Want to Get Jacked? 13 Brilliant Minds in the Fitness and Nutrition Industry You NEED to Follow (in 2019)

Fitness and Science Titans

Do you want to learn how to lose fat, build muscle, and become more of a badass?

Duh! Kinda like a no-brainer question.

Here’s the thing:

You could spend hours and hours online looking for articles, books, videos, and resources on these topics.

There’s SO MUCH information out there.

It’s hard to know who’s right and who’s wrong. Who do you listen to?

Well, don’t fret my friend. I took the time to compile a list of the most brilliant minds out there when it comes to improving your body composition – more muscle, less fat.

So here’s a comprehensive list of the most intelligent influencers when it comes to nutrition and fitness.

Check it out:

Mike Israetel:

Renaissance Periodization

He is the co-founder of Renaissance Periodization, which in my opinion, is one of the top companies (if not the top) in the world when it comes to producing in-depth, evidence-based nutrition and training advice.

Mike holds a PhD in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State University, he’s a bodybuilder, and pretty damn good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (don’t piss him off!).

Mike is a very, very smart guy. Seriously, go follow him, your IQ will increase by 10% immediately, you’ll gain 5 lbs of muscle, and your body fat will drop 5% too, just by following him.

I’ve been following Dr. Mike for years, and have read ALL of his books, and since then my training and nutrition has gone to a whole other level, and I’ve been able to help people reach their fitness and nutrition goals using what I’ve learned from his books.

Must-Read Article by Dr. Mike

  • The Hypertrophy Training Guide Central Hub: This is the most comprehensive guide I’ve found online when it comes to building a hypertrophy training program (used to build muscle, or lose fat). He divided it by muscle groups, it includes the recommended exercises (with how-to videos) and the recommended weekly volume for each muscle group. This is a must if you want to build a training program that actually works.

Must-Read Books by Dr. Mike:

Where else can you find Dr. Mike?

Menno Henselmans

Menno Henselmans

I started following Menno because he’s incredibly good looking and I was a little jealous of his chiseled physique.

Then I discovered he’s very smart and produces top-notch content.

Menno has been Featured in Men’s Health, IronMind, T-Nation, AARR, and many more publications, and his site was ranked #1 Fitness Website in the Huffington Post.

Menno holds a BSc magna cum laude from the international honor’s college UCU, and he’s also an award-winning fitness model.

The word on the street is that when you follow him, you will immediately become better-looking.

Must-Read Article by Menno:

Where else can you find Menno?

Steve Hall

Revive Stronger


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A rare sight, a mini cut pump. # About half way through my mini cut & some cool stuff being revealed. 8lbs down from bloated peak mass. # The diet has actually got easier, nothing has changed in terms of food selection or timing. So I imagine my body has just somewhat adapted to things. # A big sucky thing on a mini cut & why pumps are more so rare is the low glycogen stores you’ll have. Big deficit, low relative carb intake & lower volumes, wave bye bye to pumps. # This is also why keeping reps on the lower side is a good general recommendation. Think sets of 6 to 12, as much above will quickly gas you out. # Pretty stoked to hit 110kg pause bench for 3 sets of 6 today. Really solid numbers being maintained, indicating a successful mass phase. # Dont worry, I’m not going to get caught up in cutting & extend this phase. Honestly cannot wait to get back to building up. In fact catching up with @jared_feather to bash heads about next steps 🔥 # #ReviveStronger #ChestPump

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I’ve been following Steve for a couple of years and his transformation has been incredible.

I used to think of him as a ripped skinny dude. Well, he’s now a beast.  

He creates some of the best Instagram infographics I’ve seen and you should follow him there right now.

Steve walks the talk by showing us what he has accomplished with his body.

Must-Read Article by Steve:

  • Bookmark this: The Mini Cut Manual: Minicuts are periods of aggressive fat loss that are used to prime muscle gain phases. If you’ve never heard of them, or if you want to learn how to do them properly, then check out the article and get ready to absorb some nutrition knowledge bombs.

Must-Read Books by Steve:

Where else can you find Steve?

Eric Helms

3D Muscle Journey


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Thank you @brandonblurts for capturing more shots from our “project Zane” collaboration where I tried to pay homage to @therealfrankzane as I was 1 and 2 days out from my competition on April 6th. The silhouette picture is one of my favorites and is perfect for an upcoming project. You can see a side by side with the front on relaxed shot with Zane as well if you swipe left. We also took a lot of great gym shots from my training sessions 1 and 2 days out and the day after the show. Lastly, we did one more shooting session the morning of my show before prejudging which produced two more side by side poses with Zane that I think are pretty cool. I’ll keep posting them here and there for those who appreciate bodybuilding art/physiques. For those who dont…well apologies for all the near nudes of me 🤣

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Eric has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a PhD in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand.

Wheew… How’s that for credentials?

His articles, posts, and recommendations are evidence-based, and he specializes in helping the drug-free lifting community. He’s also a coach, athlete, author, and educator.

Not only is he educated, but he also walks the talk. He has competed and earned a pro status with the PNBA as a natural bodybuilder. And he’s been competing in bodybuilding since the early 2000’s.

If you want to get jacked, you better follow this guy’s advice.

Must-Read Article by Eric:

Must-Read Books by Eric:

Where else can you find Eric?

Brad Schoenfeld

Look Great Naked

Where can I start with Brad, I could probably write a complete article with nothing but his credentials.

Brad is regarded a the father of hypertrophy, he’s one of the top authorities in the world when it comes to body composition and training. He earned a masters degree in kinesiology/exercise science from the University of Texas, and he got his PhD at Rocky Mountain University. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles about exercise and nutrition.

He has been published in The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Washington Post, Musclemag, Ironman, and many other magazines and papers.

The bottom line?

If you’re interested in learning about growing muscle and losing fat then you should follow Brad and reads his books and articles.

Must-Read Article by Brad:

  • The Mind-Muscle Connection: A Key to Maximizing Growth? – Very interesting article about how using mind-muscle-connection while lifting can almost double the rate of muscle growth. Check it out, and most importantly use the findings to get more out of your training in the gym.

Must-Read Books by Brad:

Where else can you find Brad?

Jordan Syatt

Syatt Fitness


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This isn’t the most I’ve ever deadlifted. – But it’s the first time I’ve pulled 405lbs since I started coaching @garyvee almost three years ago and, if you’re interested, I’ll tell you why. – Quick backstory. – On Jan 24, 2015 I became one of the only people in the world to DL 4x my bodyweight. – 530lbs weighing 132lbs. – At that time, training & nutrition were everything to me. – I never missed a workout. – My nutrition was meticulous. – My entire life revolved around my strength & performance. – Then I started coaching @garyvee. – And my life changed so swiftly, so rapidly, so forcefully..every day felt like waking up getting punched in the teeth. – It’s been a blessing. – I wouldn’t change any of it. – But I wasn’t prepared for it. – Coaching Gary 7 days/week, traveling with him all over the world, I knew if there was a time to put my training on hold to go all-in on my business this was it. – So I did. – And so I spent the better part of the last 3 years working harder than I thought possible on my business…while sacrificing my health, strength, & fitness. – I’m not proud of it. It’s embarrassing. I don’t want to be the coach that let himself go. – But it’s the truth. – And I don’t regret it. – Because even though my fitness isn’t where it was, I deliberately put it on hold to achieve other goals. – And holy hell it was worth it. – Recently, though, I started my 90-Day “Just Another Muggle” Fat Loss Challenge on YouTube. – With the goal of working my way up to a 405lb deadlift while losing bodyfat at the same time. – And 8 weeks in…I’ve done it. – I hit 405lbs for two. While losing fat. Without fitness taking over my life. – Why am I telling you this? – Because I took nearly 3 YEARS away from training. – 3 years. – And within a matter of weeks, I’m well on my back to a high level of performance. – So, listen. – If you ever get frustrated because you missed a workout… – Or a week of workouts… – Or a month of workouts… – Or a year of workouts… – Relax. – It’s ok. – You haven’t ruined your progress. – Because as I’m showing you right here, right now…as long as you get back on track, you can’t fuck this up. – I promise. – Love you.

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I seriously love this guy. He puts out the most hilariously educational training and nutrition videos and content I’ve seen. EVER.

He’s also Gary Vaynerchuk’s fitness coach. And he also deadlifted 4x his bodyweight (#mindblown).

He has a way to related fitness to Harry Potter, which make his posts engagingly awesome (unless you’re related to Voldermot).

Jordan is great, and if you want to have a laugh while you learn about nutrition, fitness, and how to look better naked, then go follow him.

Must-See Video by Jordan:

  • Good Calories VS Bad Calories -This is the best video I’ve seen that explains what are calories, and it only lasts 60 seconds. Jordan managed to pack so much knowledge in so little time.  Take 1 minute and watch the video, you’ll be grateful you did, and follow him when you’re there.

Must-Read Books by Jordan:

Where else can you find Jordan?

Bret Contreras

Bret Contreras


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When in Rome, take a swolfie! Training 6 days per week lately and digging it. 💪🏽 250 lbs #gluteguy

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He’s known as the glute guy. I’m not sure if he’s human or Grizzly bear.

If you want to build bigger and stronger glutes, then Bret is your guy!

Bret also holds a PhD in Sports Science, he’s a certified Strength and conditioning specialist from National Strength and Conditioning Association. He’s the founder of “The Glute Lab,” author, and shaper of thousands of better butts worldwide.

You want stronger glutes? Check out Bret’s stuff.

Must-Read Article by Brett:

  • Glute Training For Men – Guess what? The ladies love guys with strong glutes, so read this article and learn how to grow a butt of steel. Plus, having big and strong glutes will make you more athletic overall, it’ll improve your squat, your deadlift, and girls will like you more (scientifically proven).

Must-Read Books by Bret:

Where else can you find Bret?

Michael Matthews

Muscle For Life


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Listen.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Working out is fucking hard sometimes. Working out is trying to draw blood from a turnip. Working out is reading a Dickens novel. Working out is wrestling a porcupine in heat.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ And when you get right down to it, there’s a point where you either appreciate working out and it motivates you or not. You either have the spark or you don’t. You can only fan flames, not dirt.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ At the end of the day, if you’re only looking for little tricks and tips, you need to think harder about this thing you say you want to do.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Working out is a stormy love affair, an amusement park, a flickering neon sign. You’re just drawn to it, even when it sucks, like a pigeon to breadcrumbs. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ And that, I think, is what ultimately separates the Aspiring Not-Really-Fit People from the Really Real Fit People—the latter train even when it’s hard, even when the motivation carcass is being picked by crows.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ They hook up the defibrillator, crank up the dials, and make the damn corpse dance again. Looks dead, but isn’t. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Every day, then, is a revival, a resurgence of ability and action. Working out leads to more working out, just like crack leads to more crack.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ The best motivation to work out, then, is a workout.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ So work out when it’s hard.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Work out when it’s easy.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Work out when life doesn’t want you to.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Work out when you don’t want to.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Work out when people say not to.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Work out. And then work out again. And then work out some more. Build a fire that feeds itself.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ You might love the process or hate it. You might love some workouts and hate others. You might thrill at how your body responds or curse it. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Keep going, however, and I can promise you this: as difficult as it is, you’ll learn to love having worked out. There’s no other feeling like it.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ So go, my friend, and work out. And let that be your motivation.⁣

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Every time I see Mike’s pictures I get a little jealous ’cause I want to look like him.

He’s a best-selling author and carrier of the most chiseled abdomen on the internet. Seriously, his books and articles are top notch quality. Read them and you’ll learn how to change your body for good.

His goal is to help 1 million people get fit and healthy. Will you be one of them?

He wants to destroy the health and fitness pseudoscience and BS.

And he wants to transform the supplement industry.

Must-Read Article by Mike:

  • How to Motivate Yourself to Keep Working Out – If you have ever struggled to workout due to lack of motivation, you need to read this article.  Seriously. Motivation is tough to decipher, so why even rely on it in the first place. Just get your ass up, and go workout. No. Matter. What. But read the article first.

Must-Read Books by Mike:

Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body. 

Where else can you find Mike?

Omar Isuf

Kizen Training

Omar has the most aesthetic body and calves you’ll ever see, he’s also the top Creatine dealer in the world.

His videos are packed with knowledge, wisdom, and a slight touch sarcasm – the perfect combination. He has interviewed some of the best minds in the fitness industry, so go subscribe to his YouTube channel.

Plus, he’s pretty damn strong. At 185 he has benched 365 lbs, deadlifted 600 lbs, and squatted 500 lbs. Pretty damn impressive!

Must-See Video by Omar:

  • Why You AREN’T Building Muscle – Top reasons why you’re not building muscle. If you’ve ever struggled to build muscle, then you should watch this video.

Where else can you find Omar?

Greg Nuckols

Stronger by Science

Greg is freaking strong guy and his content is DEEP.

He has deadlifted 755, benched 475, and squatted 725… Drug-free… Those are freaking impressive numbers, and the fact that he got them drug-free just baffles me.

Greg writes some of the most in-depth articles I’ve ever seen and you can find articles on almost any topic you can think off when it comes to nutrition and strength training.

Greg has a B.S. in exercise and sports science. He broke three world powerlifting records in the 220 lbs and 242 lbs weight classes. He’s been published, in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Bodybuilding.com, T-Nation, and many other websites and magazines.

Must-Read Article by Greg:

  • The Complete Strength Training Guide – This is just that. A complete strength training guide. You’ll literally learn everything you need about strength training. Oh, and it’s FREE. Now go read it!

Must-Read Books by Greg:

Where else can you find Greg?

Jared Feather

Renaissance Periodization

Human or Greek god?

That’s what I ask myself every time I see one of Jared’s pictures of Instagram. Seriously, this guy has the physique of the ultimate Greek God.

And, he’s not only jacked AF, but he’s also the Head Bodybuilding Coach at Renaissance Periodization. He has an M.S. in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Central Missouri.

Must-Read post by Jared:

Must-Read books by Jared:

Where else can you find Jared?

Layne Norton



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Back when I was bronzed, lean, and weak 🤣. Most people would look at this picture and compliment my arms, chest, etc. but it’s my legs I’m most proud of here. When I started competing my legs were terrible. Actually TERRIBLE. And not for lack of trying. I trained legs harder than anyone I’d ever met. I would bury people in the gym. But they just would not grow. People ask me what secrets I used to get them respectable. I will tell you the secret… 10 years. 10 years of work. If you are drug free and have a weak point that you want to improve, you may need 10 years of work to actually make it look ok. Some other things helped, I started training them 2-3x per week instead of once. I started squatting and front squatting. I even remember committing to be able to squat 500 lbs for reps because “I’m sure there’s someone out there who has squatted 500 lbs for reps with small legs but I haven’t met them yet.” So I put it in my mind that it could be done. Then in 2015, this kid who was known as having terrible legs and got mocked on the bodybuilding.com forums every time I posted update pictures squatted an @theipf world record of 668 lbs (since broken). Funny enough I then had to hear about how great my genetics were. The same kind of people who mocked me were now writing off my achievements to ‘genetics.’ Funny how a decade and a half of busting your ass, never giving up, and believing in yourself can seemingly re-write your genetic code 😜. If you have a goal, put it in your mind, work towards it everyday, only listen to your thoughts, don’t listen to naysayers, and never quit. You might shock yourself at what you can do

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Layne has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and a BS in Biochemistry. He’s a smart guy who also walks the talk when it comes to bodybuilding and powerlifting.

At 93 kg he deadlifted 711 lbs and squatted 668 lbs, and he holds the IPF and USAPL world and national record.

He’s also known for calling out and ridiculing people that sell bullshit nutrition products – which is awesome!

Now, he’s a bodybuilding, powerlifting, figure, and physique coach.

Must-Watch video by Layne:

Must-Read books by Layne:

Where else can you find Layne?

Chad Wesley Smith

Juggernaut Training Systems


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Not particularly pleased with today’s top set of 5 at 300kg/661# though I will say it looks better than it felt. . 1st rep-Descent was too slow and a tentative. 2nd rep-Weighted shifted backward out of the hole. 3rd and 4th reps-Got a bit better. 5th rep-Felt very hard though it didn’t look it, I felt like I was leaning forward too much and the bar had rolled on me some. . So why did it feel like that and what can I do about it? It probably feels much heavier than it looks for a few reasons… -I haven’t handled much heavy weight recently so neural force production isn’t great. -These two weeks have been the hardest consecutive lifting weeks I’ve done in 2ish years, so even though my general work capacity is very high (from BJJ, aerobic work, etc) my special work capacity isn’t quite there. -My bodyweight is 150kg which is the lowest it’s been in about 4 years, so leverages feel a bit different and will take some getting used to. . No reason to panic though, this was still at the low end of the range for today’s work but got it done. Just need to assess the situation to figure out reasons-not excuses (there is an important distinction there) and control what I can control to make it better. . #JuggLife #JuggernautAI @juggernautcoaching #GracieBarra @graciebarra @gbwear @graciebarra_hq

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Chad is one of the nicest big guys I’ve seen on camera.

At 6’ ft tall and 351 lbs, he holds a 2325 lbs total in wraps. He also does Jiu-Jitsu, so don’t be fooled by his nice face – He could literally break you in half.

Chad is a genius when it comes to programming and strength coaching, he’s the owner and founder of Juggernaut Training Systems.

Must-Watch Video by Chad: 

  • Creating a Strength Block: Chad goes in depth explaining how to create your own strength program. This video is gold if you’re interested in programming for yourself or for someone else.

Must-Read books by Chad:

Where else can you find Chad?

Follow These Titans and You Will Build the Body You Want


The list here includes the best minds out there when it comes to gaining muscle, losing fat, and looking better naked.

Stop looking for information in other places. You can learn a lot from them – as I have.

By following them, reading their stuff, watching their videos, and listening to their podcasts, you can learn everything you need to learn to build the body of your dreams.

Just imagine how you will look in 1-2 years if you follow advice ONLY from the best.

If you ONLY do the things that work.

You’d quickly become a completely different person with a completely different body.

Better yet, by following their advice you’ll know that every minute spent in the gym will be an investment towards your future self.

Take action and start changing your body. TODAY.

1 thought on “Want to Get Jacked? 13 Brilliant Minds in the Fitness and Nutrition Industry You NEED to Follow (in 2019)”

  1. You know, that’s a good point. I never considered that Bret Contreras might actually be a human. That would explain a lot. I mean, I’ve never seen a grizzly do an EMG study. I wonder.

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