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Longview, WA Man Wins $50,000 for Losing 82 Pounds

Million Dollar Body(TM) Is Awarding Over One Million Dollars to Help People

Lose Weight and Get in Better Shape

ANAHEIM, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Fitness website has just announced a $50,000 Grand Prize winner in its Million Dollar Body Game(TM), an ongoing incentive competition that is giving away over $1,000,000 this year to spur people to lose weight and get in shape.

In a little over a year, Longview Washington's Aaron Mathis dropped his weight from 297 to 215, decreasing his percentage of body fat from 28% to only 7%.

Aaron had struggled with his weight all his life. He was referred to with the euphemism "husky child." His weight issues resulted in his being excluded in games involving other children, and he eventually shut himself out from much of society.

Though he managed his weight during middle and high school through his involvement with sports, after he graduated he slipped back into a sedentary lifestyle. Moving through the next 12 years with a combination of poor diet, a massive soda addiction and a lazy lifestyle, he ballooned to nearly 300 pounds.

In early 2004, his wife Jessica was struggling with post-pregnancy weight, and searched for a solution. Up late one evening, surfing channels, she came across Power 90. So moved by the testimonials and transformations, she insisted that Aaron order it.

"The first weeks were brutal! Barely able to keep up with the videos, I did my best," Aaron recalled. Yet in only two weeks he dropped from 287 pounds to 268, and went "from size 42 jeans, to loose 40s."

Aaron persevered. By day 90, "the results were amazing. In three months, I went from nearly 300 pounds, to 230. 57 pounds lost!! I hadn't worn a size 36 pair of jeans since I was 18. Not only did I lose weight and inches, but my confidence was at an all-time high."

After he completed another round and a half with Power 90, he moved to P90X. While he experienced incredible weight-loss using Power 90, with P90X he discovered something he said he could have never imagined -- that "inside of him was an athlete, ripped and desperate to be let loose."

In January 2007, he entered the MDB contest weighing about 245 pounds, and 11-12% body fat. He had added roughly 50 pounds to his frame in just a couple of years using his own modified version of P90X and a high protein diet. A few weeks later, he received a call letting him know that he'd been chosen as the January $10,000 winner.

"Just prior to entering, I had chance to work out with Tony and several members of the MDB community. I had to pause several times during the workout due to lack of breath. This sent me home re-thinking my routine. It was then that I came to understand 'true fitness.' It's not just diet, not just weights, not just cardio. It's a balanced combination of the three. Beachbody had been teaching me 'true fitness' all along, and it was time to get back to that," he recalled.

Since winning the first prize, he has gone from 245 pounds (12% body fat), to 215 pounds (7%). He dropped 30 pounds (5% body fat), has significantly increased cardiovascular endurance, and has remained nearly as strong as he had been at his heavier weight

"I'm truly just your 'Average Joe.' What I have discovered is that we have the power within us to change. With diet, the right tools, a solid support system, and willpower, anyone can get started on the path to fitness," Aaron declared.

Like other winners, Aaron's story is available to inspire others. Web visitors can follow his experiences at

"This is an exciting time at Million Dollar Body as we prepare to crown our $250,000 winner," said Carl Daikeler, CEO of

"At Beachbody, we're billing these success stories as the ultimate win-win because there are no complaints -- every Beachbody and Million Dollar Body customer wins in some way. Just by following the winners' stories online, people have the extra motivation to make positive life changes and become healthier," he continued. "Obesity is an epidemic in this country. Losing weight takes perseverance and our kind of honest, healthy approach. Seeing others who put in the effort and get the results helps everyone stay motivated and focused."


Launched in January 2007, Million Dollar Body (MDB) is the peer-support division of, including the Million Dollar Body Game. MDB also houses the company's network marketing channel, giving customers the added incentive to get results and earn an income for helping others to succeed with a healthy lifestyle.


Founded in 1998 by Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon, is based in Beverly Hills, Calif., and is the creator of the nation's most popular in-home fitness and weight loss solutions. Beachbody products include Power 90(R), Kathy Smith's: Project YOU(TM), Yoga Booty Ballet(R), Slim in 6(R), P90X(R), Hip Hop Abs(R), and Turbo Jam(R), among many others. Beachbody programs combine challenging video-based fitness workouts with easy-to-follow diet guidelines, superior nutritional supplements, and an unparalleled customer service and peer-support system. The company's mission is to help people achieve their goals and lead a more healthy, fulfilling life.

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