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Fitness gurus are a dime a dozen these days, and choosing who to listen to can feel like half the battle of getting into shape. This article will help you make better choices.

The fitness industry is extremely tough to navigate as a beginner because of the sheer amount of “gurus” proclaiming they have the “secrets” to getting ripped.

If you hit the popular fitness sites, you’ll find contradictory advice at every turn. 

How can you know who’s right and who’s wrong? How can you know who to listen to?

Well, I used to wrestle with all these issues and have not only escaped the maze but, ironically, have become something of a fitness guru myself. In this article, I want to share with you 5 criteria you can use to judge if someone is worth listening to or not.

Let’s get started.

If a fitness guru claims to have a revolutionary dietary or exercise routine, they’re probably full of shit.

Anyone that claims to have found special “shortcuts” to getting muscular, lean, and strong, is probably lying. And the more special they claim their methods, the more likely they’re lying. If they say their “discovery” is going to revolutionize the industry–or is–they’re definitely lying.

You see, contrarian marketing works really well. When someone speaks out against things “everyone knows,” it grabs people’s attention and makes them suggestible to influence. It’s just how we humans are wired.

The more contrarian the pitch (the more it goes against what we all know about getting fit–you have to control food intake and exercise regularly), the more likely it’s bullshit. 

Fortunately, these types of fraudsters are usually pretty easy to spot.

  • They often tell you that “traditional” methods of building muscle and getting lean don’t work, or don’t work well. They’ll say things like bulking and cutting doesn’t work, calorie counting doesn’t work, traditional strength and hypertrophy training doesn’t work, etc.
  • They often talk about “weird” tips and tricks that help you build muscle and get lean. 
  • They often promise fast, easy results.
  • They often share their “transformation stories” and physiques to sell their methods. These stories almost always follow the same formula: Starting Situation, Tried and Failed, Breakthrough, Consistent Results, Others Did It Too, You Can Learn Too.
  • They often refer to scientific research without citing sources for your review.
  • They often coin (and trademark) pseudoscientific names for their pet training and dietary theories.

The truth is while many people do train and eat incorrectly and thus make poor progress, there are no magic bullets or “inside secrets” beyond steroids, which we’ll talk about in a minute.

When it comes to diet, it all boils down to energy balance and macronutrient balancingManipulating carbohydrate intake, meal timing and sizes, and food choices are all relatively unimportant in the bigger scheme of things.

When it comes to weightlifting, it all boils down to intensity and frequency, exercise selection, and progressive overload. Proper training is much simpler than most fitness gurus want you to believe: lift heavy weights, train every muscle group once every 5 to 7 days, focus on compound exercises, and make sure you’re adding weight to the bar over time.

If a fitness guru doesn’t demonstrate a good scientific understanding of the subject, they will probably lead you astray.

The fitness space is riddled with gymlore and broscience, and all kinds of myths and fallacies are kept alive by word of mouth. For example, do any of these claims sound familiar?

Chances are you’ve heard these things repeated ad nauseam by magazines, bloggers, gym buddies, trainers, and just about anyone else that cares enough about fitness to discuss it.

Well, they’re all false. How do I know that? Because I’ve got the inside scoop on revolutionary fat-burning and muscle-building secrets? Hardly.

First and foremost, I know they’re false because I’ve reviewed the scientific research that categorically disproves them–research that I cite for others to review as well.  Furthermore, I’ve found my own experiences–both with my body and with the thousands of people I’ve helped–in line with the research.

I used to believe those myths though (and many others). And I learned my lesson. When I want to know more about some aspect of health or fitness, I always turn to the scientific literature first, and in my opinion, you should only listen to people that do the same. 

Yes, it’s time consuming and sometimes frustrating to find what I need, but it’s the only way to be truly objective about this game and know what we do and don’t understand, and what we can and can’t be certain about.

So…

  • If a fitness guru makes no reference whatsoever to scientific studies, watch out. Chances are he or she is going to be wrong about quite a bit.
  • If casual references are made without citations, this is slightly better, but I’m still wary. I want to see the studies for myself because sometimes they’re misunderstood or misattributed.
  • If regular scientific citations are included, that’s a very good sign. Again, I want to see the studies myself, but the fact that the person has taken the time to (ostensibly) do the research bodes well.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, millions of studies from all around the world can be found on PubMed, and those that aren’t freely available can be accessed using a service like DeepDyve.

If a fitness guru doesn’t have good client success stories, there’s probably a reason.

Just because someone is in shape themselves doesn’t necessarily mean they can get you into shape too.

I don’t know how many times people have come to me ready to give up after some online fitness coach prescribed them a ridiculous regimen of a very low-calorie diet consisting of a handful of bland “approved” foods; long, grueling weight sessions; and hours of weekly cardio. If that’s what it takes to get fit, people say, it’s just not for them…and I totally understand!

Well, fortunately it doesn’t have to be like that. A good coach can get you into great shape eating foods you like, never feeling starved, and exercising no more than 4 to 6 hours per week.

There are plenty of good coaches out there, and they will all have good client success stories. The people will have made clear progress and usually there will be a write-up from them explaining how the experience was (there won’t just be a couple of images). The last point is important because before and after shots get ripped off left and right. You can’t always accept them at face value.

A good habit is to do a reverse image search on the images and see if they come up elsewhere. If the pictures are just ripped off, you’ll often find them on sales pages, message boards, and social media profiles.

If a fitness guru doesn’t walk the walk and look the part, you probably shouldn’t listen to them.

There are exceptions to this rule of thumb, but it’s pretty workable. If the guy or gal you’re considering isn’t in great shape, you should probably ignore them.

If they themselves aren’t strong, lean, and muscular, there’s a good chance they won’t be able to help you do it either.

It’s possible that they actually know what’s what and are just too lazy to do it themselves or don’t care enough, but there’s probably only a handful of people in this space that fit that description.

In most cases, the skinny-fat guys and gals billing themselves as fitness gurus have no place advising you or anyone else on how to get fit.

This includes the scientifically oriented guys and gals that can cite studies for days but couldn’t deadlift their body weight to save their lives. These are the people that will argue that 30-rep sets work great for building muscle, the only way to build muscle is to train every muscle group 2 to 3 times per week, you never need more protein than .8 grams per pound of body weight, and many other claims that can be supported by cherry-picked studies, but that don’t pan out in long-term real-world application.

If a fitness guru looks too good, they’re probably on steroids, and that changes everything.

Everyone knows that the freakish bodybuilders featured in magazines and such are on ridiculous amounts of drugs, but many people don’t know just how prevalent steroids are in this world.

This might sound cynical but a large percentage of people making a living off their physiques are on steroids. That includes fitness models and competitors, YouTube and social media stars, and yes, bloggers and authors too.

They all claim natural, of course, and this leads many people to believe that the only ones using steroids are the hulking monsters. That’s far from the truth though.

The massive, shredded professional bodybuilders have gotten there through years of intense and myriad drug use (abuse, really) specifically engineered to build freakish amount of muscle. The average person would be shocked how many grams of drugs some of these guys shoot and swallow every week.

On the other hand, the smaller guys with incredibly impressive physiques claiming natural are also often on quite a bit of drugs as well, but just different combinations and amounts. When done right, this gives them the look most guys would kill for:

  • Big, grainy, full muscles that almost look like “3-dimensional” chunks of stone with skin stretched over them
  • Deep cuts everywhere you look, especially in the smaller muscles like the serratus and intercostals
  • Extremely low levels of body fat (4 to 5%)

Let me put a visual to this:

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While I really wish this look could be achieved without drugs, it just can’t be. End of story.

Here’s a simple checklist for spotting drug use:

  • If someone is freakishly huge, they’re on drugs. Obvious, but should be on the list.
  • If someone has an incredible physique and is constantly talking about how they’re natural, they’re probably on drugs. This is like the politician that constantly tells us how honest he is.
  • If someone has an incredible physique and their workouts consist of 2-hour sessions of high-rep work, they’re on drugs. This style of training simply doesn’t work for naturals once the “newbie gains” are exhausted.
  • If someone has an incredible physique and never seems to go above 10% body fat, even when bulking, no matter how much they eat, they’re on drugs. This is because you just can’t out-eat the anabolic power of certain drugs.
  • If someone has an incredible physique and competes professionally (has a pro card), even in a natural league, they’re on drugs. Let’s stop pretending that the drug testing in most natural leagues isn’t an absolute joke.

Now, you might be wondering why all this matters. Who cares what people do with their bodies? I’m 100% with you on that–I don’t personally care who uses steroids and who doesn’t.

BUT…there’s a problem when these guys and gals start advising you, who isn’t on drugs. What they do probably won’t work for you.

If they’re using their drugs properly, they will be training and eating a lot more than you can. If you follow their routines, you’ll simply wind up fat and overtrained.

This isn’t to say that all drug users give bad advice–far from it. There are many that know exactly what naturals should be doing and advise accordingly. But you should be careful when taking training or dietary advice from someone clearly on drugs as it may or may not actually work for you.

How much do certifications matter?

Being certified as a personal trainer means essentially nothing. If you can memorize some basic facts to pass a test, you can get your trainer’s license. Thus, the foolish stuff we see trainers having clients do every day.

A formal education in a field related to health or fitness is definitely a good sign, but don’t let a degree take precedence over all else discussed in this article. There are plenty of fitness gurus with impressive academic resumes that aren’t in great shape themselves, that don’t have good client successes, and that are all about hawking their “revolutionary” diet and exercise methodologies. 

 

What did you think of this advice on choosing which fitness guru to listen to? Have anything else to add? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • MattF

    It’s interesting to note just how many promise fast results with “revolutionary 20 minute protocol” workouts. I find it hard to fit enough volume to make a difference into that kind of time frame. People are always looking for the next quick fix with the least amount of effort. No two ways about it, getting fit and staying that way take hard work and dedication.

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah, in my experience you need about 45 – 60 minutes to get a good weightlifting session in.

  • greek4pearl

    I do agree with 99% of this article..the part I’m not sure I agree with is in regard to drug-free bodybuildling athletes. To blanket statement and say that you simply can’t look that good natural is a large generalization. The big black swan that sticks out to me are guys like Layne Norton and the 3DMJ (3-D Muscle Journey) coaches like Jeff Alberts, Eric Helms, and Berto Nunez. They are strictly drug-free athletes who have submitted to random and required drug tests throughout their careers. I would love to hear any thoughts you have regarding that…Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      I didn’t say you can’t look GOOD. I said you can’t look like a drugger. 🙂

  • Julia Irmis

    The timing of this article could not be better! I was honestly just in a health food store yesterday and the cashier asked if I wanted help… My question ‘Which whey protein powder tastes the least terrible here’ led into a stream of unsolicited ‘health tips’ which centered around how I didn’t want to get too bulky by lifting heavy weights, I was ruining my metabolism with the IF, and really I should just be a slave to cardio because that’s much more feminine. It was really infuriating, and when I tried to disagree with, you know, actual facts, he just kept saying ‘Those are common misconceptions’… so patronising. How are these people allowed to sell people supplements and give out health ‘advice’?!

    • Steve P

      That sounds worse than going into GNC!

      • Julia Irmis

        It was Holland and Barrett…. Never going back.

    • Michael Matthews

      Some people think they know everything because they read a bunch of magazines. 😛

  • Marco

    I stumbled upon this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-4-Hour-Body-Incredible-Superhuman/dp/030746363X/
    The description pretty much sounds like bullsh…
    But there are 1,569 5-star and 383 4-star reviews. What do you think – about the book and great Amazon reviews as an indicator of great fitness books? (BTW, great Amazon reviews lead me to your books a year ago.)

    • Michael Matthews

      I’m not a fan of 4HBB. Lot of broscience in that book.

      • Oh Tim Ferriss…

        • Michael Matthews

          Clever/interesting guy that knows how to make money, but is eh…morally deficient?

    • Andrew

      I read the fat loss section of the book. If I remember correctly it is called the Slow carb diet and suggest you eat no carbs (other than fibrous veggies and legumes), repeat meals over and over, have a cheat day, and don’t drink calories. This diet plan alone allows for infinite variance in the AMOUNT of food you eat and therefore following these rules can make you either gain or lose weight. I think Ferris counts on the majority of his readers starting overweight and getting a large percentage of their calories from processed junk. The diet still allows for replacing all these calories and more with tons of protein and beans which I think Ferris correctly assumes is not very easy or enjoyable for the average person to do. So what you get is a lot of people eating a lot less calories after they put this book down and losing weight. Once the effect of Ferris’s writing wears off you are back to eating crap and regaining the weight as quickly as you lost it. As for the ‘Losing last 5-10 lbs’ section in this book, completely unexplained bro-science that caused me to stop reading. All that being said, Ferris is pretty entertaining to read and I can see why people like his books.

      • Michael Matthews

        Exactly. Many faddish diets rely on that simple point (people will incidentally drastically reduce intake when they stop eating crap).

  • stevedave

    http://irongangsta.blogspot.com/2013/06/layne-norton-with-gynecomastia.html

    Too bad Layne is on the juice. Another phony, just like Mike

  • Steve P

    I think Instagram is making the “fitness guru” epidemic a lot worse. You always see people posting a gym pic with their workout listing of tons of super-sets all in the 15-20 rep range and no heavy lifting at all and then people commenting back about how they need to start doing that workout. Plus the “8-week transformation” pictures with insane results

    • Michael Matthews

      Absolutely true

  • HYNK

    Good article and I agree with most of it, except I keep hearing you say if someone works out intensely for 2 hrs, they’re on drugs. I work out intensely for 2 hrs and I’m beyond newbie gains. Does that mean I’m making huge physical gains from that extra workout time? Not necessarily. I enjoy training the mind, building mental toughness, losing track of time while training, burning extra calories so I can eat bigger, etc. While I agree that I’m definitely not the norm, I’m definitely not on drugs and I can’t be the only one out there like me.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Remember I said long, high-rep workouts AND looking like a god (see picture in the article). That’s always drugs…

      • HYNK

        I don’t think I look like a god. Not yet at least, haha. Just out of curiosity, what do you consider high rep? I guess it’s all subjective.

        • Michael Matthews

          Haha I don’t either. When I say god, I mean top-tier fitness model.

          IMO anything above 8 reps is high-rep.

  • Kevin

    MIKE FUCKING CHANG IS FULL OF SHIT. Your articles get better each week Mike. Like you said I too do not care whether someone is on gear or not..Yet the fact that I don’t know whether Chris Lavado, Matt Ogus, and Steve Cook are on steroids is killing me..your opinion on them?

    • Michael Matthews

      Lol yes Chang is a huge troll.

      Honestly I’m not into speculating on well-known people in the space. It can get out of hand quickly.

  • Ollie

    Haha I’m pretty sure that picture is of Rob Riches

    • Michael Matthews

      Who’s that? 😉

  • Joy

    Great article! There is a “skinny fat” guru in my area who is on her way to making her first million by telling women they just have to “eat clean”, buy her supplements and of course sign up to her special plan. So many friends have fallen for it because they LOVE the idea of minimal exercise. She has EVERY one of the characteristics that you have mentioned. It bothered me as I knew intuitively that it is just not right and now I feel justified.
    Thanks for your great articles, only newly discovered your website and doing all I can to promote you on Pinterest 🙂

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Joy! That’s lame. I’m glad you haven’t fallen for her crap though. And thanks for the support! I really appreciate it.

  • James

    Hi mike question regarding bsl. Why do you think you get better gains from the 5 day split compared to the 3 or 4 even though your doing the same number of sets per workout? Thanks in advance

    • Michael Matthews

      Because you’re able to hit each muscle group with more intensity, that’s all. You can do great on 3 x per week though.

  • arodnyy82

    Great article, I freaking LOVE this website Mike. All I can say, it’s about time I found something real. I have been on a quest for about 3 years now trying to weed through all the fitness and nutrition BS to try and find some truth. I have been a sucker and have tried every program out there. I followed gurus, tried the miracle programs, wasted time and money only to find out it was all smoke and mirrors. I tried Chad Waterburry books, countless Men’s Health programs, Jim Wendler’s 5-3-1, Tim Ferris’ 4HB, Jim Stopanni’s shortcut to size and shortcut to shred, German Volume training, Mark Verstegen, Doug McGruff, WOD’s you name it. I was hooked on all of those just looking for answers because I was not getting the results I want (probably because many of the guys I was looking up to were on juice). Finally I found two thing that I believe to be real. First was Dan John’s 10K kettlebell challenge and the second Mike’s Body for Life. Mike, your articles are addicting because they address all of the unanswered questions I have had the last three years. I just want to thank you for putting this all out there. Quality information like this is almost impossible to find and you have put me on a good path. I am so happy with the results I have been getting in just two weeks! One last comment, I listened to your interview with Ulisess Jr. I had never heard of him so I looked him up. No freaking way that dude is not juicing.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man! I really appreciate it.

      I’ve also tried just about every program you can imagine over the years and didn’t really start making progress until I got serious about educating myself in the fundamentals as opposed to listening to the latest and greatest gurus.

      I really appreciate your support man!

  • Eric Farto

    Hi Mike! Hope everything is ok..

    Just like you said, I really don’t care what bodybuilders/huge people use. The effort to achieve that type of body is superhuman, even on drugs. The problem is ‘misconception’. Many people ask what is the secret to achieve that physic, and many dreams are destroyed due to that false world of ‘eat like a monster and train like a monster and you’ll be huge’.

    Thanks to people like you, Mike, that those lost people have a light in the end of tunnel. Congratulations! 🙂

    • Michael Matthews

      Exactly Eric. I totally agree.

  • Mike

    Thank you for another great article Mike..and the recipes too..gives me great ideas..appreciate you brother!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man!

  • James

    Hi mike. A few of the ‘fitness gurus’ in the uk say that your body cannot burn body fat for 3 to 5 days after a heavy night drinking? Ever heard of this? Sounds pretty crazy to me. Also they say you can only truly lose body fat if you have got rid of all the toxins in your body and detoxed the liver? Ie if you haven’t you will put all the weight back on? What are your thoughts?

  • Completely awesome Article Mike. I love how ‘real’ you are about all this. Right on!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks man!

  • Steven

    How do i know you’re not on drugs Mike? And how can you really claim that most natural athletes are using drugs? Seems kind of unfounded..

    • Michael Matthews

      Look at my body. Anyone that knows the signs of drugging can see I’m natural. And that’s why I never get “called out” by various people in the industry that know what they’re talking about.

      And what do you mean by natural athletes? Professional competitors? Lol 99% of the “natty” pros are on so many drugs it would blow your mind. Trust me–I know quite a few people that compete in pro natty leagues.

      • Steven

        That’s really disappointing to hear(refering to the “natural” competitors.) But do you have any thoughts on Mike O’Hearn(Mister natural himself) and Lazar Angelov?
        And what kind of drugs are most common(except for steroids of course)?

  • Nick

    Love this article!! Just wondering, when is pulse back on stock at Amazon? Your products rock btw!

  • Eric the Chartruse

    Mike, you wrote, “If someone has an incredible physique and competes, even in a natural league, they’re on drugs. Let’s stop pretending that the drug testing in most natural leagues isn’t an absolute joke.” Your website is terrific, but this is a false statement. I know several all natural bodybuilders who are working toward their pro cards and have never taken a PED in their lives. Sadly, the bodybuilding world IS full of juice, and you are correct in stating that drug testing at most shows is a joke (one cannot reasonably test the urine of 500 contestants in a 24-hour period), yet I believe we should be promoting natural bodybuilding, and not promoting the idea that there are not excellent, all-natural bodybuilders.

    • Michael Matthews

      Good point Eric. What I actually meant is someone with a pro card in a big league. A distinction there!

      Thanks for the comment. I appreciate it.

  • Ahmed

    Great article as always. I see that you avoid giving your opinion on people in the comments? 🙂 anyway, Ct fletcher and Mike rashid claim that they are natural. They say that over training is BS, and if you have a look at their weight lifting methods, its all high rep range, million exercises and iron marathons. and they claim they’re all natty .My point is: its completely against what you say (in terms of training). you watch their videos in youtube.

    One last thing, will legion supps be available on amazonUK?

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks brother.

      Yeah their claims…make me laugh. 😉 I don’t recommend a natural weightlifter follow their routines.

      Later in the year. We’re just stabilizing things here in the States in terms of meeting demands and then we can start exporting. 🙂

  • Anthony DiPasquale

    very very excellent article, mate – not much I could possibly add, because it is real, so true, and shows me you definitely are an expert as well as a good non-expert spotter. thank you. I’ve had nutri and training clients non stop since 1992 and found myself agreeing with pretty much everything you wrote. An obviously well rounded guy you are, who knows his stuff!!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks so much man, I appreciate it.

  • Ben

    Good article! The only thing that annoys me with some people who are obviously on drugs is they walk around the gym like they’ve accomplished world peace. I suppose this can be said about some naturals but its more obvious in the sted heads.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Haha yeah I totally agree.

  • Great article Mike! I have always wondered about the fitness models and how they get that lean, but maintain mass. Very disappointing for us “natural” guys to aspire to that, but probably don’t have a chance to get to that level. Either way, training hard (and smart) consistently, and eating specific to your body type will get you a physique that most people will envy.

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  • Nikki

    Love this article, funny thing you mention drugs, I was comparing natural federation bikini competitors to the photos of competitors that don’t get tested in a seperate federation and you can clearly see the difference in physiques lol. I wanted to compete in a natural show in the OPA here in Canada and def delt discouraged, but I’ve accepted I’ll never look that amazing unless I start using drugs like a lot of the chicks which isnt my cup of tea.

    • Michael Matthews

      Glad you liked the article Nikki and yes that’s the unfortunate truth with the drugging.

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  • Poe

    Hey Mike i love this article, really don’t like those fakers giving bad advises and showing up on Instagram like the king of the world.
    So i have a question is that how big can a natural human get, for example how many kilos of lean mass do you think you are away from your natural limit? Is the biggest about the size of an Olympic lifter?

  • Cory

    Great Article. Fitness, Health, and Financial “gurus’ is where you definitely have to look out for these things.

    Question for you Mike – I am looking to make a career change to becoming a Personal Trainer. Do you recommend any specific certificate? I was looking at ACE. I have added some of your recommended books from other authors to my reading list, but thought I would ask your opinion on this. I enjoy helping people and fitness, so I believe I would enjoy it. Thanks

    • Thanks! I agree.

      I don’t really have any recommendation as I’m not a PT (don’t have the time) but from what I’ve heard the big 3-4 are more or less the same…

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  • Steve Fury

    I dont want to sound rude Mike..Although I guess you could take this as a compliment, but you seem on par with the alleged drug users lol.. If you can acheive that body without steroids, then why attack others with similar body types?

    • Haha I’ll take that as a compliment. I don’t personally have any issues with guys on drugs but what I don’t like is when they don’t disclose it and claim natty. This sets unreal expectations for others and usually involves a ton of bad diet and training advice as well.

  • Coleman hart

    This post is inaccurate. Though it does have some things right, but what bugs me is your limitation on all naturals. I’m 18 and don’t take any sort of drug. But a physique such as Denis cook or someone is achievable.

  • Nikki

    I don’t know why people still hire people who use drugs. Take a look on instagram at their natural athletes and it’s not impressive.

    And those who do one physique show all of a sudden are experts in diet and nutrition.

    I also despise supplement store owners who hand out nutritional advice

  • minnepinne

    You should do a video on the different drugs and their properties and how they can make you look. Would be educational. 🙂

  • Taylor Kuzik

    I tend to listen Jeff Cavaliere, the creator of Athlean X. He’s a professional sports physical therapist and strength coach and has been for years. So basically he practices what he preaches. He uses his own brand of supplement line based on scientific research. He doesn’t uses drugs and his physique is the result of proper nutrition and working out. Of course like everyone else, Jeff has made some mistakes along the way. He even admits he was the worst junk food eater as a teenager. He looks to be around 5-8% BF and he believes it’s possible to build muscle and burn fat at the same time. He states that in addition of getting nutrition in check, the key to building muscle and fat simultaneously is getting into positive nitrogen balance. He doesn’t believe in the bulking and cutting route stating it’s a waste of time. Something I agree with. You spend half of the year eating in a caloric surplus then switch to a caloric deficit to remove the fat that accompanies the bulking phase whether it’s 5-10% surplus or more. He even made a video talking about the bulking and cutting cycle. Jeff’s in amazing shape for a man in his 40s. He doesn’t spew BS and 100% honest with you that professional nutritionists and physical therapists do.
    I want to stay lean year round along with getting to 8-10% BF since it’s healthier than the lower single digits. I do see my obliques getting that gill-like appearance like a shark but they are more visible in the right lighting/shadowing. Getting developed obliques is important since it helps get that shredded core every man and woman wants. It also helps with that v-cut look. Another problem with getting that shredded core is…well, my translucent skin. I burn real easily but don’t tan.
    Do I believe it’s possible to get from fat to amazing shape over the course of 3 months? It depends on how committed you are to nutrition and working out properly but generally speaking it’s not easy.
    Anyway, the reason why I listen to Jeff’s advice is because it’s legit. He talks about how to stretch your muscles that I didn’t know about or do a workout with some form of injury or tear you may have suffered in the past. Hell, he uses a skeleton you find in a life science class for his lectures about the muscular system and even shows how to do the stretch. Plus he does demonstration videos of correcting a lift or a fat burning burst training. In regards to nutrition he’s 100% honest as well. He doesn’t believe in counting calories or measuring in his meal plan. He states that you’ll get full before you get fat with the meal plan.

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