The Science of Weight Training

Long time no see.

I am sure some of you may be wondering just where the hell I’ve been lately.

Well, I am pleased to announce that after months of grueling work, my new book titled The Science of Weight Training is now available.

This book is essentially a second edition of my previous guide, Renegade Muscle.

While that installment received positive feedback, I personally feel that it was shit compared to The Science of Weight Training.

Specifically, The Science of Weight Training incorporates far more detail into the topics covered in Renegade Muscle.

This is especially true for the section on periodization, which deserved far more attention than it received in my first book.

While my original intention was to simply expand on that section and then hire an editor to perfect the layout, I basically ended up re-writing the entire book.

Looking back, I’m ecstatic that I did.

Not only does this edition incorporate more detail into virtually every topic, it is also highly evidence-based.

In other words, while many statements in Renegade Muscle relied on anecdotal evidence, this edition relies purely and objectively on scientific research.

This is evidenced by the 400+ studies cited throughout the book, with nearly every statement being backed up by research.

This was a crucial aspect of this edition, considering the array of terrible training and dietary advice that is continually spewed to the masses.

If nothing else, this book will provide you with the most accurate information available on the most effective, scientifically proven strategies for maximizing muscle and strength development.

In addition to covering each major topic surrounding training, nutrition, and supplementation, training templates are provided at the end of the book for lifters of all experience levels.

If you are interested in maximizing your muscle and strength gains, or simply want to become more knowledgeable about training, nutrition and supplementation, click on the link below to grab your copy today.

PS. While it is likely that a paperback version will come out in the near future, you can download a digital copy via the kindle app, which can be read on virtually any device.

The kindle app is 100% free, and only takes a minute to download onto the device of your choosing.

Furthermore, I will be giving this edition away for just one dollar for an indefinite time period.

Be sure to let me know what you think by providing an honest review after reading.

See you next time.




  1. Hello!

    I just finished to read your new book (didn’t read the first one) and wanted to provide my feedback.

    As someone who has built his own program and diet based on studies rather than myths and legends, I think this book is a gold mine for weight lifters who want to achieve and optimize great results. Reading this book, I think I got a clear summary of hundreds of hours I have passed reading studies. I would totally recomend it for a newbie or an experimented bodybuilder (especially for this last category actually, looking at the incredible number of myth polluting the gym world).

    I would have suggested to expand more the “supplements” section. I understand this is only supposed to bring some knowledge about the most popular supplements and not to be an exhaustive list. But I think it should also contains supplements widely studied like Omega3 (which I thinks is more popular than some of those listed), Glucosamine (and derived), Collagen, ZInc, Magnesium…). It could also be great to include intra-workout drinks.

    Some words about the recovery (sleep, over-training, recovery between sessions…) could also be added.

    I got a little bit confused about the “Post-workout” section. In the previous sections, we learn that the protein timing is not critical but it seems that spreading the intakes though the day, and especially keeping one intake post workout, is recommended. Does it means the “when” is not important but the “how often” is?

    I am also confused by the parts about the calories. We basically often read (in the book, on this website, or in studies) that [calories in > calories out => gain weight] and [calories out > calories in => lose weight]. Are the stored calories in the body count as “calories in”? How could they be integrated in the formula? As muscle weight is greater than fat weight, does it means it is not possible to build muscle while in a low or less low caloric deficit? I’m intrigued because of my particular situation. I’m a recreationnaly trained bodybuilder. I have been more focused on gaining weight than burning fat. Today, I weight 90Kg for 188cm and about 17% fat. According to the formula given in the book, I should eat about 3200Cal per day to gain weight (is it ok to consider “gaining weight” as “gaining muscle”?). I have been in a strong caloric deficit for 3 or 4 weeks now (about 1750 calories per day maximum). I’m still gaining weight (400gr per week), gaining muscle (it looks visible for I and people around me) and loosing fat (0.2% per week). How could this be possible? Before trying this deficit, I have been 6 other weeks in the same deficit with a different protein intake pattern (80gr x 2 meals + 40gr in between.versus 40gr * 5 now) that resulted in a more important weight lose (-7Kg, -2.5% of fat).

    Best regards!

    • Thank you very much for the kind words as well as your feedback.

      First, let me state that the post-workout nutrition section discusses how to optimize the anabolic response following training, however, this does not mean that protein / carbs must be ingested immediately following training. It essentially is meant to focus on the optimal dosing of nutrients to maximize anabolism, regardless of when these nutrients are ingested following training.

      Second, by “gaining weight”, this refers to gaining body mass (not just muscle mass). However, given that it is much harder to gain muscle in a caloric deficit, most people who are gaining body mass (via a calorie surplus) will also gain a fair amount of muscle.

      In regard to your situation, it seems highly unlikely that your body would continue to gain body mass in a large calorie deficit. From a visual standpoint, you will certainly appear “bigger” since your fat loss would accentuate the shape and definition of your musculature. A lot of people see bodybuilders during a cut and will assume they are bulking because they appear more muscular than before, when in reality the loss of body fat just accentuates their muscles more.

      Having said that, it is possible to gain muscle mass during a caloric deficit (this has happened in numerous studies), especially if you are consuming enough protein (which you are). If this is the case for you, then you are clearly doing something right.

      Again, I truly appreciate the feedback and the kind words, it means a lot!