Decembulk Review (Jason Maxwell)

DecembulkReviewJasonMaxwellJason Maxwell has created a new program for gaining muscle mass just in time for the holidays.  I was very impressed with his DUP Method program, (a system for increasing your one-rep max) so I was looking forward to checking it out.

Maxwell’s bulking program is called Decembulk, and I’ve had the opportunity to look over it.   I’ll start this review by sharing what you get if you decide to invest in this program:

Decembulk Program Components:

The Getting Started Guide:  This short document simply tells you how to use the program–read the manual, decide how many days you want to train, and follow the nutrition and training protocols accordingly.  Pretty simple, which is a good thing (I don’t like overly complicated programs).

Printable Training Logs:  Decembulk is set up with some flexibility in terms of training frequency.  You can train 3, 4, or 5 days a week according to your schedule and preferences.  You simply print out the training logs accordingly.

Training Calendar:  This will guide you through the program by telling you which workout you are supposed to do on a given day.  If the calendar says “Workout A1,” for example, you just find that workout on your training log.  The calendar has guides for the 3, 4, and 5 day a week program.

Bulking Calculator:  This spreadsheet will guide you through the nutrition aspect of the program by showing you how many calories and macronutrients you should be taking in.  Be sure to pay attention to it: people tend to overestimate or underestimate the amount of food/calories they are actually consuming.

Bonus Material:

You’ll also get three bonuses when you order Decembulk:  6-Minute Finishers, for arms, shoulders, and chest.  You can add these “mini routines” to the end of your training sessions in order to give additional attention to lagging body parts (or muscles you just want to give extra attention to).

Decembulk Program Review:

Muscle size and strength are connected, but you are likely to see the best results when you train with one specific goal in mind.  Jason Maxwell has designed Decembulk for those who want to spend a few weeks focusing on hypertrophy/mass.  His workouts are designed to create the perfect combination of tension, muscle damage (on the microscopic level), and metabolic stress in order to help you achieve new gains.  This, combined with the right nutrition, should go a long way in helping you put on a few pounds of quality mass.

Let me be clear on something here:  this program is not a fat loss system (that should be obvious, but I just wanted to make it 100% clear).  If you are wanting to lose fat there are several other programs out there (Maxwell’s DUP Method can be adjusted for fat loss).  Decembulk is not for you if your goal is anything other than putting on mass.

I think this program would be good for the following:

*Beginner/intermediate trainees who have been training for a while and want to focus on getting bigger.  Decembulk would be great for guys who have learned a few of the basics and want to take their mass-building to the next level.

*Athletes who want to move up in weight class or just get bigger for their chosen sport.  The winter season is when a lot of guys want to focus this goal, and I think Maxwell’s program would be good for this.

*Returning trainees who want to regain some size they have lost during a layoff.  Those who have been out of training for a while and want to start back by putting on some mass should see good results.

*Ectomorphs (skinny guys) who want a system specifically designed for gaining weight.

If you match one of these descriptions then I think Decembulk would be a good investment.  It is a reasonably priced program and I think you’d find it to be a good investment of your hard-earned money.

Just CLICK HERE if you’d like to try this program or learn more.

 

Renegade Strong Review Jason Ferruggia

RenegadeStrongReviewJasonFerruggia

I’ve had a chance to look over Renegade Strong, the latest program from Jason Ferruggia.  This six-week program is designed to help you get “big, strong, and jacked.”  I’ll tell you a little more about the program design.

Renegade Strength Program Setup

This book begins with Ferruggia explaining the overall training philosophy.  He proceeds to a warm-up program you can use to get loosened up before each workout.

The main program is a four-day split, meaning it is designed for those who want to train 4 days a week.  You alternate between upper body and lower body days, but variation has been built into the weekly routine.  Some workouts emphasize heavier weights and lower reps, while others are designed to do use less weight and go with more volume/repetition.

As mentioned, this is a six-week program.   The exercises don’t require any special equipment and I think you could do Renegade Strong at just about any commercial gym.  Another nice feature is a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section where he answers common questions a trainee may have about the program (alternate exercises, etc.).

REVIEW

Jason Ferruggia has developed a well-deserved reputation for putting together great workout programs.  Renegade Strong is no exception.  Let me share a few ideas on who I think this program would be well suited for:

*Intermediate or advanced trainees who want to ad some variety to their workouts.

*Guys who want to ad some conditioning elements to their routines (this program features some strongman type training that would suit this purpose).

*Older trainees (over 35) or who want physically demanding workout that are designed with long-term joint health in mind.

*Guys who are a little beat up and want to train around mild injuries (in other words, guys that are healthy enough to train but maybe have some achy joints, etc).

*Guys who are bored with training only the “big 3” (squat, deadlift, and bench press) and want to mix things up a bit.

If any of these descriptions fit you then I think Renegade Strong would be an excellent addition to your training library.  Just CLICK HERE to order or learn more.

Muscle Matrix Solution Review (Ryan Hughes)

I’ve had a chance to look over the Muscle Matrix Solution by Ryan Hughes. I’ll start of this review with a little information about the author.

Ryan Hughes

Ryan Hughes
Ryan Hughes

Hughes first started training when he was a teenager. He was 6’1″ tall and weighed only 135 lb. But he had a passion for training and was able to compete in his first bodybuilding competition at age 19. He would eventually become one of the first IFBB Men’s Physique Pros, an International Fitness Cover Model, and a well-known trainer and fitness professional. He is considered one of America’s top personal trainers and has appeared on nationally syndicated television shows.

Muscle Matrix Solution Program Components (Summary)

Now let’s talk about what you get if you decide to order the Muscle Matrix Solution:

Once you make your purchase you will get an email with login information. As you can see (by looking at the screenshot) you begin with a welcome page. The navigation tabs on the top of the page will take you through the rest of the program:

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Introduction:

This section includes an overview of the program in video form. Hughes walks you through what the program includes and how to set it up specifically for your needs. Some of the topics he discusses are optimizing hormones (like testosterone), training, diet, and supplementation. He also gets into some motivational issues that will hopefully help inspire you to get started and stick with it.

There are also two downloadable pdf files in this section: 1. Welcome file/e-book, and 2. Cover Model Secrets, which explains some of the final steps bodybuilders/models take to get ready for a photo shoot or contest.

Training:

Ryan Hughes explains the workouts in this section (which he calls Matrix Training). His program combines three different styles of training, all of which are proven to be effective individually. The idea is that these training techniques will work together synergistically when combined. The workouts are set up in three different tracks: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Progression is built into the workouts so will improve in the amount of weight you use, the amount of reps you can do, and the amount of time you rest in between sets (you will be able to get by with less rest time as you progress through the program). He goes on to explain the specific set and rep range you’ll be doing.

There’s a downloadable file where you can see the actual workout plan (the specific exercises, set/reps, etc.).

Keep this in mind: the program is set up for you to do brief, intense workouts (about 45 minutes). You won’t be spending all day in the gym, but you will have to train hard–these workouts will not be easy.

Nutrition:

Hughes’ nutrition plan is based on three key principles:

1. Flexibility: This doesn’t mean you can eat pizza and ice cream every day. It does mean that you can eat foods like this every once in a while in moderation. In other words, you can follow this lifestyle without having to plan your entire life around a 24/7 strict diet.

2. Meal Timing and Nutrient Combination: You will be guided in eating certain types of foods according to the time of day and/or your training. You will try to eat most of your carbohydrates, for example, in the evening after you train. This advise may sound different that what you’ve heard before, but it does work (based on my personal experience–I eat most of my carbs either after I train or at dinner).

3. Macronutrients: Ryan explains the role of protein, carbohydrates and fats and how you can manipulate your intake of these to build muscle and burn fat.

There is downloadable file you can use to read about these principles.

This section also includes a nutrition calculator. You can use this to customize your eating plan for your specific needs.

Supplementation:

The video and the pdf file breaks down Hughes’ recommended supplement protocol. This is one area where I have some disagreements with the author. I personally do not believe any supplement can significantly increase testosterone and nothing he wrote has changed my mind. Instead of getting into details I’d rather just give my standard advice: stick with basic supplements like whey protein powder, (micronized) creatine monohydrate, a multivitamin, and fish oil. Use these basic supplements with reputable brands and you’ll do fine (and you’ll keep more of your hard-earned money).

The Exercise Library:

Drag Curl Demonstration Video
Drag Curl Demonstration Video

This is another nice feature of the Muscle Matrix Solution. I always appreciate video demonstrations of exercises and these are well done.

Conclusion:

This final video/pdf wraps up the program. Hughes talks about defining your goal(s) that were on your mind when you ordered and implemented this program. He recaps all the program components (training, nutrition, etc.) and encourages you to embrace what you have learned as a lifestyle. He also mentions an insider’s coaching club you can join if you choose to.

Bonus Material:

This section has the Abdominal Accelerator program available for download. This is a plan for those who want to spend 30 days focusing on maximizing their fat loss. I think this would work really well with or without the supplements mentioned.

REVIEW:

I think the Muscle Matrix Solution program is put together very well and will get results if you follow both the training and the nutrition plans. The set and reps Hughes recommends makes sense to me because it is a good mix of strength and hypertrophy (growth) rep ranges. I found the material to be well organized and easy to navigate.

Who would this program benefit? A few types of people come to mind:

*New trainees who want a step-by-step system to guide them on their journey of building muscle and/or losing fat.

*Intermediate or advanced trainees who have reached plateaus in their training and are ready to try some new workout techniques.

*Guys who want to look better–those who want to build a lean, muscular physique and be more self-confident.

If what I have described sounds like you then I think the Muscle Matrix Solution would be a good investment for your training library. Just CLICK HERE if you would like to order this program or learn more.