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In this episode, I interview Brian, who used Bigger Leaner Stronger to bulk up from an atrophied 150 pounds to a jacked 220 pounds.

Like many guys, Brian learned everything he knew about fitness from magazines. He was following bro splits and celebrity workouts, taking every supplement under the sun, and hardly paid attention to his diet. And thanks to the majestic power of newbie gains, he still made progress despite all this.

But then everything changed.

Brain was the victim of a crime that landed him in a 6-day coma. When he woke up, his body had atrophied to an unrecognizable 155 pounds.

The good news is Brian didn’t give up, and he got back in the gym, determined to heal his body. He experienced newbie gains for a second time thanks to muscle memory, but progress began to stagnate.

Along the way, a friend introduced him to Bigger Leaner Stronger, and that’s when things really started to change. Brian learned about progressive overload, how much protein he should be eating, how to track his workouts, and more. And now Brian is lean and jacked at 225 pounds, and in the best shape of his life.

In this interview, Brian and I talk about his story and the important lessons he’s learned along the way, including what he was doing with his diet and training before finding BLS, how not eating enough held back his progress, how tracking his workouts lead to rapid progress in the gym, how alcohol became a crutch as he dealt with PTSD from the attack, and more.

So if you’re looking for a jolt of inspiration and like motivational stories, I highly recommend you listen to this episode.


8:29 – Where were you at before Bigger Learner Stronger and what drove you to find it?

19:02 – What were the major diet and exercise changes after you woke up from your coma?

34:03 – How has alcohol played into your meal plan?

41:09 – Where do you want to go from here?

46:14 – Where can people find you and your work?

Mentioned on the show:

Books by Mike Matthews

Legion VIP One-on-One Coaching

Brian’s Instagram

Brian’s Website (The Shredded Sommelier)

What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!