Gain 40lbs muscle in 4 months! Is this a good workout program?

I get asked all the time about all different types of workout programs. How can you decide whether to trust the workout program being presented? Start by figuring out the motivation of the person promoting the program! Sometimes its obvious and straightforward, you are paying for it. The P90X infomercials are an example of this, they want to sell you their DVDs. They sell a good product and have lots of happy customers. When the information you are getting is ‘free’, it can be trickier to figure out their motivation but it will tell you a lot about whether you should trust their information or not!

Follow the Money!

First and foremost figure what the author’s goal is! By far the most common motivation is MONEY but there are honorable motivations too, they might be a PhD researcher wanting to spread the findings of exciting research they have done. They might just be philanthropic and wanting to help folks out. Lets look at the money aspect, its usually not blatant so you need to put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and do some sleuthing.

First look for the obvious, how does the author make their living? Follow the link on their youtube channel or google them. Many times this will give you the answer you are looking for. Very often the author has a paid website, subscription newsletter, or is a book author and the ‘free’ article you have read is just meant to get you excited enough to seek the author out and give them money.

Lets take an example. Someone on my fan page ask an excellent question about this free Muscle and Fitness article:

Gain 10 Pounds In A Month!

What do you think about this program? It looks pretty fantastic! Who doenst want to add 10lbs solid muscle? And in just one short month!! What is the motivation of the author, Dr. Jim Stoppani in writing this article? Well for one, the magazine might pay him – thats an obvious answer. Magazines pay doctors and other professionals all the time, thats an honorable and has been common for ages. Lets look for other possibilities.

Google his name and you find he has a website that costs $14/mo to join. Thats certainly a motivation for writing the article even if he doesnt get paid. He gets visibility and press for writing the article, then people like what they read and decide to join his website for $14/mo. This is common too and nothing is wrong with it really. Very commonly, professionals provide a free service (their article) and in turn it brings them attention that furthers their business. This in itself is not bad, think about this though. What will get more people to sign up for his website? Suggesting that people can gain one pound muscle a month or suggesting that people can gain 10lbs muscle in a month? Now I’m not making any judgment on his website or methods here – I know nothing about his program. I’m just saying that there is an inherent motivation to exaggerate ones claims so as to get more people interested in your business.

Where else might the money come from? Well in the fitness business, supplements are a billion dollar enterprise. Fitness and muscle magazines are heavily funded by supplement manufacturers – look at the ads, virtually all from supplement companies. The purchase price of the magazines doesnt begin to cover the magazines costs, the advertisers pick up most of the tab. No surprise that articles in fitness magazines are pro-supplement. Are supplements being touted in the article? Well in this case we see at the end of the article that we need to “stay tuned for the upcoming 10-Pound Supplement Guide“. This doesnt prove anything but its one possible motivation for the article, to sell product. Articles are written all the time to try to sell products. Try to figure out if the author has any connection to supplement makers. Do they have an online store where they sell supplements? Do they recommend supplements by brand name? If so they probably work for that manufacturer or have some financial relationship with them. Do they give you a “discount code”? This is a common technique for giving the author a cut of everything their readers buy.

So before you even read an article about a training program, try to figure out who makes money if you follow it, dig deep for information. If you follow can follow the complete program without ever having to open your wallet, then the program was truly free and the author has good honest motives. On the other hand if the program requires you to buy something, anything, you should be skeptical. Is the whole purpose of the program just to get you to buy that supplement/equipment/book? Does the author have a conflict of interest? That is, does the author make money from you if you follow their advice? Does the author disclose the fact that they will be making money from you? Its fine if they are completely above board and honest about the fact that they are making money off you but if they try to hide the fact, that should cause you to question their fitness advice. Be cynical, it will keep you from making someone else rich!

PS: So the obvious thing thats going to happen is that people are going to apply this technique to me in finding out my motivation! Go for it!

20 thoughts on “Gain 40lbs muscle in 4 months! Is this a good workout program?”

  1. You're the only one who is being honest and truly wanting to help people. Anyone else out there is just tryin to make some money.. :E

  2. Seriously what a shame !
    when a highly qualified person who has a PhD and Post-doctoral degree from one of the highly respected universities in the USA, say something like that just for money.

    These days you can't even trust educated people, everybody is looking for your money

    thank you very much scooby for posting this.

  3. I've been using Beachbody's Power 90 program, and I'm enjoying it a lot. I am a middle music teacher with no time to think about how much weight to use (and no weight room, anyways). All I have is a set of Bodylastics Bands (love 'em) and a set of Sportblock 5.5 dumbbells. Power 90 is perfect and helps me get in shape without overthinking it. I would use a regular weight training method, but I'd end up getting frustrated not having enough room to spread out with and not having enough time to really guage my growth. However, I do take most all of the nutrition advice you give. I'm feeling pretty good right now.

  4. I've been using Beachbody's Power 90 program, and I'm enjoying it a lot. I am a middle music teacher with no time to think about how much weight to use (and no weight room, anyways). All I have is a set of Bodylastics Bands (love 'em) and a set of Sportblock 5.5 dumbbells. Power 90 is perfect and helps me get in shape without overthinking it. I would use a regular weight training method, but I'd end up getting frustrated not having enough room to spread out with and not having enough time to really guage my growth. However, I do take most all of the nutrition advice you give. I'm feeling pretty good right now.

  5. Scooby! I'm really impressed (and incredibly happy) that you can provide all these fantastic information. Found out that my problem was nutrition, managed to follow a diet plan and as of now, lost 4% body fat. Thanks!!

    I'd really like to give a donation but I'm too young for a paypal. I promise, when I'm older :D

  6. It is great to see a great man whose attitude towards his fellow human beings is as much nice as his professional weight training advice.
    So, thank you so much for putting all these efforts and giving all these information and videos for free.
    I hope you recover well from your shoulder injury so that you come back to all your full training.
    The Lord Jesus, bless you.

  7. Hey Scooby,
    Jim Stoppani can maybee gain 10 pounds muscle in a month with steriod´s. What you are thinking about it?

  8. @ AtAhuAlpA I am not sponsored by any company or affiliated with any manufacturer in any way. For a full disclosure, please see my support page where I tell readers exactly where I get money to help support my expensive fitness outreach activities:

    https://www.scoobysworkshop.com/support.htm

    To answer your question, I am not sponsored by optimum nutrition in any way nor do I have any associations with them. I do make a small percentage when people buy thru my website with amazon (which I disclose) but I encourage people to buy from the cheapest place

  9. I just wonder why anyone would trust a guy with funny tatoo all over his body. In Japan, we just regard this sort of guy, a YAKUZA!!!

  10. The saddest part is you will see all these type of people throwing adverts at the public in every way, shape and form around xmas and new year… obviously because everyone starts with the old "my new years resolution is to get fit…now to find out the best way" and because we live in such an age where people want something and want it NOW they fall victim to all these "get ripped in a two months" and "go from fatty to fitty in just 60 days!!" claims…

    problem is, the majority of people who buy this stuff dont see the "program" through and so can't say that it does or doesn't work (which even the fitness newbies know is *naturally* impossible) therefore there is no come-back to the sellers.

    it'd be much cheaper if they bought a marker pen and just drew muscle lines on their bodies :P

  11. you recommended optimum nutrition whey protein if i remember correctly!? are you sponsored by this company in any way?

  12. The main danger is when people see their first ad for some program and just gobble it all up…. just mindless accepting that "this is the way to XYZ".

    If you have any prior knowledge of sports or training methods you start questioning right away…

    #1 Rule (of life) question everything!! Don't mindlessly agree to everything you hear or read.

    [regarding you Mr. Scooby ;) You seem genuine mainly because you're not telling people "This is the way", You're not promising specific results (besides staying healthy/fit), You're not trying to sell anything, and you don't own a shirt. I think that last one just says it all ^^]

  13. If Dr. Stoppani did write any scientific-valuable article about training programs or similar, you may found them for free on PUBMED

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

    Write "Stoppani J" in search engine and look for related articles.
    I didn't find any interesting article about fitness.
    Being PhD don't give u the "ring of the lords of science", and using it to make money this way makes me think he's not such a great scientist.

  14. I agree. I do have to admit that P90X is a good program for the money having do it myself, however it basically tells you what you already know….. "EAT RIGHT, WORK HARD" I could have saved $$

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