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Two months ago, I launched Strong by Bret, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome so far.

I’m getting ready to film month 3 videos today. We go in 4 week waves, and next program starts on Monday. Month 1 established baseline strength with squats, bench press, hip thrusts, and deadlifts. Month 2 was a DUP plan for squats. Month 3 is going to be a DUP plan for hip thrusts with emphasis on the chin up as well. We’re always hammering the big lifts, but the emphasis changes each month so some lifts get targeted while the others are maintained. It dawned on me that I haven’t highlighted any of the ladies’ success so far. Therefore, I decided to make a special post for my Strong by Bret (SBB) badasses.

We’ve been working very hard on form, on achieving good squat depth, and on getting stronger. Here is a selection of clips that I found from exploring the #strongbybret hashtag on Instagram (496 posts in less than 2 months!). If you want to give Strong by Bretย a try, I’m offering a free two-week trial.

#speed #deadlifts that actually felt speedy! Sets of 195. #strongbybret #powerlifting

A video posted by Kristen (@40inchcakes) on

225# 3×3 #strongbybret #rawirongym

A video posted by Teresa Wynn Garner (@teresa.garner) on

Working on depth. 155×3 #strongbybret #rawirongym

A video posted by Teresa Wynn Garner (@teresa.garner) on

Bss for those cakes. #strongbybret #girlswhopowerlift

A video posted by Kristen (@40inchcakes) on

Keep it up ladies. You are inspiring. Strong by Bret Women Do It Better!


  • tammy e. says:

    Loved seeing that! WTG girls (and Bret)!

  • John G. says:

    This might sound like a silly question but is the Strong by Bret program focused primarily for women, or is it great for men too?

    • It’s great for men too…hell, it’s how I train. Lots of squats, deadlifts, hip thrusts, chins, bench press, etc. I don’t have any men using the #strongbybret hashtag though LOL.

  • Louise says:

    Is Strong by Bret a full body program? How many days a week do you train?

  • Jeann says:

    I’m curious on how this would be for someone who has been lifting a long time (over 20 years) 5-6 days a week. I don’t want to lose upper body mass so was curious about the volume.

  • Kathy says:

    Woo hoo! These ladies truly rock! Awesome program!

  • Kristina says:

    HI Brett! I love watching your feed on instagram… I purchased your book “Strong Curves” and am considering trying out your “Strong by Brett” program, and am wondering how/if the workouts are different than the ones in your book. Also, is there any nutrition advice in the program? I am currently in my mid-40’s and have exercised for most of my adult life… recently have been in a slump and put on some weight and not feeling happy at all about where I am physically. I’m looking for my lost mojo, and love to lift…. So inspired by your program and videos… Im ready to jump in, loose some fat, put on some muscle and get fit again…. I think it’s harder at this phase of a female life with hormones playing against me…
    Sorry for the long post…. I keep looking for a “contact us” email address, but there isn’t one. I hope you can reply to my email. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Maleah Johnston says:

      Hi, Kristina! Feel free to send an email to and I’ll be happy to assist you. This program sounds like a perfect fit!

    • Nicole Vella says:

      Hi Kristina! Just wondering what you decided on in the end!? ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have the Strong Curves book and adapting the beginners program to be a bit more intense (as I am not a beginner BUT coming back from injuries). Have been thinking about the Strong by Bret OR having a personalized program by him would be a dream just need to figure out finances!

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