Logan Crawford

“After getting together for one lift at Iowa Strength in the winter to catch up on college, Nolan got me hooked on powerlifting and we lifted every day for 2 months. After going back to college and finishing the program that we were on I needed another one. I gave Nolan a tough assignment, with summer coming up I wanted to shed my winter bulk while still increasing my strength. He warned me that it was a very tough program with a lot of volume so while I wanted to lose weight, I was heavily advised to eat plenty and take care of my body. He was not kidding. After the first couple of weeks the volume ramped up like crazy, but the way it is written I never felt too sore to hit the next workout. I grinded my way through the tough stretch of multiple days of 4 sets of 12, 10, 8 and plenty more. Towards the end when the number of reps went down I was really able to gauge how much stronger I was.
I was nervously excited to max out, as my old maxes were my new doubles and I was feeling great. My first day of maxing out was very disappointing. I didn’t get enough sleep and I had worked an 8 hour shift prior to lifting. After only matching my old max on squat I decided to hang up the belt and save my energy and pride for the next day. Bench and deadlift were a different story. I ended up getting 250 on bench (ten pounds higher than my old max) which is a number I have had in my head for a long time. Deadlift was even more crazy, I pulled 390 which was 40 pounds more than my old max. My bodyweight had also went down almost ten pounds from winter which was crazy. Overall it was definitely a grinder of a program, by far the toughest challenge in the weightroom I have ever had. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to put on new muscle and then strengthen it. It is truly the best of both worlds in lifting. If you are willing to put in the work, then definitely give the 13 Week Strength and Size a look.”