“Weight Gain Blueprint”
Author: Jeff Masterson
Beginner – Intermediate
Format: E-Book (Electronic Delivery)
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Before I bought this program for the purposes of this review I had seen some of Jeff Masterson’s sites and articles around the web.
I wasn’t impressed.
He didn’t seem to be offering anything new, just seemed to be repeating what was already out there in a slightly different way. Even his presentation of the material seemed… well, strangely familiar.
So, as a disclaimer, I wasn’t expecting much out of “Weight Gain Blueprint”. He had some impressive transformation pics and that was intriguing. But his articles and such were pretty bland and unappetizing. I had the program for a couple of weeks before I could force myself to read and review it (my greatest skill is procrastination).
After finally reading the program I was just as unenthusiastic for it as I had been before I began.
I have reviewed a ton of muscle building programs and in every case there was at least a few things in every program that stood out. Even in bad programs from people who clearly had never visited a gym, just how bad they were stood out. And in every effort from those who had some gym experience, I learned something. Maybe I learned only a tiny diet trick or a new way of looking at things, but I learned something.
This case was different. And I’m really not exaggerating; there wasn’t a tip or a personal anecdote or anything in the entire thing that struck me as unique.
I didn’t like this program simply because it made me yawn. Nearly half the main ebook is filled with exercise tips for the lifts he recommends. That’s okay, but there were no pictures or illustrations and, in the case of exercise instruction, pictures really are worth a thousand words. Especially to this audience: beginners.
Beyond that, nothing in the program jumped out as horrible. Nothing seemed like bad advice. It just seemed stale and passionless.
Things got stranger when I opened the workout ebook. I would have sworn I’d not only seen but done that routine before.
And that’s when things began to click.
This program is extremely similar to Anthony Ellis’ “Gaining Mass” (my review here).
It isn’t exact, mind you, but it is extremely similar. I mean, EXTREMELY similar.
The routine substitutes a minor exercise here or there. It has you doing 3 sets instead of 4. But it has you training with a reverse pyramid as Ellis does, with the same splits as Ellis, the same rep ranges as Ellis, with the same main exercises in the same quantities and in the same basic order as Ellis, and with the same tempo as Ellis.
As I had “Gaining Mass” out, I gave it a quick read through and then skimmed “Weight Gain Blueprint” again. Let’s just say the similarities didn’t end with the prescribed weight training.
Now, there isn’t anything in weight training that hasn’t been done before. So, any program is going to a mish-mash of stuff the author has learned elsewhere and incorporated into their philosophy. It’s just usually from a multitude of sources.
In this case, I just don’t see a major difference between what Masterson is presenting and what Ellis presented 14 years ago.
Furthermore, I don’t see how the minor differences in “Weight Gain Blueprint” could be presented as an improvement. They actually seem to take away from “Gaining Mass”.
If you are intrigued by what advice on weight gain Jeff Masterson may have to offer, I’d advise you to get a copy of Anthony Ellis’ Gaining Mass.
Read that and you’ll know pretty much everything Masterson demonstrates he knows in “Weight Gain Blueprint”. “Gaining Mass” is great and a much better program in many ways. It even has pictures to go along with its exercise instruction (I wonder why Masterson didn’t just use Ellis’ pictures?).
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