Hanz Rainier Arias has made his rounds on social media and news a few months ago when he posted about his fitness transformation. If you’ve read or heard about him, you’re familiar with the hashtag that became his moniker: #FromHarambeToHaramBAE. 

At 21 years old and 5’6, Hanz weighed 225 pounds. This became a wake up call for him to take charge of his health and embark on his weight loss journey. After one year of consistent work out and healthy diet, he managed to lose 65 pounds and 8 inches off his waist. Now, that’s definitely inspirational!

We interviewed Hanz to get to know more about his fitness journey and the challenges he faced. We hope that by sharing his story, you will be motivated to work harder and get closer to achieving your fitness goals.

1. What prompted you to start your fitness journey? When did you start?

I was introduced to fitness and health awareness by my cousin, Kirk Kierulf. He was really the person who motivated me and helped me in my weight loss journey. I started last year month of July.

2. What was your biggest challenge when you started your fitness journey?

Before I ventured into this weight loss journey, I was very scared. I asked myself a lot of “what if” questions. What if I fail? What if I decide to quit? What if I can’t handle the pain and struggles that come along? What if? What if? What if? As I was filling my mind with all these negativities, I suddenly remembered a quote that I came across way back in high school.

“All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” – Buddha

Perhaps the reason why I ended up here in the first place is because of how I perceived myself in the past. If I change the way I think, then maybe I would have become a different person today.

3. Do you remember how long it took you to see results?

It took 8-9 months for me to see the transformation (from zero to hero!).

4. How did you stay motivated?

My biggest motivation back then was simply losing weight. Whenever I see myself getting lighter each week on the weighing scale, it triggers me to become more hungry and driven as it made me get closer and closer to my goal. My secret for being consistent is to always show up at the gym even at times I don’t feel like it because the truth is, exercising can be boring for some but if you have a goal in mind, nothing will stop you. You must always insert exercise as part of your daily routine.

5. Do you have a fitspiration? Who is it?

Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

6. How does your workout schedule and routine look these days?

I go to the gym 5 times a week. And after each session, I follow it up with a 30-60 minute cardio workout. On rest  days, I try not to remain static. I do this by playing basketball for 2-3 hours or jogging for 10 kilometers. It may sound grueling but once your body adjusts to it, mani na lang ‘yan. Haha!

7. What’s your top 3 favorite exercises/workouts?

My top three would be bench press, deadlift and bodyweight exercises, or more specifically, pull ups and dips. I love bench pressing and i since it’s a compound exercise, meaning it engages a lot of muscle groups. It’s like hitting 2 birds with 1 stone, or even 3 or more birds for that matter. Haha! I also love pull ups and dips since these are the indicators that I’m getting much stronger. Starting out before, I could only do 1-2 reps of pull ups or dips. Today, I’m proud to be able to do 20 reps for 3 sets!

8. Do you follow a specific diet?

My diet consisted of healthy carbs (brown rice, oatmeal, wheat bread), high protein viands (lean beef, lean ground beef, chicken breast, eggs, etc.) and fruits and vegetables.

9. What advice can you give our readers on their fitness journey?

  • Track your daily calorie intake – Tracking one’s calorie intake varies with every person. Basing from an article I found online, in order to lose weight, you have to consume less than your daily caloric maintenance. So for me, whose goal is to lose weight, I was required to integrate some Math into my diet. (Don’t worry, it’s just basic! And that’s coming from someone who HATES Math and barely passed it in high school and college LOL.) So the formula for one’s caloric intake is: 16 x (Your current weight) – 500. SEE. EASYYY! When i first started, my daily caloric intake was 16 cals x 225 pounds – 500 cals = 3, 100 calories per day. As long as I was not exceeding this number of calories per day, I was basically losing weight. (And you just adjust every week as you continue to lose weight.)
  • Track your weekly progress – Small things in the long run can yield to BIG RESULTS. Every week, I would monitor the amount of weight I lost. Imagine losing 1-2 pounds per week (and that’s average). In a month, that’s 4-8 pounds of fat. To help you in visualizing how HUGE this is, I HIGHLY recommend you watch this video (like legit):

  • Sunday is cheat day!!! (FUN FUN FUN <3) – Yes, go forth and enjoy thyself!!!
  • PATIENCE. – Stay patient and trust your journey. There will be a lot of challenges along the way, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

 10. What’s next for you?

Right now, it is to improve my current body and to share my fitness experience and tips to other people so they can also achieve their goals when it comes to fitness. I want to let everyone know that nothing is impossible if you really work hard for it.

If you want to get in touch with Hanz, you can follow him on social media:

He’s also planning to launch his blog soon so check his Facebook page out: www.facebook.com/enhanzfitness.

Want to share your own #fitnesstransformation story? We’d love to feature you on our site! Send an email to squadleader@fitsquad.club or message us on our Facebook page.


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