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How Grant Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 120 Pounds in 16 Months

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"I lost over 120 pounds and no longer have to worry about my health!"

Grant's Progress

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

There are three periods of time from which these pictures are derived: Before the initial weight loss, after the weight loss, and after gaining strength.

It took a year and a few months to go from upper 280’s down to 160 pounds.

What has happened so far on the program?

The weight loss period lasted for about a year and a few months. Once that served its purpose, I began to make strength a priority. Around this time is when the gym became a familiar setting for me. After a year of experimenting, reading articles, picking the brains of fitness authorities, and changing routines, Mike’s articles and podcasts slowly made their way into my bookmarks, and we began writing back and fourth.

Among a few others whose help and advice I am very thankful for, Mike shed a little more light on heavy lifting, compound exercises, and the priority of strength gains versus anything else. Much of our conversation was me giving him an idea of what I was doing and him giving me his ideas and arguments to validate or challenge my ideas, supported by empirical data and feasible evidence.

We went into a lot of detail about nutrition as well, which was approached the same way. This included the importance of moderate indulgence. After all, we eat to live and we lift to live.

What workout split from the book did you use?

After having experimented with different splits including a German Volume Training 7-day split with heavy sprints, my routine was refined into a more efficient, resistance training-emphasized regimen with a little cardio here and there when needed.

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

I was already too deep in to even consider jumping ship…

What do you like most about the program?

When Mike and I spoke, it was very concise, to the point, and without bias. There’s only a small handful of people who are interested in the quality of the information they share, and not the benefit THEY receive from sharing. You can tell right away, most of the time, if there are underlying opportunistic motifs within their words. None of that with Mike.

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

As I said, there’s a million people out there with the same kind of information who hold it hostage for their own benefit.

Along with a handful of others in the fitness world today, I can always hear the knowledgable passion and care in Mike’s words when we talk, and it’s quite obvious he just wants to share the wealth.

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

There are a trillion and a half aesthetic benefits from going through this kind of transformation. Sure, that’s great and all, but the overall changes one experiences as a human being far outgrow the immediately noticeable surface adjustments.

With your body, grows your mind. With your mind, grows your spirit. A lot of this has to do more with what you DON’T have to worry about–health issues down the line.

To move with a lighter step. To exist with less pain and encumbrance. Beyond that, it’s all extras. It’s nice though, the extra stuff.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

Mike’s a great gentleman. He’s enjoyable to talk to and he’s easy to trust. Everything we talk about always ends with an article or two, or a scientific explanation for his arguments.

If it doesn’t allow you to rest assured knowing that what he offers is truth, at least you don’t have to dig around about everything he said–he’s done the “heavy lifting” himself!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Throughout this path, many become lost and hyper-focused on the tools and vessels with which they try to achieve their goals. This is dangerous and will present a series of diminishing returns if not amended. Eyes on the prize.

Did you use any Legion supplements?


In all seriousness, from what I’ve read, all of Legion’s supplements are fully disclosed, well-developed, and unadulterated by fillers and cheap substitutes. They’re not biased in the way they market it, and they certainly don’t make you feel like you absolutely will not succeed without them.

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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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