Kind of a humble-brag, but I really want to share with the community the success that I’ve had following the Best Damn Workout for Natural Lifters 1 and 2. I’m currently deployed to Afghanistan, and when I got here, I was 230 lbs (at 5 ft 8in), with a 205x6 bench, 245x6 dead, and a 225x6 squat.
I followed Best Damn 1 for 13 weeks, dropping down to 200 lbs, and increasing my lifts to 245x11 Bench, 325x8 dead, and 315x10 squat.
I switched over to Best Damn 2, increased my caloric intake, and lifted HARD for 10 weeks, getting up to 215 lbs, and testing a new 1RM in all 3 lifts in a single workout. I hit 325 Bench, 450 Dead, and 425 Squat, for a 1200 lb aggregate.
I came into the deployment with a goal of hitting 1000 lbs between the three, and I contribute most of my success to the program that Coach Thibaudeau built. The workouts are short, but hard, and lend themselves well to progressive overload. The exercises are varied and fun, and the average program length fits perfectly with my life schedule.
So, to Coach Thibaudeau, thank you for creating some amazing programs! I’m doing the Best Damn Strength program until I get home in about 12 weeks while cutting. I hope I can maintain my strength and get home lean and ready to surprise my girl.
To those thinking about whether or not these programs will work for you, all I can say is they worked great for me, and I plan to use them for a long time to come. I highly recommend you do too!