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Muscle for Life Success: Tyler M.

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"I gained 25 lbs and all of my big lifts more than doubled in weight."

Tyler's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

I went to the gym fairly regularly for 10 straight years, hardly gaining any size or strength.  I would do a ton of high rep isolated lifting with very little weight. I was always a hardgainer and didn’t think that it was humanly possible for me to be above 150 lbs. at 5’11”.

I thought that I had reached my physiological peak until I heard Mike Matthews’ podcast. I was instantly hooked and soon turned to the Muscle for Life website for more information and I ended up buying his book Bigger Leaner Stronger.

I was at 8% body fat at 150 lbs when I started the program and after following it for 5 months, I gained 25 lbs and all of my big lifts more than doubled in weight. I cut for the next 3 months and got to 6% BF at 165 lbs. I couldn’t believe that I gained 15 lbs. from start to finish and actually lost 2% in body fat!

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

Honestly, I felt like I had tried everything else and had nothing to loose. After listening to the podcast and reading the material on MFL, I knew the book was going to be amazing.

What do you like most about the program?

I love how easy it was to follow the program and stick to it.  Lifting heavier with lower reps and longer rest periods was so much easier than the high rep stuff. Its like comparing cardio to HIIT. I would rather work harder for a shorter period and get better results for it.

I also work the night shift in the ER and I was able to fit in all of my workouts even with my crazy schedule.

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

I had subscriptions to all of the major fitness magazines and tried just about all of their high rep/high volume programs. They burned me out really quickly and I lost all ambition to work out due to fatigue.

I saw how many people were getting incredible results with BLS so I decided to give it a try and I am so glad that I did.

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

Finding success in building the body I always wanted to have has given me so much more confidence in my social life, my work environment, and my personal life.

I am getting married in a month and I can’t wait to be in front of my closest friends and family looking the best I have ever looked in my whole life. I took the “getting shredded to be wedded” thing seriously.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

To everyone that is unhappy with the way they look and feel, I can tell you that you can build the body that you always dreamed of with the BLS program.  Being consistent, and getting my diet right was absolutely essential to my success.

The BLS program along with all of the free information that Mike puts out there is really a game changer and I can’t thank him enough.

Want to become a success story too? Here's how he did it

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4 Comments
  • Tom

    Wow, Tyler, congratulations. You can tell a lot of hard work went into this. If you read this, can you tell us how you felt when you were at your biggest (after the 25 lbs of gain)? I guess I’m particularly interested if you felt like you were just fattening yourself up, if you were at all unhappy with losing definition, if you thought your waist was getting too big? I’m bulking right now (it’s very slow despite being at 3,650 cals/day). Just curious to hear your thoughts.

    • Tyler M

      Thank you so much Tom. At first, I felt really awesome. I felt like I looked like I actually worked out and had a lot more muscle, but after continuing bulking it was weird carrying so much more weight than I was used to. It wasn’t too hard loosing my definition because I was so happy with the size I was putting on and the strength I was gaining in the gym. 3,650 cals/day is a ton! You must be a big guy or have the same problem as me putting on size. Good luck to you in your journey, don’t forget to share your progress.

      • Tom

        Thanks for replying. I’m 6’4″ and not huge (slightly above 190 lbs, just above 9% bf). Cutting the fat while maintaining muscle wasn’t hard for me, but I’ve never really “bulked” in the MFL style, and I’m starting to get to the point where it’s a chore to eat so much…which is compounded by mentally having to accept I must get bigger and let go of the nice abs. So it’s good to hear the strength and size was a fair trade off during the time you didn’t have the great definition you’ve got in your after picture. You are a good inspiration for me, thanks again.

  • Ravi Neppalli

    Hey Tom,

    Could go over what you diet was during the 5 months of bulking and how you had to work around your work schedule to accommodate your meals. I share a similar physique (6’0 160 lbs) and I always found it difficult to gain as weight as well specially working 70+ hour weeks. Thanks

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