Dylan is the October 2023 Built With Science transformation winner, and we're thrilled to have had the chance to talk to him about his journey.
Here are the key snippets from our interview (note: lightly edited for length and clarity).
Dylan, what inspired you to start your fitness journey? Tell us the backstory.
For some context, I was always like a skinny, nerdy video game loser kid.
Growing up in middle and high school, I was into martial arts, like Taekwondo and Juujitsu, but other than that, no sports or anything.
I would always do random programs and celebrity workouts from Men’s Health and Muscle & Fitness, where it’s insane workouts that people like bodybuilders on anabolic steroids and everything would do. And that, you know, probably aren’t functional for normal human beings.
But those programs were very short 3 to 4-week programs. So I never really had to or thought to do something for a long period.
What made you choose the Built With Science program? When did you see results?
I think it was either Instagram or YouTube that I saw Built With Science.
And I bought the Intermediate Shred and did it for just shy of 12 months. I probably did like 3 bulks and cuts during that time and made a lot of progress.
I started out probably 163 pounds, give or take.
On each bulk, I’d put on probably 15 pounds, then cut down maybe 10 pounds. In the most recent cut I did, I actually got down to 164 pounds, and while I don’t think I’ve gained an absurd amount of muscle or anything, my body composition has definitely improved. I was probably at a 10% body fat percentage when I did the last cut.
I’ve also definitely gotten a lot stronger.
In fact, I hit a huge PR for deadlifts. So I’ve been doing trap bar deadlifts for the past 6 months, probably. And I actually deadlift 530 pounds for my rep, and I’m not an ectomorph. I’m 5'9", so I have like a small bone structure, so that was huge for me. And it made me feel confident on my other lifts, like the squat.
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What else did you like about the program?
Just everything that was in the program about sticking to it for a long time seemed to actually make sense instead of the muscle confusion and all that ridiculous verbiage that was thrown out for so long.
I also liked that it wasn’t a boring program cos that was a big issue with other programs I’ve done.
And I think the deload weeks definitely helped because that was something I never really thought of, really.
The cardio aspect was another big thing.
I learned that you don’t have to kill yourself doing cardio on top of the workouts. Instead, it’s just walking, like 8,000 steps daily, which helped quantify it into something easy and attainable for me.
So that made me actually like going on walks during the day, which is something I would never do.
What advice would you give to someone struggling to achieve their goal?
Trust the process, and don't give up. Just be consistent. Consistency is key.
That's a cliche for a reason because it's true. Like, even if you have bad days or whatever, you know, as long as you get back on track and keep going or if you, even if you don't feel like going to the gym or working out that day, just go.
Even if you just think, “I'm just gonna go do like one exercise and then just leave.”
You know, as long as you get there, that's better than nothing. And then, more than likely, you'll just end up doing whatever workout cos you're already there anyway.
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