. But as we all know, beginner gains don't last and I struggled to transform as well after this. I attempted to gain muscle from here using the mainstream bulking methods and gained plenty of fat. Subsequent bulking and cutting phases yielded poor results.

Skip a few years forward to when I first discovered Vince on the internet and youtube. Jumped on his mailing list and learned a few things. But it wasn't until I discovered MI40 that I found my potential. I managed to put on several kgs of mass with little or not fat following the guidelines. I knew from then on, I found my 2 resources for information that I would hold in high regard.

Jumping onto HMAX was daunting because of the price tag, but the knowledge I've gained and been well exceeded and keeping paying off. I've had setbacks with both finance and other commitments which has caused some drain on my confidence and motivation. But sticking to the guidelines and listening to my body, I think I have finally hit my stride. What I wouldn't give to have this knowledge back in my early 20's. What a killer body and mindset I would have :)

I believe that my fitness goals are so close and can't wait to progress further with my role models.

I also can't wait until March to finally meet Ben at the first Arnold in Australia so I can thank a mentor responsible for my growth(physically and mentally).

Thank you both for the opportunity to be a part of this community and thank you for the opportunity to be rewarded for my hard work.

Anthony Mantarro
Sydney Australia

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5th Place TIE- Kyle Gall

"HMAX is like a university education on muscle building…"

Vote for Kyle


My name is Kyle Gall from Regina Sask Canada. I am 29 years old and only started lifting after my hip replacement surgery 2.5 years ago. When I started out my goal was to rehabilitate my hip not to build muscle. After a year of rehab I decided that I wanted look like I lifted weights since I put so much time into the gym. It has always been a dream of mine to look like a bodybuilder I just couldn't do it with my bone disease. So I looked for the best trainers out there and found Vince and Ben. I liked what they where offering, a no BS scientific way do building muscle.

Well to say that I am happy with my results is an understatement. I have added 25-30 pounds of muscle this year while loosing fat at the same time. I added 4 inches to my quads, 4 inches to my chest, 2 inches to my arms and my delts have started to poop like never before. I gained 10 pounds in 16 weeks while cutting fat. This is what I was able to accomplish using phase 4-7 Max volume, Max intensity, Max Frequency, and Max Pecs. I really made a lot of gains during Max Frequency and it was a fun month.

The one thing I gained from this program is the one thing I was really looking for. This is something other fitness pro don't talk about but I feel is really important. How to perform each exercise properly and what to think about while preforming the lift. To many people just train movements without training muscles. I wanted a program that didn't just have my going through the motions. I have never found a more detailed scientific approach to muscle building than H-Max.

This was worth every dollar spent. This is like a university education on muscle building.

Kyle Gall,
Regina Sask, Canadaa

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And, in no particular order:

"Hypertrophy MAX Has Helped Me Change
My physique And My lifestyle"

Vote for Aladdine


My name is Aladdine Rafei from Mohammedia City in Morocco.

I am 25 Yo and I measure 186 cm.

I was weighting 76 Kg and I am currenly at 83 Kg.

I started at 10-12% BF range and am still there.

This program has helped me change my physique but also my lifesetyle in general. I live and preach an Hmax lifestyle ( healthy, educated in fitness and generously sharing with as many people as possible to EDUCATE AND DOMINATE).

Gaining some decent size , I have always been afraid of carbs, literally afraid never used them properly. I also have never heard of bio mechanics and training with science before and that’s in my opinion is the biggest gain I made from investing in HMAX. I have been following vince and then ben and each one of them apart was giving awesome insides about fitness lifestyle ( not only training , but also how to apply all that in a day to day life) . then I heard they actually work together in a program so I was pretty sure it won’t be anything but AWESOME.

Today, I can say with all modesty that I have made a big step toward the body I wan to achieve. But what I value the most (I am repeating my self but this is what I think is important) is all the science behind and the way they teach it.

I actually gained 6kgs in 4 months, 10 kgs in 8 months and kept almost the same body fat level, meaning that a grat deal of the gains are pure muscle. So proud of that.

I'm more than happy to share my pictures if they can motivate more people to enrol and help them change their physique, lifestyle, and LIFE in general. This program changed not only my physique but my whole life. I went from being a skinny fat dude, to a decent looking person with a decent knowledge about nutrition and training that I learned through HMAX and Hmax forums. Today I have created a fitness-page where I help people in my country to access the knowledge I have been lucky to access. And that’s ALL THNX TO YOU GUYS , SO THANK you again.

Aladdine Rafei
Mohammedia City, Morocco

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"I have achieved my goal and won my first competition…"

Vote for Husein

Age: 23

Height: 175

Before stats
Weight: 63 kg
12% body fat

After stats
Weight: Phase 6: 75kg Phase 12: 78kg*
Body fat: Phase 6: 14% Phase 12: 6.5%*

*Frome phase 8 I had to diet down for my competition

This program gave me many things that I have learned throughout my weight lifting career. It gave me goals to set, patience and a new mind set to see things differently from different perspective not just in the gym but on my lifestyle. It made me think smarter on how to train hard in a quickest way and I have benefited greatly with this program as its seen that I have won my bodybuilding completion for under 70kg open men category thanks to this program.

Biggest obstacle I had was timing, as a university student I had hard time putting gym in my schedule especially on how I use to train for at least 1hr & half without seeing much results and same exercises week in week out. When I started this program I was out of the gym in less than an hour & in some phases about 45min and the amount of work I did it felt like I trained for 2hrs! It was incredible & I have enjoyed every bit of this program!

It is my pleasure to be trained by one of the best bodybuilder in the world Ben & one of the best fitness model Vince in this program. Not only the amount of great information I learned while watching the dvd’s for the exercises but the inside stories in the phase catalogues & how to develop a great mind set within this catalogues to think like a pro & have a wider broader understanding of everything around me and this has helped me set great goals in my gym life and the outside world.

Within the 8months of starting this program I had developed about 12kg of muscle with my fat% gaining about 2% from original (12% to 14%). Then I had to concentrate on losing weight to be considered in the less than 70kg competition, so I dropped about 7kgs & lost 7.5% within 4 months of dieting. I have achieved my goal and won my first competition thanks to you guys & hopefully I will be determined to go up a category next year in the under 80kgs completion and it will be a good goal for me to achieve if I follow this program again.

Husein Al Shakarji
Townsville, Australia

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"I have learned so much from Hypertrophy MAX"

Vote for Ralph


First off, I would like to say how excited I am for convincing myself to join this contest. I never been in a competition of this nature. Which is why I decided to step out of the box and challenge myself. One of the many things I learn from Vince and Ben.

I’m 41 years old and I stand at 5’9”. At the age of 37 I was that skinny guy that turned fat, no definition, big belly and my sex drive was on a downslide. I was weighing 210 pounds at 44 percent body. Although I’m athletic played sports my whole life, I was never interested in lifting weights. I began my journey by jogging 3 miles a day, drinking more water and eating less portion. I began adding other exercises. Soon after, my waistline went from 38-40 to 32-34 and I was weighing 162 pounds at 28 percent body fat. A friend of mine recommended that I join a gym and start lifting weights to improve my appearance even more.

First day in the gym, I had no clue what I was doing. I had that feeling like everyone was staring at me and saying to themselves “that guy has no clue what he is doing.” Obvious paranoia, I joined, researching all types of information in an attempt to somewhat educate myself. I starting following Kyle Leon and doing his workouts. Through Kyle I started using Blue Star supplements, then one day I got an email advertising Hypertrophy Max.

Needless to say I was hooked from day one. It was just what I was looking for. The detailed content provided by you and Ben inspired me to not only be better in gym, it also encouraged me to apply the same principles in my real life. In disc 1 Vince, I took your advice and brought the book “Linchpin” and “The Charge.” Those books changed my entire prospective on life. From that point on I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted the total package and a better life for myself. So I enrolled in college online and choose a degree in Sports Science and Wellness.

I started Hypertrophy MAX at the beginning of the year and I have learned so much. Once I mastered the mind muscle connection, I begin seeing gains. I now weigh 175 pounds at 20 percent body fat. My goal is to achieve 180 pounds at 10 to 12 percent. I feel myself getting stronger every day. Joining this contest will always motivate me to accomplish my goal.

My future educational goal besides college are to obtain my personal training, first aid, fitness nutrition, CPR and AED certificate. I still struggle with my eating habits and I recently purchased the 4 cycle program by Shawn Hadsall. The most important thing I learned from Hypertrophy is how to believe in myself and sky’s the limit.

Ralph Rogers Jr.

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"Ever since I’m following Ben and Vince, I never stopped learning something new"

Vote for Pierre-Luc

Age: 27


Before stats
Weight: 167.5 lbs

After stats
Weight: 170.2 lbs

Ever since I’m following Ben and Vince, I never stopped learning something new. Each month, I improve my execution and I focus on small goals.

Hypertrophy MAX opens my eyes. Now, I don’t care what people say in the gym about training, because most of the time, they don’t know what they’re talking about.

For months, my biggest obstacle was my sleep. I have more responsibilities so my sleep was suffering. My mid-term goal is to manage my time, so I can sleep longer and better.

Hypertrophy MAX taught me how to use nutrition and supplementation wisely. HMAX also taught me varieties of training principles that help me achieve my fitness goals.

Once again, a big THANK YOU to Ben and Vince to share the “Secret of Bodybuilding”. I said “secret” because you will never find so much good information about bodybuilding so easily and well explain.

Pierre-Luc Poulin
Québec City, Canada

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"This program has been one of the best
and most rewarding experiences of my life"

Vote for Gunnar

Age: 20


Before stats
Weight: 213 lbs
18% body fat

After stats
Weight: 190 lbs
9% body fat

My name is Gunnar Boettcher. I’m 20 yrs old, 6’2” and 4 months ago I weighed 213lbs and 18% body fat. By the end of the program, I dropped over 20lbs of fat and cut my bf% in half- weighing around 190 with 9% bf!!

I have NEVER seen my abs before until now! I grew up my whole life being “one of the bigger kids” in almost every grade/class I was ever in. This really took a toll on me mentally. Only up until now, I have always had an insecurity of taking my shirt off in front of people and feeling judged physically… but now I don’t! Now I have an awesome 6-pack that I am very very proud of and it feels great!

This program has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. My knowledge of exercise and nutrition has increased ten fold! Before acquiring this program, I was COMPLETELY LOST in the world of fitness and nutrition and questioned everything I did. Coming from a football background and only training for strength and sport specific performance and eating whatever I wanted, I didn’t understand very much about strict hypertrophy/bodybuilding types training and how to eat properly.

Ben and Vince taught me the most biomechanically efficient ways to stimulate muscle for maximal growth. I thought their knowledge on performance nutrition and supplementation was extremely valuable too; it’s been incredibly difficult for me to find people who have that knowledge.

When I look back at where I started, I’ve come so far in all aspects of my life. I know it’s cliché to say my confidence has improved from this, but it really has. It’s a true, genuine confidence that I have never felt before. I feel like I can do and be anything I want to be.

Lastly, out of everything I’ve learned and enjoyed from this program the most, it’s been the advice and experiences Ben and Vince have shared about leading a motivated and successful life that I’ve found to be the most valuable.

Gunnar Boettcher
Mankato, Minnesota

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"Goals, consistency, structure, priorities, discipline"

Vote for Andreas

Age: 19

Height:179 cm

Before stats
Weight: 69,1kg
around 9,5% body fat

After stats
Weight: 74,5kg
around 12,5% body fat

Before I knew anything about Ben, Vince and Hypertrophy MAX, I trained mindlessly at home for 2 years - no knowledge, no precise goals, no questioning on why I didn't ever get bigger - let's call it a 2 year plateau and leave it at that.

I wanted to impress the girls, I wanted to impress myself, I wanted acknowledgement and I wanted to be an example of great success! I'm being all out honest here! I didn't work out because "I fell in love with the sport" or because I liked the movement pattern of a bicep curl.

Then by accident stumbled upon Hypertrophy MAX and looked at the transformation pictures - they did that in a year!?

So I bought it and the material was mind blowing and everything seemed to make sense. Keep in mind that these pictures are NOT the first 16 weeks of Hmax! In the beginning I failed to gain muscle! Man, I failed hard! But for every failure I got more and more stubborn because the science and the thoughts behind it were so obvious (once you knew about it!). So I twisted and reevaluated a lot of times and these 5,4kg is my greatest story of success, so far.

But this program is NOT just brains and gains! It's about what YOU want from YOUR life and how to get there! Goals, consistency, structure, priorities, discipline, circle of friends and a healthy mind. Today, I wouldn't have known the importance of all this if it wasn't for Ben and Vince and fellow Hmaxers! Any fancy quote with a fancy font and fancy colors would've never taught me that - looking myself right in the eyes while doing those pain-inflicting, never-ending squats, certainly did!

On a side note, I am now on my first year as a physiotherapist university student and new goals are written down on paper!

Andreas Amorsen

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