Anyone Tried Joe Defranco's 'Built Like a Badass'?

Has anyone tried the Built like a Badass Program? I’m thinking of giving it a go. The only problem is I was used to training Barbell style from SS, and 531. I know Joe Defranco uses a type of Westside template with more assistance. Has anyone had success here doing that style of training?

I googled this out of curiosity. I didn’t read the entire 22 page explanation but what I did read was in the voice of Rex Kwon Do.


It’s a fun program. Quite tough, particularly the finishers.

I personally would go with WS4SB. It’s Defranco’s most popular program and for good reason. It’s one of the best out there in my opinion.

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If your goals are to feel athletic, build a little size and strength, then bad ass is for you.
If you get training ADD and need to do extra workouts etc then WS4SB is better off.
It’s a fun program and the changing workouts are great however some people don’t like that you choose either a squat OR a deadlift.
When I did it, I alternated the squat and the deadlift each week and tbh it worked quite well. But like most people with an attaboy attitude I found myself looking for other workouts.
If you do it, and I do recommend it, then commit to it and don’t stray.
Think of it as you only have three chances a week to empty your fucking tank, so make every second in the gym count!

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Yep it works well, basically a bastardised version of 5/3/1. Also posture improved a lot with all those pullups

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