Rock Hard Challenge Winner 2015: Mike Pendergrass

In just eight weeks, Rock Hard Challenge contestant Mike Pendergrass achieved real results with our diet and fitness program. Congratulations!

Michael Pendergrass

The votes are in and Mike Pendergrass is the 2015 Rock Hard Challenge Champion!

Name: Mike Pendergrass
Age: 26
Starting Weight: 187
Ending Weight: 180
Height: 5'9"
Location: Westchester, IL

Check out our Q/A with this year’s champion:

Muscle & Fitness: What motivated you to take on the Rock Hard Challenge?

Mike Pendergrass: I was in a slump and looking for a program that could help me achieve a body I was proud of. The guys at my firehouse had planned on giving the RHC a shot and I couldn't pass it up. I had a competitive environment to help push me past my comfort zone. It was worth it! 

M&F: Did you make any adjustments to our recommended plan? If so, what else did you add to your workout and nutrition program?

MP: I struggled with nutrition because of my sweet tooth. I had to make minor adjustments to the workout adding supplemental cardio (sprints, long distance runs, hockey) to make up for a cheat meal here and there.   

M&F: What was the most difficult part of the challenge for you?

MP: Diet has always been my struggle. My wife is an incredible cook and the guys at the firehouse love heavy meals and late night ice cream. I gained support from my wife and the guys and soon it was in my favor to have a team behind me. Both at work and home I was held accountable. 

M&F: How has your exercise and diet regimen changed since you completed the challenge? Do you hope to continue your transformation?

MP: Since the challenge I have started a new program that allows me to work split muscle groups 4 days a week. This leaves 3 days a week to prepare for an upcoming marathon this fall. I have continued to see growth and definition while rebuilding an athletic body that puts my high school self to shame. 

M&F: What are your overall fitness goals?

MP: I plan on using the tools and confidence I gained through the RHC to create a body that reflects my fitness goals. I will continue to develop a functionally strong body that aesthetically represents my hard work. 

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