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The Journey

Watch the journey of Founder Josh Hines, as he goes transparent on his fitness journey of losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

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Founder Josh Hines Fitness Journey

It's Time To Take Action

2020 was a year that took a lot of us by surprise and kinda knocked us all on our backs. We're a little more than a month into 2021, and it seems that things have continued to be about the same.

But this year, we've told ourselves, "This year is going to be different."

A wise person once told me, "It's not about how hard life knocks you down that matters. It's what you do next."

I don't know about you, but I am tired of life knocking me down. It's time to stand back up and this time, with a smile.

How The Journey Works

Each week I will share an update of the previous week, sharing the following:

  • Nutrition and workouts
  • Sleep and energy levels
  • Hormones and alkaline levels
  • Emotional and psychological changes
Josh Hines

Josh Hines

Josh Hines started Second Chance Athletics in 2019. Josh approaches health from a holistic view and contributes his transformation to managing three areas of his life; physical, nutritional and emotional. By focusing on these three areas of your life, you are able to reclaim your life and reach your fitness goals.

No More Playing Victim To Life's Circumstances

It's been long enough playing the COVID card, can't keep putting life on hold and waiting for COVID to leave, we gotta do what we can with what we got.

How The Journey Works


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Where I Am Currently At



Beginning Weight: 215.9 lbs

96.8 lbs

Muscle Mass

Beginning Muscle: 86.9 lbs



Beginning Body Fat: 29.7%

Journey Overall Progress

Latest Fitness Journey Updates

Here are my personal fitness updates as I am walking through the Journey and taking back control of all the aspects of my life; mind, body and soul.

Spartan Beast Prep Week

August 29, 2021 • 2 Minute Read

So it's the week leading up to the last Spartan race of the year and I am gonna be honest, I was worried about this one. The Spartan Beast is 13 miles with 30 obstacles, they throw everything at you. It takes the average person 4-6 hours to complete. To top it all off, it's in West Virginia. Mountains everywhere!

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Keeping Your Hands Open

August 22, 2021 • 5 Minute Read

I think one of the hardest things in life to realize is that things will always come and go. Both good and bad moments fade. And after the moment has passed, it's up to us to understand them for what they are but try not to hold onto them for too long.

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Switching Up The Routine 3/3 Split

August 15, 2021 • 6 Minute Read

So this week I really want to start focusing a lot more on cardio and for two reasons: 1) Spartan Beast is at the end of the month and 2) consistent cardio is the best way to burn the extra calories.

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Spartan Super Recovery Week 2021

August 08, 2021 • 6 Minute Read

So it's Monday, and I am starting to track my week's progress but who would have thought a Spartan Super would leave you feeling wrecked, the crazy thing is, at the end of this month I will be doing a beast which is close to doubling a Super.

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Spartan Super Preparation 2021

August 01, 2021 • 3 Minute Read

So this is the week leading up to the 2021 Spartan Super in Asheville, NC and this is the first time I will be running a super which is 8K+ miles with 25 obstacles. This week will be going light but come next week, it's time to sprint the last month into victory lane.

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It's Been A While... I Know

July 25, 2021 • 7 Minute Read

So ummm yeah... it's been a while since I have made an update on here but let me explain what's been going on. This pause in posts all started with a new job.

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Why Is All The Tasty Food Bad For You?

March 14, 2021 • 5 Minute Read

So as I've been going along this journey I have really noticed that a lot of the foods I am eating, although they are quite tasty, there is usually high amounts of fat and I am not looking to join the keto club so this isn't particularly good for me. Read how I am handling this and see if you would do the same.

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We're Just Getting Started

March 07, 2021 • 6 Minute Read

So it's been a few weeks since I first started and already starting to see some shifts. The energy levels are a lot higher and the soreness has become less which is a good sign that it's time to start progressively overloading on the weights.

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How To Measure Your Progress

February 28, 2021 • 12 Minute Read

So this was the first week that the I got serious about measurements. The first few weeks were getting back into the groove, finding consistency and measuring where I was at but now it's time to start moving the needle. This week I'll share with you all the things I plan to measure and hoping to improve along this journey.

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Small Changes Over Time

February 21, 2021 • 4 Minute Read

So this week is the first week I'll start being more mindful about what I am eating as well as hitting the gym hard. Over the last couple weeks been going to gym here and there but this week going to really start going consistently and doing lots of cardio.

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Just Start

February 14, 2021 • 5 Minute Read

So it's been one week and this first week I wanted to give you a glimpse of how I have been living the last 8 months. I started going to the gym consistently last week going all 5 days but that is about the only changes I made.

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The Journey Begins

February 07, 2021 • 3 Minute Read

So one of the core values of Second Chance Athletics is Transparency, so I figured I'd share my personal journey of recovering from COVID and taking back the reins of my life. I encourage you to join me, it's time to move forward.

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The Journey program shouldn't be used as a health guide or replace conversations with a personal physician. Before starting any nutrition or physical program be sure to talk to your personal doctor. The Journey training is not physical recovery/treatment or medical treatment.

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