How Hunter Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Gain 25 Pounds of Lean Mass

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"The program has been incredibly easy and the results came much quicker than expected."

Hunter's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

The before and after are a little over a year apart, but at first I did not know much about my macros and whatnot, so I just lifted heavy for a few months before reading Mike’s book. Then I began bulking for 6 months using the 6 day split from Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger.

I gained 25 lbs and then I cut and lost 26 lbs in 12 weeks. My week by week stats can be seen @hunterlapeyrefitness.

On my bulk I got up to 208 lbs then cut down to 182 lbs in the 12 weeks. I have since reverse dieted and am bulking again.

My strength has skyrocketed on the program. My lifts are as follows:

Bench Press – 205 lbs to 365 lbs

Squat – 285 lbs to 425 lbs

Military Press – 135 lbs to 225 lbs

Deadlift – 285 lbs to 545 lbs


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

I played D1 Baseball at my university and was not happy with the results from weightlifting on their program. After injuring both my knees I decided I was going to find one that works.

Eventually, after sifting through a lot of BS, I found Mike’s book and, after some research, I bought it.


What do you like most about the program?

I really like how everything is grounded in science. The program has been incredibly easy to follow (except for deload weeks haha) and the results came much quicker than expected.


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

The only other program I have followed were sports programs, so I do not have much experience with real programs.


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

The biggest change is productivity and energy. Both have gone up significantly since I began lifting regularly.


Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I would absolutely recommend this program due to it being completely based off of science. The proof is there. Work hard, be consistent and the results come.

Don’t get frustrated. Achieving weightlifting goals is definitely a journey, so it will take time. Just enjoy the process.

If everyone gained the muscle as quickly as they wanted, they wouldn’t be able to lift after a couple of years and we’d all look like Arnold.

I also used all of Legion Athletics’ supplements during my transformation. 🙂


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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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