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Muscle for Life Success: Vince J.

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"I’ve gained 8 pounds overall. There is noticeable loss of fat and good muscle gains!"

Vince's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

The changes represent 10 months progress. Here are the stats:

Before: 186lbs, approx. BF 14-15%
After: 194lbs, approx.. BF 9-10%

I’ve gained 8 lbs overall, but my weight has fluctuated quite a bit over the 10 months as my body composition has changed significantly. There is noticeable loss of fat and good muscle gains!

I’ve had tremendous gains in strength:

Squat: 225 lbs x 4 reps to 315 lbs x 4 reps
Bench Press: 185 lbs x 4 reps to 225 lbs x 4 reps
Military Press (dumbbells): 50 lbs x 4 reps to 75 lbs x 4 reps
Deadlift: 205 lbs x 4 reps, 335 lbs x 4 reps

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

During that time, I was very much into DVD workouts like P90X and Insanity. I had decent results while using them, so I figured I found the best workouts available.

The problem is I never gained much size, and the DVDs got quite monotonous after the millionth time going through them.

I’m skeptical when it comes to new workouts/workout supplements, so I had to do my usual research to see if Bigger Leaner Stronger was the real deal. I felt like Mike shared a lot of the supplement industry fatigue I had, where it seemed like everyone was out to scam folks for their money.

Reading his articles and spending time on Muscle for Life convinced me to give the program a try.

What do you like most about the program?

I absolutely love the 4-6 rep range for each exercise. It just feels like I can really make gains on my lifts when I’m focusing on heavier weights instead of trying to superset everything and tiring my muscles out.

I don’t leave every workout feeling a pump, but I realize after getting quick results that this was the way to workout.

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

I always tried to eat relatively healthy, but I had no idea how many calories I was eating even when doing so. I never truly followed diets on other programs, and I believed in myths like carbs are evil and that eating late at night would pack on the fat.

After starting BLS, I realized that things I thought were helping me were actually destroying my energy balance.

Little did I know that the “organic” salad with feta cheese and almonds actually had more calories than the delicious chicken and rice bowl I passed up on. I’ve learned the true difference in these foods to help correct my calorie goals, and that has made a huge impact.

The workouts are immensely better than what I used to do. I used to get so exhausted after each workout, and maybe I burned a lot of calories but I never made any size gains (and I wasn’t motivated to keep going back to the gym).

I’m happy to go to the gym now to see if I can progress further on my lifts, and the fact that they’re only 45- 60 mins helps a lot. I was used to this amount of time, as this is pretty much what all the DVD workouts were as well.

Cardio is way different for me now – I used to spend hours on the treadmill (this destroyed my knees), but I’ve seen the light of HIIT cardio and love it.

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

I feel so much more productive than I used to be. I’m big on the “sound body, sound mind” mentality, and this program contributes to it.

I’m now in the habit of waking up early in the morning to get my workouts in, and it energizes me to take on other challenges with more motivation throughout the day.

Just knowing I’ve already completed a BLS workout in the morning and that I’ve put in work on my gains makes me want to keep going when I’m at the office.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

GIVE THIS A CHANCE. A real chance, not just a, “Yeah I’ll do this whenever I can get the time.” If you dedicate yourself 100% into it, there’s just no way you won’t transform yourself.

I definitely understand the month 3 lull and the plateaus that get in the way, but there’s just something about this program that keeps your body progressing forward. This is more about creating something you can keep up for the rest of your life, and not another diet or workout program that you will phase out in under 3 months.

I used pretty much all of Legion’s supplements during my transformation:

Phoenix
Triumph
Whey+
Recharge
Pulse

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7 Comments
  • Lloyd

    Was this a cut followed by a bulk? Or bulk then cut?

    Awesome results either way!

    • Vince Julian

      Hey Lloyd – This was a cut followed by a bulk.

      Thanks! Was very excited to see these results (and I’m still progressing using BLS). It kicks ass.

      • Lloyd

        Awesome job. Did you manage to maintain/increase strength during your cut? How many days did you weight train?

        • Sfine

          From someone else doing BLS…I’m getting to month 3 on BLS and have been able to increase/maintain everything albeit slowly on a cut. I dropped a bit from Squats only to work on form a bit more.

        • Vince Julian

          I was pretty good about lifting 5 days per week, sometimes it would drop to 3-4 days (rarely) because life happens. I always experience a quick drop in strength 1st week into a cut. I think it’s largely due to lack of energy because I train fasted, but I’m always able to at least maintain previous weights by 2nd week in. My first go around I was able to increase strength, but in subsequent cuts it’s been tougher in the higher weight ranges, so I’ve been more focused on just maintaining strength.

  • ExLonghorn

    When you report weights on bench press, etc, does that include the weight of the bar itself? We had an interesting thread on Reddit about this. Curious how most people report this.

    • Vince Julian

      I always include the barbell weight when I record my workouts. My thought on that is…you still have to lift it, right?

      Thanks! There’s always hope. I’m 6’2. My Dad is 63 yrs old doing BLS and is still making progress as well! He’s tailored it slightly to fit his circumstances, but follows the overall methods of heavy weights/4-6 rep range + progressive overload.

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