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How Robbie Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Gain 35 Pounds of Lean Mass in 36 Months

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"I'm more confident, have more energy, and am more productive!"

Robbie's Progress

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

The pictures were taken around 3 years apart (so 36 months).

I think my body fat is around the same for each picture–probably 8-9%.

Weight in the first picture is 110 lb, weight in the second picture is 145 lb.

What has happened so far on the program?

I have a very high metabolism and have a hard time gaining weight, so I’ve been doing a lean bulk for almost the entire time. I gained 25 pounds, which is amazing considering I had been lifting for a year or two before starting Bigger Leaner Stronger.

My strength has skyrocketed–bench press went from about 115 lb to 205 lb (1RM), squat went from 45 lb dumbbells to a 235 lb back squat (1RM), deadlift went from 185 lb to 305 lb (1RM), and military press went from 85 lb to 140 lb (1RM). I did not reverse diet.

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?

The fear that it would be just another workout program that didn’t work. I actually stumbled upon your site while looking for good chest workouts.

When I read your article about the ultimate chest workout, I could immediately tell there was something different about your program because of the emphasis you put on strength (none of the programs I’d ever seen or followed even mentioned strength being a key to success). Now I know that it’s the most important thing!

What do you like most about the program?

My favorite thing about the program is the straightforwardness. Everything is very clear and makes so much sense. The results were definitely faster than I expected.

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

Again, the emphasis on strength was the biggest thing. Heavy lifting is so much more effective than the high-rep drop sets and supersets I used to do. I had actually never dieted before starting your program.

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

Definitely more confident! Also, I find that when I stop slacking and get into a good groove with lifting, I have more energy and am more productive.

Who would you recommend this program to and why?

Anyone who wants to build the body of their dreams!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Don’t skip workouts! It’s so nice to get all 5 workouts done during the week and be able to rest for two days on the weekends. Also, if there’s a body part of yours that’s lacking, try adding a few extra sets for that body part during a different workout day.

For example, I’ve always had skinny legs, so for a while I did 3 sets of back squats after back day, in addition to the full leg day. My legs got way bigger, way faster!

Did you use any Legion supplements?

I did not.

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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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