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My Transformation

My Transformation

Jul 6, 2011

  In January 2009, I had brain surgery (Post Fossa Craniectomy) to relieve pressure and reduce impact of symptoms. (Read more about this uncurable condition here). Long story short, I was a physical wreck. Weak, overweight, out of shape and depressed I needed to prepare to get fit for duty. After years of coaching and training some of Indiana’s top youth basketball players, and an intense interest in personal training, I began looking to devise my own plan to get back in shape. After hours on the internet doing reseach, I found P90X. Within minutes I knew it was literally the perfect functional workout for anyone and I ordered. When we first started, I remember telling Michele that all I wanted was to lose about 20 lbs. I thought that coming from a family of large, “barrel chested men” that I was destined to just be big and even said, “I could never have abs that show” because of my build.Well, I lost 15 lbs in the first round and couldn’t believe how good I felt after the first 90 days! This was even NOT doing Plyometrics through the first 90 days and even only being able to do 20 minutes of Yoga the very first Yoga X day. We took some time off during the summer before starting again. This time I was determined to put the Plyometrics DVD in, even though I couldn’t do it all the way through. I lost another 10 lbs the second 90 days. I hadn’t felt this good in years! That’s when I made up my mind to sign as a Beachbody Coach. Round 3. This is when things really began to change for me. The first two rounds were amazing and brought me out of my darkness from surgery. This round is the round that I found myself doing the workouts all the way through. I felt strong when I walked. I had amazing stamina. I was becoming a different person. I was moving beyond my own expectations. I dropped another 10 lbs but now was beginning to see an amazing transformation in my body.   In March of 2010 I was ready to step up...

My Career

My Career

Jul 6, 2011

I am a full time career firefighter and a full time BeachBody Coach. I love helping people. Everything I have gone through and done in my life has lead me right to where I am and I couldn’t be happier. I joined the Speedway Fire Department in 2003. In 2005 I was promoted to Engineer. After a short stint on an engine, I was moved to a rescue squad after a department restructuring. In January 2010 I transferred to C Shift. In August of 2009, after brain surgery, I started P90X. It changed my life. In August of 2009, I decided to share that feeling and help others change their own lives. I signed as a Beachbody Coach. I have literally helped hundreds of normal people just like you and I, realize their health and fitness goals. After years of sales jobs and various business adventures, I finally found something that I believe in. Beachbody is an amazing company from their products to their philosophy. There are so many rewards that it’s almost unbelievable. It’s not about “selling” something. It’s about “telling” people about the personal changes we experience in our lives. It’s rare when someone can say this, but I’ve found what I’m looking for. Bradley Hall is a firefighter, personal trainer and an Independent Diamond Beachbody Coach in Indianapolis, IN. He coaches people to better health & fitness for free. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter or send him an email by clicking...

My Family

My Family

Jul 5, 2011

Family is extremely important to me. They are the reason I do everything that I do.   Michele and I have been married for 20 years. Several years ago, we almost lost each other. Despite many people around us who thought for many different reasons that we should not stay together, we fought with everything we had to reconnect. It has been the greatest decision we ever made. By tearing it down, we started from scratch and found a happiness we could never imagine. She literally has become my best friend. Very simply, she is my reason.                 Z achary is my oldest son. He is a Senior at Wabash College, a highly respected private liberal arts college in Crawfordsville, IN. Wabash is commonly referred to as the “Ivy League of the Midwest”. They also are well known for their outstanding Division III football program. He was recruited to play after a stellar high school career that was highlighted by many honors that included conference player of the year, 3 years All-State and most notably a member of the Indiana Football All-Star North-South game. In addition, Zachary carried a 3.7 gpa.       Tyler is heading to play collegiate basketball at NAIA Goshen College. Tyler was recruited by several out of state Division 1, 2 and 3 schools but opted to stay close to home. His high school basketball career consisted of compiling a 61-12 as a starter, including 2 County Championships, 2 Sectional Championships, and 1 Regional Championship. His honors are All-County, All-Sagamore Conference, Sagamore Conference Player of the Year, Indy Metro West Player of the Year, and Indiana All-State. His AAU career consisted of playing for some of the top teams in the country including at 2005 AAU National Championship. He also graduated with a high gpa of 3.4.             Maleah, is the baby. She is our accidental angel. She brings sunshine and innocence into our lives daily. She is smart, spunky, artistic, loving and very independent. She loves to create anything, especially drawing and painting and enjoys playing soccer. We were blessed with the rare opportunity to get...

About Me

Introduction I am a full time career firefighter in the Indianapolis area. I am a devoted husband, loving father and a passionate Beachbody Coach who has dedicated his life to health and fitness. In January of 2009 I underwent a post fossa craniectomy (brain surgery) to relieve pressure in the skull and damage to the cerebellum due to a Arnold Chiari Malformation. Thus began the long road to getting back into shape for duty. P90X and Beachbody changed my life…literally. Originally I had hoped to lose “a few pounds” (20) and get back on duty quickly. Two years later, I’ve lost over 40 lbs and I’m in the best shape I’ve been in 20 years! Michele and I offer FREE coaching through Beachbody. We can help you get the results you want, no matter what your goals. Click here for more info. What is Chiari?I’m often asked, “What is a Chiari Malformation”. Here are some answers directly from the Mayo Clinic: Chiari malformation (kee-AHR-ee mal-for-MAY-shun) is a condition in which brain tissue protrudes into your spinal canal. It occurs when part of your skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on your brain and forcing it downward. Chiari malformation is uncommon, but improved imaging tests have led to more frequent diagnoses. The adult form, called Chiari malformation type I, develops as the skull and brain are growing. As a result, signs and symptoms may not occur until late childhood or adulthood. The most common pediatric form, called Chiari malformation type II, is present at birth (congenital). Treatment of Chiari malformation depends on the form, severity and associated symptoms. Regular monitoring, medications and surgery are treatment options. In some cases, no treatment is needed Symptoms: In Chiari malformation type I, signs and symptoms usually appear during late childhood or adulthood. Chiari II malformation is usually noted by ultrasound during pregnancy or at birth or early infancy. Although these types are less serious than the more rare pediatric forms, types III and IV, signs and symptoms still can be life disrupting. Chiari malformation type IHeadaches, often severe, are the classic symptom of Chiari malformation. They’re typically precipitated with sudden coughing, sneezing or straining. People with Chiari...

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What is Chiari?

I’m often asked, “What is a Chiari Malformation”. Here are some answers directly from the Mayo Clinic: Chiari malformation (kee-AHR-ee mal-for-MAY-shun) is a condition in which brain tissue protrudes into your spinal canal. It occurs when part of your skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on your brain and forcing it downward. Chiari malformation is uncommon, but improved imaging tests have led to more frequent diagnoses. The adult form, called Chiari malformation type I, develops as the skull and brain are growing. As a result, signs and symptoms may not occur until late childhood or adulthood. The most common pediatric form, called Chiari malformation type II, is present at birth (congenital). Treatment of Chiari malformation depends on the form, severity and associated symptoms. Regular monitoring, medications and surgery are treatment options. In some cases, no treatment is needed Symptoms: In Chiari malformation type I, signs and symptoms usually appear during late childhood or adulthood. Chiari II malformation is usually noted by ultrasound during pregnancy or at birth or early infancy. Although these types are less serious than the more rare pediatric forms, types III and IV, signs and symptoms still can be life disrupting. Chiari malformation type IHeadaches, often severe, are the classic symptom of Chiari malformation. They’re typically precipitated with sudden coughing, sneezing or straining. People with Chiari malformation type I can also experience: Neck pain (running down the shoulders at times) Unsteady gait (problems with balance) Poor hand coordination (fine motor skills) Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet Dizziness Difficulty swallowing (sometimes accompanied by gagging, choking and vomiting) Vision problems (blurred or double vision) Slurred speech Less often, people with Chiari malformation may experience: Ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus) Poor bladder control Chest pain, in a band-like pattern around the chest Curvature of the spine (scoliosis) related to spinal cord impairment Abnormal breathing — specifically, sleep apnea, characterized by periods of breathing cessation during sleep Information reprinted from...