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Muscle for Life Success: Iain S.


"I lost 40 pounds and 7 inches off my waist."

Iain's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

10 months difference, first picture is January 2015 and second picture is beginning of November 2015. First picture my bodyweight is 220 lbs. Second picture my bodyweight is 180 lbs.

I lost 40 lbs of bodyfat (maybe more as my strength has gone up considerably in my arms and shoulders despite being on a calorie deficit). I lost seven inches off of my waist.

I maintained my overall strength in the big three lifts and made pretty decent improvements in my shoulders, arms and calves despite the fact that I was actually focusing more on compound lifts as opposed to isolation exercises.

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

It seemed too simple at first, a lot of programs prescribe really high training volumes and really bland diets. Bigger Leaner Stronger recommends a more realistic program for people with lives outside of the gym.

Initially you feel that to get a great physique you need to be obsessed with the gym and diet like the muscle magazines suggest but this really isn’t the case.

What do you like most about the program?

Most of all I like having my life back! I have two kids, a full time job, a girlfriend and other hobbies in my life. BLS taught me that I don’t need to be in the gym more than an hour per day or more than five days a week.

I don’t need to eat Tuna and brown rice every 3 hours and I don’t need to sacrifice my life to have a good body. I now look forward to training and I enjoy eating plenty of nutritious foods around my schedule, I also enjoy cookies and pizza at least once a week.

I get stronger consistently week after week and training adds to the quality of my life rather than deprives me.

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

The diet isn’t really a diet, it is sensible advice on little daily disciplines that make all the difference. I’ve implemented the guidance in my life for over year now and I never feel like I’m on a weird diet.

I don’t get stressed if I go more than three hours without food and I look forward to eating in restaurants and getting takeaways as a treat on a weekly basis. Life is too short never to eat a Big Mac again!

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

My confidence has grown, I feel energetic and can play with my kids when I get home from a full days work. I don’t have big ups and downs throughout the day, I sleep well and generally function better thanks to healthy diet and regular exercise.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I recommend this program to anyone who wants to improve their physique and lifestyle.

If you want to be a cover model with 5% bodyfat you can do it using BLS as your guide. If you just want to lose a few pounds or get bigger shoulders and look good in a t-shirt whilst still enjoying your lifestyle you can do that too, it’s just well-balanced sound advice.

Give it a try wholeheartedly, you will see results if you apply yourself, whether you weigh 300 lbs or 120 lbs, just get started and keep going.

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  • Adam

    I’m assuming the 66 lbs in the second paragraph above is a typo? Going from 220 at 25% body fat to 180 at 9% body fat is ~ 39 lbs of fat. Starting at 220 lbs and 25% body fat would mean his body had only 55 lbs total fat.

    • Adam

      Or maybe he’s lost 66 lbs body fat total including time before the first picture was taken. I just wanted to clear up any confusion. Either way, congrats Iain! Great job!

      • Great question and one of my staff, Nico, is the point man on collecting and posting these success stories.

        I said the same thing when I first saw this, haha.

        He’s reaching back out to clarify.

  • Christopher Matthews

    Great success story! Right now I’m doing a calorie deficit, getting 2040, my TDEE is 2550, and with meal planning and keeping my macros on point, I don’t ever feel starved! The tips are simple and it’s easy to make it a part of your life, because that’s what this is all about, your life. I hate doing it, but I took a picture of myself one month into the BLS program and plan to take my measurements and pic every month for a year. Slow changes make all the difference! Even a month in I’m lifting way more than I ever was and I feel stronger, as well as looking forward to every training session. It’s exciting to be so pumped up for every work out, wasn’t always the case! Good to know that fellas with kids and work can make it happen!!

    • Thanks!

      Cool you’re cutting and feeling good!

      You’ll be happy you took the picture in the end. 🙂 Glad you’re already feeling stronger and are enjoying the workouts too.

      Absolutely, you can!

      Definitely keep me posted on your progress and write anytime if you have any questions or run into any difficulties. I’m always happy to help.

  • Iain s

    It’s me in the picture, nico contacted me to ask the specifics as the numbers were a bit contradicting, at Christmas time my heaviest weight was 240+ lbs and bf percentage would be a guess. I think the first picture was taken when id already been dieting for a bit so my weight was lighter there, the second picture my weight was definitely 180lbs and bf based on calipers and machine readings from a sports centre gave 9%, from the pic id guess I was 10% maybe 9 or so. Total body weight difference since reading bls was 240 or so lbs down to 180. Hope that helps

  • Tomas Valkama

    Great work, Iain!! I as well have two kids and been following BLS from 5/2015. What a difference it makes also for the energy levels I have at home after work. Keep it up, man!

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