I'm Jorel R. and this is my story
What has happened so far on the program?
My body fat was at 12% when I first started the program and finished at a 6.5% body fat. The first picture my weight was 185 and the end result was 176.3 lbs.
When I first started the program I felt like all the workouts were very short. I was used to long workouts and significantly high amount of reps. I thought that producing lactic acid was a sign of a good workout. So I lived like this many years. I trained like other athletes did but never got in shape like them.
So as far as the program it was not hard to follow because Mike made it simple and flexible. My military press has been my biggest issue but I still increased strength significantly. I went from 90 pounds to 185 pounds for four reps. My bench press I went from 195 to 285 one rep max and my squat I went from 225 to 345 one rep max.
I lost a total of 8-9 pounds total in 5 months. My cut was very slow which allowed me to maintain most of my mass and my strength.
What, if anything, almost kept you from buying the book or starting the program?
At the beginning I was very skeptical. So many people sell books with these magical workouts and diets that will make you burn fat like it is juice. I was very disappointing to find out that the top athletes I followed and admired were mostly steroid abusers. So I had a conflict to either buy the book or keep failing at it.
I was looking for a natural athlete so I decided to keep looking. I found Tom Venuto but it seemed like even him had something that I was skeptical about. Once I found Muscle for Life website, I started reading some of the articles written by Mike.
All the science was there to back it up and actual real results from him to prove it. So, I decided to buy the ebook and read it while on post in Afghanistan. I read the Bigger Leaner Stronger and the Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger as well.
What do you like most about the program?
I think the program is very effective and easy to follow. Following the program was extremely easy. I didn’t have to be hunting machines at the gym because I knew I had to stay away from them and I had a set workout ready for the day.
My results were fast. I didn’t use any supplementation, just food. I consistently trained and counted my calories for the whole period. Consistency made my transformation a lot faster than what I thought.
How does this program compare with others you’ve tried?
Compared to other program this one has been the easiest I have ever done. The diets well very flexible if you knew what to eat and when like Mike explained in the book. The workouts were short and efficient. They were intense because working at your 80% it I was tiring and heavy.
How has what you’ve achieved with your body changed other areas of your life?
I have always been a very confident person but getting the body I wanted obviously improved how I saw myself. My productivity definitely went up. I was able to go in and out the gym no problem. Before I use to take two hours and never accomplished anything by doing that.
Who would you recommend this program to and why?
I would definitely recommend this program to anyone and I already did. I have most of my friends doing the BLS program and they don’t even know. I always preach what I have learned. I show them my transformation pictures and they get motivated and start working out next day.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to say that new good habits could always replace old bad habits. Start a new habit of taking care of yourself and educating yourself about your body. Eating healthy should be a pleasure not a burden. Taking care of yourself should be a pleasure not a burden or a job. It should be something that you like to do because it does well to you.
Be discipline, if you truly want to do something you will find a way if you don’t you will find an excuse to why you didn’t do it. If you want transform your body look out for people like Mike Matthews and other natural body builders that spread the healthy word out and teach us how to take care of our bodies.