Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle Review

Tom Venuto is the author of the Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle Program. Tom Venuto’s program is not a gimmick, he has been a natural bodybuilder for 23 years and for 18 of those years he was a personal trainer, health club manager, nutritionist, motivation coach and freelance writer for nearly 18 years. Tom's articles and photos have been in big name bodybuilding magazines. He holds a BSc. degree in exercise science, with several certificates. Not only is he book smart, but he practices what he preaches, placing 2nd place in the Mr. Natural USA and 2nd in the Mr. Natural North America.

Tom Venuto doesn't show you a 12 week transformation or some story where he discovered a "magic" routine, that solved it all. Instead he tells you how he struggled for years to find the best solutions for losing fat. He then took that and over his 18 years of experience, he was able to develop a program that works best for fat loss, after trying every thing possible.

Here is a current picture of Tom Venuto

Tom Venuto Picture

Program Overview

Burn The Fat Feed the muscle e-book

Burn the Fat Feed The Muscle e-book is 330 pages, the largest e-book I have come across for a muscle building program. Tom Venuto doesn't hold back, he puts everything he has learned over the years in this book. Everything he says is supported by studies he has found. If your not new to losing fat and just at a plateau, he gives you 10 tips on how to bust through a current plateau. He does a very good job of covering the diet. Tom tells you what calorie level you shouldn't go below to damage your future fat burning efforts, what kind of fats to eat, foods that never turn to fat, how to cycle calories to keep your metabolism and fat burning continuing, and much more. He also has you tailor your diet to your specific bodytype. You figure out your macronutrient ratio by figuring out your metabolic rate, bodytype, and other factors, based on his calculation system. This is important because some programs do not tailor it to peoples genetic and lifestyle differences. He tells you why any of the popular diets used in the mainstream or bodybuilders, like low carb diets, do not work that well.

Tom Venuto's book includes cardio routines and various weight training routines based on your goals. Tom doesn't focus too much on supplements. He believes most supplements don't work, which I agree with. He does a good job of answering some common questions most people will have on dieting. He also provides plenty of useful tips like; how to keep fat off for good, avoiding starvation mode, and keeping your body in a fat burning mode 24/7, to name a few.

The e-book is the most detailed one on fat loss I have yet to see. There is almost no questions left to be answered. It's going to take a while to get through the E-book because Tom Venuto made sure he told you everything, even if it doesn't make it a quick easy read. When you go back and read portions again in the future, you will be glad that he filled you in on every detail. This program comes also with some other e-books, free e-book updates, and a newsletter subscription.


This program is absolutely worth the $39 , if you're looking to lose fat the right way. The e-book is the largest and most detailed one I've seen. It alone is worth the money, not counting the extra bonuses. The purchase is risk free, it comes with a 8 week moneyback guarantee supported by if you aren't satisfied.

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Turbulence Training Review

The Turbulence Training program was created by Craig Ballantyne. Craig is not new to the fitness scene, he has written for fitness magazines, worked as a personal trainer for years and studied at a university to become a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.

Through his research, he was able to apply studies he found to develop a program called Turbulence training. The goal of turbulence training is to combine fat loss and muscle building in very effective brief workouts, without wasting hours in the gym. Turbulence Training program has received the endorsement of some very well known individuals in the fitness industry and been featured in Men's Health and Men's Fitness magazines.

Here is a current picture of Craig Ballantyne

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Program Overview

Turbulence Training e-book

The main turbulence training book is 128 pages. The program is designed for those who want to lose fat. The workouts are based around high intensity interval cardio after low repetition high intensity resistance training. Craig has you only workout 3 times a week and change your workouts often to avoid plateaus. Craig also includes sample detailed workouts you can follow to a T. He has various levels of workouts including for beginners. He also has bodyweight excercise workout routines, these aren't your normal ones, these are intense! Craig also covers diet, nutrition, and easy step guides on reaching your fat loss goal.

Everything Craig says is supported by research studies. Nothing he says is pseudo-science or just theory. Some of what he teaches, is stuff I have known for years from reading studies myself. The difference is he has compiled it into a nice program that can work. His goal is to get you in the gym to burn fat and build muscle, but also in the quickest time possible. Craig also includes other bonuses in his program. The best are his Dr. Chris Mohr nutrition guide and 3 months access to his forum. If I had one complaint it would be that he give you at least 6 months. 3 months isn't enough time, it's a nice forum.


The program is $39.95, depending on your goals it may be worth it. If you are fat and don't want to be a bodybuilder or gain much muscle, then this program can work for you. This program is for someone with a slow metabolism, who doesn't care about muscle building or that much about strength training. The program is geared around losing fat. If you don't have a problem with losing fat, then you'll find the cardio sessions just a nuisance that get in the way of your muscle building efforts. Although he says you can gain muscle and lose fat with the program, you can only do a little initially. You can't build substantial muscle and fat at the same time. To do that you have to pick one goal, which requires different diets. If you want to get really cut you'll have to lose some muscle. If you want to build up some muscle, you'll have to bulk and gain weight, something this program doesn't cover. Overall $39.95 is a good price for the book and bonuses. The program comes with a money 8 week back guarantee, backed by Clickbank.

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Optimum Anabolics Muscle building program is written by Jeff Anderson “The Muscle Nerd”, a well known author of other bodybuilding books. He claims to always been genetically a hardgainer, who struggled to pack on muscle mass. Jeff Anderson believes not only strongly in the role of genetics in muscle building, but that you must force your bodies resistance against gaining muscle. Unlike other authors, Jeff doesn’t claim muscle building comes easy, but instead you have to work smart to fool your bodies elaborate system to gain muscle.

This is how Jeff Anderson (Muscle Nerd) looks now:

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Program Overview

The premise of Jeff Anderson program is forcing the body how to resist its normal tendency to not gain muscle. The main book The Optimum Anabolics Guide is 120 pages long. Jeff uses what he coins “8 Anabolic factors”, that someone must use simultaneously for maximum muscle building. Some of the factors include; how to cycle your diet and workouts, excercise selection and excercise frequency.

The most important Anabolic factor is what Jeff calls Hyper-Adaptive Cycling. Jeff believes that the reason people plateau is really because the body overadapts as a defense mechanism. He uses the theory of people re-bounding from weight loss to gain even more fat back than before, after they get off the diet. He then applies this principle for muscle building instead of fat loss. He will show you exactly how to trick the body into wanting to gain muscle after you have plateaued "Overadapted".

The workout routines are 5 days a week for about an hour each. He goes into very good detail and its not like other bodybuilding programs, that just simply change your workout routine to get through a plateau. You will have to read the book to fully understand how it works. Jeff also includes a thick 110 page workout routine workbook, with 24 weeks of routines you can follow. This is one of the largest workout books I have ever seen given in a program. There are some other valuable bonuses too, including one month to his online university where you can watch videos and online consultations.


I highly recommend this program, at it's current price of $39.95. Jeff Anderson has a unique sound system, that could help you finally get past plateaus and avoid them for good. What I like about Jeff Anderson, is that he isn't simply regurgitating the same old stuff from other bodybuilding authors. You can tell he researched things and developed his own system. It's not a bunch of pseduo science either, it makes perfect sense and he backs it up with supporting science. Jeff Anderson personally guarantees you will be satisfied, that he gives a full money back 12 week guarantee, supported by Jeff Anderson's program is one of the cheaper muscle building programs, but the unique system and content in his book alone is worth the price, not counting all the workout book and the extra program bonuses he gives you.

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Combat The Fat Review

Combat the Fat is a fat loss program developed by Jeff Anderson (A.K.A The “Muscle Nerd”) at . The premise of his program is that he is an Ex-Soldier and "Master Fitness Trainer", who had access to classified research studies on fat loss. These studies helped the military help people of all ages and fitness levels get into shape the fastest way possible. Jeff Anderson says he isn't allowed to give all that information out, but he is allowed to develop his own program on those principles he learned in the military. Jeff has a photo that looks like him in the military, so it sounds plausible.

Jeff Anderson claims to be a natural genetic skinny hardgainer when he was young. At the age of 40, he started to gain weight and with a busy schedule, he never did anything about it. At the age of 40, he went from flabby to a pretty good physique in 12 weeks.

Jeff Anderson before & After pictures

These are his before and after pictures he took, after supposedly 12 weeks of his program.

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Combat The Fat Program Overview

Combat the fat e-book

The Combat the Fat book is over 160 pages. It's longer than most books and it is an extremely easy read. Jeff Anderson has a unique style that makes it easy for someone to comprehend. The program covers 8 CFT factors to help you learn how to lose fat. Jeff Anderson includes many facts and information, I have not heard anywhere else, but he he backs it up with supporting science.

His workout routine is unfortunately all centered around body weight excercises. Those OK for a beginner, but once you lose your fat you are going to want to build up a solid muscle base to look better. This can only be done with gradual increases in heavy weight to prevent muscle building plateaus. You can't increase weights with bodyweight excercises, so they only build a small amount of muscle.

Jeff's diet is different from other programs I've come across because he doesn't believe in counting calories or following a strict diet regimen. He even believes eating more calories can help you you burn more fat! He does have some merit to that, it's called calorie cycling in some other bodybuilding programs. Eating a lot of calories once in a while, helps your body from thinking it's "starving" and holding onto fat. Unfortunately, it only works if you do it once in a while and not all the time or you won't lose fat.


Combat The Fat is a unique program for a good price of $39 currently. If you want something that is simple to understand, good price for a lot of stuff, let's you workout at home without weights, doesn't require calorie counting, and you don't want to be a bodybuilder, then this program could be for you. The lack of heavy lifting excercises and a sound calorie counting plan, makes this program not ideal for people who want to become more serious in their muscle building or fat loss efforts, so I don't recommend this program to bodybuilders. This is more for the average joe (or jane) who just wants to drop fat in a quick effective way. If you want to build muscle then I recommend Jeff Anderson's other program Combat the Fat has a 8 week guarantee backed by, so there is no risk to buying it.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

Originally published in 1985 and since been updated, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is one of the most popular bodybuilding books. It's popular among beginners learning how to build muscle and experienced bodybuilders who are fans of Arnolds sucess. Arnold is endeared by all bodybuilders because of his multiple olympia wins, perfect symmetry, charisma, and his rise to great sucess from his roots as an unknown austrian bodybuilder.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

The The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is a massive 800 pages. You are going to want to make sure you have spare time when you start reading it because it's hard to put the thing down. Arnold gives his own personal insight and tips throughout the book, making it very interesting read. This encyclopedia covers a lot of things that other bodybuilding books don't. It has a photographic "Bodybuilding Hall of Fame", how to pose and handle publicity, injuries. He covers nutrition and supplements, but it's outdated since it was last updated 1999. There has been quite a bit of new supplements and nutrition science that has come out in the last 10 years.

Arnold had workout routines set for beginners and advanced lifters. His workout routines are all high volume, but his advanced routines are very extreme. For example he recommends working out 6 days a week all with multiple sets. I think every natural would overtrain to some degree on the advanced routines. Arnold gives some special tips on how to define and bring up certain muscle parts. I don't agree with some of the information in his book, as some of it is long held myths, that have been debunked.

We owe a lot to Arnold for what he did to the sport of bodybuilding. He made it look cool and appealing and no one has looked as symmetrical as him on stage since then. However, the workout plans he suggest are just too extreme for the vast majority of people. It would lead to overtraining and no muscle gains for most. Arnold has some of the best bodybuilding genetics ever, making recovery easier. Arnold also used steroids whiched helped him even recover even faster. If a bodybuilder with average recovery genetics used Steroids, he would still probably overtrain on these routines. Most people who try his routines wind up very dissapointed when they don't gain muscle. If everyone had the genetics, there would be a lot of people who could be built like him, just following his routines.

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Muscly Jerk Review

Muscly Jerk E-book

The Muscly Jerk muscle building program was written by an unknown author at . He plays on the same cocky arrogant style of humour as Musclehead Program and Rich Jerk e-book. The book is meant to take the popularity of Rich Jerk e-book was to affiliate marketing and write one for bodybuilding. The author's real identity is actually known, he is a clever affiliate marketer who says he wrote it after inspiration from Rich Jerk and because he had an interest in bodybuilding. He has since sold the book to a new owner after making a few thousand.

Muscly Jerk Program Overview

The book The Muscle Jerk Guide, Workout, and Nutriton Plans is the main component of the program. The book covers all the basics from how to setup a sensible routine and diet, to how to perform ecercises. The only problem about the book is its only 25 pages. You could get more information just by surfing the net for a few hours. It became very clear this guy did in fact know little about the complexities of diets and workouts and was quickly thrown together for profit. Muscle Jerk program also throws in 3 other e-book bonuses to try and help with your love life, Some of this stuff is similar to some other "player" sites on the net. I actually think these bonus e-books were better than the main muscle guide book.


The program is 37 dollars, but it's a waste unless you want to read something humorous and if your a total dork with women, you might actually find the other e-books on women a little helpful. There is a 8 week moneyback guarantee backed by, so there is no risk in buying it if you're curious. Program Review

Francesco Castano is the author of the muscle building program MuscleNow at MuscleNow program teaches you the secrets Francesco Castano has learned to building muscle mass and losing fat.

Introduction to Francesco Castano:

Here is a couple pictures of current pictures of Francesco:

Francesco Castano Current Picture

Francesco Castano Ripped

Francesco Casteno is a natural bodybuilder from Lancaster Pennyslvania USA. He claims he wasn't born genetically gifted and was skinny, who struggled for years to learn how to gain weight and build muscle right. When he finally gained weight he gained a ton of fat with it. It wasn't until he learned how to build muscle and lose fat right, that he could be big and ripped and not a bloated fat mess. Below is his transformation picture when he was a skinny kid at 15, in the middle after ballooning to 250 lbs with a lot of fat gain towards the end of high school, and the last picture he is ripped and muscular today. His story doesn't seem to add up with his pictures. He seems to have good muscle building genetics and the before picture was taken when he was really young. That hurts the credibility of the entire program from the start. However, that automatically doesn't mean what he says in the program is exactly bad advice either.

Francesco Castano Picture Program Overview

Musclenow E-book

Musclenow book is 105 pages covering all you need to know about how to build up muscle mass and weight to losing fat. The program can help you no matter if you are fat and need to lose fat or skinny or muscular and need to know how to gain weight and muscle effectively. He teaches you how to setup your workout routine for maximum muscle gain and to help avoid plateaus in progress by cycling workouts. Francesco believes you should be progressing every week or easing off your training in preparation for the next phase of muscle building. He will also show you how to setup your diet and make it easy to follow it to a T, off one of his sample meal plans. Francesco doesn't emphasize supplements too much and focuses more on diet and workout, which really counts for results anyways.


Save your money. The program is eye popping 200 dollars! This guy's program is OK, but nothing to warrant the exuberant price. His story is questionable and his muscle gains are more attributable to great genetics I think then anything he says in the program that puts it above any other programs.

Brink’s Bodybuilding Revealed Review

Will Brink is the author of the muscle building program Brink’s Bodybuilding Revealed at Will Brink is not some new unknown to hit the scene. Brink has been a long time bodybuilding insider and has written many great bodybuilding articles over the years. In fact, many of the supplements we use today or know are outright scams are because of Will Brink being the first to write about it.

Will Brink is a natural hardgainer and his current picture is below.

Will Brink Picture

Brink's Bodybuilding Revealed is 660 pages split into 5 major sections, Muscle Building Diet, Supplementation & Reviews, Weight Training, Cardio Fat Burning Workouts, motivation & Goal setting. The book is very in depth on each topic and it's the largest main program e-book I've yet read. The book is not made for fat people, or skinny hardgainers, it's just a comprehensive tell all book for everyone. The ebook is an easy read no matter what your previous bodybuilding knowledge was before you bought it.

The most unique thing about the book, was the over 60 supplement reviews. No other muscle building program competitor gives all those supplement reviews like he did. His reviews aren't junk either, Will Brink really knows what he talks about. I also like the fact he stresses that there is no magic workout routine. And I agree that you have to keep changing workout if you want to avoid a plateau. Will Brink does tell you exactly how to structure a good weight training routine.

Will brink throws in some nice program bonuses including 12 months free membership to his private member forum and personalized coaching. There is a lot of knowledgeable people and you can get all your questions answered about the program. There is a lot of things found at the inner circle forum that aren't available to the public like recipes, articles, nutrition databases, etc. Some of the other books he throws in are useful, especially his Overcoming Training Plateaus. You will find his pre-made diet plans very useful, just simply print them out and follow them to a T.


This book is worth the $67 he charges currently. Some of his competitors charge $77 right now, but most of them don't offer free forum membership and coaching or extensive supplement reviews like Will Brink. Will doesn't give you the impression there is some magic workout routine and meals you have to eat, like some other programs. He is just full of sound muscle building and fat loss advice, that is useful for men, women of all levels and goals.

The MuscleHead Program Review

Musclehead Program

This muscle building program at is written unlike any other muscle building programs I’ve come across. There is no author or transformation story, just a guy who calls himself MuscleHead. It is written with the same cocky humourous style, as the Rich Jerk E-book was written for affiliate marketing. Muscle Head promises you will be a muscular stud and get all the women, after you read his e-book with all the secrets.

Program Overview

The main program book is The MuscleHead's Guide To a Godlike Physique Yeah, I know the title is ridiculous, but that is the style of the book. Unfortunately, the book is only 45 pages long and it's all very basic stuff you can find reading bodybuilding forums and articles. The book is more of a joke than a serious manual to learning how to build muscle. He does cover workout, nutrition, supplements, and many other things, but its far too basic for a muscle building guide. Musclehead is more worried about throwing in good one liners, than really getting down and telling us how to build muscle.

The musclehead also throws in a few bonuses, one which gives you workout plans for 6 months, that you can follow to a T. I don't know why someone would want to follow his workouts, since they are basic and there is no real story or science he gives, on why we should follow his workouts. In other programs, the author shows us his transformation and the science of why he believes in his workout routines. He also gives, workout and nutrition generator software, which is OK but nothing that helpful. You also get 3 chances to email MuscleHead to answer your questions. Although, I could only imagine the quality of the answers you get.

Do you recommend Program?

No, it is definitely not worth the 77 dollars. Even though it is backed by a 8 week moneyback guarantee, I wouldn't waste my time. This was written by a clever online marketer similiar to the Rich Jerk. This guy has no real bodybuilding experience and is just mimicing the style of the Rich Jerk e book in another niche and translating it to bodybuilding. While, he does provide some useful bodybuilding information and some program bonuses, it is not enough to make up for his lack content in his book and knowledge on bodybuilding.

No Bull Bodybuilding Program Review

Marc David is author of the No Bull Bodybuilding Program. Marc David is a proclaimed skinny hardgainer, who says he struggled to gain muscle from the age of 16 to 32. It wasn’t until Marc learned from natural bodybuilders, that he went from 145 lbs to nearly 200 lbs in one year.

Here is his picture today.

Marc David picture

There is no before and after pictures of his transformation and gaining 70 lbs in one year, even if a lot of it is fat, sounds ridiculous to me. Marc David's story sounds far fetched, but I decided to buy the book anyways, to see what it contained.

Program Overview

The No Bull Bodybuilding book is written by a self-proclaimed hardgainer, but Marc David does a good job of covering everybody's goals. He covers muscle building and weight gain, fat loss, beginner and intermediate training, and even women's training. Marc's nutrition advice is OK, but he stresses low fat diets. I disagree with the ratios of fat he gives because good fats are very beneficial for increasing anabolic hormone levels like testosterone and is good for joints and health.

Marc David gives differen't workout routines based on if you are a beginner or intermediate. He also gives tips on how to avoid workout plateaus, which is important. Marc's supplement advice is pretty sound. He also does a good job of answering some common questions, new bodybuilders often have about training, nutrition, working out, and fat loss. Marc David also throws in some extra book bonuses and a few sample meal plans, which I found very useful. Overall, the book is a good overview of the basics of building muscle and losing fat and an easy read.

Do you recommend the No Bull Bodybuilding Program?

Yes, the program is worth the 39 dollars. It's a good price, but it's doesn't include as much as many of the more expensive programs. If you want someone to hold your hand and give you email author support, workout plans, diet plans, forums, etc than I would choose a different bodybuilding program. If you want all the basics to get you going in the right direction for a good price, then No Bull Bodybuilding is for you. THe program has a 6 week moneyback guarantee, backed by, so it's risk free to at least give it a try.

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