Shortcut to Size Review: Week 12 Final results (Before and After)

finally finished Shortcut to Size.

(Also, if you want to try this program, you can find it for free here: Shortcut to Size)

So let’s just jump right into the results:

Weight gain: I gained 14 lbs. Some fat, but mainly muscle. It’s a mass gaining program so this was expected.
Arms: Gained 2 inches.
Hips: Gained an inch.
Chest: Gained an inch.
Waist: Gained an inch.
Quads: Gained three inches. (Ridiculously stoked on this. I have chicken legs.)
Calves: Gained an inch.
Forearms: Gained an inch.
Shoulders: Gained 1.5 inches.
Neck: Gained 1.5 inches.

Also, here are some before and after pictures:

(Note: Sorry for the shitty quality, I had to take these myself and the only camera I have is my iPhone. Hopefully you get the point anyway.)

Arms: Beginning/6 weeks in/12 week final:

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Back: Beginning/12 weeks:

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Legs: Beginning/12 week:

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So, there you go!

This program is awesome and clearly produces results. I can’t say I followed the diet/supplements perfectly, but I definitely made sure to get in a shit ton of protein shakes.

I would highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to gain some muscle! Train for your goals, not for you gender.

I also did a video review of this program:

Also, a big thank you to Jim Stoppani for creating this program and also giving me a lifetime membership to his site! It is hands down the best site ever and anyone who wants to stop wasting time and actually get results should check it out:

You can also check out Jim’s supplements to accompany the program: here.

Drop any questions in the comments!



Shortcut to Size: The Beginning and the Motivation

Strength is the foundation of everything.

Discipline, hard work, sacrifice… All necessary to build a good, honorable life.

Anyone who wants a less than legendary life doesn’t have to worry about the essential virtues, but this small community here on this site, we are focused on our lifelong legacy.

I have found that when I am physically weak, I am weak in all other areas of my life. Having physical strength also gives me the mental strength to handle the strenuous work I put on my own shoulders.

The world will cater to us if we want a life of ease…

If you want to get a job you hate, complain about your life on Facebook, drink your life away at happy hour, watch TV endlessly, and generally give up on those audacious dreams you have, the world will accommodate you. You will find hundreds of friends who want to join you in suck-ville.

However, if you want to change your life, break out of the box everyone has put you in, start growing stronger, and become a better version of yourself, everyone around you will get uncomfortable. Most people around you will not support it. You shaking it up reminds them about those dreams they quit on, so they will do anything possible to put you back into that box they want you in.

I have been given the gift of hitting rock bottom, being able to start over, and create a new definition for my life and how I fit into that picture.

Also, I just want to take a question and give a huge shout out to my best friend in the entire world who has saved my life through this whole process. Please go give her some love on her blog by clicking: here. I pray for anyone reading this that they can have a friend as good as Katey is to me.

Mentioning Katey, we are both committing the next 12 weeks as an absolute transformation of everything around us. We are going to take the next 12 weeks and roundhouse kick them square in the neck.

Personally, I will be doing the Shortcut to Size program once again. I know, I’ve done it before, but I never finished it out to the very last day.

100% unacceptable. It is a program that has followed me around for quite some time, taunting me that I never finished it.

Now I have a lot on the line and can’t wait to dominate that very last day of this program. I appreciate the support you have all given me on social media and if you want to join me, I’d love to have you guys with me.

You can follow the journey with me on:

What programs have you all been working on? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Shortcut to Size: Week 3

Week 3 was definitely an interesting time!

This week began the drop sets on the last sets of each exercise. Well, RIP muscles is really all I have to say about that.

This was was my first slip week where I didn’t track my food as closely and I think I was under the calorie mark some days. Eating 1,800+ calories is no joke for sure. I literally had to buy bacon (turkey bacon!) to try and get as much protein and as many calories that I need.

But, I sat down and realized that by not keeping my food diary out in the open, I just simply haven’t formed the habit of doing it all the time yet. So, it is now safely out on my desk ready to fill in at any given moment!

Also, this week I took body measurements so by the end of this week, I can talk about any gains that happen.

I’m really pumped for week 4 because it’s serious heavy lifting (3-5 reps) which I just love… except for the next day when I’m too sore to even blink. Ha!

I had to actually add in forearm exercises throughout the week because my grip strength can’t keep up with how much weight I’m lifting. On many of my muscle groups I am up 20+ lbs in my sets… seriously, this program is that good.

I’m hoping to actually do a video update soon and bring some pictures into the mix to show you the results so far.

For all of my friends out there still doing Shortcut to Size, how is it going for you and what phase are you in?

Shortcut to Size: Week 2

Week 2 of Shortcut to Size has been absolutely no joke.

Let’s just say this week I have been limping around my house like a grandma… but I won’t lie that I’d do it all again to get the results that I have seen this week!

This one is going to be a short update compared to my update about Week 1 which you can read here.

What I learned from this week was that on the days I didn’t eat my full total number of calories, I was so much more sore than I was on the days that I did hit my goal.

Plus, thanks to Jim Stoppani, the creator of the program, my lower crossed syndrome (a forward hip tilt), is starting to come back to normal for the first time in years due to the strengthening of my abs and my hamstrings. Simply incredible. My lower back pain is starting to fade and I can’t begin to explain how much of a gift this is.

I’m hoping at the end of week three to take some pictures because I really want to document this process since the results are absolutely insane.

Not to mention, this week I had a blast lifting stronger weights than half of the boys in the gym.

Like I said, the results are no joke! If you want a real program with real results, this is the program to try.

Shortcut to Size: Week 1

Starting Jim Stoppani’s program, Shortcut to Size, has been the absolute best fitness program I have ever been on.

For those of you who don’t know who Jim Stoppani is, let me give you the short summary: He has his doctorate in exercise physiology, and when you finally realize that all the workout ideas you get from Pinterest don’t work, you follow his proven system to get the results you want.

The Program:

The best part about this program, is that it is free to download (See: Here). There are absolutely zero tricks or gimmicks to this plan, and you can sign up for his free weekly newsletter, but only if you actually choose to. I would recommend signing up for the free newsletter from Jim only because: 1. It’s not spammy, you actually only get the e-mail once a week. 2. The videos in the newsletter help you understand what he’s asking you to do.

I won’t go into too much detail about the program, he can explain it better than I can.

My Personal Considerations:

For myself, I have upper crossed syndrome and lower crossed syndrome which is from years and years of writing and studying to get my college degree while sitting at a desk. Basically, my neck leans forward, which created a rounding out in my upper back and for my chest muscles to be shortened and tighter, and my lower back has an arch in it from my hips tilting forward.

Thankfully, this is all reversible, it’s just a matter of tightening and loosening some muscles.

So, I had to take this all into account with this program. I was determined to start this program, since I had seen on Jim Stoppani’s Twitter  how many people were seeing results, but I went through to make small tweaks here and there to get the program to work with my weak muscles. Essentially, for me it was important to not do as many chest exercises as the program has and include some mid-trapezious work along with lots and lots and lots of stretching for those tight muscles.

What works:

The biggest problem for so many females I meet when it comes to gaining muscle is simply this: They don’t eat enough.

I’ll be honest that for myself when I was younger (and ever before working as a trainer) I had the mindset of: If I only eat once, I will lose weight. At the time, I had no idea this would get me all of the exact opposite results I was looking for. It’s such a shame this is the biggest message that goes out to young girls (and boys) everywhere.

For my weight and height, my daily goal range of calories is between 1,800 and 2,000. If you’re a female new to building muscle, I know the first thought you have is that you’ll gain a ton of weight, but let me tell you, you won’t. All of the calories have gone right into my muscles and I have seen tremendous growth after just the first week alone. It’s also fun to be able to eat huge meals and not feel that sinking guilt that so many females have issues with.

The best part about this program is that when it’s shoulders day, Dr. Stoppani has you work every muscle in your shoulders. There are no major muscles that get away with being passed over, let me tell you.

The Results After Week 1:

I don’t know any other words besides: holy crap. I have never gained so many results in such a short amount of time.

Between eating enough calories and the rest-pause on the last set of each exercise, it has been amazing. My quads are starting to pop out (which is a huge deal for me because I have the tiniest upper legs compared to my calves… Thank you all those years of lacrosse), my triceps are definitely showing, my biceps are getting some little definition, and overall I just feel strong and healthy.

I’ve only wrapped up Week 1 and I can’t wait to see what next week will bring!

(Updated! I included a video!)