I have to tell you guys, I get so many questions on topics Becoming the Bull covers that it's beyond ridiculous.
Those who have read this book probably know exactly what I'm talking about. There is no possible way I can give someone everything that I want to give them emailing back and forth.
I have been doing this for so long and have so many different ways to skin a cat, that I can hardly touch on the tip of the iceberg when I reply to some of you guys.
What I've found throughout the years with bodybuilding, is there really is no one best answer you can give someone. You really want to give them the education and you cannot without going into details and long answers that would be impossible to explain in one sitting, nor would they be able to be absorbed or comprehended by many guys without seeing the layouts on paper.
I wanted to give my readers more than just one answer to their questions, and more than just one plan of attack to build their physiques. I want to give you the education. When you pick up any bodybuilding book or reference guide, what you read about is exactly the way they want you to do the routine. Exactly how to eat, exactly how to train, and exactly how many days per week to be in the gym.
What you're missing with this is the education.
Half of these routines and diets I'd be willing to bet the author of the book hasn't even done before. They tell you “Eat 6 oz of turkey and an apple at 2 pm”. Really? So this guy ate exactly 6 oz of turkey and an apple every day at 2 pm. He never got in a jam, he never had kids to pick up from school, and life never fucked with his 6 oz of turkey and his apple at 2 pm.
Yeah right, that is a load of bullshit. I'M THE GUY TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY. I'm the guy who says go to Wendy's, grab a grilled chicken sandwich and toss half the bread, substitute a potato for the fries, and get a diet Coke to drink. I'm the guy telling you that you're wasting your fucking money on product xyz, and to spend your money on what really works.
You know what this industry is good at selling? It's great at selling people false hope, that's what.
I don't sell anything but knowledge here. I could have had affiliate sites with bullshit links to products a long time ago on Johndoebodybuilding.com, and I could have made money from it. You know why I haven't done it yet? Because I don't sell people on bullshit at any cost!
I hate being lied too, and I especially hate being lied to from someone who could care less about giving me true knowledge and answers on the results I'm after. I wish I had someone who was honest with me when I first began this journey.
Guys, save yourself time, money, and headache, and start growing and getting shredded today!
Here is what some of my readers have said about Becoming the Bull...
Just started the back power routine today and it was one of the best workouts I've ever had. I was drenched in sweat the entire workout it took me about an hour and half. Got home and took creatine with 10 grams glutamine and 10 grams BCAA. Can't wait to get into this program! I think I'm gonna need to buy protein powder to hit my macros.
Hi mister, I just wanted to write to you and thank you for all your blog posts.
I started reading your blog around x-mas last year and your articles has truly inspired and motivated me.
I bought your e-book Becoming The Bull a couple of days ago and really enjoy reading it.
Your honesty and knowledge and straight forward writing is really captivating and great to read.
First off, the book is great. I'd been planning to buy it since you announced it, just to support your blogging efforts alone – after three years of getting bad info and not really making much progress, I'm finally starting to see some results because of advice that you shared for free. So kudos, man. I've got a young family, so cash for building is definitely limited but I hope to do either a gold or silver training course with you as soon as I have the scratch.
Awesome! Thanks for the prompt response.
Your book is great btw. Best life advice I've had. Thank you for it I really appreciate it.
Hey John, pleasure talk to you.
By the way, sorry about my english. I'm actually brazilian but I have been here in Australia since 1th august to learn english.
So, i purchased your book And really liked it. Good stuff! Congrats!
John, great book man. Read it in one night. I think the section about “having balls” is worth it's weight in gold, especially for the younger guys out there. Sometimes you gotta just let it go and go for it. Personally, Everything I ever achieved was when I stepped out of my comfort zone. (Women, athletics, jobs). That's just a fact. At 38, I found you have to constantly fight complacency in training… and in life.
I'm a 67 year old x bodybuilder, I still love to train. I have a son in college that has been training for 3 1/2 years, he is very serious with it. Over the last year he has not made any gains. He is asking me about steriods which I took in the the late 70's and 80's that I used to compete. You and I know that eventually he will use them in the future because he is like me and he has more potential then I had. He is very symetrical just lacking the size and patience to put in the years of training. My question is; are the prohormones more dangerous? I believe you mentioned a product called Super DMZ 2.0 a while back. We are looking to do a 4 week cycle with an on cycle and post cycle. The internet is so full of ya's and na's. My son is asking for my help so I'm trying to go the best route. He knows the dangers, he knows he should stay natural but he still wants to take the next step. Hope you can help. Maybe you can do an article for us old guys who still dream. Thanks, we liked your book very much. Keep it up.
I have been reading your blog and have bought your new book. I have a question for you. Do you consider 67kg at 169cm good progress for a 16 year old who has been training for about 3 years? If not, what should be my number 1 priority if I want to get bigger and maintain my body fat levels?
I have attached a progress picture so that you can better understand my situation. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question!
Greetings Brother! Wanted to thank you for not only the awesome book but the the blog as well that I have been following for about a year now. You said we was entitled to one question if we bought the Bull before Sep 2 so here is goes… don't have one set question perhaps I just need to STFU and lift and follow your advice you see I'm at a turning point in my life I'm 44 years and about to retire later this month after 24 years in the Navy. I have lifted weights since high school but not as consistent as I should have don't like to make excuses but partying and 15-18 hours a day at times on the flight deck of a aircraft carrier I made excuses. I love how it makes me feel but I would be going good for a few months and then stop for awhile then start the cycle all over again but now I'm older I'm more discipline and at 44 it's fucking go time now! I really don't care about competing at this point I just want to well become the BULL… really trying with the diet and supplements just taking liver tablets right now you and Victor Pride woke me up about supplements I have done a cycle with DMZ which I liked and I love the chapter on roids but since I live with my girlfriend who is a deputy sheriff I will not put her in the situation. I know Bro I'm rambling but my question is what do you say to a 44 year old dude who wants to be the BULL… advice and pointers you may have not mentioned in your book? I won't take up anymore time I'm sure you are getting blasted with emails. I wish you and your family the best. Take care Brother.
First of all, congratulations for your new book, its very interesting and full of useful resources, plus, the design is really good looking.
At one point you talk about taking your confidence in the gym in your everyday life to reach your goals. I like this part a lot because it is something that I would like to improve. How can I take that confidence I feel during and after a big workout and use it in my life? I always find I lack confidence at my job and with my interactions with others, I'm more timid, But when I hit the weights I'm totally different.
I also liked chapter four… any specific advice to hit on older women? (late 20, 30+) I find myself attracted to older women :p I'm 22
Just purchased your book and love the fresh new approach for a beginner's program. My question is this: I have to travel upcountry for a week soon; what can I susbtitute in lieu of dumbbells/barbells for the concentration curls/shoulder presses?
Great book bro. I like how you added the bodyweight workouts to your
routine. I'll be starting the mass building routine tomorrow. Hearing
your boy Dave's story makes me never want complain about anything in
life. If I have any questions your my go to guy. Thanks bro
I needed chapter 4 the most after the victory I had this weekend. I broke up with my ex-girlfriend of 1 year and in a month I replaced her with the lady I have now. This was our first night we had sex and I knew I replaced that ungrateful bitch with a pleasant and prettier girl. In fact, I showed her what you said about deep tissue massages and she gave me a great one after sex tonight, hahaha
I bought it this morning and am reading it in one sitting after a BBQ I just had
Hi, I have emailed you before, and I thought that your advice was sound, so I bought your book and read it. I like the proposed routines, how most of them focuses not only on looking strong, but also on actually being strong. However I am interested in Olympic lifts as well, and something I have been thinking about a lot recently is the old bodybuilders, who were just all around strong as well as big, Franco Columbo, John Grimek, Reg Park Arnold, Marvin Eder and Clarence Ross etc
Recently discovered this site and have appreciated reading your insight very much. I think it falls in line with a lot of my own beliefs, as well as my previous coach and mentors, who's opinion I valued greatly. Lower dosages, hardcore training, and great nutrition always beat a gram of test a week. and it looks AWFUL. So that's why i thought you'd be good to ask as you have more experience then me in the drug area.
THANK you so much John. Really appreciate your insight in to this. I'm still relatively inexperienced so it's good to get some feedback from people like yourself.
Just wanted to let you know that I've read the book and it's freaking awesome! I love it.
I just finished reading your book. Good job man! I've been keeping up with your blog for sometime now. I have a few questions regarding training that I hope you won't mind answering.
A little background first…
I'm a 35 year old male who works in construction. For the last few years, I've felt really tired and beat up. Turns out I have low testosterone. Up until that point I never did any PEDS. Not sure why my levels got so low (low 170s), but I recently found a doctor that has Rx'd testosterone, HCG and Pregenolone along with an AI. I have been feeling much better and am ready to get back in the gym. That said, I have quite a bit of fat to lose. I'm 5'10 and weigh 235. BF% is probably around 25-30%, based on chart pics I've found on the internet. So my questions are…
Where is the best place for me to start regarding weight training? I'm looking to make a body transformation as opposed to win a bench press contest. How should I structure my workouts?
While I do admire a ripped physique, my goal is more to get into the 12-15% bf level. Working a labor job, really low carb and calorie diets make work much more difficult. How would you structure a diet for someone who wants to look good, but not necessarily a body builder?
Lastly, my doctor mentioned Sermorelin. He said he would Rx me the medication if I wanted it. I wasn't really sure if it was something that would be worthwhile for someone in my situation. He says it helps patients slim up. Any thoughts.
Thanks in advance and keep up the good work.
What's going on John Doe. Quick question I like your routines in your new book
But I'm kind of thinking a full body routine 3-4 day a week plus a bodyweight day would get me bigger quicker. And of course eating a lot, just wanted your take as to what routine would be more beneficial. I'm 6,2″ 176lbs. And pretty lean. Thanks bro.
Hi John Doe,
First off, big thank you for this special offer and the rest of the book. It was a great read! While I have no interest in getting into steroids at this point in my life, the sections dedicated to training, life and diet were all really good. You definitely should keep doing what you are doing, despite the hard work involved.
I read in your book that you have always had big shoulders but it was your chest that lacked size. You see, for me I'm the other way around. I managed to get a big chest straight away from going to the gym. But the shoulders are more difficult to grow. From your experience, what do you feel works best for shoulders. higher reps vs lower reps? hitting them every day? presses vs raises and upright rows? I also do have a wide back as I am aware this makes me look wider but the shoulders I'm still not happy with. I just want to hear your thoughts on this.
Man, I'm so pumped right now, I won't be able to go back to sleep! :)
I'll update my dietary approach as per your recommendation and I'll keep you posted on the results.
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ot only do I talk about building my physique, I tell a story about building my life and my character, and how bodybuilding provided me with the tools that I needed to become a totally different person.
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