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Muscle for Life Success: Corey N.


"I haven't seen anything close to the results I have accomplished on Bigger Leaner Stronger!"

Corey's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

I gained good amounts of strength and muscle. I lost fat and learned how to diet and train properly. This program had helped me find the body composition I was looking for. I started off at 180lbs and wasnt looking very impressive at all.

I then bulked for 12 weeks and managed to gain about 15 pounds. My strength on all my big lifts went up at a very steady pace. I also corrected my form on a lot of lifts. I completed a 8 week cut and made it down to 182lbs but I was much more happy with the way I looked.

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

I wasn’t sure which type of program I wanted to start. I wanted to get max results for my efforts and that is what this program gave me. After checking out the articles on the website, I was very impressed with all of the good information. So I bought the book and was sold right away.

I have tried many other programs before. Mostly the ones that bodybuilding.com offers, but was annoyed with how many supplements they try and push on you.

What do you like most about the program?

Following the program is very easy. What I like most was I felt like I was getting the max results for the effort I was putting in. You kind of zoom in on your strength with the low reps and you see progression on a weekly basis.

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

Other programs do not hold a candle to Bigger Leaner Stronger. With the great information in the book and articles, along with help from the Muscle for Life staff, answering all my questions, I couldn’t be more happy with every part of this program.

The diet was easy to maintain, I was never too hungry while cutting. The lifts were the best options for building strength and muscle.

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

I am extremely confident now and I have many other people asking me for advice and I just tell them to get the book and follow it. It’s simple.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’ve tried many different diets and programs and have not seen anything close to the results I have accomplished on Bigger Leaner Stronger. I will continue training this way in the future. I agree with Mike, anybody can meet their fitness goals with the right tools, information and the willingness to make the small changes in their lifestyle to achieve them.

I am finishing up my tour overseas, I just completed another 10 weeks of bulking (gained 8 pounds) 7 weeks of cutting ahead of me (results and pictures to follow).

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  • Tommy

    Awesome stuff dude! How’s the cut going?

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! I’m not cutting at the moment. Just maintaining. It’s going well though!

      • I was actually trying to get at Corey haha, but no worries it’s all good. 🙂

  • Samantha Rodes

    Hello, Mike! I understand you are quite busy, but I would
    appreciate your opinion.

    (First off, I love your website; been devouring your articles
    like a beast.)

    I’m 20 years old, female, petite (4 foot 9), struggling to
    aquire a certain physique (yes, I know it all begins in the head, but I want to
    do this for health and also for career; going to teach yoga and break into the
    wellness scene, and your body becomes your resume).

    I am looking for leanness; like a female Bruce Lee (similar to
    the legend, I am of a small stature, and my bone structure is smaller; I appear
    delicate… most people think I’m 12 years old and not 20). I see women go on
    certain programs or bikini comp style regimes. I know I cannot maintain such a
    physique, given that the lengths they go to are not only arduous in terms of
    exercise and diet btu also because it is unhealthy in the long term (cutting
    down on water, for example).

    BUT, I know there is a sweet spot where visible abs can be
    maintained year round along with an overall fit aesthetic. A good example that
    comes to my mind is Zuzka Light; she appears relatively the same 24/7.

    Anyway, I am so confused and lost amongst all the info
    that is out there. I’ve been on this journey for 3 years, and although I’ve
    learned a lot along the way, I still am in need of some info.

    My metabolism is fast, but I can gain unhealthy weight if I
    binged on junk food or overdid it on nuts. I’ve tried gaining weight (bulk)
    like some people in my boat who look to gain muscle, but all I got was fat
    (pooch belly), plus I was always full, ‘weighed down’, and sleepy. I did lift
    weights, but again, the diet just didn’t support my training.

    Personally, I prefer not to on the scale. I go for results based
    on the mirror, as weight is a poor indicator of body fat to muscle ratios.

    Anyway, my routine is:

    Mon- Upper Body Weight Lifting

    Tue- Either REST or Lower Body

    Wed- Bodypump (weightlifting) Class at the gym

    Thur- Martial-Arts-Based Cardio Class at the gym OR rest

    Fri- Upper Body Weight Lifting

    Sat- Lower Body OR rest

    Sun- REST

    I’m still confused on what would work best for someone of my
    stature. I’m small, making too much weight gain give me a sort of oompa loompa
    appearance. Again, the idea I have in mind is something like a female Bruce
    Lee, or something similar to Zuzka Light.

    The type of training regime I have in mind is a lifestyle. The
    words that come to mind are Flexibility, Effectiveness, and Longevity.

    • Tommy

      Hello 🙂 have you tried out Mike’s TLS?

      Work out your TDEE. That way you’ll find the best way to put on weight without much fat: http://www.calculatorpro.com/calculator/katch-mcardle-bmr-calculator/
      Also, Mike may direct you to this: http://www.muscleforlife.com/healthy-meal-planning-tips/

      Rememeber: It’s not the type of food you eat that adds weight, rather how much of it that counts. But, of course you want to stick to as much of what you eat being from good, healthy sources.

      I personally weigh myself every morning in pounds (stark naked) and write it down. As one week passes by, I add up the total and divide by the number of days and there you can get an average of what you are weighing at. Even Mike recommends this 🙂

      If you haven’t read TLS (I haven’t, but then again I’m a bloke so I’m on BLS, lol) then I would strongly recommend. Just look at the other females on the success stories section. They were all guided by Mike!

      Sorry, I know you’re looking for personal advice by the man himself, but I just thought I’d add my thoughts and experiences too. 🙂

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey Samantha! Thanks for writing!

      Your weightlifting split could definitely work so long as your exercises and workout volumes were properly programmed.

      The key for you is going to be limiting the amount of muscle you gain and staying LEAN. A pound of muscle on you is going to be much more evident than a pound of muscle on taller women.

      Regarding body fat percentage, we’d probably want you to sit around 18-20%.

      What are your thoughts on this?

      • Samantha Rodes

        Still a little overwhelmed. Because of my height, training has become more of a jigsaw. Not sure about % either…. Ive heard that you cannot get abs at 18%, but I have also heard that anything below 18% is bad for women. Yet I see women with lower. % thrive. I want to be healthy, but I am not ashamed of admitting I want a lean body. So I really don’t know what to do or say really…. How does someone in my situation stay so lean without bulk as you mentioned?

        • Michael Matthews

          You can have an outline of abs at 18%. And yeah I wouldn’t recommend going much lower than this or you’ll probably have menstrual issues and such.

          Staying lean is mainly a function of proper diet. Check this out:


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