Anthony Ellis Review

April 1st, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Anthony Ellis program at (He recently changed it to is geared mainly for skinny guys. He caters his program to people who struggle to put on weight and are very eager to find out how to build muscle for their bodytype.

Anthony Ellis's overnight success all began in 1997, when he entered the Body For Life competition. It was a nationwide contest, where users radically changed their body in 12 weeks with the winners to get very expensive prizes. Unlike most in the competition who were losing fat, Anthony Ellis's goal was to put on muscle. He weighed only 135 lbs at the age of 27! Below are the before and after pictures of Anthony Ellis during his remarkable 12 week body for life challenge.

Anthony Ellis before and after pictures

Anthony Ellis Transformation

Anthony Ellis gained a lot of muscle in a very short amount of time, while even losing a bit of fat! 32 lbs of lean muscle(some of it's water, but water weight shows as lean muscle on bodystats) was gained during these 12 weeks! Then for 4 weeks after this, Anthony Ellis went on a fat loss cycle and kept all the muscle he gained and lost fat bringing him to a 6% bodyfat. That is really amazing to do that, let alone in the time span he claims.

Anthony ellis

In fact the transformation is a little "too good" for most people to believe. Many people speculate that what really happened was Anthony Ellis either used steroids , had muscle memory (previously had that muscle but then lost it), took longer than 16 weeks to do it, or even photoshopped it. I bought the book a few years back, so I was a regular at the forum for many months. Anthony Ellis had to try and refute some of these allegations once in a while at his forums. He denied use of steroids, however in the bodyforlife contest video, he was among the 3 people who got inconclusive results under the lie detector test.

Most steroid users will tell you Anthony Ellis's results are hard to acheive even on a massive steroid cycle. Regardless of whether or not he used steroids, I believe he definitely has insanely good bodybuilding genetics. Simply doing steroids isn't much of a help, if you have bad genetics and/or diet.

Book overview:

The book is nearly 200 lbs and is packed full of information. He introduces you to hormones and how to perform excercises complete with pictures and detailed descriptions. His nutritional sections explain diet and what you need to eat for effective mass building. In the book, Anthony ellis will tell you exactly how to know if you should be in his mass gain or fat loss phase. Both phases are highly detailed outlines and tell you what to do if your progress stalls or your not getting results. In the supplement sections Anthony explains which supplements are proven to help build muscle and lose fat and which ones he uses. One thing that stands out in Anthony Ellis's book over other muscle building programs

In addition to the book you get meal plan books, where you can see samples of different meals he eats at various calorie levels. He also has workout books, one for fat loss, another for mass building phase, and another for the beginners. These are workout books you can take to the gym and fill out. They also change the workouts at specific weeks, so you simply follow the workout books for 26 weeks(16 weeks for the fat loss).

Anthony Ellis gives away other bonuses, including a 6 month membership to his chat and forum. I find his chat the most useful of his bonuses, as you get time to ask him complicated questions and get a quick response. The private forum is nice for being able to learn and see progress from other like minded members, who most are struggling to gain weight.

Anthony Ellis Program Final Thoughts:

Right now Anthony Ellis's program goes for $77 dollars and you might wonder if that is worth the price. I believe so, but only if you are new to bodybuilding and need some guidance. His book is full of solid basic information and his forum and chats, will help guide and motivate you to stick to his plan. Anthony Ellis's program is not the end all be all of programs. Once you use his plan and gain a lot of muscle and become more advanced, you will probably find you can modify the diet and routines to fit your needs and goals.

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  1. Roland on May 3rd, 2007

    The before and after photos, as well as the questions and doubts brings to mind this one:

    He also included his methodology.

  2. Admin on May 4th, 2007

    Thanks for the link. Thats the first time i seen that. The transformation is dramatic but doesn’t look quite as radical as Anthony ellis and I don’t see how we can verify he did it in the time he said for that one either.

  3. Waxi on August 3rd, 2007

    If you were to spend 12 weeks trying to get only your arms in shape like Anthony Ellis claims he has done, u still wud not achieve it. To put on slabs of muscle takes a whole lot of time, definatley looks like steroids and if you look at him in the before picture, he has pretty good structure to work with, i think this is more a case of big guy returning to skinny guy status and then quickly back to big guy, primed and ready to go…….

  4. Anthony Anderson on November 24th, 2007

    Hi there…Man i just love your blog, keep the cool posts comin..holy Saturday

  5. Jam115 on June 13th, 2008

    Amazing transformation!!!What an inspiration for skinny and ugly guys.

  6. daniel on April 1st, 2009

    i agry with waxy he does have a good structure to his body in the first place and it is also imposible to gain that much muscle in that amount of time which he is claiming but if its true what ellis says thats great but i dont buy what he says.

  7. albert on April 29th, 2009

    As a skinny guy myself, ive been doing what hes done for a few years now, and his advice is genuine stuff, as for his questionable timing and all…well im believing its genuine for now, until proven wrong 😉
    He’s been pretty inspirational for me and i know it has been for others.

    We live in a world where anythings possible.

  8. syd on October 28th, 2009

    HI. Im 140lbs. always been that skinny guy.
    learned MMA and defense combat so I can protect myself from those bigger guys. I look at myself in the mirror everyday, and Ive been no bigger then 150, tiger ripped… but I want to get that back again.. I also have inflammatory bowel disease, so its harder for my body to absorb nutrients..

    I wonder if you even read this..i will be big again..

  9. Sam on December 29th, 2009

    Yes he has structure, and he states that he has tried everything before going on this plan. I myself thought this could never be done, but after reading his story it’s definitely believable.

  10. S chetty on January 22nd, 2010

    I just paid for the program and when I went to activate it wouldn’t let me now I can’t get in and I must do this course. Please help me

  11. nganga on March 12th, 2010

    off course its possible if you realize he sad that he used some creatyne and if u use creatyne in your workouts, your body in 3 months will achieve the size that he claims with the right training, and in those days evrything is possible.

  12. Nick on July 21st, 2010

    One of my friend that was skinny, 6’5″ 160lbs and got to 225 lbs in about 2 years. He followed the program very closely and got amazing result. I personnaly like the program too, though I’m less serious with the nutrition and supplements side of it… The book is full of great info, ie: Muscle fibers type and how best to stimulate growth, hormones, nutrition, workout exercises, and program sample with logging sheets.

  13. Sacramento Bridal Photographer on September 21st, 2010

    Agreed, Waxi.

    No doubt the guy made a phenomenal transformations, he deserves some credit. However, if you believe he did this in ?? weeks then you really are kidding yourself. Most people spend their entire life trying to achieve the success he has, and never get there. Let alone doing it in a matter of weeks.

    Cut the guy some slack, if you owned 2 bodybuilding websites AND were trying to sell a book, releasing some outrageous/unbelievable pictures is just part of the “game”. I’m sure Anthony is laughing in his Ferrari as I type..

  14. Pete on November 13th, 2010

    If you do the program exactly like he says, it will work wonders. I went from 140 to 168 in about the same time. And I didn’t even eat as much as I should have, I am also very much an ectomorph. Just remember lift heavyyyyy, creatine, protein , and eat until you fell like vomiting, and you will achieve the same results.

  15. Andrew on November 17th, 2010

    hey…anthony u changed ma life….

  16. Joe on November 25th, 2010

    Real talk. this guy did Juice or HGH. No doubt. I’ve been training for years and it’s a no brainer. I just want to know what type of HGH he did and how many IU’s/day. Anthony Ellis his a hell of business man. Smart guy.

  17. admin on March 25th, 2011

    Whatever Anthony did and the timeline of those pictures his program is really good.