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Muscle for Life Success: Alixia B.


"I've managed to gain so much more definition and muscle than I ever have."

Alixia's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

The program was so awesome for me I managed to go from 105lbs at 16% body fat to 127lbs at 11% body fat. I’ve noticed some huge differences in my muscular tone and size in a good way. I have way more definition and I am much leaner and fitter than I have ever been. Not to mention, I am the strongest I’ve ever been and that is such a rewarding confidence booster!

Having a structured layout with the primary focus on compound heavy lifts was amazing, it also made working out more fun because I was excited to see how much more I could lift over the course of the weeks.

Being a small girl and lifting those heavy dumbbells/barbells felt amazing. Gives a great sense of confidence I think every woman should experience. Most women are afraid to bulk from lifting heavy weights, but I found that I look curvier and feel so much better in my skin.

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

Nothing was stopping me from buying the book, I had followed muscleforlife.com and read all his great articles and knew that Mike knew what he was talking about. I then heard him on a podcast and immediately went to buy the book.

What do you like most about the program?

What I like most about the program is looking forward to lifting weights. Women tend to steer away from that so it’s great to show them that woman should be doing them also. Scoot over guys, we need to bench press too.

The program is also great because it teaches people how to eat properly as well as train correctly. I am a certified trainer, so I loved everything Mike broke down in the book from doing heavy compound lifts to how many calories and macros one should be eating. It’s exactly how I teach my clients to eat and lift.

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

I haven’t tried very many other programs but I see a lot of high volume, low weight bodybuilder type programs out there which don’t end up changing the body as fast. I also don’t like the look those workouts give you.

Strength based lifts really brings out your natural genetics and from there you can add isolation type exercises to manipulate the body a little more.

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

Confidence for sure. I’ve been told I walk around like I own the gym but it’s just because I am strong and confident and in my zone. It feels great to lift those heavy plates with ease and spot my male clients with no problem. It’s also awesome to demonstrate a lift with the same weight as them!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Just thank you so much, I’ve never seen my body change this much and am looking forward to competing in my first bikini bodybuilding show this year! I am always learning and am super appreciative for all the awesome information you’ve provided.

I highly recommend this program! HIGHLY. Especially for women. Lifting for strength and following this program will change your life. It showed me that following a structured program is key for results over time and just makes going to the gym that much easier.

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  • Debbye S. Sparks

    Hey Mike, I’ve read your books, thanks for all the help and info!
    I’ve been reading your articles too, and I’ve been doing fasted training since I can recall and just now I realized is a “new trend”I’ve been taking pulse also for like a month now and Phoenix. I’ve been training hard, I used to be a cardio bunny but now I’m all about lifting as heavy as I can, and I’ve achieved some gains, but I feel I just hit plateu, I can’t lose more body fat, I’m in about 25-26% I would say. My question is: You I should stop my fasted training? I end up really tired.. Like I feel I push myself but at the end of the workout I feel so weak. I workout in the mornings. I was thinking that the reason why I can’t lose more body fat since I’ve been watching what I eat (following your macros recommendations: I’m 145 so I do like 190g protein 140-145g carbs 28g fat) and working out is because of that.. too much stress… too much cortisol? What do you think?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for the support and you’re doing great! I love it.

      Hmm how long has your weight/body fat % remained the same for?

      • Debbye S. Sparks

        It has stayed the same for like 3 weeks now, may be more, cause it has fluctuated like 1/2 lb
        I do do cardio, once I week I go for a run and usually at the gym as a warm up, nothing more than 15 min on the stairs machine or elliptical. Also do hiit at the end of my workouts (burpees/battle ropes and burpees/jumping jacks)

        • Michael Matthews

          Okay cool. If I were you I would add in 3 x cardio per week. I prefer HIIT:


          And what is your cheating like? How many times per week and how bad?

          • Debbye S. Sparks

            Hah! You caught me there, once a week, during the weekends, 2 -3 glasses of wine or vodka and soda.

            Yea I do HIIT like 3x a week after my workouts, that’s how I like to finish them. I like to run on Saturdays though, it’s my relaxing time.
            I’m thiking I’m eating too little carbs.. since I’m having a hard time building muscle, may be I need to go up to 190g?

            And yes, I will give up on alcohol lol my body is having a really hard time handling it, it’s getting worse, I can even drink 2 glasses of wine without having a headache the next day, it’s not like a hangover, I just feel extremely tired and down, sucks. Not worth it.

            Thanks for answering btw

          • Michael Matthews

            Alcohol itself isn’t necessarily a problem, but what is your food intake like when you’re cheating?

            Cool on the HIIT.

            No you don’t need more carbs. You’re looking to lose fat so we don’t want to increase food intake ATM.

            Reducing alcohol intake isn’t a bad idea but a little bit every week isn’t going to hurt. Check this out:


          • Debbye S. Sparks

            oh cool! My social life won’t suffer that much lol

            I only cheat when I go out to eat, let’s say mexican or chinese? and even then, I order chicken fajitas or I eat broccoli beef or chicken minus the white rice, once a week, sometimes friday or sunday, it depends. I don’t do burgers or fatty stuff like that, I just can’t, I’m gluten intolerant, I get my carbs from sweet potatoes, brown rice and corn tortillas, fruits and veggies

          • Michael Matthews

            Okay cool it sounds like that isn’t a problem then.

            It may be time to reverse diet to speed your metab up a bit:


          • Debbye S. Sparks

            Thank you, that sounds like my problem… leptin levels must be messed up >.< I'll try and I'll let you know! Just bought your shredded chef book!

          • Michael Matthews

            Cool. 🙂 LMK how it goes and how you like the recipes!

  • Jules

    Hey Mike, I appreciate all of your responses! I know I ask a lot of questions haha. So for Alicia, do you know if she gained any body fat along the way? I think it would be fabulous if you could ask your success stories to show their progress each month, even if they aren’t where they want to be. Sometimes seeing the drastic before and after is intimidating and people forget that in between you may not look so fabulous. I would love to have future progress stories feature the “in between” and maybe, if you want to go more in depth, how much weight/ reps they progressed with every 1-2 months. It would really make the transformations seem like an attainable goal and it would show how you really do start small and build up from there 🙂 just an idea! Also, if you could ask Alicia if she has a website or blog? I’d love to find some more progress photos and maybe some more on how she felt along the journey ! I’m always inspired by your motivational articles, yes, training and nutrition is key, but I think mindset thought will make you or break you. Especially when you start a program and may not notice little changes month to month, which can make a person feel like they are spinning their wheels.

    Also wondering what your take is on lyle McDonald’s PSMF. I once ate this way and surprisingly kept it up for 1 year while staying lean and doing cardio. I liked my look, but after a period I took it too far and ate too little protein, my body ate up muscles and held onto fat. Would it be absolutely idiotic to try this again, but for a shorter time period? Or, since I ordered your custom meal plan, should I stick with that and give it time? If I stick with your plan, can I expect to loose body fat and keep my lean muscle? Even gain some muscle if I am training? On your custom plan, would I weigh myself each week and test my body fat wth calipers? If I follow your custom plan, will I be able to email you each week and let you know if I am gaining or loosing and then you can give me some pointers? So excited to begin this journey for life. 🙂

    Another question, as a woman and a beginner are there any exercises for gluten and obliques? Random combo, but I’m really hoping to improve my glutes and even when I was once lean, I never had the super defined obliques or shapely glutes. I’ve seen that glute bridges while pressing through the heel can help, but is there more? As for abs, I have a roman chair for knee lifts and leg lifts, how should I concentrate my lifts? Focus on lifting with lower abs? Slow and controlled?

    Thanks again!

    • Jules

      Also, as if I haven’t asked enough questions (haha), what is your take on sugar free gum? Daily limit? Than you!!!!

      • Michael Matthews

        I would go with a naturally sweetened one, and most have a carb per piece (give or take) so you have to take that into account.

    • Michael Matthews

      I can definitely start going for more in-depth success stories! But yes her transformation was slow and steady, of course.

      AFAIK PSMF is best for bodybuilders prepping for shows. It’s not meant to be a long-term diet.

      Don’t bother with it. It’s not necessary.

      All you need to do is eat around TDEE, balance your macros sensibly, and get rolling in the gym. You’ll do great.

      You can track numbers weekly but your mirror will tell you everything you need to know for the first several months.

      Glutes: deep squats, hip thrusts, glute blaster machine.

      Obliques: I wouldn’t train them directly until you have about a year of deadlifting under your belt as this will build them up. You don’t want them too big.

      Hope this helps! Talk soon!

  • Average Vanilla IWC Midget

    She looked incredible to start with and still does!

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  • Ian

    Ughhhh that booty! Great job!!

  • random

    She went form hot to a little more hot. Nice!

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