Free Shipping & Returns
100% Money-Back Guarantee
Legion Coaching Legion Coaching Legion Coaching

How Ben Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 31 Pounds and 15% Body Fat


"Losing weight challenged me emotionally to face various beliefs I had about lovability, safety, self-expression, etc."

Ben's Progress

Progress Image Before
Progress Image 12 Months
Progress Image 12 Months
Progress Image After

How many months’ progress do your pictures represent? What were your stats for each picture?

The pictures are separated by roughly 12 months. I started at 182 pounds and dropped to 151 pounds. I never took body fat numbers. I assume it dropped by more than 15%.

I suspect I am around 10%-11% right now and assuming 3 pounds of new muscle over the year to account for strength gains, that would have put me at about 27% body fat at the beginning. From comparative pictures, I would say that’s fair.

What has happened so far on the program?

The cut went on for 12 months. There were breaks along the way, over the holidays, work trips, and vacations, but generally, I was attentive to what I was doing. I lost 31 pounds of body fat, at least, not figuring for increases in muscle mass.

My deadlift went from 155 to 255 (5 reps)
My back squat went from 135 to 225
My front squat went from 105 to 185 (4 reps)
Pull-ups got a lot easier. My PR with chin-ups is 15.
Ring dips 15.
Wide grip Pull-ups 10.
Push-Ups 50.
Handstand push-ups facing the wall 10.
These all doubled, more or less from the beginning.

What workout split from the book did you use?

I worked out 5 days per week. Every week. I started with the push-pull leg pattern but then started designing my own full-body workouts with an eye towards balancing unilateral leg movements with bilateral. And, also paying attention to vertical vs horizontal pushing and pulling. Mixing it up kept things interesting to me.

What, if anything, almost kept you from buying the book or starting the program?

I was looking for something. I really don’t like cardio that much, so it was an easy pick. The author was obviously fairly grounded and presented ideas in ways that were hard to argue with. Lol.

What do you like most about the program?

The program was about as difficult as I thought. I was fortunate in that my wife got on board with lifting and focusing more on her diet as well. Results were a long drawn out affair, but slowly, they kept coming. Looking back, I think it would have been wise to do a 6-week bulk maybe a couple of times during the year. Increasing my muscle mass would have made it easier to burn fat. Learning as I go.

How does this program compare with others you’ve tried?

I haven’t really done other programs. Pushing iron around is different than my background in bodyweight training. It has been fun to learn and integrate into my training.

How has what you’ve achieved with your body changed other areas of your life?

Dropping the fat has let me sleep better, no more snoring, no more joint aches in the morning (remember I am 53). Setting strength PR’s at my age is really far out and inspiring to see what else is possible.

Losing weight challenged me emotionally to face various beliefs I had about lovability, safety, self-expression, etc. So, shedding fat was also shedding the past in ways I would not have predicted. And this shedding of the past process has allowed me to feel more comfortable being myself.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

I would heartily recommend this program and have done so. It’s fact-based. The results are measurable. Its focus is really body positive and I think just about everyone would benefit from being physically more powerful.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

My advice would be to go for it. Don’t hold back. Look at it like an experiment. You can always go back to your old way of doing things if you don’t like the results.

And, find a way to fall in love with the workouts. Keep them fun, with music, good company, private focus, visualizations, whatever it takes.

Did you use any Legion supplements?

I did not use any. My wife tried some of them.

Readers' Ratings

5/5 (3)

Your Rating?

Want to become a success story too? Here's how he did it

The program that made this transformation possible:

The meal plan that makes building muscle and losing fat easy and enjoyable:

If you enjoyed this article, get weekly updates. It's free.

100% Privacy. We don't rent or share our email lists.

You May Also Like

Our Most Popular Evidence-Based Articles

Our "It's On Us" 100% Money-Back Guarantee

No matter what you decide to buy, you're always protected by our ironclad, 100% money-back guarantee that works like this:

If you don't absolutely love our stuff for whatever reason, you get a prompt and courteous refund. No forms to fill out or hoops to jump through.

That means you can say "yes" now and decide later. You really have nothing to lose.

Free Worldwide Shipping & Returns

Many companies use shipping and handling fees to increase their profit margins, but here at Legion, we hate profits so our shipping is 100% free!

Okay, we do dig on profits, but we also go in for happy customers, and free shipping works like gangbusters.

So, if you live in the United States, your order ships free regardless of order size, and if you live anywhere else, your order ships free when it’s over $199.

Why the restriction on international orders? Unfortunately, shipping abroad is very expensive, and if we didn’t require a minimum order size, we’d lose a lot of money.

That said, as most international customers spend about $200 with us each time they shop, this setup is a win-win.

And no matter what you decide to buy, you’re always protected by our ironclad, 100% money-back guarantee that works like this:

If you don’t absolutely love our stuff for whatever reason, you get a prompt and courteous refund. No forms to fill out or hoops to jump through.

That means you can say “yes” now and decide later. You really have nothing to lose.

Clinically Effective Doses

Great ingredients aren't enough to make a great product—you also need correct doses.

That’s why we use the exact doses of every ingredient that have safely produced the desired benefits in peer-reviewed studies.

Made in USA

Where your supplements are made matters, because rules and regulations regarding quality and purity differ from country to country.

And if you want to ensure the supplements you’re swallowing every day are safe and effective, you want products produced in the USA.

That’s why all of our supplements are made in America in NSF-certified and FDA-inspected facilities that operate in accordance with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations.

We pay a premium to work with the best manufacturers in the country, but it’s the only way we can also produce the best all-natural sports supplements.

Lab Tested

Did you know that studies have shown that many supplements contain dangerously high levels of toxins like lead, arsenic, and cadmium?

Not ours.

Every ingredient of every supplement we produce is tested for heavy metals, microbes, allergens, and other contaminants to ensure they meet the strict purity standards set by the FDA.

Naturally Sweetened & Flavored

While artificial sweeteners may not be as dangerous as some people claim, studies suggest that regular consumption of these chemicals may indeed be harmful to our health and that more research is needed.

That’s why all of our supplements are naturally sweetened and flavored and contain no artificial food dyes, fillers, or other unnecessary junk.

Science-Backed Ingredients & Doses

Unlike some supplement companies, we don’t sell dubious white labeled or off-the-shelf formulations.

Instead, our custom and unique formulations are the result of extensive reviews of the scientific literature to discover the most effective ingredients for each.

Buy now, pay later.

Split your entire online purchase into 4 interest-free payments, over 6 weeks with no impact to your credit.

payment break down 25% today, 25% 2 weeks, 25% 4 weeks, 25% 6 weeks


2 weeks

4 weeks

6 weeks

Here's how to Sezzle

Step 1 - shop the store


Shop and add items to your cart as normal!

Step 2 - checkout at the store


Choose Sezzle at Checkout! You’ll be redirected to Sezzle to Sign Up or Log In to complete your order.

Step 3 - Select Sezzle and Sezzleit

Sezzle it

Your order will be shipped out right away* and your payments will be split up over 6 weeks.

*shipping times subject to merchant shipping policy

Download the App

Shop directory. Reschedule payments. Plus more!

Waiver and Release of Liability

In consideration of the services and/or products offered by Legion Athletics, Inc. (“Legion”) including, but not limited to, nutrition plans, exercise routines and coaching, and in addition to the payment of any fee or charge:

I knowingly and voluntarily enter into this waiver and release of liability and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of action of any kind whatsoever arising out of my use of Legion’s services and/or products, and I hereby release and hold harmless Legion and its consultants, officers, contractors, agents, owners and employees from any and all responsibility, liability, cost and expenses, including for injuries, damages or disorders (physical, metabolic, or otherwise), resulting from my use of Legion’s services and/or products.

I understand that fitness activities including, but not limited to, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercise, with or without the use of equipment, are potentially hazardous activities that involve a risk of injury and even death, and I am voluntarily participating in these activities and using equipment and machinery with knowledge of the risks involved. I hereby agree to assume and accept any and all risks of injury or death related to said fitness activities.

I understand Legion’s services and products are not meant to treat or manage any health conditions or circumstances, and I acknowledge that Legion has recommended I obtain a healthcare provider’s approval for my use of Legion’s services and/or products, through regular physical examination(s) and/or consultation. I acknowledge that I have obtained my healthcare provider’s approval or have decided to use Legion’s services and/or products without such approval and hereby assume all responsibility for my use of said services and/or products.

I understand that results from using Legion’s products and/or services are not guaranteed, and I agree to not hold Legion liable for any outcomes or lack thereof.


Security Check

Please click the checkbox below. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Fact Checked

Our scientific review board of nutritionists, dietitians, molecular biologists, doctors, and other accredited experts is responsible for reviewing every article, podcast, and video we produce to ensure they’re evidence based, accurate, trustworthy, and current.

Thanks to their connections, credentials, and academic experience, this team of MDs, PhDs, and other professionals has access to a wealth of research published in the largest and most prestigious journals in the world.

This allows them to not only review individual studies but also analyze the overall weight of the evidence on any and all topics related to diet, exercise, supplementation, and more.

If you feel that any of our content is inaccurate, misleading, out-of-date, or anything less than factual, please let us know in the comments section of the article in question.

Evidence Based

We follow a detailed, rigorous, multi-step process to create content that meets the highest standards of clarity, practicality, and scientific integrity.

First, our research associates provide our editorial team with accurate, up-to-date, proven scientific evidence.

Then, our editorial team uses this research to draft articles and outlines for podcasts and videos.

Finally, our scientific review board reviews the content to ensure all key information and claims are backed by high-quality scientific research and explained simply and precisely.

If you feel that any of our content is inaccurate, misleading, out-of-date, or anything less than factual, please let us know in the comments section of the article in question.