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How Roman Used Bigger Leaner Stronger to Lose 10% Body Fat

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"I've gotten the results I dreamed about my whole life, sounds cheesy, but it's the truth!"

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What has happened so far on the program?

I used to be a gymnast in high school and college and stopped practicing, switching over to “weight-lifting” and yoga for the past ten-plus years.

I used to go to the gym and lift the same weights, hardly ever progressing, over and over again for years, and I can honestly say that the Bigger Leaner Stronger program has been life changing.

All of my big lifts have more than doubled in weight.  I’ve gone from 16% body fat to 6%.  After almost a year on the program I’ve regained significant strength allowing me to practice gymnastics again.

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

Nothing kept me from buying the book or starting the program.  I’ve owned exercise and training books since I was 13 years old, so I own a lot of them.  I’ve tried many of these programs and been disappointed with some and satisfied with others.

After following several fitness blogs I landed on Mike’s website and read about how he had been going to the gym for years, was in good shape but not great-great shape, sort of always looking the same, without the awesome results that he was looking for.

I related immediately and decided to look into it, read his articles on Muscle for Life and noticed their research integrity.  This led me to purchase the book, which I read in a weekend and started the program right away.

What do you like most about the program?

I like how straight forward and honest the program is.

I would say that no program is easy because they all depend on a commitment to them.  This program however is very simple to commit to.  The results have been steady and are way beyond my expectations.

I thought that my body just couldn’t change, because of age and years going to the gym.  I was completely wrong.  I am in the best shape of my life and cannot wait to continue and improve even more.

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

This program is very simple compared to others.  This does not mean that it is too good to be true, just that it doesn’t have any hidden agendas, like most ones found in comparison.

The diet is similar to other science based programs but the difference is the workouts.  The workouts are explained in terms of how they are effectively breaking down your muscles and how to ensure that it is rebuilt and that it grows accordingly.  How not to overtrain them and how to not waste time in the gym for years, which is what I did.

I am in and out of the gym in less than an hour, lift heavy with correct form and rest in between sets and I’m done.  The proof is in the change my physical appearance-strength has undergone vs. the other guys that also go to the gym every morning, five days a week, and all look exactly the same way as they did when I started the program – that was also me…

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

I am definitely more confident with my body appearance.  I feel like I look “good”, even if that sounds egotistical, but it just feels good.  I am more positive with my belief in being able to achieve the shape that I am in and specially being in my late 30’s.

I wish I had found this program earlier in life just to have not wasted so many years in the gym.  Nevertheless, I am extremely sure that I have finally arrived at my last fitness program book purchase.  I will continue following Mike’s work for the rest of my “exercise” lifetime.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I tell everybody, men and women, buy these books.  Read all the articles on the website.  Read all the forum posts on the website.  They answer 99% of all questions you’ve ever had about fitness and doubts you may have.  All are answered honestly and consistently.  They are your greatest tools.  If you can’t find it in the website, one can reach out to Mike and he will help in the most sincere, no hidden agenda way.

For me, this is truly the best program in the fitness world.  Once you use all these then it is dependent on you to follow the workouts and the diet correctly.  This is the largest challenge in any exercise program, to actually stick to it accurately and to commit. Most importantly to wholeheartedly not cheat yourself.  

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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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