Win a Free Copy of The Renegade Diet

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Uncategorized

The good news is the wait is almost over. While it seemed like The Renegade Diet was on the same release schedule as the Detox album we are now just a week away from it’s official launch. However, the even better news is that I’m giving away five more free copies today (20 members of the Renegade Inner Circle already won a printed hard copy version… membership has it’s benefits). Before I get into the details check out what the Underground Strength Coach had to say:

“Jason and I have been talking training, life and nutrition with one another for close to 10 years now. ALL his work has always impressed me and influenced me greatly, but, THIS time especially, he has REALLY blown me away. By far, The Renegade Diet is his most powerful work to date.

The philosophy, the health benefits, the deep reasons behind WHY this diet is more than just a diet but also a way of life, it has really blown me away. This book will educate you, inspire you, motivate you and help you understand why the most important thing to you and everyone close to you is YOUR health.

Jason has done his homework in this realm, the REAL way, in the trenches, experimenting on himself and his countless clients, both online and at his gym. I read this book in one sitting and have been hit on an emotional level that training / nutrition books rarely ever come close to achieving.

As a family man and a Coach of Health first and foremost I can’t truly describe how impressed I am with this book and at the same time, how easy it is to apply to your life and get FAST results.

I stand behind The Renegade Diet 100% and encourage you to learn from Jason because as I have said before, your health is # 1 and this book tells you exactly how to obtain greater health and WHY you must do it.”
Zach Even-Esh
The Underground Strength Coach

So, how do you win a free copy? Simple. Leave me a comment below explaining how being a member of The Renegade Nation (using the Renegade training, nutrition and lifestyle principles) has helped you or changed your life in 250-500 words. The comments must be in by this Thursday at noon EST, so you have 48 hours. We will then select five winners and they will have a copy sent to them on Friday.

Good luck and thanks in advance to all who participate.

Comments can be left in either the Facebook section or the regular blog comments section. Either is fine.



97 Responses to Win a Free Copy of The Renegade Diet

  1. Thiago February 14, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Im not a member of The Renegade Nation.
    But I have the spirit of a Renegade.

    In a world full of superficiality, I really wanna become a Renegade.

  2. Rogman February 14, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I was going to type up a whole long response but I will keep it simple. By following information I have read on your blog about fasting, types of exercise and recovery, I have lost in excess of 80 pounds.

    A couple days ago I did 6 100m sprints with short recovery times between sprints and was not ridiculously worn out after. 2 years ago that would have been impossible.

    So thanks man. Renegade Nation up!!

  3. Blair Stellhorn February 14, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Renegade Nation has completely changed my life and my training. I was in the Marine Corps for 5 years and I lifted hard during my time in and saw very little gains. I was just doing what my friends were doing and was expecting some miracle results. I was ready to give up when I discovered Renegade Nation and have read every blog post ever since. Since switching over to the Renegade lifestyle, I’ve gained 25 lbs, added 45 lbs to my bench, and finally free squatted 405 lbs which had been a goal of mine forever. Not only have I improved in the gym but also in life. I’ve changed my diet drastically and have noticed a huge decrease in inflammation and soreness. I also used to be sick all the time and I never knew why. Since changing my diet up I hardly ever get sick anymore. And obviously, my music library has benefitted immensely from following Renegade Nation. I love the music posts because I know as soon as I get them all downloaded and on to my iPod that my next few workouts are going to be some of my best. Music changes how I train. I can’t wait to read and implement the Renegade Diet to my life and watch the changes it has on me.

  4. Alan Garza February 14, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Proud part of the Renegade nation, it all began 2 years after High school when i gained 30pounds (was 5’11, 185 at my high school football weight) and had the sickest gut and man rack ever. I went to the books store one day with my wife and I began to skim over the fitness section when I found a book that changed my life. The cover had a dude with a tattoo on his arm that said Relentless, the book was “Fit to Fight: by Jason Ferruggia”. After buying the book I read it in a matter of days, soon Fit to Fight was my training bible; with in 5 months I was back to my high school weight and was getting in the best shape of my life. After my friends from the gym noticed the difference and no longer thought i was full of it they also joined the Jason Ferruggia program. It has been a nonstop growing experience since i adopted the Renegade philosophy, that book not only helped me but all my bros who work out with me. Since then I have based my work outs the Renegade way and I have been using the minimalist training e-book i bought from your website. Now proudly wear my black flag at the rec center at my school and constantly have bros asking me about it, once they visit the website the realize that this is a serious stuff they also join the Renegade revolution 1 million fit and strong.

  5. Yamid Booda Quiroz February 14, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Well I really enjoy reading your blogs and your articles in Men’s Health. I would love to win your book. I am trying to do more of a plant based lifestyle change based on some of your post and other things i have read as well. If I win a copy i will be totally psyched!!!!

  6. Lippy February 14, 2012 at 11:07 am #


    I have followed you for a long time and recently became a member of your inner circle. It is because of the success I’ve had with your programs like Triple Threat, Rampage 2.0, etc, that I became a member. I also love that you stress mobility before and cool down stretching after a workout. I have MGS but have not used it yet and also look forward to Uncaged.

    Despite all this, I have not been able to manage my CRAVINGS!!! My weight fluctuates up and down 10 lbs every couple of weeks. I take one step forward and two steps back. I actually even ditched my goal as it relates to my weight and instead am just doing more of a 5/3/1 program focusing on goals related to stregnth.

    I am desperate to drop 20 pounds (currently 5’9″, 192) so that I may perform on the field – which would be a comeback after some years not playing. So, those are my goals:

    Increase stregnth
    Get back on the ballfield
    Lose 20 lbs of fat (am over 20% body fat) and gain some muscle

    I’m counting on you to help!!

    Thanks Jay!


  7. Dan February 14, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    When I started reading Renegade I had a chest like a wet blanket. It was saggin down like an old broad. I started eating and training the Renegade way and really built my chest up. My strength has also gone up tenfold. This awning at work fell down on this old broad in the street. The dogs were pissin on her and everything. I had the strength (from Renegade) to pull that sucker off of her. I’m a real ham now, so I’m thinking about entering tournaments. My grandfather used to punch out horses, so I come from a tough background.

    Renegade also taught me to embrace the minimalist lifestyle. Now every time I go out I don’t bring all my shoes and glasses with me, so I have them.

    The only thing missing from Renegade Nation is a recipe for spicy lamby nipple chops.

  8. Dave February 14, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Hello Jason, I have been following you for close to 2 years now and boy am I grateful. I began my journey dangerously skinny, a very fragile frame. One day I was scavenging around on the internet and stumbled upon your “Muscle Gaining Secrets” program, so I read about it. And In all honesty, I was skeptical.. because it was online and all, you never know what your going to get. Though I have to say, this has been the best investment I have ever made in terms of my own health! To my surprise, I BUILT MUSCLE!! Something I honestly never thought possible. I was no longer skinny and have you to thank for that. Ever since MGS I have been a fan and stand by you 100%. The vast amount of free information you provide is honestly amazing. You could charge for that, but instead give it away to anyone looking to better their health! I even purchased UNCAGED recently and cannot wait for those results! I will keep you updated on that. The next step is the Inner Circle membership; I am gradually saving up :) Finally, why do I want the Renegade Diet? Well, I feel that the Renegade Diet can really help me live a better and healthier lifestyle one meal at a time. And not to mention shedding unnecessary body fat! I really hope you consider me for one of the top 5, and I absolutely understand if I am not. Thank you for all you have contributed in the fitness industry, I am and always will be a fan of your work!

  9. alex February 14, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    5 years ago I really didn’t know much about training or nutrition. I was a 16 year old in a body of a 70 year old. No strength, no flexibility, no self-esteem. One day I decided to change it all and joined a commercial gym just to “workout” (blasphemy, I know…). Some personal trainers there helped me get started and I forced myself to follow their programs believing it would transform my body.

    Dozens upon dozens of sit-ups, leg presses and cable flyes, I was basically a stupider version of myself. I decided to learn exactly what the hell I was doing wrong, on my own. I stumbled upon a well known fat loss expert by the name of Craig Ballantyne and although I understood his principles, I knew that what he had to say wasn’t for me. His words finally led me to Jason Ferruggia and his blog, where his “no bullshit” approach to training and nutrition knocked me off guard completely. From my experience, every fitness expert tries to find some cheap way to motivate people: “get abs with just 5 min every day”, “lose 5 pounds in 2 days”, but not Jason. By the end of the first post I read, I knew there was no shortcuts, no cheats, just my body and mind. I immediately browsed around his website trying to get every piece of information I could. I felt reinvigorated and with a sudden sense of responsibility to carry the Renegade flag.

    Now, I put on my headphones, head to the gym and during that 1 hour I block everything around me. I feel part of something bigger, something better, and although I’m thousands of miles away I recall every word from this simple blog that inspires me want to be better. “The only way to physical greatness is through brutally hard fucking work”.

    More than the physical transformation it made, the Renegade Nation gave me a new sense of responsibility and dedication to my life that continues to drive me to be a better and more disciplined individual.


  10. ManuelV February 14, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    I’ve been part of the Renegade Nation for almost a year now, I even made a twitter account just so I could follow Jason! Here in México we don’t get as much information as I would like in general media, so I have to turn to people like Jason for his great articles and, a lot of times, for his simply badass motivation. Halfway down my Rampage 2.0, I’m pushing myself like never before, and I feel fantastic! My girlfriend is loving it too! But the most important thing I’ve learned doesn’t come from any studies or articles, it’s just his experiencie, his contagious feeling of always giving more, everyday in everything.

  11. Dean Phillipss February 14, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Since knowing the renegade way of training I have gained knowledge upon training and diet that i didn’t previously know. I was an information junkie previously before Jay help and was full of isolation (and compound) in my way to achieving a great body. I didn’t realise how much strength affects your body and how it’s a major goal for a lot of athletes. Its changed my prospective on training and I feel stronger than ever and feel as though my training is short and sweet these days. My workouts are so much shorter which is fantastic, as Jay has shown us all there is more to life than training and we should all live outside of the gym. I’ve put on several inches to my arms and went from 119 to 168 pounds from the start of training. With Jays help I have no doubt that I will progress above this weight and have the dream of being bigger and stronger. The no bullshit approach is the way forward!!

  12. Sergio Cano February 14, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I’m 29 and have been training for the last 15 years. With not so great genetics, I have still achieved a solid muscular physique at 6′, 207 lbs. and 14% body fat. I discovered Jason Ferruggia about 1 year ago and most recently purchased the Muscle Building Secrets Program about six months ago. Following the program to a T and also applying the intermittent fasting, cleaner diet principles that Jason promotes, I can honestly say that I have never felt and looked so much better in my entire life! I actually had a guy ask me the other day if I was in the Navy SEALs! That was an ego booster! I knew I was looking more muscular and defined, but it was up to the numbers on how things actually progressed. I am now excited to say that I am 205 lbs. with 11% body fat! Another plus with Jason’s system is that I don’t have any aching joints anymore, I havent been forced to rest from the gym for weeks on end because of pain and recovery problems. All I can say is with all the programs and training sessions I have followed throughout my training career, nothing has given me the results like I have achieved through Jason’s. He says it how it is and results speak for themselves.

  13. Leon February 14, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Ive been a member of the site and started diligently keeping a log and staying faithful to my workout regimen for the new year. I’m getting married this year and want my bride-to-be to be WOW’d by the “NEW” me. The eating habits have changed and I really don’t miss the fat!!!!

  14. chuck February 14, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    i’d always been the scrawny kid — i remember a gym teacher in middle school saying my legs looked like a dog gnawed all the meat off. my nickname in college was stick-man. the jokes go on and on.

    so, when i finally decided to pack on some muscle about 5 years ago where did i turn? right, muscle magazines. and then when my progress stalled? supplements.

    i found your blog about 6 months ago, and when i bought MGS i realized i was essentially being duped by the supplement companies. granted, i put some size on, but i’d hit a plateau and simply couldn’t break through.

    since starting MGS i can honestly say i’m stronger and healthier than i’ve ever been before. i’m not overtraining, i’m eating whole, natural foods, and my focus is razor-sharp.

    being a member of the Renegade Nation has set me on the path to achieving all my fitness (and hopefully life) goals.

    thanks for all the great information, Jason.

  15. Mitchell Norton February 14, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Using the Renegade Method and MGS it gave me a sense of guidance and purpose with my strength and conditioning. I went from a doughy 228 in Jan 2010 down to a lean 175 in Feb 2011 to now a solid 185. The ideals of working my ass off in a smart manner, disciplining my training, diet and recovery, and staying persistent has allowed me to achieve my desired goals of getting in shape to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I recently got my purple belt after 2.5 years of hard work and a week later took bronze at a tournament at that level. Without the Renegade Method and Jason’s advice, programs, and recommendations none of this would have been possible. Time to keep pushing myself and see how far I can take my abilities.

  16. Kirpal February 14, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Jason. For years I busted my ass off in the gym trying to change my body. I thought I was doing the right things by eating right and training according the programs that were marketed as the best in the world. All I got out of that experience was the same body and a negative attitude towards training. I never saw any changes. I wasn’t getting stronger or healthier.

    I came across your website 3 years ago and purchased Muscle Gaining Secrets when you relaunched it. I followed the workouts from the beginner phases and followed the nutrition advice and for the first time in all the years that I spent training I saw real results. I had more energy and I was way stronger than I had ever been. I have been following your blog ever since and recommend your site and methods to anyone who asks me about training. Just last year I became a member of the Inner Circle and I have received so much useful advice on fitness, nutrition, health, and life. I am grateful to have you as a coach even though I’ve never trained at your gym.

    With your motivational posts here and on the Inner Circle forums I keep busting my ass in the gym and in the kitchen to improve myself. One of my goals is to be able to train at Renegade down the road.

    Thank you.


  17. Mike Wedick February 14, 2012 at 11:36 am #


    I’ve been reading your site for a little over a year and a half now. What has it helped me with? Well, for one I’m currently the leanest AND the strongest I’ve ever been, and also feeling faster and more athletic as well. I was able to dunk as a 6’2″ white boy for the first time on a 10′ hoop recently.

    While that’s all well and good, what has really made the difference is the amount of knowledge I’ve gained about training from you. I’ve always been interested in training & nutrition, but you, along with a few others in the industry, have inspired me to make a career out of it. In early January I passed both my NASM personal trainer cert & fitness nutrition cert (both of which seemed laughable when learning their version training & nutrition). That was the first step for me though – getting some type credibility. The next step: world domination.

    By helping & educating me with my training and nutrition you’ve inspired me to reach out and start helping others. I hope one day to eventually make as big of an impact as you have. I don’t care if you give me a book, I should’ve thanked you for the impact you’ve had on me awhile ago.

  18. Mitchell Norton February 14, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Using the Renegade Method and MGS it gave me a sense of guidance and purpose with my strength and conditioning. I went from a doughy 228 in Jan 2010 down to a lean 175 in Feb 2011 to now a solid 185. The ideals of working my ass off in a smart manner, disciplining my training, diet and recovery, and staying persistent has allowed me to achieve my desired goals of getting in shape to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I recently got my purple belt after 2.5 years of hard work and a week later took bronze at a tournament at that level. I have used the Renegade method not only as the basis for my training programs but I utilize its principles in my martial arts training and my life in general. I have to work hard for every inch I gain and even harder to keep it. There are no gimmicks in Jason’s methods. No Get-Fit-Quick BS. This world needs more of this attitude and I plan on carrying on the Renegade lifestyle to the best of my abilities in order to push myself and my teammates in training and in life. When making a training decision I try to think if Jay has done an article about it or how he might handle it, kind of a What Would Jay Do (you should make bracelets haha).Without the Renegade Method and Jason’s advice, programs, and recommendations none of this would have been possible. Time to keep pushing myself and see how far I can take my abilities.

  19. Thomas February 14, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    First, I’m not a member of Renegade Nation. But I am a follower of Jay’s. I’ve been working out for years with results I desired. However with the tips that Jay provides has only enhanced my workout goals and always provides insight and inspiration to keep kicking ass in and out of the gym.

    Jay provides a new way of thinking and training. I’m pushing 40 and playing competitive football with 19-25 year olds and I’m kicking their tail.

    Win or lose we all still win with Jay’s insight and expertise.

    I’m going to join Renegade Nation either way!

  20. Adam L February 14, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Jason has taught me most of what I know about true, hardcore, traditional strength training and “Back to basics” nutrition. Jason has used his own body as an experiment to test what works awesome, and what doesn’t so I didn’t have to trudge the trenches. Thanks to that, here I am.

    Now bigger, stronger, and faster than I have ever been. I will continue to dominate a lifestyle that will ensure I stay above and beyond even younger generations. All by leading and reppin’ a Renegade style of life. The Renegade diet will ensure I go above and beyond my peaks of maximal performance. It’ll allow me to break more barriers than ever. With this book (and owning your Triple Threat, MGS, and Minimalist training e-books.) I know I’ll be set for the rest of my entire life.

  21. Jason February 14, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I have devoured Jason’s material for many years, and have achieved great success with them. I have a very athletic background, earned a full ride scholarship playing basketball, and fortunately can decipher great knowledge vs. the crap out there. After ballooning up to 278lbs (I’m 6”6)…I am now back down to 228lbs (but have about 15lbs to go) thanks to Jason’s programs, articles and blogs. Also, I always hid behind the “I’m too tall/heavy” to do pull ups. With Jason’s help…I’m now not only doing pull-ups, but I’ve just started adding weight to my waist to do so!

    Jason is a straight shooter, and his programs are always efficient, with no garbage filler exercises. If you follow his programs, they’re designed to push your body to grow, yet they back off just perfectly to prevent overtraining and continue your gains. I have purchased multiple programs of his over the years, and am also in my second year of Renegade IC membership. I’ve followed the 6 meal plans etc. over the years, and have overanalyzed every detail of my training and nutrition.

    This is where I loved one of his programs in particular – Minimalist Training. He took all the thinking out of this one. Just bring your attitude to put in some work, follow one of the many programs, and the results will follow. This is why I’m looking forward so much to the Renegade Diet. It sounds easy to follow, and the results I’m sure…as with all his quality products – WILL FOLLOW! IF…you do the work. I have my own business, and am pretty heavy into self-growth books, programs, etc. So much so…that I overanalyze, and in the past have come up with the most elaborate, (and usually most complex) way of doing things. I didn’t do this on purpose, but was just trying to combine everything I’d read for the greatest results.

    Reading, and APPLYING the programs in Minimalist Training opened my eyes to other ways of simplifying my business and my life. Doing so has given me the motivation to completely simplify my life and my business, and to just focus on “the simplest and quickest way” to achieve an objective. This is why I’m looking forward to the Renegade Diet so much! Just tell me what to put in my pie-hole, and what not to. No frills…I’m done with that shit! Gimme the results maaan!!

    *** Also…his writing is transparent and from the heart. Read some of the most popular blog posts off to the side if you haven’t already! Dude puts it out there! Continued success to you Jason!

  22. Kenneth February 14, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    HI Jay i’d just like to say i’m a big fan of your’s and it’s really exciting to hear about the renegade diet and all the new stuff
    My story is quite simple,i was a marine serving in Iraq till 2004 when my i lost my left leg in combat,i really gave up on life and let everything slide away,i actually saw my whole life just crumble in front of me,dad died the next year and typically life had just gone to hell.Being an enthusiast of the iron game was really not the first thing in mind anymore.Couple of years ago when you launched muscle gaining secrets,reading you’re own personal hardships filled me with just the right amount of blood and guts to get going again,till now you just showed me why i wasted my time regretting and what i should of done,and it’s a blessing that i know who is Jason Ferrugia.The renegade nation and lifestyle as a whole has been one of the chief reasons that gets me up in the morning ready to tackle all the shit the world can throw.I may have one leg but you and the renegade lifestyle has given me the spirit of a lion.

    • Jason Ferruggia March 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      You’re an inspiration to all of us and I personally thank you. Stay strong, brother.

      • Kenneth March 5, 2012 at 10:30 am #

        Jason i don’t live the U.S, anymore,are you shipping out side the U.S?

        Best wishes

  23. Joe Curreri February 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    The Renegade Nation, Forum, and Blogs have had a terrific and dramatic change on my life and health. My body constantly had sore joints, aches and pains due to being overweight. I fell into a diet that had six meals a day, wheat bread, dairy and other foods that cause severe inflammation. Since joining a few years ago I learned and used the methods of eliminating all these from my daily food intake. My body felt instantly better which led to better workouts with better strength improvements and my body recovered 100% better after sprints. I’m addicted to running hills and slowly working my way to a Jerry Rice level. Got to plug along a few more years to get their. The practice of the Renegade Diet has made my daily lifestyle easier, more productive not having to carry 4-6 meals a day , and with a mind and body fresher. My sleeping patterns are near perfect without disruption from stress and cortisol levels are way down. The exception being a certain Brady to Welker misconnection in Super Bowl 46 that has kept me restless at night. DAMN YOU ELI AND MANNINGHAM!!!

    The last 4 weeks have been rough since I had back surgery, a herniated disc shaved down in the T4/T5 Thoracic Spine, and not able to workout hard. I credit the Renegade Diet/Lifestyle to keeping my body and mind in check. I am only able to do fasted walks but will be ready in March to get back on the hills, field for the sprints, and gym to get Yoked and commit some Massive Sins baby! Stealing Constanza’s babies. Thank you Jay for all you do and the rest of Renegade Nation. Lets keep moving upward in 2012!

    • Jason Ferruggia March 3, 2012 at 10:01 am #

      Haha. Thanks, Joe. Keep kicking ass and… Go Big Blue

  24. Jesse February 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Jason its been almost two years (April 2010) since I purchased 3XM and ever since then my training, physique and how I view training has changed dramatically. I was even, like you, meatless or should I say animal-less, with my diet for approximately three months. I just had to try the vegan thing because a lot of strength coaches (J.Alvino, M.Mahler, J.Hinds) swear by a vegetable based diet. But, I’m a carnivore at heart and so I didn’t last more than a few months. The most important thing that has changed for me since training the “Renegade Way” is training for strength. I had always done hypertrophy type workouts, although you’d never guess by looking at me, but the fact is I wasn’t strong. Today, I’m “north of 40″ and I’m a lot stronger than I was 10 years ago. Hell a year ago. My conditioning has gone through the roof since I incorporated “finishers” and I dead lift now . . . well rack pulls (Uncaged is another bad-ass program) and I have the Renegade Way to thank. I’m excited to train now where I wasn’t just a few years ago. So, Thank You Jason and I’m looking forward to the Renegade Diet and what you have to share.

  25. George February 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Thank you Jason for a wealth of information and inspiration. The Renegade principles have proven to be more useful to me than any other “program” or “routine” I’ve tried. It’s a set of principles set in reality for real people with real goals in mind. No quick fix or overnight success… Just hard work and sensible, rational information. I find with my increasingly busy schedule (work, infant twins, a home…) your workouts and diets have always proven to be challenging and better yet successful. Muscle Gaining Secrets, Rampage, triple X… All programs that have worked so well for me, keeping me healthy, fit and able to keep up with the demands of everyday life, not to mention my kids very soon. Thanks Jason!

  26. Vadim February 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Jason.

    Incorporating your methods of training and nutrition in my life has given me knowledge of that special stepping stone a person needs to find in their life, enabling one to discipline themselves and truly believe within their soul that they can go on to achieve their most farfetched ambitions, and do great things with their life. some people search their whole lives and never find it, and it’s never the same thing for everyone. For myself, it’s fitness.

    Up until my second year of university, for as long as i can remember,I’ve never been satisfied with my body. I’ve always wanted a lean, yet jacked physique that reeks of brute strength and power, yet i was lazy. I could never get myself regimented enough to go to the gym, due to a million and one pathetic excuses. “No Time, Too Much Homework, I’ll Feel Tired If i Workout, My Parents Frown Upon It, My Diet Sucks Anyway, etc etc”. Then, the summer before my second year of University, i saw a friend of mine whom i didn’t see for a few months. We were messing around on this punching bag, when he casually took off his North Face jacket to reveal a 40lbs heavier version of himself. My eyes grew to the size of baseballs and my jaw dropped like i had just witnessed the second coming of Christ. “HOOOOOLLYYYY F***!!!!”. From that moment i was hooked. I had him show me how to workout immediately. Wasn’t anywhere near proper, but it didn’t matter. From that moment on, the fire was lit. I started lifting, reading, experimenting with different methods, and then when something stopped working i went right back to researching something new. Thankfully (a couple years later), after various trials and errors with many different whacked out training philosophies and mediocre results, I stumbled across your blog, and the one thing that kept me reading and coming back to your entrees is that you don’t really promise people anything. You just tell it like it is with the same raw passion that i have for training; if people follow your advice they get results. It’s as simple as that. Although it took me a while to buy MGS, i read every single blog entree you ever wrote to date, and have long since decided that everything that doesn’t fall into what is now known as the Renegade Method is a waste of time. Best part of it is, 46lbs of lean muscle later, it’s now me who is causing jaws to drop like mine once did, whenever i come across a person i didn’t see in a couple years or what not, and i have your methods and training philosophy to thank for that.

    The success i have experienced in the gym has spilled over into every other aspect of my life as well. I give life the same 1000 percent intensity that i give Friday’s heavy squat session, and once again the results speak for themselves. I have since joined the military, and have become known as a well-respected professional in my area of work, and between members of the same rank. I have a wonderful, fulfilling relationship with a beautiful woman that i have also introduced to your training philosophies. Jenna has made shocking strength and fat loss gains since November of last year, and is quickly showing up most guys at the base gym where we workout together. It would truly be an honor to receive a copy of the Renegade Diet from you, for my girlfriend and i to use together. It will be used religiously i guarantee you.

  27. Eddie February 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    I’ve been following your blog since I graduated high school back in 2008, I’ll be graduating from Indiana University in 2012. I’ve been on and off as a member of the forum, but between following your blog, tweets, and facebook page, and most importantly, Training like a renegade, What Renegade has taught me is that there’s no point spending my life angry and and depressed. It’s about working hard, being positive, and loving every second of life. I can’t describe how much happier a person I am these days. It’s amazing the amount of joy I feel everyday now that I’ve taken responsibility for my life. The Renegade Nation taught me that. Thank you all so much.

    You really got me to wise up…As of now (I squat in the high 200s, low 300s, I bench in the 230-250 range, i can deadlift 315, I can sprint multiple 400s in a half hour). I’m not the yoked badass I want to be yet, but I will be by the end of the summer.

    Thanks man

  28. Steve February 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Being a member of the Renegade Army has bettered my life in almost every way. I grew up being the typical, weak hardgainer, eating whatever I wanted (shit), and staying skinny, but much weaker than all my friends and opponents on the court. In high school, I decided to make a change. But turning to bodybuilding magazines and peers’ advice gave me very little results, and a lot of built-up frustration.

    Entering college & about to start a college basketball career, I was still much skinnier and weaker than my teammates and opponents. I worked with the school strength coach, learned a lot, and made some decent gains over that year. But it wasn’t until the end of my freshman year that I came across Jason and his site. I made more gains that summer than I had in my whole life. People barely recognized me when I came back to school, and my overall game was greatly improved.

    Needless to say I became addicted to the Renegade method and everything it stands for. Throughout the remaining off-seasons/ summers, I continued to make gains following the Renegade way. But at the same time, I was still a college kid, so my diet wasn’t perfect and my weekend drinking habits could kill a large elephant.

    After college, my training and diet dedication was great during the weekdays, but reverted to the college lifestyle almost every weekend. I wasn’t making the gains I wanted, so I knew I had to go ALL IN (shameless Giants plug, and yes, I’m a fan) or I would never achieve my goals. About six months ago, I decided to get my Renegade passport and become a full citizen of the Nation.

    Since then, I’ve been making many sacrifices (which I no longer look at as sacrifices, but instead better ways of living), gaining muscle, getting stronger, and losing fat like I never thought possible. Better than that, I am helping family, friends, and others learn the Renegade way and achieve their goals. I’ve applied the Renegade methods to all aspects of my life, and I’m on a mission to create the best version of myself while helping others do the same for themselves. People now look to me for advice, which would never have happened if I didn’t transform my lifestyle.

    The Renegade method is about combining our dedication and hard work with the most effective and smartest methods possible. I’m living this lifestyle and am seeking the best knowledge out there. I’m on a mission to get the most out of my life and help others do the same, and I’m sure The Renegade Diet will help improve the quality of life while continuing to produce awesome physical results.

  29. Matt Wadhams February 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I began training at a young age with only my friend’s knowledge to help me begin. I came across this website early as I am a hardgainer and my training seemed to be a lot harder than my friend’s. Thus i was losing motivation. This website has changed not only my outlook on training and on my sport (rugby) but also on life in general. Having bought MGS i have discovered the proper way of training, the correct way. The way in which i have made my job to teach others, I even seem to be preaching to strength and conditioning coaches who have been in the game for many years, simply from the knowledge this informative blog and few further readings which i had found from Jason’s writings. I would just like to thank Jason and all that have helped develop that which Jason gives away so encouragingly. I know it has changed many people’s lives, like my own.

  30. Trav February 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Jason you have been more of an influence than any other fitness trainer I have studied. The breakdown of nutrition in Muscle Gaining Secrets for weight loss and gain was more simple than anything else Ive looked at, and the results were fantastic. I’ve helped put on a bunch of muscle to my cousin and brother and friends and theyre both stronger than ever. My story is not quite as smooth, as I’m fighting Chronic Fatigue and I’m a Personal Trainer.

    I reached my low point on Sunday of 68.1kg at 6 foot 1 and I’m almost 32. However, I’ve used your programs, I’ve eaten according to your protocols, I’ve followed the health advice, I’ve bought the equipment and I’m beating this bastard illness. I’ve been as light as 68kg and as heavy as 86kg and had bodyfat between 23% and now at 11%. I know once my gut is healed I’ll gain all that muscle back and more. I dont need the free diet. Everything you produce pays for itself tenfold or more. I just want my before and after pic on your website and I’ll send it through once I recover. Thanks and keep up the good work. Trav

  31. Matt Morgan February 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Jason, while I can’t wait to get my hands on the Renegade Diet, I can say that I’m already a winner because of your ideas, directions, and programs. A 43 year male (185lbs,5′-10″) that started his “health kick” around 38, I floundered for a few years trying to figure out what to do. You have given me direction and a plan. I could barely bench 125 when I started and topped 265 a few years ago. I’ve backed off due to injuries, but you’re posts even help me deal with those. I didn’t begin deads or squats until I read your programs and understood their importance. I can now dead lift 315 and have squatted over 300. I know that the big component I’ve been missing is nutrition. Over 50 hours a week are consumed in an office enviroment often with fast food lunches. I’ve been able to manage a somewhat healthy path, but growth and physical well being need a strong foundation and the right fuel. Looking forward to it’s release.

  32. Jack February 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Now I lift heavy shit

  33. Zachary Becerra February 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Hey Jason,

    I’ve been working as a personal trainer/ boxing coach for over 7 years now. Throughout the years I’ve studied many diet plans, workout routines, business plans etc and have discarded much of it as complete garbage. The first few years I was basically floating around aimlessly having my clients do whatever body builder style workouts I could think up 5 minutes before they got to the gym. Needless to say I had a lot of dissatisfied clients, Working in a 24 hour globo-gym that was 2 clicks away from Curves I didn’t have a lot of room to really test more challenging lifts and routines on the average clientele. It was at this time I decided to just focus on running the office at the gym and put training clients on the back-burner. I had a lot of time to kill in between signing people up for memberships and I used that time to read up on online fitness coaches/ watch fitness channels on YouTube etc. It was at this time I stumbled upon Renegade and the MGS program. I bought the program and almost immediately was obsessed with it as it was so different than anything I’ve ever read. Much like yourself I was the skinny-fat kid with horrible genetics that couldn’t gain mass no matter what. When I was fighting I was at my current height 5’10 at 145 pounds. The only reason I won fights is because I had such a huge height/reach advantage. I went to work on your program and was pretty skeptical at first, the idea of doing full body workouts to get big seemed retarded to me at the time as I was a huge fan of and it’s 12 exercise chest day style routines. I stuck with it and ended up gaining 15 pounds in the first 2 months. It was amazing, it was also the first time I had used any body weight training prior to boxing and was gaining size. The change was phenomenal, and everyone in the gym was noticing. I decided then I would give training clients full time again another shot using the principles I had adopted from MGS. Slowly but surely my female clients were shedding fat and getting stronger, my male clients were getting big and powerful, I even had 2 old ladies in their 60’s deadlifting over 100lbs off the floor and doing kettlebell circuits. MGS completely changed not only my own training but gave me a huge boost in my career, since then I’ve become a member of the Inner Circle and have learned much much more. I’m particularly fond of Uncaged, I recently joined a local rugby team and the training applied in Uncaged has helped tremendously in my performance. Without Renegade I would still just be another never-change douchebag with a sorry client base with shitty results.

    Cheers, Jason

  34. William nguyen February 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Using the Renegade Method and MGS it gave me a sense of guidance and purpose with my strength and conditioning. I went from a doughy 228 in Jan 2010 down to a lean 175 in Feb 2011 to now a solid 185. The ideals of working my ass off in a smart manner, disciplining my training, diet and recovery, and staying persistent has allowed me to achieve my desired goals of getting in shape to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I recently got my purple belt after 2.5 years of hard work and a week later took bronze at a tournament at that level. I have used the Renegade method not only as the basis for my training programs but I utilize its principles in my martial arts training and my life in general. I have to work hard for every inch I gain and even harder to keep it. There are no gimmicks in Jason’s methods. No Get-Fit-Quick BS. This world needs more of this attitude and I plan on carrying on the Renegade lifestyle to the best of my abilities in order to push myself and my teammates in training and in life. When making a training decision I try to think if Jay has done an article about it or how he might handle it, kind of a What Would Jay Do (you should make bracelets haha).Without the Renegade Method and Jason’s advice, programs, and recommendations none of this would have been possible. Time to keep pushing myself and see how far I can take my abilities.

  35. Greg Preliasco February 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    When I was 19, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent surgery to have my thyroid removed. Every morning, I take a pill that controls my metabolism (also energy levels, etc). In order to discourage my body from creating any thyroid cells, it is a fast metabolism. The dosage has been adjusted countless times over the first couple of years and has only recently stayed put. I have always been skinny, but after the surgery and subsequent treatments, I found myself at six feet tall and roughly 140 pounds.

    While all of this was going on, I was at school in a very difficult engineering program. My energy levels and general spirits were at an all-time low… I was (and still am) supposed to be in the prime of my life. My build was pretty embarrassing, so once I physically felt close to normal on a regular basis, I decided to do something about it. After training in ineffective ways for a while, I stumbled across your work and went through the Muscle Gaining Secrets program. Next, I dabbled in 3XM and am back to MGS. My weight is now around 175.

    Training the Renegade way has given me something to constantly strive towards. I have now started my career, and looking forward to training gets me through long days at the office. The principles of Renegade Nation have given me something to pursue for life, something that I truly care about, and a way to challenge myself on a regular basis. Reading your articles, I know that nutrition is a huge part of the equation; I feel this is especially true in my situation. Nutrition is definitely the part of my Renegade lifestyle that I feel needs to improve, because it is just not where it should be. The Renegade Diet is exactly what I need. My progress seems to have stalled lately around 175 pounds, but I am nowhere near done and I know I can do much more. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from you, it’s that being average just does not cut it.

  36. Greg Preliasco February 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    When I was 19, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent surgery to have my thyroid removed. Every morning, I take a pill that controls my metabolism (also energy levels, etc). In order to discourage my body from creating any thyroid cells, it is a fast metabolism. The dosage has been adjusted countless times over the first couple of years and has only recently stayed put. I have always been skinny, but after the surgery and subsequent treatments, I found myself at six feet tall and roughly 140 pounds.

    While all of this was going on, I was at school in a very difficult engineering program. My energy levels and general spirits were at an all-time low… I was (and still am) supposed to be in the prime of my life. My build was pretty embarrassing, so once I physically felt close to normal on a regular basis, I decided to do something about it. After training in ineffective ways for a while, I stumbled across your work and went through the Muscle Gaining Secrets program. Next, I dabbled in 3XM and am back to MGS. My weight is now around 175.

    Training the Renegade way has given me something to constantly strive towards. I have now started my career, and looking forward to training gets me through long days at the office. It cannot be beat for stress relief. The principles of Renegade Nation have given me something that I truly care about and a way to challenge myself on a regular basis. Reading your articles, I know that nutrition is a huge part of the equation; I feel this is especially true in my situation. Nutrition is definitely the part of my Renegade lifestyle that I feel needs to improve, because it is just not where it should be. The Renegade Diet is exactly what I need. My progress seems to have stalled lately around 175 pounds, but I am nowhere near done and I know I can do much more. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from you, it’s that being average just does not cut it.

  37. Trey February 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    I started weight training back back in January using your MGS system because I was tired of being so damn small and weak. Everything changed from there. When I first began, I was 5’5″, 89 lbs…yeah, it was bad. My maxes for the dead, squat, and bench were around 65, empty bar, empty bar respectively, although for some reason I didn’t test my maxes before I got started. Now my maxes are 245lb dead, 175lb squat, and a 135lb bench. Not bad considering where I started and that I had a 3 month block where I didn’t have access to weights and didn’t train properly. You have without a doubt changed my life more than just about any other person. I now am completely obsessed with all things strength and some day I wish to open up a private strength and conditioning facility of my own.

  38. Joshua February 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I’ve been following the renegade lifestyle for about a year now and i love it, everything you put out is top notch and im positive the renegade diet will be the same. I love the idea behind the renegade diet. It’s lik our ancestors ate and i love learning about how tribal people lived. Ive gone through many of your programs but the best in my opinion is 3XM everything went up, my squat went up by 100 lbs, my dead went up by 140 lbs and my bench went up by 40 lbs. everything was great but i was missing something very important. a diet plan that got me results. I study exercise science at Mercer County Community College right now and i am going to transfer to Towson University next semester. Winning a copy of the renegade diet will help me learn how to construct a diet plan not just for me but for my clients when i become a strength and conditioning specialist. Also being on the renegade diet will help me stay healthy and lean at Towson (im trying to avoid the freshman 15 lol). This is REALLY important to me cause im tyring to get laid A LOT at Towson you feel me haha but for real tho winning a copy will help me in so many areas in my life its not even funny. But if i dont thats ok too cause ill be buying a copy no matter what. You are one smart mofo and i will be learning and following you for a very long time. Hopefully with hard work and a lot of learning ill become a great CSCS and you’ll be learning from me lol. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to be able to win a copy…ONE LOVE

  39. Chris Beckham February 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    I’ve been an athelete my entire life and have been working out since I was 16 with mixed results. In my 20s, I played semi-pro soccer. I have broken my left shin twice, had my right knee scoped twice, torn my left bicep off of the bone, torn my left labrum, had an inguinal hernia and a broken right wrist. I was convinced my lifting and making gains was over. I was told I could only lift light with high reps, but burned out quickly (BORING). With my knees, I was also told never to squat again and only to use the elliptical. Since joining the Renegade Nation and getting Jason’s emails, I have slowly worked back into doing the heavy lifts (squats, deads, cleans) the smart way (form, complete warm-ups). I have begun to run hill sprints 3 times per week with NO PAIN, and walk by all the skinny-fat guys wasting their time on the elliptical laughing my ass off. I spend 45 minutes at the gym, max, and am seeing the quickest results of my life. The best part about it, no lingering work-out pain, instant results, and the beginnings of a badass body. I am renegade for life!!!

  40. Austin Van Johnson February 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Dear, Mr. Ferruggia
    Not to long ago I purchased your Muscle Gain Secrets e-book and it has truly been one of the greatest things that has happened to me. I love the iron and training. When I step into the gym, my priority is perfing to my fullest. I used to be so weak that I could not bench two 25 pound plates now I can do a couple reps with two 35 pound plates(two 45’s is my current goal). I love the whole entire lifestyle of eating healthy food and being disciplined to come the gym and train. It has been an eye opening experiance. I am not like any average joe that eats junk, I acctually have the desire to eat healthy and organic food and not junk. I do not even like junk food that much any more I just want to eat whats healthy for me. With the “Renegade Diet” I know I will accomplish this, I will do anything for a ripped and chisled body. Even if I do not win I just to let you know that you changed my life. I am still on a muscle building journey and I will always be traveling this journey for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for helping out skinny and weak guys(like I used to be), it really has done a lot for my life and I am truly gratefull to you, and to my parents who bought me “Muscle Gain Secrets”. Thank you Jason for helping me get into the iron.

    Thanks, Austin Van Johnson

  41. Vaughan (Vman) February 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I have been a member of the inner circle for the last few years and been following Renegade training programs for the past 4 years.

    I am now 35 years young and in the short 4 years following Renegade methods I have achieved far more body composition change and athletic ability than the previous 10 years of training. I have always been a big guy, but never had definition or body tone. Thanks to Jason’s programs, I am now approaching single figure body fat percentage for the first time ever and adding lean muscle without looking like a robotic marshmallow man!

    Don’t be fooled by Men’s Health articles or bodybuilding magazines. Don’t rely on friends who have a good physique to advise you, join the Renegade Nation for legit, long term improvements and some serious kick ass strength gains!

  42. Shaun February 15, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Hi Jason,

    Ever since I found your website I’ve been hooked! Visiting it everyday and reading as much as I can, the advise and knowledge is invaluable.

    Your principles resonate deep within me and makes sense. Training hard and heavy, eating correctly, ensuring your lifestyle is in check (sleep, foam rolling, etc) has made the biggest difference in my life.

    I may not be strong and muscular yet, I’m the skinny fat hard gainer. Though it is the motivation I receive from your site and articles that makes me continue on my journey. Whenever I feel like I’m doing something wrong, I read an article that helps me make the correct decision.

    I’m really excited about the new renegade diet book. I know for sure that it will make a huge difference in many peoples’ lives across the world!

  43. Jeffrey February 15, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Hi Jason,my name is Jeffrey,I’m from northern Ireland. I never really knew much about weight training and how much work and dedication you need to make it. I used to lift dumbbells in my garage and expected to get huge! I never eat the right and smoked 20 cigarettes,as a result I was weak and small and very unfit! I am 5 foot 10 and weighed 10 stone 4,skin and bones! I knew I had to change my ways so after looking for some time on the internet I found your site and ordered you MGS and joined a hard core gym. The results were great, I started squating 40kg ( I know its very light!) but I’m up to 125kg still not the heaviest but I’m very proud of it! And I’m deadlifting 140kg and got the fat grips,love them! For the cardo I do the bike,I hate running so I find this great for getting the heart pumping! I ordered rampage 2 so looking forward to starting it! I now 12 stone 8 and body level fat of 17% and have been of the smokes for 2 years now! Would love to try your new diet as I know it will be first class, I think your website is first class and you have been a great inspiration to me, thanks Jason

  44. jeffrey February 15, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    hi jason, my name is jeffrey and im from northern ireland. I never really knew much about weight training and how much work and dedication you need to make it. Before renegade I used to lift light weights in my garage and never eat the right foods, and I smoked 20 cigaretts a day. As a result I was weak and small and very unfit.I am 5foot 10 and weighed 10 stone 4, skin and bones! I knew I had to do something so after looking on the internet for some time I found your website and ordered your MGS and joined a hardcore gym. The results were great, started squating at 40kg ( i know its very light!) but im up to 127.5 kg, still not the biggest squat in the world but im very proud of it and im now deadlifting 140kg, also read about the fat grips and ordered a set, love them! For the cardo I train on the bike as perscribed in MGS, really gets the heart going! Ordered rampage 2, looking forward starting it. I now weigh 12 stone 8 and 17percent body fat and been off the smokes for 2years now. would love to try your new diet as I know it will get results. Love your website and you have been a great inspiration to me, thanks jason!

  45. Bob GARRETT February 15, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Jason – While not a ‘formal’ member of Renegade Nation I have been a follower (but an independent one) of you for the last several years. I read all the emails a receive and on a routine bases go to your website to see what you are putting out in the area of weight management and exercise. I have incorporated many of your sudggestions into my eating plan and workout routines. I have also taken the information you provide and pass it on to others, weither in the gym or to my children and grandchildren. I enjoy your honest, no-hole-barred, factual way of presenting what is best. I am looking forward to receiveing your renegade diet material.

  46. Robbie February 15, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    To the Renegade Leader,

    If you were to ask me a year and a half ago who Jason Ferruggia was and what the Renegade Method is I don’t know how I would have responded …

    ” Sounds like a kickass action movie! I hope it’s better than the Expendables.”

    Haha well aside from being dead wrong, what these two forces actually were blew my mind beyond what any action movie ever could. The Renengade Method taught me how to be my own action hero through Jason’s words of wisdom and motivational posts, the countless articles on size and strength, and giving me the soundtracks to lifting by way of Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine.

    And now I am hoping to top off all this greatness with bible of Jason Ferruggia and his disciples … The Renegade Diet.

    What I appreciate about you, Jay, is your holistic approach fitness. You aren’t just the average strength coach who tells us all to lift big and your nutrition, stress management, sleep quality isn’t as important. You want the best for us all! and I respect the hell out of that.

    I plan to be a Renegade recruit for life because since my time when I discover you and your methods nothing else had worked for me. You changed my whole mindset of what the purpose of training is, not just hitting PRs but teaching you life lessons and things you never knew about yourself. You have changed my life so much that I dropped out of my university to follow my dreams of being a great strength coach, like you, someday. Today I start on my path as a trainer at my local fitness club and hopefully down the road I will have reached as many people as you have.

    Thank you Jay and the Renegade Nation for changing my life for the better.

  47. John Hislop February 15, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    After 20 years of trying every program and diet and getting little to no results I found your website. From intermittent fasting to meditation to sprinting you have completely changed my approach to exercise and life. I finally feel that my training is making “lasting” results. I get stronger every week and all the aches and pains I thought were just part of the “exercise” lifestyle are now gone. This is what real training is about. I no longer have to tell my kids “Daddy can’t play with you right now he has sore back”.

    From me, thank you for the most sensible and result producing training I have ever done.
    From my kids, thank you for a Dad who has the energy and good health to run and play with them all day.

  48. Ryan February 15, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I’ve only been reading for a short time, but the principles that make up the Renegade Nation have greatly resonated with me for a number of reasons.The biggest reason is the mounds and mounds of evidence that the work!

    I’m the guy at the gym who busts his tail, but where I really need to step up my game is on the nutrition front – not only for myself but for my family. I have two young daughters whom I’m trying to instill real eating habits and not the fad diet of the week. Proven proper nutrition, even for those who don’t train, is imperative.

  49. Arhyn February 15, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    I’ve recently just started reading this blog, probably about 3-4 weeks ago and I’ve got to say that through just a few of the tips I read on here I noticed results almost immediately. Within the first week of finding this blog, I bought Minimalist Training and the recipe book and I’m absolutely blown away by both. After reading this post and reading all the wonderful things Zach Even-Esh had to say about the Renegade Diet just makes me even more excited for it because I’ve been a loyal follower of Zach’s for a long time and any recommendation he makes is a guarantee, so whether I’m one of the lucky ones who wins this contest or not I still plan on buying it the first day it’s available to the public, as well as more of your programs.

    Thanks for all your hard work Jason, your minimalist approach to training is a blast of pure originality.

  50. Sean February 15, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Sup Jay,

    My first exposure to Renegade strength and conditioning was the MGS program, I was 17 years old and used it to bulk up to 196lbs keeping my bodyfat pretty stable. I was fuckin delighted, that was in prep for the upcoming Rugby season – the strength and size I gained moved me off the bench and earned me a starting position on what was a competitive team :)

    Ever since I check the blog every week, and really appreciated the direction taken towards health and proper movement and shit. Everything from mobility to the importance of vitimin D to gymnastic bodyweight movements to Meditation I first heard of through your blog, and slotting these things into my training and life has rocked balls :)

    Anyway, now I train for MMA 5 times a week, and without the Principles of the Triple Threat Muscle system I’d be fucked. Its hard to train 5 times a week and include proper strength training, but the foam rolling and mobility and Especially the deloading principles let me work on fighting technique, spar, do tough conditioning As Well as keep getting stronger and more explosive.

    Whatever about winning your book your advice and training has helped me so much to keep doing what I love (train) and you have never steered me wrong, thanks :)

  51. Christian February 15, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    I’ve been a member of the Inner Circle now.
    for a couple months but have used many of your principles for a long long time. Climbing back from paralyzing cauda-equina syndrome to peak shape only to have a heart attack at 35 and bounce back again takes a ton of motivation and knowledge. Your blogs, articles, knowledge, and no bullshit approach to fitness, nutrition, and supplementation had been instrumental to my successes. I hope that this endorsement helps you sell more of the Renegade Diet because people deserve to.
    know what really works. I look forward to getting my copy and seeing how you help me take it to the next level…. Again!

  52. Derrick February 15, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Hi Jason! 
I’ll start by just saying that I stumbled onto your site about a year ago while looking for info on strength training. It took me about a week to realize that of all the sites I visited, yours was one of the most informative, least bullshit, straight to the point, and simple to follow sites on the web. I am always looking forward to your emails, I won’t win crap for my submission because I never win anything, but I just wanted you to know that at age 31, you changed my life for the better and gave me inspiration and guidance to move forward with my goals.

    Being a part of renegade nation, I have learned how to lift and train the right way, how to keep my shoulders healthy(stop bench pressing and changing the grip), how to be athletically and strong as well and how to eat properly. I have also learned the importance of sleep. My lifestyle has changed too, giving more time to my family. Helping and inspiring people is the most rewarding thing. I am being the strongest version of myself now, physically, mentally and spiritually.

    There is a quote by a silent film actress, Mary Pickford, that I like to keep in my mind whenever I lose motivation, “The thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down”. I have fallen many times in my journey, but bloody hell, I’m not staying down this time!!

  53. Tyler February 15, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    I have been lifting in some form or another since I was 13. Like Jason, I had an uncle as big as a house that I always wanted to be like. But also, like Jason, I am naturally skinny. I lifted without a clue through high school and into college. For a year I devoted myself to pure bodyweight training, but as with the weights, I had no clue what real bodyweight strength training was. I didn’t get any bigger, but I could do a ton of push ups and dips. I was almost through with my first year year of graduate school when the anger finally boiled over. I had been lifting for a solid two years, squatting and deadlifting, but also adding in high volume olympic lifting and bodyweight circuits. It was a mess, spurred on by Men’s Health magazine and too little food. I hadn’t gained a pound and refused to spend another wasted hour in the gym. There had to be secrets I wasn’t aware of. Honest go God, I went home and googled “muscle gaining secrets.” I was brought to Jason’s site, found his blog and haunted his articles for months before buckling down and buying the program. I wanted to make sure I could trust him. I weighed in at 163 pounds when I started, and sit typing this at a solid 185. At my biggest I hit 189-192. I have wanted this my entire life and Jason Ferruggia showed me the path.

  54. Hunter February 15, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Jason and his website are helping me (and my family) to ever evolve. Like Jason we were once vegans (not at the same time or for the same time period). His being a vegan and now eating meat shows a willingness to try new directions in the search for “the holy grail” and to lead by example (whether trial or error). If I had internet at home or more regular internet access I would definetly join the inner cirlcle without hesitation. Through Jason and his website I have learned the importance and how to implement such things as sleep, hormone balance, diet, and the kick ass attutude to succeed. Keep up the great work Jason and thanks for everything you have done and will do.

  55. Hunter February 15, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Ever since reading your work, I have become the most knowledgeable and well-rounded coach at my private training facility. I Apply everything I learn on myself and through my clientele and have achieved more success with my clients in the last few years then some of the other trainers I see that have had their same clients for 5-6 years. I have tried to share your knowledge with them but they truly think they know everything they need to know already. I feel bad for them and their clients, but realistically, as long as my clients and myself are taken care of, I am good. I have been practicing intermittent fasting for a year and have been taking digestive enzymes off of your suggestions and have completely eliminated all grains and most dairy out of my life. I feel like I can’t be too far off from the full renegade lifestyle but I want it cemented in permanently. I want to be an amazing representative here on the west coast for you and I hope you plan on opening a location out here on the west coast soon so I can apply to be a part of your nation. Thank you for all that you do, Jason.

  56. Chris Austin February 15, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I am currently 19 years old, a freshman at college in Virginia and I weigh approximately 185lbs. Two years ago as a Jr. in high school i weighed 135 lbs.

    I was always “that skinny kid” for all of middle school and most of high school. no matter what I did i just couldnt gain weight.I would spend every night on the internet searching for the next greatest thing that would help me gain weight and build muscle. I was brainwashed, I was working out (not training) 5 or 6 times per week with bench pressing, concentration curls, and other exercises I now consider completely pointless.

    One day sitting in study hall I was talking to my friend Tyler who was telling me about the MGS program he had recently bought and he was already seeing improvements. He invited me to go to the gym with him after school to show me just how awesome the program was. When i got home from the gym i almost couldnt move i was so exhausted and my legs felt like jelly (it was the first time in my life I had ever squatted). That night i bought the MGS program which was a big deal because I had never spent that kind of money of a workout routine before and I was scared of what would happen. I read the entire e-book that night. I couldnt believe how much valuable information was in there and how blinded i had been the last years trying to workout. I turned my focus on my eating habits and followed the plan as best as a 16 year old can. By the end of MGS I had gained 30 lbs. I was so excited and I kept reading your blog every day and I was continually getting stronger and gaining weight.

    Sr. Year of highschool I decided to try out for my first ever contact sport- Lacrosse. I ended up making the varsity team with no experience because the coach saw how determined I was and I could hit harder than the majority of the other kids playing.

    Following your blog and programs (I currently own 4 of them) i hope to eventually get up to a weight of 195 and I know all it takes is dedication. You have permanently changed my life and I hope to continue with my physical endeavors in every aspect of my adult life.

    Keep up the good work man!


    Christopher Austin

  57. Vivian L February 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I wasn’t always a member of the Renegade Nation. There was a time where I listened to all the wrong information, worked out until I could barely drag myself out of the gym, devoured hundreds of supplements, and watch myself get weaker and fatter for all my effort. It was a miserable seven years, but I didn’t give up. I wanted to run fast, jump high, climb higher, lift heavy, and not even break a sweat. My friends and family all insisted that what I wanted was unreasonable, that I should strive to be skinny and toned like every other girl, but I didn’t want to be like every other girl. I wanted to be an athlete.

    That’s when I stumbled upon Renegade Strength and Conditioning. I spend years searching for the tiniest kernels of truth, but sitting on my desktop was a system so logical in its structure, so uncompromising in its principles, and so easy to understand that I wouldn’t have any trouble executing it on a daily basis. Without any hesitation, I bought Muscle Gaining Secrets and Triple Threat Muscle, changing my life forever.

    While I’ve only been following the Renegade lifestyle for two months, it has already changed every single day of my life. When I wake up in the morning, I do mobility exercises, foam rolling, static stretching, and take a fasted walk through my neighborhood, rain or shine. I eat fruits and vegetables scattered throughout the day, concluding with one big meal of organic meat and vegetables. In the evenings, I stop looking at the computer two hours before bedtime, listening to the Holosync Longevity soundtrack. After an hour thirty, I listen to Holosync Awakening Prologue. After using the seven-minute cycle on the Nightwave, I roll over and sleep. I make sure I get at least nine hours of sleep every night.

    Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are my workout days. Since I’m a beginner I do full body exercises. Currently I’m doing the Raw Newbie Training and I love every single workout of it. After each workout, I consume a post-workout shake, take a contrast shower, and eat my one big meal 90 minutes later.

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I drive up to my big hill, warm up, and start sprinting following the guidelines in your ebook, Renegade Cardio, and your article, “Hill Sprints for Fat Loss”. Ever since you taught me to sprint properly, I’ve had to continually remind myself not to sprint on crowded sidewalks or through narrow hallways without at least warming up. Nothing beats the feeling of flying over the ground, though lifting heavy is an extremely close second. Hill sprints are that addicting for me and I can’t wait until I can add another day of hill sprints.

    Renegade changed my life, but now it’s transforming it. I’m running faster, jumping higher, climbing higher, lifting heavier, and loving it all. I’m forever a Renegade and I can’t live any other way.

  58. Randy Y. February 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    In 2008 I had the first of 2 neck surgeries. The 2nd was in May of 2010. I’m now fuised from C3-C7 and am in some kind of pain 24/7. Before my surgeries I was in alright shape. Not fat, but not fit either. 5’10” 170 lbs. Not able to work, I gained 35 lbs mostly around my gut. My wife left me a year and a half ago and I was at my rock bottom and thought about ending the pain, but I love my kids too much. My Dr. told me that my neck and back muscles were so weak that I really needed to find a way to fight through the pain and do something about it. I started to work out, but had no idea what the heck I was doing. My buddy borrowed me your Hardgainers Secrets book and after 5 months I had lost all the fat and added 10 lbs of muscle. What ment more to me than gaining the muscle was the self respect that I got back. My kids didn’t look at me like they felt sorry for me anymore and I love it when I catch my ex-wife looking at my chest or arms when she brings my kids back home. Thank you for helping me get my ass off the couch and living life again. I’m not all the way there yet. My goals are to weigh what I did at my heaviest (205), but all muscle and I’m looking to start a career in this industry. I still need help with the grocery side of things and eating as much as I should, but I do what I can afford. Thanks Jason for helping me save my life.

    • Jason Ferruggia March 3, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Randy- This is an awesome story. Glad to hear things are going so well for you.

  59. Nick February 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    This is simple. Jason Ferruggia is the only trainer I listen to. He is the only trainer I believe in. Someday I will own a gym just like his. I would train in his gym if I lived in Jersey. I also teach others his methods, even though i’m not certified. I don’t expect to win with this, I just wanted to lay it down straight. Keep it up, Jason

  60. Chuck February 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I’m not gonna lie, I’m still just as fat as the day I started reading the site. In fact I am fatter. I’m also still fat after buying the Minimalist Program over a year ago (only used it for two weeks). I also went running hill sprints, threw up, and only did it again once. Obviously overdid it on that one. All these are my fault.

    But, finally, finally, I have made the committment to working out per the program, have converted my one car garage to a gym (rack and free weights only) and am steadily making progress.

    Now, if only I had the knowledge to dump this Weight Watchers program I signed up for. What a load of bs that is. Either way, freebie or not, I’m looking forward to reading and applying the diet.

  61. Paweł Wójcik February 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    After I bought your ebook “MGS” I had no idea how much my life would change, change for better. I read your whole ebook again and again and again, month after month, day after day, because I was confident it was changing my mindset. It was beyond just
    reading it, I studied it. My body was my first big project. Assumptions were simple, I was
    determined to go to the gym for 6 months or more in a row, no matter what, after 6 months I would be free to choose whether I should stay or go. I used to hate gyms but I had a simple goal, I had a vision of myself… After 5 months I fell in love in gyms, in training, it become my passion, right now I have my place on the Earth where I can hide and forget about everything.

    You know what is the best part of it? My whole life changed, not only my appearance but my mindset too. From thinking about myself as an average guy I started thinking about myself as a winner, because if I can change my body I can change every aspect of my life.

    2011 was the best year of my life! I accomplished more in just 1 year than for the last 3. I look better, I feel better, I am not a virgin anymore! I have more cash now than ever before I started studying computer science and besides the fact that it was very hard for me, right now I am one of the best students (3rd in my class).

    To sum it up I am stronger (I improve my bench press from 66 pounds to 175 pounds in just one year!) I have a woman in my life. I am more intelligent. I am determined and I don’t have any problems with finding motivation because I don’t believe in it anymore. I am much much more satisfied with my life.

    PS. I’m improved my English ability, because before I needed to read everything with a dictionary :)

  62. Nick February 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Being a part of Renegade Nation is something to be proud of in the Strength and Conditioning community. It separates those that are dedicated and serious about health, fitness, and taking control of their lives apart from ones that do not take their own selves seriously. We are never satisfied with mediocrity and always fight to get better. When I was just entering high school I was extremely overweight at a high of 217 pounds. I was on a path to very detrimental health issues and decided to make a change for no one else except myself. I knew I would not achieve any goals in my future if I did not change my lifestyle. A year later I weighed in at my lowest 148 pounds. I was athletic throughout high school, but was very injury prone. This caused me to need two shoulder surgeries my senior year of high school, which pretty much ended my days of playing competitive sports. I loved every day of rehab and physical therapy and knew that living a healthy life and training was something I would do for the rest of my life. I looked forward to starting fresh with correct training and I stopped following routines for pro bodybuilders in the magazines. I came across you and other respected coaches in the field such as Dave Tate, Jim Wendler, and Joe Defranco to name a few. I started applying proper programming and natural eating that you recommend in every article on this website. I would read over articles repeatedly to become fully knowledgeable in the correct ways to train, eat, and live a truly healthy lifestyle in and out of the gym. Your stories on how you started your business and the mistakes you made along the way changed doubts that I had about myself. Some of the situations and feelings that you were experiencing were ones that I could relate to and it gave me a confidence in my future. Practicing the Renegade Principles keep me on the right path to success not only in the gym, but in other areas of my life as well. I recently suffered a back injury that bulged a disc and stress fractured a facet joint. I did this admittedly by straying from these very principles of Renegade Nation. Jim Wendler said it is important to have a set of training rules or commandments to go by and to always remind yourself of these when you stray away from them. I strayed from mine by not training very smart and this ultimately lead to my injury. The Renegade way is one of my “commandments” of training and I had to be reminded of this the hard way. I am going to do what a true Renegade Nation member would do and take advantage of the positives that come from this. Thank You for continuing to put out excellent information that has truly helped others and changed their lives for the better as it did for me.

  63. Charles February 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I value the inspiration to minimize training (complexity not intensity) and to have the courage to accurately assess one’s ability. As a forty-something guy trying to still achieve his goals, I needed to hear “you are too fat, get lean” and “you are too weak, get strong”. I grabbed the Triple Threat but honestly didn’t think I was ready for it. So I bought MGS (and Rampage for later). I actually worked the raw newbie section as written to start the program. ( Of course, I’m elite like everybody else) I’m currently in the next phase. I have seen great gains and improvements thus far. Meanwhile, I began incorporating the RD stuff in the ebook on the Renegade Nation site and really like the freedom it provides. Excited for the future success.

  64. Jorge February 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    The renegade nation changed my life in many ways.
    You see, I had been going to the gym for over a year with no results whatsoever,
    the problem was that i was a stereotypical hardgainer using the traditional bodybuilding isolation exercises and depending on creatine, glutamine to cover up for a bad diet.
    I trained 5-6 days a week and had DOMS 24/7.

    Until I found your blog, which at first was shocking, the renegade way was the complete opposite of everything I thought I knew about training. Just like George in that episode If everything I had been doing was wrong, then the opposite, would have to be right.

    So i decided that if this didn’t work out for me, nothing would, and i got the MGS and
    I gained 15 lbs in 4 months, my strength increased a lot and i feel better than ever before.Training the renegade way helps me relieve stress better than anything. I am now free from the protein guilt I got when I didn’t eat 6 times a day, I am no longer the tupperware douche, and its all thanks to you. I have more energy to do the things i enjoy most with less stress. Thanks Jay!

    • Jason Ferruggia March 3, 2012 at 9:43 am #

      Haha. Funny stuff. Bonus points for the George reference.

  65. Pablo L February 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    For me it began with MGS. I got it right around when I was starting to play rugby. Before, I used to go to the gym with some friends, but we all followed bodybuilding magazines’ methods. Needless to say the strength and weight gains came in slowly. When I started using MGS my friends used to mock me, telling me it was no use and that I was wasting money and time in it. I decided to take the risk nevertheless (I’d never heard about this Jason Ferruggia guy before), 6 months later I had already gained around 13 kgs (I started weighing 78 kilos, being 1.90 m) and made great strength improvements. Now with absolute trust in Jason’s programs, I later switched to 3X Muscle. It got me in the best shape of my life and helped me to really improve at my sport, everybody noticed and praised the great improvements I had made.

    Finally, after purchasing the Yoked program I decided I wanted to try olympic weightlifting. I did it and now I really enjoy it (Also, I now understand why David Rigert was chosen as the cover picture of the program). And while the training regime can be completely different from what is usually recommended by Jason, I try to complement my training with his advice: bodyweight exercises, rings, mobility work etc. All this with great results. To add up, being a part of the Renegade Nation has meant for me not only getting better at what I already love. It has also meant discovering and trying new things I would never had done otherwise. I really can’t wait to try the Renegade Diet to continue improving and getting better at everything I set out to do.

  66. Michael M February 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    A conversation between me and many of my buds, explaining how RENEGADE NATION has changed my life:

    Old Buddy: You still working out?

    Me: Yeah, kind of …

    What do you mean kind of …

    I mean I “train” now. I don’t just follow a muscle mag or a DVD anymore. My “workouts” have a purpose, a goal, and everything I do is for a reason. No randomly throwing around weights and then running on a treadmill. No more wasting time with marathon workout session 6 days a week. I learned about training economics and from that have changed everything. So I don’t “workout” anymore, I train.

    Well it’s all semantics.

    Not really, working out is well … just that, working out. Training may look the same at times but with it comes something you can’t see, ones mindset.


    There is a mental aspect of training much different to what you see most doing in the gym. Moving from the 25lb dumbbells to the 30’s is not all that exciting, but going from a 315 lb deadlift to 405 is something to get excited about. You have “trained” your body to do something better then it could months ago.

    Oh … well, I don’t do any of that dangerous lifting.

    Dangerous?! Yeah anything is dangerous if you do it wrong! Do it right and you have worked your whole body with just one exercise. Add to this some body weight stuff, conditioning, prehab, rehab, and mobility work and you will be Strong, Agile, and Hostile my brotha (lol) …

    Sounds too good to be true.

    No man, I am living proof that this works. Listen if you want to be a bodybuilder, that’s fine, have at it, but if you are following bodybuilder workouts because you don’t know what to do, then we have a problem Huston (lol). If you are looking to be Strong, Lean, and Healthy I can help you.

    How? AND where did you get all your info anyhow?

    JASON FERRUGGIA! He has got workouts for people looking to add muscle, loss fat, become an athlete … whatever your goals are he has got you covered. PLUS he is coming out with a killer diet book. But this book is different. This guy has been experimenting on himself and his clients for like 2 decades. He knows his stuff. No more of this 6 meals a day bull and buying tubs of protein powder like it was going out of style. I have not read it yet but I KNOW “The Renegade Diet” is going to be a sensible approach to eating that WORKS!

    OK, you got me mostly convinced haha. So where do I go?, it is that simple. Look the site over; buy a program with your goals in mind. Don’t deviate or switch programs until you are done with the one you picked. Then you will be your own proof. Alright man, I will check you later …

  67. Marci February 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Discovering Jason and the Renegade Nation a few years ago has changed my life for the better in ways that I could never have believed. For years I fell victim to mainstream training and nutrition dogma that had me spinning my wheels and eventually feeling like crap on a consistent basis. At the young age of 24, I was depressed, underweight and stricken with undiagnosed health ailments that left me in a constant state of fatigue and pain with no zest for life. I thought I was doing everything right, but it wasnt until I began to learn from Jason that I realized just how misguided I was. The brutally honest, no bull shit advice that Jason provides inspired me to make changes to my training, nutrition and lifestyle that have given me my health back. With that, I have been able to take charge of my life and start pursuing the passions that I had been putting on the back burner.
    In all honesty, changing my habits was not necessarily an easy transition. Cutting out foods that I loved, implementing strategies like fasting, straying away from bodybuilding training routines and hours of steady state cardio took mental strength and courage because it was all I had known for so long. But breaking out of my comfort zone was the best thing I could have ever done for my mind and my body, and for that I am truly thankful. The Renegade lifestyle is now a part of who I am, and it is a way of living that I will never question.
    Adopting these principles has given me the strength to be different from the rest and not follow the crowd. In the gym, I am often asked why such a little girl lifts such big weight. Im told to be careful when Im lifting heavy barbells from the floor. But these comments only add fuel to my fire and confirm that I have the strength, both mental and physical, to challenge myself in ways that most people cant. I dont conform to what others do when it comes to my own training, and I take that mentality and use it with my clients. While other trainers are prescribing endless reps while standing on a bosu ball, mine (mostly middle aged females) are performing squats, deads and chins. I love knowing that I am improving their live’s as well, making them stronger and more confident .
    Each day I apply the Renegade philosophy to become a little better than I was the day before. It’s not always easy, but the sense of accomplishment after pushing myself to complete a hard set in the gym, resisting temptation or embracing challenges keeps me going when it gets tough. I am still not where I want to be when it comes to my physique or spiritual well being, but I’m confident that by consistently living the Renegade lifestyle, I will continue improving. I look forward to where I will go from here.

  68. Rob Labuschagne February 16, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    The first training book I ever purchased was “HOW TO GET JACKED”. It was an eye opener to some one who had been training, on and off for 7 years, using lame ass bodybuilding splits found in Flex mags.. At the time I was around 22 and found it difficult to believe that only training three times a week and doing three movements in a session would do anything to improve my massive 160lb frame but I treated Jason’s words as my religion and trained harder than I had ever in my existence, ate like a beast, had alternating showers, slept for 20-40min after training and got 8-9 hours rest every night.

    I realized a lot from JACKED and gained even more. I put on a whooping 18lbs in 3 months, from there on I have been believer. I continued my training and studying and my passion grew and grew but I got sick of training at commercial gyms with all the mirrors, posers and crap cheesy pop music so I thought that instead of paying monthly fees to a flab factory, I would rather invest my hard earned cash into my own garage gym. It wasn’t much but it was everything I needed, with a squat rack, bench tyres, pullup bar and i made my own blast straps with chains. It was awesome.

    I was addicted to Jason’s blog, reading every new post and purchasing every new release. I bought Training for Warriors and started training more athletically adding in some strongman stuff, it was a whole new world and my home gym grew with kegs punching bags and sledgehammers. At the time I was working for a presentation agency as the technical manager but the seed had been planted and I realized that I wanted more and to follow my passion of training and training others.

    Muscle Gaining Secrets was next and this change the game. I now had people asking me every day if they could come and train in my garage with me as had noticed massive changes and wanted in. At this point I owed everything to Jason and his methods and now I had a diet to follow to gain even more lean muscle. With all that was happening I made a decision that would and has changed my life, I enrolled in a sports and exercise diploma.

    I continued to purchase ever bit of literature Jason produced with Tripple Threat Muscle, Rampage, RunBMC, 666, Uncaged and Yoked.

    Over the past 7 years I have grown my, once apon a time, little garage gym into a hardcore 300sq/m strength and conditioning facility and I have Jason and the Renegade training methods to thank. It has changed my world and I want to continue by paying it forward by educating others on the methods that actually work.

    Nuff said..


    • Jason Ferruggia March 3, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      Thanks so much for the long time loyalty, Rob. And thanks for sharing your story.

  69. Will Knowland February 16, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    In June 2005, having had some traumatic experiences with drink and drugs, I was having panic attacks and had lost nearly 15lbs of muscle, dropping to 155lb at 5’10”.

    Five years later, in June 2010, having consistently followed the Renegade lifting principles, I weighed 195lb, with a 410lb deadstop squat from below parallel, a 475lb deadlift (despite only did rack pulls until 2009), a 195lb press, and a 285lb bench press (despite only doing dips until 2009). That summer, I foolishly ran some hill sprints without warming up properly, sustaining a slight twinge in my groin; even more foolishly, I then trained hard the next day, turning the twinge into an injury that prevented me from sprinting, deadlifting or squatting for nearly a year. During that time, I studied the Renegade nutritiion and lifestyle principles more deeply. Injured, I was more receptive to Jason’s emphasis on patience, persistence and habits conducive to good health. Having adjusted my nutrition, sleep and training (I now stop 2-3 reps short of failure), I have now exceeded some of my PBs – this time without a belt.

    Besides the satisfaction of slowly but steadily fulfilling my athletic potential, being a member of the Renegade Nation has, I am sure, meant I have had zero days off sick from work in the last year. I’m a schoolteacher, so my knowledge about training has also increased my job satisfaction by allowing me to get involved in sports more fully: I will soon be taking my CSCS qualification. An important secondary benefit, though, is that the Renegade mindset – discipline, determination, dedication – has improved my ability to stick with hard tasks. My first teaching job, when I was training, was at a rough school. A few kids were on trial for murder. My experienced mentor quit by lunchtime on the first day. I stayed for nearly three years. Accustomed to doing my household chores, putting my kids to bed and then deadlifting in the freezing cold by candlelight in my garden shed, I was ready to, as Jason says, hoist the black flag and stick with it. The old-school lifters, whom Jason often mentions, were on to something when they used to stress that strength training builds a strong person.

    Being able to help other people has satisfying, too. I met one my best friends by responding to his request for help with his training and sharing with him what Jason had taught me. He’s now one of the strongest guys in his gym, and it’s a pleasure to see him now helping other people in turn.

    Most importantly, I was able to help my wife get into great shape within months of her giving birth to our third child. And it’s given her the confidence to start working on the singing career she’s always dreamed of. She started by using youtube:

    Last week, she performed in front of 2000 people.

  70. Arturo February 16, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    I have always loved working out and staying healthy for more reasons than just aesthetics. I would always be looking for a pump when I worked out and was always concerned about meal timing. While this has its place in the bodybuilding world, Jason has taught me that much of what we believe to be true is just an exaggeration at times.
    I now know that it isn’t healthy, let a lone necessary, to be in the gym for 3 hours to get results. Of the products I have purchased as well as tips from the website, I have increased my strength and physique to awesome levels. My workouts are shorter, a lot more efficient, and a lot more fun. Heavy lifting just seems more fun to me, and that’s a big part of why I go to the gym; its fun and lets me forget about my hectic school life. I’m actually excited to finally start Rampage 2 next week and continue making progress for the next 90 days.
    Resting is also a very overlooked principle in training for many. I used to workout 5 days a week and be in the gym for hours at a time. A couple months ago, there was an article Jason posted about deloading. This was Jason’s “baddest secret ever.” It specifically said “Do nothing.” My first though was yea right, but curiosity killed the cat and I decided to take 5 days off and it felt good! I was still on track at the gym. Over winter break I decided I would take another week off from training and just do some bodyweight drills at a nearby park of no longer than 20 minutes each. Much to my surprise, not only was I a lot more rested, but I actually came back stronger and hungrier than ever! So instead of curiosity killing the cat, it made him immortal.
    I pick up bits and pieces of nutritional information from Jason about workout nutrition and a plant-based diet. I now make vegetables a huge part of my meals to introduce some carbs, but also the disease-fighting chemicals in many vegetables. I don’t have to worry as much about eating every three hours; in fact, I eat about 3-4 meals a day and throw in a couple of 12+ hour fasts.
    Most of my focus with Jason has been concerning working out and rest times. My experience isn’t too great as far as his nutritional principles. I know I will be nothing but impressed with this much-anticipated book. I cannot wait to start reading and furthering my process both at the gym and in the kitchen. Thank you for all your hard work and teachings.

  71. Jesus February 16, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    When I purchased the MGS program, I didn’t know what to expect. The sales pitch on it definitely got me which of course made me feel like a sucker, but then again I’ve learned so much since purchasing that program that based on the knowledge gained alone was completely worth it. I also wasn’t aware of his newsletter subscription, which I was automatically subscribed to when I purchased his program and still continue to learn new highly beneficial training tips, ways to reduce stress, ways to improve sleep, new products and supplements that could actually be of benefit, and really inspirational and motivational newsletters in general! To further broaden my knowledge I decided to sign up to other so-called professionals in the field’s newsletters only to end up cancelling the subscriptions because of the bombardment of emails and never-ending sales pitches. Some I forget I even subscribed to since they rarely ever send anything out. Jason Ferruggia’s newsletter is the exception and the only one I recommend to people serious about their training for excellent tips on improving their training, health, and overall life.

    A Renegade rejects the conventional ways. The Renegade training style, methods, and philosophies goes against the typical beliefs and mantras of the average gym trainee. The Renegade diet will also do the same, but combined will produce results that would not only inspire and have bodybuilders, the cardio-obsessed, and fitness trainers to abandon their previous beliefs and lifestyle, but also to inquire on how they can too become a part of a nation of a million strong, to be…… a Renegade.

  72. Jared Riddoch February 16, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Jason, why should you consider me for a free copy of the Renegade diet guide?

    Plain and Simple: I’m going to use it, and I need it. I don’t take anything away from the individuals in this thread or comments, but I see a bunch of individuals with sob stories and trying to play angles. I don’t use that as a crutch, we all have issues, we all have injuries, and we all have a story.

    I’m currently taking my Agatsu Kettlebell certification and then moving onto Level 2 in June. I need to push my fitness to the next level in order to pass, and the diet is the thing holding me back. My wife (greatest help ever) and I have been making our meals daily, we switched to raw protein, and have tried to go completely gluten free . The only issue, everything tastes like erasers. Please god I hope theirs recipes in this book.

    To be candid, I’m ignorant how to eat, and when to eat, but the motivation, work and desire are there. I’m not going to say I’m a fat schmoe, I work out 5 times a week. I converted our Master Bedroom into a gym. If you want some pics or videos, let me know its sick. I’ll happily me your pre-and post Renegade pics. Basically, I’m the guy who needs that extra push to finally bring out that 6 pack and bring my fitness to elite.

    If you handed out 5 copies to people trying to get you to feel sorry for them, it’s just 5 that won’t end up being used. That doesn’t seem so Renegade to me.

  73. Robert Thornbury February 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I know that it was supposed to be in by 12 noon EST, but since I what to thank Jason and say why I am a member. I am going to post it anyways.
    Why the Renegade Inner Circle Army? I am a lot younger today than I was when I joined back in November 2011, 12 weeks worth of training tomorrow. I felt older than 47, with aches and pains that would not go away. Most have gone away. Better posture and mobility have made it easier to get around.

    I am an educator and I live by the Rule Of Eights, the average person has to SEE IT, HEAR IT, and DO IT at eight times to make it their own. I saw a lot of IT. I read training blogs every day. 12 of Jason’s peers plus Jason’s are bookmarked. I tried online training out with one of them. Good website content, but the online training was not a complete package. I gave up after 6 months. 18 months of gym fees for little results was not a good investment. In November, one of the blogs said that you need to read less and do more. I am not sure if it was Jason’s blog or not, but I am sure Jason thinks that. For some reason at the time I thought MGS was the best path for me. I got MGS plus 1 month of the IC.

    First one must SEE IT, Read Jason’s Stuff. There is a lot of his philosophy in the Inner Circle, Training, Nutrition, Life and much more, the complete package. Don’t read too much or it may get over whelming, but read each thing at least 8 times so that you really get what he is saying. I am on the third or fourth reading of each, MGS and Renegade Diet(v1or2). I keep picking up things that I missed the first few reads. Jason’s manuals are very thorough if one is interest in learning.

    Second, HEAR IT, There are lots of videos and interviews to listen and watch. Form is very important.

    Third, take what you have seen and heard and DO IT. Practice correctly with good form, and see the results.

    I did not expect the results that I have gotten. Initial and today’s measurements:
    Weight – 208, now 185,
    Waist at belly button, 39”, now, 35”.
    The belt and feeling better are the best. They remind me everyday of the progress that I have made.

    I started with Newbie, 4 weeks and Phase 1, 8 weeks. I began with the bar x 5.
    Today, squat 145 x 5, rack pull 215 x 8, and military 80 x 5
    The Inner Circle is an inspiration; I can’t wait to get to the many other programs that Jason offers. But for now it is some 52 + weeks of MGS.

    Go slow, Dominate the weight!

  74. Tyrell McCabe February 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Okay, so I became apart of the renegade nation 4 years ago after I 1st bought MGS. I was a freshman in high school and weighed 115 pounds. I was a skinny tall weak pushover that was very sky & quiet in school and pretty much kept to myself. I always been this way. Anyways I USE to get picked on a lot and let people step all pver me because they were bigger & stronger that I was. But after I joined the renegade nation and start lifting weights, getting stronger and actually putting some muscle onto mu skinny pushover frame. By my sphmore year I was 135lbs, Junior year 155lns, and senior year 170lbs and benching 205lbs! Compared to my freshman year when I was 115lbs and benching 95lbs.
    I didn’t just gain strength & muscle but I also gained a lot of self confidence and also changed my mentality. I wasn”t you sinny shy kid who people pushed around anymore. I remember in my junior year one of my classmates went up to me and told me how different I looked and acted. He said I looked such like a little kid in freshman year and now I walk around like I could beat the crap out of someone. Those words really meant a lot to me and meant I was actually doing something about myself. Not only that but I was also achieving goals academically. I was going after things I wanted to do, and was always trying my best in my classes. If I was the same kid as I was in my freshamn year I wouldn’t be where I am at today,
    With the muscle & strengtth I gained from following Jason’s ways I become more mentally strong which completely changed the way I felt, acted, and thought about the world around. Gave me a better perspective of what I can do and accomplish in this world basically. So thats how being apart of the Renegade nation changed my life and Im sure a lot of you can relate to what I am saying, So thanks to my brothers of the renegade nations and also a big thanks to the man himself, Jason.

  75. juan cerda February 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    hi jayson: im physical education teacher, im competing in bodybuilding until im become a husband an father of 3 great childs…health become more important to me becouse y want to see them grow.
    bodybuilding was great but my life have no price.
    i become a asiduos reader of training and diet information for almost 24 years and two years ago y discover your page and videos of your facilities, your bussines and life are greats and your training and diet articules are inspirational. thanks for your dedication and work. and sadly :) im read the info of your contest only today saturday…i promes to read your page more days a week!
    i have a comitment to make this year the best year of my life whit my family in a new country and stay healthy and stronght¡ thanks a lot and best regards from México!

  76. Nick March 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Almost done with week 3/phase 1 of UNCAGED and it is the ABSOLUTE SHIZNIT!! That’s right, I just used Izzle-talk. Nuff said.

  77. Erik March 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Hey Jason and the rest of the Renegade Nation,

    My quest for a better body began about three years ago as a sophomore in college. Before that, I would go to the beach and see all these swole dudes getting all the girls because of their chiseled physiques. I wanted that, so I hit the gym…not really knowing what I was doing. I read all the muscle mags out there and trained as prescribed, but I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. After six months, I had only put on a few pounds, and my strength gains were not what I had anticipated. Then I came across a small article in Men’s Fitness featuring Jason’s techniques. I went to his website and bought a copy of MGS. I followed the program to the T and had put 20 pounds of muscle in one summer and still had a six pack! I have been utilizing the same strategies and techniques outlined in MGS ever since and I can truly say that Jason and the Renegade Nation have changed my life. I went from a 170 pound scrawny kid to a 208 pound monster. I even scored a job as a bouncer at one of the bars close to my school. The ladies have definitely takin notice of my gains too. Jason and the Renegade Nation helped me see the light. I no longer “workout” like the rest of the test-boost/steroid-using frat boys….I TRAIN!

    Thanks for everything Jason

  78. Joseph April 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Hey Jason,

    Heard great things about the book. Was trying to purchase, but can’t seem to get it to accept any form of payment. What’s going on man?


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