The Muscle & Strength Pyramid Books


THE 2ND EDITIONS, NEW FOR 2019

Ready to end your frustration?

These books will show you how to build and tailor nutrition and training plans, so you can finally achieve your physique and strength goals.

Learn the science-backed principles so you cease second guessing yourself.

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Get access to real-world examples from top-level physique and strength athlete clients.

Regain your freedom by learning to focus on those things that truly matter most.

The latest evidence-based recommendations, distilled and clearly explained by one of the industry’s leading experts.

The Training Book

Six sample routines to get you started quickly

Six programs for novice, intermediate, and advanced-level bodybuilders and strength-focussed athletes.

Break through those training plateaus

With our full progression guidelines and examples, you’ll never be left frustrated and wondering what to do next.

Tailor your programming for faster results

Our quick-start programming guide will show you how to apply all the principles that go into program design.

 

The Nutrition Book

No longer waste time and energy with your nutritional efforts

The structured order of importance is what makes this book different. Learn what matters and when.

Use our science-based calculations for optimal setup

Whether you're headed for the bodybuilding stage, cutting pounds for a weight class, or about to go on a bulk, we’ve got it covered.

Achieve continued and lasting changes

Learn how to balance adherence, consistency, and flexibility so you can live your life while progressing toward your goals.

 

What Training Experts Are Saying

“The books bridge the gap between the latest scientific information and practical implementation.”

There is no gimmick by the authors to make more money and the training principles here are not mired in confusion. Rather, the work on the Internet that we wish existed previously is now available; and if you are a novice or intermediate this book will help you bypass the stage of confusion.

Michael C. Zourdos, PhD, CSCS

“For all of those interested in taking their strength and physiques to the next level.”

There are few people in this industry who have my complete, utmost respect. Eric is one. His S&C leadership and passion for the field seeps from his pores. He knows the science and can quote the literature, has competed as a bodybuilder and powerlifter, and meticulously trains individuals to get them into peak physical condition.

Bret Contreras, PhD, MSc, CSCS
Co-Founder of Strength & Conditioning Research Review

“I wish I had a resource like this during my initial foray into the fitness field!”

This a must-have for anyone looking to take their training to the next level. It’s a true evidence-based approach that combines the latest research and years of in-the-trenches experience to formulate a blueprint for program design.

Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA
Founder of LookGreatNaked.com

What Nutrition Experts Are Saying

“I would have saved myself years of confusion.”

It’s difficult for me to write a sufficiently accurate appraisal of the content within these books without sounding like I’m overplaying the quality and net benefit to be gained from them. The quality of content is astounding. The delivery is masterfully crafted and paced. And the net result for the reader is one that will be truly impactful on their approach and practice, whether they be a fitness enthusiast or a seasoned coach.

Danny Lennon, MSc
Nutritional Science SigmaNutrition.com

“Highly recommend this for anyone looking to change their body composition.”

Whether you’re looking to get big or get ripped, Eric shows you, in an evidence-based yet easy to understand fashion, the hierarchy of importance of the things you need to consider. There’s no B.S. or huge promises; just a straightforward, no-nonsense, practical guide to nutrition and training for transforming your body.

James Krieger, MSc
Founder of Weightology.net

“Distills what REALLY matters for nutrition and training.”

Eric Helms represents the next generation of exercise scientist. Not content to take other expert’s word for it, Eric desired answers so voraciously, that he did what any good scientist does… he became obsessed and crazy enough to do his own original real research. I can’t recommend these books highly enough.

Layne Norton, PhD
IPF Unequipped World Record Holder, IFPA Natural Professional Bodybuilder

Ready to go from nutrition and training principles to practical application and progress?

The Authors

 

For the better part of his career, Eric has worked with drug-free physique and strength competitors at all levels, including the current 105 kg IPF powerlifting champion. Eric has pro bodybuilding status with the PNBA and competes in the IPF at the international level.

As a published protein and strength researcher, Eric knows a little something about science too. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level nutrition and exercise science, has a BS in fitness and wellness, an MS in exercise science, a second masters in sports nutrition, a Ph.D. in strength and conditioning, and is a research fellow for AUT at the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand.

Eric Helms, PhD, CSCS

Chief Author

 

Andrea is a lifelong athlete, experienced coach, and content creator.

She has trained athletes in multiple disciplines for over 15 years, and has a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma. She has also been a bodybuilding coach, podcast host, and operations director with 3D Muscle Journey since 2015.

 

Andrea Valdez, MS

Co-Author

Andy Morgan is an online training and nutrition coach.

He has seven years of experience working full-time coaching people exclusively online. You can find 100+ client result photos and 400+ client testimonials on his site. This puts him among the most experienced coaches out there, with the results to back it up.

Andy Morgan, BS

Co-Author

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the books available as physical copies or on Kindle?

We will work on getting physical copies published in the first half of 2019.

There will not be Kindle editions. The graphs and training program tables do not lend themselves well to the format.

Who are the books written for?

These books have been written with physique athletes, strength athletes, and those that coach them, primarily in mind. However, the majority of our readers are just regular people, but serious recreational trainees. If you are a novice looking for a comprehensive approach to muscle gain and or fat loss and have some basic information to start, you’ll be good with these. But if you don’t know how to perform basic exercises, and aren’t totally clear on what macros are or have any idea of how to match them to foods, then this won’t be for you just yet.

What do you mean by, “free future versions, forever”?

Every time we write a new edition of the books, you will receive fresh download links. The 14,000 people that bought the first editions received these second editions 10 days prior to general release on the 25th of December as a Christmas surprise.

Note: this offer only applies to those that buy the digital pair set. Those who buy just the one book will need to purchase any future editions. There is no upgrade offer and this cannot cover any physical editions.

Are the books fully referenced?

Yes. There are 158 unique references in the training book and 301 unique references in the nutrition book, listed at the end of each of the chapters.

What's new in the second editions?

The books are heavily updated and there is around 50% more content. We have a couple of pages dedicated to outlining the changes and new content in detail, but I'll briefly outline what is new.

New Content in the Training Book:

  • A “Quick Start” guide to program building,
  • How to address weak points,
  • The flowchart for when to adjust volume includes other considerations related to recovery, stimulus, and adaptation.
  • Volume counting has been simplified, no longer quantified by repetitions per body part, but rather sets per muscle group or movement pattern.
  • A flowchart to help you determine when a deload is needed.
  • How to gauge progress without testing strength.
  • A discussion of blood flow restriction training.
  • Setting initial volume by experience level.
  • Pairings for rep ranges and proximity to failure with different classes of exercises
  • How to modify training while cutting,
  • How to incorporate autoregulation,
  • Which progression models to pair with different exercises at various stages of your lifting career,
  • How to organize a training split.

New Content in the Nutrition Book:

  • How to determine whether you should ‘bulk’ or ‘cut’.
  • A chapter on making adjustments and measuring progress,
  • Ketogenic diets,
  • The ins and outs of peak week for physique competitors, and making weight (and changing weight classes) for strength athletes,
  • Recovery diet guidelines for physique athletes post-competition,
  • A deeper discussion around finding maintenance,
  • Energy availability, with signs and symptoms to be wary of,
  • Whether tracking caloric intake is necessary initially,
  • How to set protein if your body fat is very high,
  • A visual chart to help you determine hydration levels,
  • Protein digestion as it relates to protein timing,
  • Updated supplement recommendations including a new “A, B, C” tiered ranking system,
  • Extensive additions on the potential psychological pitfalls of relying too much on external nutrition cues (tracking nutrition and bodyweight) and how to use qualitative approaches guided by satiety, hunger, and habit based methods to avoid them.

Does the training book contain sample training programs?

Absolutely. We have six programs for novice, intermediate, and advanced-level bodybuilders and strength-focussed athletes. You will see the principles in action and get started quickly.

Does the nutrition book contain any actual example macro plans of real competitors? What about meal plans?

We don’t have a specific athlete’s example of a full prep (for privacy), but we have example calculations based on real people that we’ve worked with. You’ll see many pictures of these individuals throughout the book’s chapters. We’re very proud of them.

Why offer the money-back guarantee, isn’t that a little unusual for a book?

It is unusual, but here’s the deal: the overwhelming majority of people are decent and honest and don’t abuse offers like this. While we’re confident that you’ll enjoy and get an immense amount of value out of these books, we know that they are not cheap and we want you to feel confident in your purchase. So, if you read them and don’t feel that you got your money’s worth, let us know within 30 days and we’ll give you a full refund.

How do these books build on your 2013 and 2015 Youtube video series?

Great question. Consider those videos the cliff notes and highlight-reel version of these books, without the most recent research that has come out since they were originally recorded. So while the books cover the same broad principles as the videos, they go into far greater levels of detail and cover more context and nuance. The books are around 300 pages each.

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What Other Industry Experts Are Saying

"I step into the gym and I know EXACTLY what I am doing…"

I don’t question myself. I don’t wonder, “How many sets of this should I do? High reps or Low Reps? Am I on the correct workout split?” No, I am confident in myself. This knowledge comes from an accumulation of experience and by humbling myself and listening to the experts in this industry, not just the guys with the best physiques or highest follower count. This is your chance. End your Wheel Spinning. Buy these books.

Matt Ogus
Physique Athlete, Former Coaching Client

"Others dumb it down way too much, and miss CRITICAL nuance."

Few people know how to strike the right balance when they talk about training. Some people make it overly technical, which makes it easy for the reader to miss the forest for the trees. Others dumb it down way too much, and miss critical nuance. Eric, Andy, and Andrea have struck the perfect balance. I guarantee you’ll learn something from it, and walk away with a much better overall understanding of the training process.

Greg Nuckols
Former World Record-holding Powerlifter, Founder of Strengtheory.com

"The results, you can see in the photo…"

Finally, a comprehensive source to send people to who are interested in bodybuilding. I was coached by Eric’s partner Jeff Alberts for my bodybuilding competition, the results you can see in the photo, the principles in this book were applied. I would recommend to anyone looking into doing a bodybuilding show or if you are coaching bodybuilders.

Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, MO
Board Certified Family and Obesity Physician, DrSpencer.com, DocsWhoLift.com

"Few books are amazing…"

Over the years I have read many books. Some are bad, some are good and a few are amazing — these fall in the latter category. Eric has referenced a lot of the available literature but still managed to write in an easy, straight-forward way that makes it very practical to use.

Juma Iraki BSc
Head of Nutrition Academy For Personal Training (AFPT), CEO Irakinutrition.com

"A KEYSTONE resource for modern day training and nutrition strategies."

Eric Helms and company have gone to great lengths of providing a resource that doesn’t set out to describe a particular nutritional strategy or training template, they lay out the fundamental principles and their relative importance in detail, while still remaining extremely readable.

Bryce Lewis
Current USAPL Open 105kg (230lb) Champion, Founder of TheStrengthAthlete.com, Coaching Client Since 2010

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