“Somanabolic Muscle Maximizer”
Author: Kyle Leon
Format: E-Book (Electronic Delivery)
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When I purchased this program for review, I expected to hate it. The marketing seemed a little too polished. The nutrition planning software, which is the base of the program, sounded a bit gimmicky (although it did sound cool).
I did appreciate that there was an emphasis on nutrition.
In my experience, the biggest thing preventing struggling trainers from making muscle gains is an inadequate diet — they simply don’t eat enough to support muscle growth ( something I say about 1,000 times on this site).
So, while I thought the program had the right focus, I was skeptical that I would find any substance to it.
Sadly, my skepticism was justified. I didn’t find a lot of substance to the program. The software wasn’t even as cool as I had hoped.
The program emphasizes training and dieting based on your somatype (which is where you get the name “Somanabolic Muscle Maximizer”). The concept is that eating and training based on your individual somatype will produce better results than the common one-size-fits-all approach.
I’m a believer in this concept — that an ectomorph should train and diet differently than a mesomorph who should train and diet differently than an endomorph. It’s pretty much common sense and not as revolutionary as the program seems to imply.
What I never got convinced of is that Kyle Leon had somehow stumbled on the ideal training and diet combinations for all the body types?
No real effort was made to convince me he had. He does say the program was put together over 4 years of research by top trainers and nutritionists, repeatedly says that the system is based on 4 “patented” formulas and claims that national fitness chains are hot after the product.
Not sure I buy any of that except the fact that he has patents — and I’m not sure what that proves in terms of credibility. The problem is that there isn’t much here that would lead me to believe that there was a lot of thought put into this product.
“Somanabolic Muscle Maximizer” relies entirely on the software to educate its trainers on how to diet for muscle gain. After you input your information it gives you 3 suggested diets to follow and allows you to modify them or create a custom diet from scratch (utilizing the software’s food database).
I tried to create a custom diet and kept getting error messages. In fairness, I didn’t spend much time with it and never tried contacting support so maybe it was just me doing something dumb.
Overall, I thought the software could be useful (but I didn’t think it was anything to write home about). However, by itself, it is not nearly enough to set the typical trainer on the path of solid dieting. The 3 suggested diets are based on very strict dieting and unrealistic for most to follow. There is no effort made to educate the trainer on nutrition or more realistic dieting practices.
The weight training ebook is pretty much just a listing of routines. There isn’t any effort made to educate trainers on how to do those routines effectively (something that many never learn).
The supplement ebook was short and didn’t attempt to cover a lot. It was fair but seemed like an effort to promote “Blue Star” supplements (the author is sponsored by the company) rather than an effort to provide an education on proper supplementation.
2 of 5 Stars: For the review, I stuck with Kyle Leon’s base offering for $47. I was encouraged to upgrade to offers that could have brought my total expenditure up to $181. Maybe there was something worthwhile in the upgrades but I didn’t find anything of unique value in the base offering.
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