Muscle Gaining Secrets Review

One of my top-selling programs for beginners and hardgainers is Jason Ferruggia’s Muscle Gaining Secrets. I’ve personally used some of Ferruggia’s intermediate/advanced workouts and found them to be well designed and effective.

Let me first tell you about the author:

Jason Ferruggia is a strength and conditioning specialist who has has trained more than 700 athletes from various collegiate and professional sports organizations.  He has over 15 years of training experience and has built a reputation around the world as an expert in weight training.

Muscle Gaining Secrets Program Components

Now I’ll describe what you get when you order the program:

Muscle Gaining Secrets (main e-book):

This is the most important document in the program: it explains Ferruggia’s overall training philosophy and has outlines of the workouts.

The author tells you the story behind his training career.  He started out as a skinny (147 lb) kid who didn’t seem to respond to weight training–this despite spending countless hours in the gym.  He eventually learned that he was training the wrong way.  He was trying to imitate the routines of professional bodybuilders instead of doing what works for genetically typical, natural trainees.

Ferruggia discusses Seven Critical Factors that one must consider when lifting weights:

1. Exercise Selection: You’ll learn the most important lifts for putting on mass and which exercises to avoid.

2. Training Volume: Most beginners tend to spend too much time in the gym.  Ferruggia will show you how to get maximum results in a time efficient manner.

3. Number of Reps: There is an ideal rep range you should be using for most of your sets.

4. Rep Speed: Should you do negatives (slowly lowering the weight) in order to maximize growth?  His answer may surprise you.

5. Rest Intervals: Keeping a reasonable limit on rest between sets helps you get the most out of your time in the gym.

6. Training Session Length: Forget 2-3 hour workouts–train for under and hour and get the most out of your body’s hormonal response.

7. Training Session Frequency: This program is built around a three day split, meaning you’ll train only three times a week.

I’ve given you a quick list of the seven factors, but the book explains them in much greater detail.  You’ll also see advice on how to best train specific muscle groups, how to eat, etc. All of this information is integrated to form a complete description of how to build strength and size.

Muscle Gaining Secrets Workout Sheets:  Printable workout sheets that you can take with you to the gym.

Areas of Disagreement–I did disagree with the author on a couple of points:

*First, Ferruggia dismissed Yohimbine as a waste of time/money.  I think Yohimbine is effective if you use it properly.

*I also disagree with him on meal frequency (sort of).  The program calls for eating six meals a day.  I personally don’t believe meal frequency is nearly as important as overall calorie balance and nutrient intake.  But I do think most guys will do better eating more frequently than the standard three meals a day–it may be hard to get enough calories without adding extra meals.  In other words, don’t be too concerned if you only eat 4-5 times a day as long as you are getting enough calories.

*You’ll see a specific brand of supplements recommended.  I’m recommend you shop around and look for the best deals on any reputable brand.


I really wish Muscle Gaining Secrets had been around when I first started lifting (over 20 years ago).  It would have helped me train more intelligently and I would have saved a ton of money on supplements.

I want to be 100% transparent: I make money/commission if you buy this program using my links.  But I’m not trying to talk you into buying something that’s not right for you.  Let me tell you who this program is best suited for:

*Beginners–those who are just starting with weight training and want to learn

how to gain their first 10-20 lb. of muscle.

*Hardgainers–skinny guys who have been trying to imitate the training of bodybuilders (training 5-6 days a week) and haven’t seen results.

*Returning Trainees–people who’ve been out of the gym for years and need to get back into lifting (some of my friends have used the program for this purpose and gave me very positive feedback).

If you fall into any of these categories I think you’ll find Muscle Gaining Secrets to be very helpful.    Just CLICK HERE to to buy this program or to learn more about it.  Please use my links if my review has helped you.

Alternative Program:

I would recommend Minimalist Training (also by Ferruggia) if you are an intermediate/advanced trainee.   The routines you’ll find range from beginner to advanced, making it very versatile (my favorite workout is the “70’s Strength and Mass”).


MI40 Mass Intentions Review

Here’s my review of Ben Pakulski’s Mass Intentions (MI40) bodybuilding program.

Ben Pakulski

About the Author/Creator:

Benjamin Pakulski is a professional bodybuilder who has been featured in publications such as Flex Magazine, MuscleMag, and Muscular Development. Most importantly, Ben is a sought after coach and personal trainer for both celebrities and fitness professionals.

Now let’s talk about what you get when you buy MI40:

Mass Intelligence Training Manual:
This e-book outlines the overall training philosophy behind Mass Intentions. In other words, it answers the questions of how and why you should train the way Ben prescribes. He explains, for example, the significance of the number 40 in his system. He also describes concepts such as intentions and the neurological overload set (NOS).

Mass Consumption Nutrition Manual:
Any good program will have an eating plan, and this one is no exception. This manual describes what you should be eating—how many calories, the right ration of macronutrients (protein/carbs/fats), etc. It also explains some of the hormones responsible for burning fat and building muscle as it relates to diet. Experienced trainees may already be familiar with this information.

Printable Workout Sheets:
Not much explanation needed here—you can print these out and bring them to the gym.

Exercise Guide:
This e-book explains the proper way to train according to the principles of the program. It is fully illustrated with pictures of all the exercises.

MI40 Calendar:
This is a printable calendar with a daily checklist of what you should be doing (which body part you should be working, for example).

Mass Supplement Stack Protocol:
These are the recommended supplements for the program. As my regular readers know, I’m a minimalist when it comes to supplements. I stick with creatine monohydrate, whey protein, a multivitamin, and fish oil. I think you’d do fine by just using these, but you can read the recommendations and make up your own mind.

Audio Interrogation:
This is an interview in MP3 format. You can download it and listen at your convenience (nice way to make your time more productive).


I’ve saved the best for last. I’m a really big fan of video content. What I like about videos is

MI40 Training Video

they instruct and motivate. For me there’s just something special about seeing the training principles in action. This program allows you to download the videos or just watch them online. I’d recommend you download them so you’ll have them available at any time.

Let me explain the training principles a little further:

Intentions is a technique for getting the maximum muscle stimulation out of each exercise. These subtle changes do make a big difference. I’ll give you an example: Ben recommends you apply inward tension to the bar while bench pressing—as if you are trying to squeeze your hands together. You’ll need to use less weight when doing this, but you should really feel it in your chest.

Nuerological Overload Set is a variation on drop sets—performing a set, dropping the weight, and immediately performing the same exercise with the lower weight. The idea is to keep constant tension on the muscle you are training.

40 is a significant number in this program. Your sets, for example should last for 40 seconds, followed by this same time for a rest period. The material explains why this number is repeated throughout the Mass Intention system.

A Word on Upsells

I believe you will be directed to an upsells page if you decide to buy this program. I’ll describe both upsells, and they would be good investments.  But keep in mind you do not have to buy them—both of these are optional.

The Accelerator Package:

#1: The 40-Day Mass Consumption Meal Plans

#2: The 7-Day Detox Diet

#3: The 7-Day Primer Workout

#4: The Home Made Muscle Shakes

#5: Alkalinizing Greens Drinks

14-Day “Get Peeled” Fat Burning Package

#1: Two Weeks To Shredded Guide

#2: “Burn Fat, Not Muscle” Interval Workouts

#3: Benjamin Pakulski’s One-On-One Email Consultation

Review and Recommendation:

Obviously I make money if you use my links to buy this program. But my goal is to help you make an informed decision and get the best training information for your goals. With this in mind, I would recommend the Mass Intentions (MI40) program for intermediate or advanced trainees who are primarily interested in gaining mass.

I think more experienced bodybuilding trainees would benefit from the techniques presented here.  I think this program would be especially helpful for guys who have reached a plateau in their mass building.  One thing I really like is the idea of getting better training with less weight and less time.  Just CLICK HERE if you’d like to order the MI40 program or learn more.


NOTE:  Ben’s latest program is called MI40X: MASS INTENTIONS EXTREME 2.0. This program is longer (18 weeks) and has more content than the original.  You can CLICK HERE to read my review of it.