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How Jennifer Used Thinner Leaner Stronger to Gain 5 Pounds of Lean Mass

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"I’ve gained about 5 pounds, but I’m the leanest I’ve ever been!"

Jennifer's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

I started Mike’s program in May 2013.  At that time I weighed around 99 lbs. and body fat percentage was around 21%.  In January 2014, I did a bulk until June 2014, and I got up to 110 lbs. with a body fat percentage of 22%.  From June-September, I did the Shredded Summer contest and got down to 103 pounds with a BF% around 15%.  I’m currently doing a slow bulk and looking to get up to 115 lbs!

Overall I’ve gained about 5 pounds, but I’m the leanest I’ve ever been!  My strength has definitely improved from where I started.  Strength-wise, progress is a bit slow since I have scoliosis, but I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made both from an aesthetic and a health standpoint!

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

After reading some of Mike’s free download books and emailing him, I got a sense that he was the real deal, so I purchased Thinner Leaner Stronger.  I was a little hesitant to start barbell weightlifting because I have scoliosis, but in actuality, weightlifting has been the best thing for my musculoskeletal system.  I had tried other programs in the past and just wasn’t seeing or feeling the results.

What do you like most about the program?

I like that the program emphasizes heavy, compound lifting and emphasizes the basics- squat, deadlift, bench press.  I also like Mike’s approach to nutrition, which is a big factor that is often overlooked.  I really like that the program is split over 5 days.  I’ve been doing this program consistently for the past year and a half and I have yet to get burned out (and I don’t anticipate getting burned out!)

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

This program is tried, true, and honest.  Other programs have a lot of hype, lies, or unrealistic expectations (especially for women).  This program is backed by scientific research along with personal experiences and successes, making it a program that can work for just about anyone.  IIFYM, or flexible dieting, is the best diet plan in my opinion because it’s realistic, practical, and is something that can be done long-term.

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

I have more confidence and energy!  I was never really athletic or into exercise until I started Mike’s program.  Now I’m hooked on weightlifting!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

There really aren’t many good weightlifting or even strength training programs out there for women.  Most exercise programs generally advocate high cardio, high reps/low weight, or starvation diets that leave you feeling miserable.  It wasn’t until I started to lift heavy and eat MORE that I started to look and feel better.  Bulking is a huge mental battle especially for women, but it’s one of the best things I’ve done.  You need to eat enough to fuel your workouts and then you’ll start to see your body change for the better!  Weightlifting is also very beneficial for women, because it improves bone density and helps prevent diseases like osteoporosis.

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Mike Matthews is a bestselling fitness author of Bigger Leaner Stronger, Thinner Leaner Stronger, and The Shredded Chef, as well the founder of Legion Athletics.

His simple and science-based approach to building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy has sold over a million books and helped thousands of people build their best bodies ever, and his work has been featured in many popular outlets including Esquire, Men’s Health, Elle, Women’s Health, Muscle & Strength, and more, as well as on FOX and ABC.

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