This has been a 2.5 year transformation. Original picture is me at 170 pounds and the second one is me at roughly 195-200 pounds, give or take.
My body fat is actually a little higher in my after picture, but it doesn’t show because of how much muscle I have been able to put on in the last couple years. Lets just say I spend the most of my time bulking.
My first year of training I followed a lot of nonsense programs, and tried to make up my own workouts and use my own self knowledge. This got me past the newbie gains, but once I gained my first 10 pounds I really struggled to put on muscle.
This is when I started researching online and started noticing the Muscle For Life articles. I really enjoyed the content and the first thing I did was learn how to diet properly. This is when I started my first successful cut and was able to get my body fat around 8% for the first time in my life!
I was pumped because I had tried so many different diets in the past that kinda worked, but nothing compared to actually learning how to count calories and macros properly.
Over the last year and a half I have probably done 2 bulks and 2 cuts. My bulks tend to last a little longer than my cuts because I am counting calories and trying not to gain too much weight (fat) during the process.
I think the biggest thing I learned from following Mike’s program is progressive overload. I always used to lift the same weight when I entered the gym and had no real goals and expectations on what I needed to accomplish.
Then I started tracking everything and made sure that every time I entered the gym I was either going to get one extra rep or I was going to increase the weight. This was probably the biggest flaw I fixed in my workout routine. Progressive overload is so crucial when you want to get past the newbie gains!
Nothing really. I knew after reading about 5 articles on the Muscle For Life website that Michael knew exactly what he was talking about. After I did my first successful cut using the FREE content he provided I thought it was a no brainer to buy his Bigger Leaner Stronger book.
When I first started lifting I tried the 4 hour body workouts. I got some results, but nothing compared to what I have been able to achieve the last 1.5 years using Michael’s knowledge and techniques.
I love how it’s not over-complicated. The workouts are simple and you don’t have to spend countless hours in the gym doing random drop-sets, super-sets or any other crazy fitness bullshit.
I think the biggest change was the diet. I never used to count calories or macros, and I was never able to get lean. I could always get to around 10-12% by eating healthy and following low carb diets, but I could never break the single digit body fat until I learned how to properly count calories.
All the other stuff I tried is nonsense. If you want to get lean and put on muscle without getting too fat, then learn how to count your calories and macros. The great thing about this is you get to actually eat the foods you enjoy!!!!
Well this section means a lot to me. Fitness has made me more confident, not only because I look better and feel better, but because it gives you self believe when you achieve something that you wanted to accomplish. This self accomplishment can carry over to other aspects of your life.
I actually started my own local personal training business Krush Fitness and I would have never been doing anything like this if I didn’t run into Muscle For Life.
A lot of my inspiration also comes from Mike’s podcasts where he talks about life, business and fitness. So if you’re reading this make sure to check those out!
I’d recommend this to anyone that wants to change their body and life! I’ve already told my immediate friends and family.