You cannot calm the storm. You can only adjust your sails. *insert rant warning* Today I announced the winners of my free-entry contest, Summer Shredding. This contest was simple. Send in a "before" video, send an "after" video 90 days later, and have the chance to win a chunk of the $25,000 prize money that I'm personally putting up for grabs. Narrowing down the final submissions literally brought me to tears. Words can't describe the feeling of gratification this contest gave me.. I hope that everyone who participated in this competition (that had over 26,000 entries) knows that "win" or "lose", I'm damn proud of you.... It's sad to say, but I had a gut feeling before announcing the winners today that no matter how I approached the video, people would respond negatively. Because of this gut feeling, I decided against showing the transformations on YouTube. I couldn't stand the thought of letting the internet and my pre-anticipated toxic comment section take away from my winner's joy. I refuse to open up these hard-working participants to ridicule, comparisons, and negativity. Not every transformation was about being the most shredded or losing the most amount of weight off the scale. The winners were chosen based on personal growth and their journey. To be real with you guys, today saddened me.. WITH ALL OF THAT SAID, I want to remind you all that no amount of negative energy should EVER stop you. Together we have the power to bring eachother up instead of tearing eachother down. Together we have the power to change the "human nature" mentality that is sadly drawn towards tearing others down, leaving salty comments, or saying someone doesn't deserve something because you apparently deserve it more. If you competed in this competition, be happy for those who "won", but more importantly, be happy with yourself for changing your life for the better. This year I sparked over 26,000 people to take initiative and set a goal towards achieving a better physique. I'll never stop pursuing what I've committed my life to doing, which is offering value to others. Love you guys.