I'm Arsenio A. and this is my story
How many months’ progress do your pictures represent? What were your stats for each picture?
They represent 58 weeks. Starting weight was 230 lb and around 28-30% body fat and ending weight was 198 lb and 14-15% body fat.
What has happened so far on the program?
I started at 2200 calories and after 6 months, I cut down to 1800 calories per day.
I bulked at the end of the 58 weeks. During the bulking stage, my body weight remained the same, but through photographs I was able to notice muscle growth particularly in my chest, shoulders, and arms.
During the last 8 weeks of the program, I slowly increased my caloric intake on a weekly basis by 100 calories. This increase helped me dramatically improve my strength on all my lifts.
I ended up losing over 30 lb of fat. I’ve never lifted so much weight either! I had never done deadlifts in my life prior to Bigger Leaner Stronger.
When I first started squats, I started at 95 lb due to knee pain, and after 58 weeks I reached 245 lb!
Bench Press: week 1 – 165 lb; week 58 – 185 lb.
Squat: week 1 – 95 lb; week 58 – 245 lb.
Deadlift: week 1 – 225 lb; week 58 – 305 lb.
Military Press: week 1 – 95 lb; week 58 – 135 lb.
What workout split from the book did you use?
The 5-day split. When traveling or on vacation, I did the 3-day split.
What, if anything, almost kept you from buying the book or starting the program?
When I was first introduced to Bigger Leaner Stronger, I was skeptical. I thought it was just another supposed fitness guru trying to sell his book and his program. I decided to try it because I met a friend who told me about the program and he encouraged me to work out with him.
After reading articles on muscleforlife.com, I decided to buy all the books and read the program on my own.
Prior, I did several beachbody programs including P90X, Insanity, and Body Beast. After getting some initial progress, I got stuck at 230 lb.
What do you like most about the program?
I love that the workouts are simple to follow and have sufficient rest breaks in between sets of the compound lifts. Following the overall program was very simple, too.
Once I completed the first 8 weeks, I became a believer as I was already seeing the changes in my lifts and my body composition. The results have been way better than I ever expected from any program.
I never thought I would be under 200 lb again in my life. Keeping track of my caloric intake and nutrition have also been easier than I expected.
How does this program compare with others you’ve tried?
The diet was very easy and allowed me to enjoy eating food I actually like to eat. I could eat out and enjoy foods like burgers and ice cream once in awhile.
How has what you’ve achieved with your body changed other areas of your life?
I definitely have more energy and I’m more productive. Within 6 months of being on the program, I had strength and energy to do whatever I needed to do on a daily basis.
I even found the energy to take boxing lessons twice a week. As a stay-at-home dad of a 3-year old, the program gave me the physical capability to keep up with a very active toddler.
Who would you recommend this program to and why?
Everybody. This program works for men, women, younger people as well as older folks. It’s easy to follow and many will reap great results.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I was suffering from back and knee pain and never thought I could lose weight and become stronger. I started looking at photos of myself and noticed I always looked tired and always felt the need to lean on something.
When I went back and looked at these photos, I realized that I was extremely out of shape and became afraid that I was unhealthy and could end up like my maternal grandfather who died under the age of 50 from heart disease.