Becoming the Bull

becoming the bull

This is a review for John Doe’s new bodybuilding eBook Becoming the Bull.

I already know what you’re going to say…

Why in the world would I review and support an eBook that discusses bodybuilding on a site dedicated to competitive martial arts?

The answer is quite simple.  When a heavy hitter like John Doe asks if you would like the inside scoop on how he became one of THE go-to guys for bodybuilding advice, you say “Hell yeah!  Sign me up!”

A little background on John doe

John Doe has been in the bodybuilding world for over 17 years.  In those 17 years he’s run the full gamut of successes, failures, trials, and experiments in his pursuit to getting bigger and stronger.  He went from a skinny little kid who was always chosen last for sports to this…

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How did he accomplish this great physique?

Through the tried and true principles of weightlifting and bodybuilding that he covers in his book.  John Doe cuts through all the crap that magazines and other websites try to feed you to give you the simple truths that will help you gain muscle and lose fat.

We would be remiss to not cover the truth about steroid use in the bodybuilding community.  Any trainer, website, or magazine that tries to sell you some BS about getting as large as professional bodybuilders without the use of steroids is flat out lying.  John Doe not only covers the topic of steroid use in the bodybuilding community, but covers many of the different types of steroids and how to safely cycle them.

A quick personal interlude…

We here at MACE do not promote the use of steroids for a variety of reasons, but we are also not focused on bodybuilding.  The decision of whether or not to take steroids remains the responsibility of the individual.  You are solely accountable for your decision to take steroids.  That being said, John Doe and I share the same opinion that you can make incredible gains without the use of steroids and IF you do decide to use them, you should take every precaution to be as safe as possible.

So what are the pros and cons of becoming the bull?

I’m going to list what I like about John Doe’s book in green and changes I would like to see in later revisions in red.  The reason I’m doing this instead of just using a simple pros and cons list is because some items are related and I want to keep them together.

  • John Doe has listed detailed workout programs for beginner and advanced trainers alike.  I especially like the beginner workout which mainly consists of body weight exercises and a few beginner weightlifting exercises that will help you start putting on mass quickly.
    • Training routines are scattered throughout the book.  I understand why he split them out but it’s just extra unneeded work flipping through finding the individual routines.  Perhaps add an appendix with all the routines to the end of the eBook?
  • His book is part bodybuilding guide, part autobiography.  It gives you a sense of where he is coming from as well as describes some of his mistakes along the way in the hopes you won’t make them.
    • Some of his experiences contain adult-oriented themes.  This book is not suitable for children or for those who are easily offended.  This is not a PC book.  You have been warned.
  • He covers everything you need to know to begin your journey down the path of bodybuilding.  Becoming the Bull gives you workout routines, sample eating plans, supplement recommendations, and detailed steroid information.
    • No real downsides here other than what I mentioned earlier about it being a little scattered.  John Doe knows his stuff and he explains it in great detail.
  • Not only Becoming the Bull help you gain muscle mass, it will help you gain QUALITY muscle mass.  Yes, there are isolation exercises in here, but he doesn’t neglect the big lifts like squats, deadlifts, and bench presses.  When you finish his advanced regimen you will be as strong as a bull!  There are no real glaring problems with his workouts that I see.  They are simple, straightforward, and detailed.
    • The only negative that I can see are that there are no pictures to help show some of the lesser known exercise (e.g. – skullcrushers).  However, these exercises are common in the bodybuilding community so you should have no problem finding them using a simple Google search.

So yeah…you still haven’t really told us why you’re promoting a bodybuilding book on a martial arts website.

While reading this book I saw many parallels between John Doe’s journey as a competitive bodybuilder and what a competitive fighter will face:

  • Failure to properly plan
  • Relying solely on working harder and not smarter
  • Things you will give up to focus on your sport
Who I would recommend this eBook to?
  • Competitive fighters looking to gain quality muscle.
  • Beginner and intermediate bodybuilders.  That’s not to say that advanced lifters would not benefit, but I feel those newer to the game will get the most out of this book.
  • Anyone trying to cut through all the crap on gaining muscle and losing fat.
  • Any athlete, regardless of sport, to learn what a life of competition looks like.

Overall, I am highly impressed with John Doe’s work and fully believe the information he provides is solid bodybuilding principles that anyone can benefit from.

If you are interested in purchasing Becoming the Bull, follow the link below to buy your copy.

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8 thoughts on “Becoming the Bull

  1. great post, very informative. I wonder why the other specialists of this sector
    do not realize this. You must continue your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

    • Thanks, Action. Judging by the readers that have commented so far on my blog, they are pretty knowledgeable and are offering up some great discussion points. I am looking forward to continued growth and collaboration with other martial artists and anyone who’s just interested in fitness and nutrition.

      Spread the word. MACE is here to stay.

      • In your Laser Pointer post today you said, “You keep reading and I’ll keep posting.”

        All I have to say to that is, “You keep posting and I’ll keep reading.”

        In my world the chicken came first.

        Keep posting.

        It’s all good.

  2. As a side note, I used to believe that fighting and building muscle don’t mix. Later on I learned the advantage of it: you gain a bit more power in everything that you do and you have more weight to absorb impacts with less damage and tire your opponent(in the case of grappling). It’s all about finding the balance where your muscle building doesn’t kill your cardio.

    • Good points. Stronger muscles means less exertion in moving your body through space. If I’m used to doing pushups with a 45# plate on my back, how many more do you think I’ll be able to do when I take that plate off? Same holds true for all other aspects. Like you said it’s all about finding where the return on investments begin to taper off.

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