"I'm so much more confident with myself now!"
How many months’ progress do your pictures represent? What were your stats for each picture?
These pictures are about four months apart. In the first one, I’m about 175 pounds and 17% body fat. I had two major surgeries in 2019 and in total, I was out of the gym for almost 10 months. During that time, I stopped watching what I ate so I got kind of fluffy. I started working out again in March of 2020, and my cut lasted until early July. By the time I finished, I was 10% body fat and weight 160.
What has happened so far on the program?
I used the principles from Bigger Leaner Stronger to cut for a solid four months, dropping 15 pounds and about 7% body fat. The dieting principles outlined in the book, in conjunction with the Legion TDEE calculator, made the weight loss effortless.
My strength shot up as soon as I got back into the gym in June. My big four lifts when I started up again were as follows: Bench – 195 x5, Deadlift – 225 x5, Overhead Press- 130 x 5, and Squat 205 x 6.
Currently, my numbers are: Bench – 220 x5, Deadlift – 275 x 5, Overhead Press – 145 x 5, and Squat – 245 x5. Not too bad for just over a month! I went up significantly in every single lift while LOSING weight. If you ask me, that’s pretty cool. Now that I’m about to start lean bulking, the sky’s the limit. I’ll be back to my pre-injury numbers in no time.
What workout split from the book did you use?
I used the 5-day split. I’ve been using it ever since I found Bigger Leaner Stronger in 2015. I love being in the gym, so lifting 5 days a week is a no-brainer.
What, if anything, almost kept you from buying the book or starting the program?
I found Bigger Leaner Stronger on Amazon about 5 years ago, and as soon as I saw the product page, I knew it was for me. There were so many amazing testimonials, and Mike made everything super simple while backing up every claim with myriad studies. It was pretty clear that this program was the real deal, so there was no hesitation on my part to give it a shot.
Before Bigger Leaner Stronger, I had been doing mostly Youtube workouts from juiced up bodybuilder types. I made some gains, but I didn’t understand the “why” of what I was doing. Bigger Leaner Stronger helped me to understand the basics, and I haven’t looked back.
What do you like most about the program?
I think my favorite thing about Bigger Leaner Stronger is that it’s structured to where you’re always pushing yourself. There are no burnout sets, drop sets or AMRAP sets that you see some people doing just to showboat. It’s you, heavy weight, and a few seconds of complete concentration on every set. If you really want to progress, you have to take it seriously and follow the structure, and that appeals to me.
How does this program compare with others you’ve tried?
I hadn’t tried too many programs before Bigger Leaner Stronger— I was lucky enough to stumble upon it early in my fitness journey, but it has not disappointed. I’ve yet to really stall on any major lift, and, regardless of how much I blow my diet or skip an occasional workout, I know the foundation has been laid for success the moment I jump back on the horse. It’s simple, and it works.
How has what you’ve achieved with your body changed other areas of your life?
I’m so much more confident with myself now. I’ve always been shy and reserved, but transforming my body has certainly helped with that. Quite frankly, I used to be scared to talk to girls, but now a lot of times, they’re coming up and talking to me.
I get compliments quite a bit, and that’s always a great feeling. My friends started asking me for workout advice. When I was in college, people who didn’t know my name referred to me as “the really buff guy with long hair.” It’s been a crazy turnaround.
From a less vain standpoint, the discipline I have learned from practicing Bigger Leaner Stronger has been the real gem of it all. Everything I do now is routine-based. I don’t have to think about much anymore, I just do it. It’s helped me advance in my career and in my personal goals.
This one may be an overshare, but I’ve struggled with alcohol consumption in the past, and Bigger Leaner Stronger has been a wonderful help on that front. I know I won’t want to go to the gym if I’m hungover from the night before, and my constant drive to get stronger and look better mitigates any desire I have for booze.
Who would you recommend this program to and why?
Literally anyone, whether the said person has never picked up a dumbbell or if they’ve been hitting the gym for years. The principles in Bigger Leaner Stronger work. I think a lot of people are scared to lift heavy weight at first because it can be intimidating or they’ve been misinformed.
Bigger Leaner Stronger does away with those misconceptions and the results are indisputable. I’ve loaned the book to my family members, and any time someone asks me how I changed my body, I send ’em this way.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
If you’re on the fence, if it’s about this program or working out in general, just give this a whirl! If you can stick with it for a few months, it’ll become a part of your lifestyle and you won’t want to give it up. You’ll be happier, healthier, and you’ll love what you see in the mirror.
On a personal note, I was really discouraged after my two surgeries, to the point where I wondered if I should stop working out for good. Deep down, I knew that wasn’t the answer, and even if I couldn’t do things to the same level I once could, if I got right back at it, positive changes would ensue. They have, and I feel so much better for it. I feel kinda bad for even questioning the process in the first place.
Did you use any Legion supplements?
I am the absolute biggest proponent of Forge. I train fasted during all of my cuts, and I can’t imagine doing so without it. You feel better, and you know that you aren’t going to lose much muscle because the formulation is designed to mitigate that. Combine that with some Pulse (which is undoubtedly the best pre-workout I have ever tried) and Phoenix with your meals, and cutting down to sub 10% body fat is a breeze.