Body Transformation: John Miller Body Transformation

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Before Stats
  • Age
  • Weight
    170 lbs
  • Body Fat
  • Height
After Stats
  • Age
  • Weight
    165 lbs
  • Body Fat
  • Height
Editor's Note: Everyone is different and these results may not be typical for the average person. To achieve these results you need to be willing to put in the work both in the gym and in the kitchen. Use this transformation for motivation for you to make the changes you want!
John Miller made a dramatic transformation from a pudgy 170 pounds into a shredded 162 pounds, losing fat while building muscle mass.

Lifestyle Prior To Change

John MillerI began strength training when I was in middle school to prepare for football. I made the varsity team in high school and continued pushing myself in the weight room. When college rolled around a fell victim to the lifestyle and got out of shape. During my last semester of college I decided to get serious about lifting weights and become a bodybuilder.

What motivates you to change?

The results and the chance to show my physique on stage.

Weight training is the best part of my day. I absolutely love lifting weights in a gym. It gives me a chance to forget about the stresses of the world. I can set goals for myself and reach them. A sound body brings with it a sound mind and a peaceful soul. Weight training gives me all of these great things.

My coach helped me the most in my training and nutrition. My coach is an NPC master competitor. He really showed me the ropes as far as bodybuilding goes.

What obstacles have you had to overcome?

The urge to cheat, but when you are focused and have a goal it is not too hard to stay on track.

John's Training Approach

What is your philosophy about cardio?

Last minute effort to add detail and lose the final millimeters before I compete.

Do you prefer HIIT or steady state cardio?

Neither, but if I had to choose it would be steady state.

What are your top 5 favorite exercises?

  1. Bench Press
  2. Leg Press
  3. Deadlift
  4. Shrugs
  5. Abs

I Workout six days a week rest on the 7th. (Abs are performed every other day)

Exercise Sets Reps
Bench Press 3 10
Reverse Grip Bench Press 3 10
Incline Barbell Bench Press 3 10
Decline Barbell Bench Press 3 10
Cable Crossovers 5 10
Weighted Dip 3 Failure
Exercise Sets Reps
Wide Grip Barbell Curl 3 7
Preacher Curl 3 10
Dumbbell Concentration Curl 3 10
Hammer Curl 3 10
Seated Dumbbell Curl 3 10
Cable Curl 3 10
Skullcrusher 3 10
Tricep Pushdown with Rope Attachment 3 10
Tricep Pushdown with V Bar Attachment 3 10
Reverse Grip Tricep Pushdown 3 10
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 4 10
Hack Squat 4 4-10
Leg Press 4 4-10
Leg Curl 4 15
Calf Raise 4 15
Seated Calf Raise 4 15
Back and Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps
Lat Pull Down 3 10
Seated Cable Row 3 10
Lying T Bar Row 3 10
Deadlift 4 4-10
Pull Ups 5 10-15
Lateral Raise 3 10
Military Press 3 10
Seated Dumbbell Press 3 10
Barbell Shrug 3 10
Exercise Sets Reps
Decline Weighted Sit Up 3 15
Plate Twist 3 15
Decline Leg Raise 3 15
Side Bend 3 15
Cable Crunch 3 15
Barbell Curl 3 7

John's Diet And Supplement Plan

John MillerWhat is your philosophy about nutrition?

Nutrition is 95% of how you look.

What nutrition plan has worked best for you?

A steady plan that involves eating clean nutrient dense foods and lots of protein.

Can you give an example of what your daily meal plan looks like?

  • Meal One - ½ cup of oatmeal, 1 apple, 4 egg whites plus one whole egg, 2 scoops of whey protein.
  • Meal Two - 6 oz. grilled chicken breast, 1 cup brown rice, ½ cup broccoli.
  • Meal Three - 6 oz. tuna, 8 oz. sweet potato, 1 cup green beans.
  • Meal Four - 2 scoops of whey protein, 1 piece of fruit.
  • Meal Five - 6 oz. grilled chicken breast, large salad, 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar.
  • Meal Six - 2 scoops of whey protein.

What is your favorite cheat food?

I didn’t get where I am today cheating. Sometimes I crave Mexican food, good southern BBQ, or southern fried chicken. However, I rarely and I mean rarely cheat. When I am in the cutting phase I go months without touching these foods.

What is your favorite health food?

  • Protein shakes: Whey protein of a variety of flavors like ice cream sandwich or cake batter.
  • I also love a good piece of moist grilled chicken.
  • Freshly pickup garden fresh green beans are excellent and they are even better raw.                                             

What supplements have given you the greatest gains?

Jack3d by USP Labs.

What does your pre and post workout nutrition consist of?

Pre workout: Jack3d, Animal Pak, amino acids, whey protein. Post workout: a balanced meal (a piece of lean meat with some brown rice and a nutrient dense vegetable) or whey protein shake.

Advice For Others

Eat right! Seriously that is about all you need to know. However, a common error experienced by beginners is setting unrealistic goals and injuring them. Building a good body takes time and hard work. Hard work and dedication will always pay off in the end.

Bodybuilder John Miller

Posted on: Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:37

Hi John. Great Transformations mate. I'm the same height as you and weight 136 pounds (62 KG). I'm quite happy with my size but I want to shred of all the fat and build muscle. Any advice?

How many calories did you consume during your transformation phase?

Luis P
Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2014 - 23:37

Hey John I wanted to ask what your daily caloric intake ends up being based on your diet..I am 6'2'' 207 lbs and wanted to see if your meal plan would apply to me.

Posted on: Thu, 04/04/2013 - 10:34

Hey John..great transformation and I'm personally following your path but what method did you follow to lose the flab and fat around the lower abs? should I run a few miles after a workout session a few times a week or...???

Posted on: Fri, 01/11/2013 - 20:48

Do you have any diet logs?? I would be interested in them. Iam trying to put together a plan and not sure where to start.

vernon mindo
Posted on: Tue, 01/01/2013 - 15:56

You might want to proofread the article, there are some errors.

Posted on: Mon, 09/03/2012 - 00:15

how did you build that much muscle without eating a surplus of calories?

Posted on: Wed, 05/02/2012 - 17:44

Hey John
Your transformation is unreal. Very impressive. I was wondering what you eat through out the week. I see your one day menue but what about the rest of the week. Working hard and seeing results but would like to get my abs going like yours
Thanks for any help


Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2012 - 00:09

I saw your workout routine you listed, and was wondering if you incorporate any other workouts or is that it?

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2012 - 03:23

Awesome results! Good job, John! I'm going to try your workout. Hopefully I get great results as well! Keep up the good work.

Posted on: Sun, 08/14/2011 - 12:17

how long did it take for you to reach your goal?

Posted on: Sun, 05/08/2011 - 12:38

this is what i want to do without supplements can i do it with normal eat and how long i take ?

zach stubbs
Posted on: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 09:07

great transformation john, impressive

Posted on: Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:43

How long you achieve it?Great transformation. Same height with me and almost same weight also..

Posted on: Tue, 02/22/2011 - 14:13

Did you really make this transformation in less than a year?!

Posted on: Sun, 12/12/2010 - 08:51

Hi john , again -well done !
i would like to ask , i am sixteen and have been going to the gym five days a week for a year now , and haven't seen as much of an improvement as i might have liked..
was just wondering what you would advise e.g toning or building etc
i would also like to loose the small role of flab near the bottom of my stomach!
thanks for your time :)

Steven Mas
Posted on: Tue, 11/30/2010 - 16:10

Nice work John, I'm 22 as well and have a similar story and workout as yours. Just wondering what days you do your cardio on and for how long/how many calories do you normally shoot to try to burn off? Thanks man.

Posted on: Fri, 11/26/2010 - 23:44

Wow, It looks like you made a huge Improvement in your body, good job!
Could you explain how your weekly rotation works I m kinda confused!

thanks in advance

Posted on: Tue, 11/23/2010 - 05:45

That's great what u have achieved. Please could u help me get in that shape. Frankly speaking i'm quite slim and been training but haven't yet built much muscle (not too regular. Please advise on how I should go on. Thanks

Posted on: Thu, 11/04/2010 - 06:40

how long has it taken you to build up all the muscle?

Posted on: Thu, 10/07/2010 - 07:06

one more Q i just bought some animal cuts to burn fat
is that ok to take it while im useing creatine
i can only train mon wed thur & fri is there any way i could do your workout in four days ?????

John Miller
Posted on: Thu, 10/14/2010 - 10:03

Here is the hierarchy of changing your body. FOOOD, Workouts, then supps. If you can eat right and only workout for days a week you will be fine. Drinking plenty of water, like a gallon a day, helps burn fat and keeps the kidneys at optimum efficiency.

Posted on: Thu, 10/07/2010 - 07:03

yeah should i do cardio after 20/30min?????
not sure if im takeing to much protein shakes
5am oats with scoop of whey
after gym 9am pro shake
lunch chicken pumpkin soup green tea
snack pro shake
dinner fish & vegs
snack low fat yougat
b4 bes casien shake
would you say thats a good diet..

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 16:36

I'd also really like to know if Cardio is a part of your workout? I'm currently working a similar routine 6 days and running 3 times a week moderate intesity for 15-20 mins. I'm wondering if I should cut out the running?

Posted on: Thu, 09/30/2010 - 23:08

Why do you have barbell curls under abs?

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/2010 - 11:57

Hey John,

Amazing transition, congratulations! I'm currently a pretty avid lifter, at 160 on a 5'6" frame, but I'm looking to get down in body fat %. My abs are visible, but definitely not chiseled. Do you recommend your eating plan for someone trying to lose body fat as well, rather than just maintain? Also, do you recommend cardio? I usually do cardio once or twice a week, from 20-35 minutes, but hesitate to do more, as I don't want to lose the muscle I've worked so hard to gain.

Thanks for your time

Posted on: Wed, 09/22/2010 - 19:24

I see that you have given the workouts that you do but can you give me a weekly routine. Like what do you on Mondays, Tuesdays and so on. The results that you, John Miller, have achieved is exactly what I am looking for. I would really appreciate your response on this.

Thank you.

John Miller
Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2010 - 21:26

Monday chest abs
Tue back
Wed Legs abs
Thursday arms
Friday shoulders abs
Saturday chest
Then your week begins Monday with Back and abs. Follow the rotation.

Posted on: Sat, 10/23/2010 - 23:16

I'm 5'10" 185lbs, but my body is flabby and my biceps are really small. I was wondering whats your advice and should I follow your workout?

Seth Armstrong
Posted on: Fri, 11/18/2011 - 18:33

Hey John, I have a question I am a Junior in High School and I have been lifting for a year now and was wondering if doing all upper body every other day and Abs every other day and Lower body every other day is a efficient workout?

Posted on: Fri, 04/12/2013 - 10:19

Hi John, I'm from India and I'm very much interested in body building, my height is 5'7 and 169lb. Could you suggest the work routine with simple Diet plan and I don't like to go with the supplements. keep smiling... thanks in advance.


Posted on: Wed, 09/22/2010 - 15:05

Wow, nice work man. I am 5'7 as well and also about 6.5% body fat. I would love to get up to 162-165, I think it would make a huge difference. Right now I am about 153. Plan on doing a nice bulk this winter.