How Shane Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 54 Pounds and 13% Body Fat

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"It’s had given me much more confidence in my day to day life."

Shane's Progress

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

Two years. When I started I weighed approximately 225lbs (16th) and was about 35% body fat. The second photos show me at 175lbs and around 9% body fat. The third photo a year later is at 171lbs and around 12% body fat.

What has happened so far on the program?

When I first started I weighed around 16th so I started with a cut. My lifts were not that big I was benching around 220lbs, deadlifting 308lbs and squatting about 176lbs. I had trained for around 5 years and switched from program to program that I found in books and magazines.

When I first got into lifting I was very skinny and 10th and always wanted to be bigger so I ate huge amounts of food not really paying much attention to nutrition. After reading Bigger Leaner Stronger I realized that I could train in a different way and still eat foods I liked but paying more attention to quantity.

After around a year of Bigger Leaner Stronger I had reduced my weight to 13st and my body fat to approximately 9%. My bench press was at 275lbs, deadlift at 418lbs and squat at 309lbs. I then moved onto Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger. Then disaster struck and during a deadlift, I herniated my L5 S1 disc. I lost all feeling in my right leg from hip to toe and suffered agonizing sciatica in both legs for many months.

My right foot remained numb for around two months during which time I had to walk with the aid of a stick. This was July 2018. After some time off I slowly worked my way back to the gym easing myself back into weightlifting and although I am still not 100% fixed I am able to carry out most of the exercises I did before.

In an effort to get myself back to shape I resumed the Bigger Leaner Stronger program (without deadlifts) and worked my way back to where I am today (photo3). I am still not where I want to be and will now lean bulk before cutting again in the future

What workout split from the book did you use?

4-day split

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

Nothing the book had great reviews on Amazon and I decided it was time to get my training in order

What do you like most about the program?

I like the way it is explained and the shortness of the workouts. Before Bigger Leaner Stronger I would spend hours in the gym with little to no results.

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

It gave me a structure to my training.

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

It’s had given me much more confidence in my day to day life.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

I have and would recommend this program to any natural lifter who is looking to improve their training and body

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

There will be setbacks along the way but with the right attitude, these can be overcome. Also, the battle is with yourself and no one else

Did you use any Legion supplements?


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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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