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Muscle for Life Success: Yvonne A.

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"I dropped my body fat by 10% and got stronger than ever!"

Yvonne's Progress

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What has happened so far on the program?

The before picture is from 2011. I was working out regularly back then, I weighed about 122 lbs and my body fat was at around 25%. My comp pics are from Sept. 2014 , I’m at 12% BF and weighing around 105-108 lbs. And in the 2 regular pics I’m at around 15% BF and weigh around 112-114 lbs.

I started bulking for 6 months with the program and put on almost 7 lbs of lean muscle. I then started cutting for comp and went from 21% BF at the peak of my bulk to 12% BF for comp time.

There was a point during my cut when I hit a dreaded plateau and couldn’t get below 15% bf for several weeks. I wrote to Mike and got a meal plan that helped me break through the plateau and I reached my goal of 12% bf.

Strength wise, I am stronger than ever. When I started the program I could barely deadlift 65 lbs. Before my comp prep I was deadlifting 185 lbs, which is pretty decent for girl of my size (5’2).

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

Nothing, I was excited to get started with the program as soon as I read it. I started with Bigger Leaner Stronger and then Thinner Leaner Stronger. It really struck a chord with me, as I had been considering trying to train for my first comp and had been doing a lot of research into how athletes train.

All I knew was that all training I had done in the past wasn’t working and I knew I had to do something differently.

What do you like most about the program?

I liked that it gave me direction and motivation every time I went to the gym. I knew I had to focus on progression whether it was going heavier or popping out that 1 extra rep. That was key for seeing the results I saw and what helped me get to competition shape.

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

I was taught in my personal trainer courses to do full-body workouts, high-reps with a lighter weight. Yes, I know, I am ashamed.  This program gave me the confidence to go heavier, fewer reps and higher intensity

The diet I got from Mike wasn’t that different from what I was eating before, but the macro split was different and that must have been the factor that helped me break through the plateau I’d been experiencing. I was just happy he managed to squeeze a tablespoon of peanut butter into my meal plan, that was the highlight of my day when I was cutting!

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

I am definitely more confident and I’ve learned so much. I am a better competitor and trainer because I’ve been through this experience. I started my own blog and I was able to share my fitness journey with my followers on Instagram, which has opened many doors for me.

It has been a personal journey that has helped me learn more about myself and my own potential. I know now that I can achieve anything I want as long as I’m willing to put in the time and the work.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

If I can do it, you can, too. It’s not a question of genetics or having loads of time or money. I definitely did not have the ideal bikini competitor figure and I’m on a student budget. Set a goal, go for it and don’t stop until you are satisfied.

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

The program that made this transformation possible:

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I'm Mike and I'm the creator of Muscle for Life and Legion Athletics, and I believe that EVERYONE can achieve the body of their dreams.

If you like my articles, then you'll love my bestselling books. They'll show you exactly what you need to do to build muscle and lose fat without hating your diet or living in the gym.

If you're a guy, check out Bigger Leaner Stronger, and if you're a girl, Thinner Leaner Stronger is for you.

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