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Muscle for Life Success: Preston Pilgrim

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"I love how it’s not over-complicated. The workouts are simple and you don't have to spend countless hours in the gym."

Preston's Progress

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Progress Image 2.5 years

What has happened so far on the program?

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!

 

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

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.

 

What do you like most about the program?

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.

 

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

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!!!!

 

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

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!

 

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’d recommend this to anyone that wants to change their body and life! I’ve already told my immediate friends and family.

 

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

The program that made this transformation possible:

The meal plan that makes building muscle and losing fat easy and enjoyable:

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  • Thanks for stopping by and checking out my article! I hope you enjoyed it.

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  • Jack

    Congrats thats amazing!
    I have a question to both Preston and Mike, how much do you guys dumbbell flat bench press? Would be interesting to see how big of a strength difference there is since Mike has been lifting correctly way longer! Thank you both 🙂

    • My PB on DB flat is 120s for 4 to 6, but that was only during a few-month bulk so I feel like to could get significantly stronger if I were fine with bulking for longer periods, haha.

    • Preston Pilgrim

      Hey Jack, Preston here.

      I haven done DB flat in a long time. 95% of time my time is on the incline.

      But the heaviest I have gone on the incline was 90lbs for 3-5 reps. This would have been at the peak of my bulk too. I would be much further then this, but I have been injured with tendinitis in my elbows for 10 months and am finally recovering.

  • Thanks for stopping by and checking out my article. I hope you enjoyed it.

    Feel free to comment below if you have any questions. I do my best to check and reply to every comment left on my blog, so don’t be shy!

    Oh and if you like what I have to say, you should sign up for my free weekly newsletter! You’ll get awesome, science-based health and fitness tips, delicious “guilt-free” recipes, articles to keep you motivated, and much more!

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  • Michael Haddad

    Great job Preston! Did you do any cardio, either when bulking or cutting?

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