Ever wondered how the fittest people around train? Well, wonder no more, the True Muscle Bodybuilding Trainer is here to answer that question, and also promises to get you in the best shape of your life.
Nick Tumminello and former NFL player Steve Weatherford have designed the program to be hard, fierce, and rewarding.
But does it deliver? Keep reading to find out!
About the Authors – Nick Tumminello and Steve Weatherford
Nick, or as some call him, “the Trainer of Trainers”, has been in the health and fitness game for way longer than you can imagine, more than 20 years in fact. Nick has trained some of the most talented individuals on the planet:
- NFL players
- Figure Competitors
- Strength Athletes
Nick also started his own businesses, namely the Performance University and strengthzonetraining.com/. Here he still does coaching, as well as educating newer generations of trainers to be their best.
Nick has a tendency to work on high-performance athletes, and that is why, alongside Steve, they were the perfect combination to design a program like this one.
Steve is one hell of an athlete. With his roots taking him back to NFL, he has actually been coined “The Fittest NFL Athlete”, and won the Super Bowl while playing for the New York Giants in 2012.
While many of Steve’s successes are within fitness, he shines through his community service. He teaches more than 15 000 kids as the Health and Fitness Ambassador of the Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey.
Steve’s participation in this program is to help Nick find the best and fastest way to get you to the next level in fitness.
True Muscle Bodybuilding Trainer Overview
The True Muscle Bodybuilding Trainer is classified as a “hybrid” program like the AMP program and doesn’t have a singular goal. That being said, it has a pretty big focus on performance, unlike Andy Speer’s Total Fitness. Here’s a rundown of the basics of the Program:
- Fitness level: Intermediate
- Duration: 9 Week(s)
- Workouts per week: 3 workouts
- Average workout duration: 45 – 60 minutes
- Equipment needed: Full Gym
- Goal: Performance
You can expect some pretty intense workouts, meaning this probably isn’t the best workout plan for someone new. Sessions will be short, to the point, and will get you in and out of the gym ASAP.
Because the training is so intense, a lot of the movements are compound movements – meaning they work over multiple joints and will incorporate various muscles.
While the overarching goal of the program is to build conditioning and fitness, there is a good chunk of the program that is solely dedicated to increasing muscle size (and to an extent, muscle strength as well).
True Muscle Bodybuilding Trainer Details
Now that we have established that the program is mostly focused on improving conditioning and performance, let’s take a closer look at how those changes are actually going to take place!
Phase 1 – Hypertrophy Training
We know that according to the literature, a bigger muscle doesn’t mean a stronger muscle – in fact, that’s what hyperplasia is. Small, but strong.
That being said, Nick and Steve specifically incorporated a hypertrophy phase, in the beginning, to help you build some mass because usually a bigger muscle means a stronger muscle.
This will also get you neurologically adapted to the training that is yet to come. The split here is 4 days per week, which should still leave plenty of time for recovery. You’ll still be doing some low-impact cardio on rest days, however.
The nutrition part of this phase is really only an introduction, and the only recommendation is: Eat enough protein. Dust off your air fryer, we’re fryin’ us some chicken!
Phase 2 – Strength and Power
Strength and Power are actually slightly different, the latter of which being a faster and more rapid movement, and strength being more brute and crude. Imagine a Corvette vs an F250 – Horsepower vs Torque.
In order to improve both, you’re going to be lifting heavy as well as explosive! Whereas in Phase 1 the goal was increasing contractile tissue, now you’re looking to make said contractile tissue stronger.
Workouts are changing as well, as you’ll be shifting to a full-body workout three times per week. Light cardio and “other training” such as Arms, Calves, and Core can still be done on rest days, however – but only if your recovery can afford it.
The amount of conditioning you do does pick up, however, and quite dramatically. Phase 2 is where you’re going to be saying “Oh, yeah, this is a tough workout!”
Phase 3 – Hybrid Conditioning
Though conditioning was intense in Phase 2? Well, grab your medicine ball, and let’s kick it up a notch! This phase is simply an escalation of Phase 2.
Phase 3 is just doing more intense sessions, with harder movements, less rest, and more reps/weight. This is the icing on the conditioning cake you’ve been baking for the past few weeks!
Some interesting set and rep schemes will also be introduced to keep training exciting, such as Quad Sets. You start with 4 sets on an exercise and work your way down to 1 set on another.
2 Pros of the True Muscle Bodybuilding Trainer
- This is proper intense training, and not only will your physique reflect it, but your cardiovascular capacity will as well
- Relatively low on “brainpower” maintenance. It’s easy to follow with few if any real calculations about weights or food measurements
The only Con of the True Muscle Bodybuilding Trainer
- The nutrition and supplementation protocol leaves a lot to be wanted. It gives you freedom, yes, but people could benefit from better guidelines. With a goal like conditioning, I believe it is necessary
True Muscle Bodybuilding Trainer – Final Thoughts
Be prepared to be huffin’ and puffin’. This program might be simple to follow, but it sure won’t be easy. You’re going to have to dig deep after phase 1, and even deeper after phase 2 to get through the gruesome workouts.
While the nutrition leaves you feeling a bit disappointed, the rest of the program is incredibly sound and will certainly get you closer to your goals. Just pack in a water bottle.
And several sweat towels.
Rating: 4.0 out of 5