– We noted recently that Michael Cole dropped 65 pounds in 11 months. He has a new interview on WWE’s website where he reveals he lost the weight with the help of his trainer, Jesse Marines of jmprogram.com, who Cole credits for his dramatic weight loss. Cole commented on what led to the transformation:

“It was the perfect storm. All factors came together at once last October; getting older, being on television on a weekly basis, my metabolism slowing down, being unhappy when I looked at myself in the mirror and my energy wasn’t what it used to be. I was climbing mountains, and the big mountain that we tried to climb was Grand Teton in Wyoming. We got snowed off the mountain at 12,500 feet and even if we didn’t get snowed off, I knew inside that I wasn’t going to be able to finish the climb. I knew I wasn’t in shape to do it. All of those things combined made me realize that I needed to make some life changes.”

Cole also commented on where he’s at now:

“I started at 226 pounds with 29.9 percent body fat and as of today, 11 months later, I weigh 169 pounds with 6.5 percent body fat. I was down 65 pounds, but I’ve put on a little weight because we changed my diet and added some calories. I feel better now at 48 years old than I did at 21 years old.”

Check out this before and after photo: