I’ll review Nick Nilsson’s Muscle Explosion: 28 Days to Maximum Mass. Let’s start with what you get with this program. It’s pretty straightforward:
Muscle Explosion e-book: This book is the overall plan for gaining mass. Later I’ll give a summary of how it works.
Printable Workout Sheets: You can print the workout plan out, carry it to the gym, and record your progress.
Berardi Meal Plans: Created by Dr. John Berardi, PhD, CSCS. Manipulating your diet is an important part of the program, and this e-book will guide you through it.
The first week calls for a low carb approach to dieting. It’s a little more complicated than that because the author has included a few tweaks (like a protein only day). But the basic idea is to eat in a way that lowers the glycogen in your muscles.
This first low carb week is followed by three weeks of eating for mass. Why not go straight to the mass-eating phase? Well, lowering the glycogen in your liver/muscles sets you up for glycogen supercompensation. I know this is a legitimate strategy because it is part of cyclical ketogenic diets (which I’ve done before). I’ve never seen this method used specifically for mass, but it makes sense.
The training protocol goes along with the diet. The first couple of sessions are called Metabolic Acceleration. The program then systematically takes you through different techniques to build strength and mass. These are advanced methods to help you break through strength/mass plateaus.
Note on Supplements:
The program includes recommendations on supplements. While most of the advice is sound, I’d caution you on a couple of things:
*The author recommends specific stores/brands. I’d recommend you shop around and see if there are better deals out there.
*I disagree with his endorsement of Creatine Ethyl Ester. Creatine Monohydrate is, as far as I’m concerned, the only one you should use.
I believe Muscle Explosion would be very effective for intermediate/advanced trainees who are looking to break plateaus in size and strength. But you should you only buy it if you are ready to fully dedicate yourself to some disciplined dieting and hard training. Just click here if you are interested in buying it or learning more. Please use my links if this review has helped you—you’ll be supporting an honest voice in the fitness industry.
Note: Version 2.0 of this program is now available.
If you are new to training I would instead recommend Jason Ferruggia’s Muscle Gaining Secrets. This program is more appropriate for beginner trainees who want to build their foundation.
Nillson has another program for intermediate/advanced trainees called Mad Scientist Muscle. This is a more long-term program you could use virtually non-stop.
Intermediate/advanced trainees who want a program with video content should consider Ben Pakulski’s Mass Intentions 40 (MI40). This has been a popular program with my readers, but it does cost more than the one I’ve just reviewed.