How Darrel Used Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 12 Pounds and 9% Body Fat

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"I am definitely more confident and have more energy. Having people compliment me on my body has been a morale booster!"

Darrel's Progress

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

13 months: My first picture was taken in November 2017. I weighed 184 and at approximately 25% body fat. The picture in April, I had cut to 172 and approximately 16% body fat.

At the end of my journal, I was weighing 180 with about 18% body fat. I never made it to the suggested body fat percentage. I am hoping my second year will help push me in counting and staying with the suggested macros.

What has happened so far on the program?

I weighed 184 in November and cut to 172, I am currently at 180. I started the program Bench Pressing 140. I am currently pressing at 205. My squats started at 185 and moved to 225.

Deadlifts started at 225 and worked up to 275. After hurting my back I dropped back to under 200 and currently at 245. Military Press started at 115 and worked up to 125.

What workout split from the book did you use?

The 5-day split.

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

I am new to weightlifting and I needed a motivational tool. The program was suggested to me by someone that went to the same gym where I go.

What do you like most about the program?

Having a set routine with a few changes during the phases was a plus. The support of Team Legion and Team Muscle for Life have been very beneficial to me.

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

Since I am new to weightlifting this is the only program that I have tried.

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

I am definitely more confident. Having people compliment me on my body has been a morale booster. I have more energy. I want to go to the gym.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

Being in my fifties, I had no idea that I could make the changes that I have made. My wife started Thinner Leaner Stronger after I started this program. Friends and acquaintances at the gym have started the program after seeing my results.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Although I am very happy with my new body, I had a very hard time following the correct macros. If only I could follow the recommended macros, I believe the changes would be unbelievable. I am hoping to get more involved with counting them.

I have started a new Year One Challenge journal. I did not make the gains that were needed for Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger. Thanks a million Michael Mathews and the Team. I definitely need to get my body % down to the recommended level.

Did you use any Legion supplements?

I have used Legion Whey+ and Pulse on a regular basis. I have used Recharge, Phoenix, and Forge off and on during my first year. I have tried Genesis, but I did not like it.

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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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