The pictures are 1.5 years apart.
Weight: 110 lbs to 105 lbs.
Body fat: 24% to 18%.
I definitely experienced newbie gains since it was my first time lifting heavy. My overall weight didn’t change much, so it was frustrating to watch the number on the scale stay the same.
However, I relied on how my clothes fitted, my body fat measurements (6 pinch caliper measurements done by the same trainer for consistency), and the image in the mirror to track my progress. I cut for 3 months and then maintained my physique with an occasional short cut here and there.
I’m also really enjoying the way I look and feel. I’m really strong!
I’ve seen the most progress on squats and military press. Deadlift and bench have been slow due to a surgery that required 2-months of recovery, so building back my strength has been a slow process.
The 5-day split.
There are so many other free programs available that it took a while for me to decide to buy Thinner Leaner Stronger, but once I did, I had no regrets. The straightforward and simple approach that was backed by solid, scientific evidence really appealed to me.
I love the science behind it. Also, the simplicity of the program allowed for me to really improve my form on every lift.
The inclusion of big lifts and the emphasis on progressive overload is better laid out.
I feel more comfortable, stronger, and confident. I compare myself less to others and instead have found joy in the remarkable way my body gains strength and makes progress.
I already have! Four of my friends are following Thinner Leaner Stronger and have a newfound love for lifting.
Really trust the process. Know that it takes a while. Your results will look different than mine (but will still be amazing).
Don’t compare your day 1 to another’s day 50–celebrate your milestones!