Brad Borland

Brad Borland
Quick Stats
  • 6'2"
  • 215 lbs
  • Masters in Kinesiology
  • 11 Years
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • BradBorland.com
Brad has a Master's degree in Kinesiology and is a strength and conditioning specialist, military veteran, and cancer survivor.

I paid for and earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology and am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). I know, way too many acronyms!

I started out as a skinny kid struggling to gain every ounce of muscle. As a young kid at 6’2? and 125 pounds I wasn’t too intimidating.

Competing as a drug-free natural bodybuilder with a few shiny trophies I have trained, motivated consulted and harassed many clients from all aspects of life from the competitive bodybuilder and athlete to the elderly and rehabilitated.

Having trained in commercial health clubs, wellness clinics, hospitals, university facilities and military installations such as tents, sand pits and old Russian bunkers I have also helped many with diets and eating habits as well as contest preparation.

I am also a veteran of the Air National Guard and proudly served in Afghanistan in 2003. However, upon coming home from Afghanistan I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma (2004), an immune system cancer which my brother and father were survivors of prior. I went through 9 months of chemotherapy before a full recovery and gained back most of my hair.

When my wife isn’t telling me to quit flexing, I currently write for Muscle & Strength on the subjects of training, nutrition, supplements, motivation and everything cool.

I have a precious son with my beautiful wife Courtney.

Brad Borland's Content

How To Burn Fat Like A Bodybuilder (Without Muscle Loss)
Achieving low body fat levels takes hard work and discipline, but having an understanding on how to manage carbohydrate intake helps facilitate the process.
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Train Insane, Improve Your Gains
These 9 battle tactics aren't easy, but they can help you win the war in the gym. It's time to get raw and crazy with these anything but conservative approaches.
45.3K Reads 15 Comments
7 Habits Of Highly Effective Bodybuilders
Bodybuilding is about more than just mindlessly moving weight. Learn how to refine your goals, and along with them your training, diet and supplementation plans.
35K Reads 3 Comments
5 Post-Workout Essentials For Recovery & Growth
Brad Borland helps you to amp up your post-workout nutrition and increase your muscle growth and recovery by including more than a simple whey shake after your workouts.
25.2K Reads 5 Comments
31 Terrifying Tricks To Shock New Muscle Growth
This Halloween trick your body into bigger gains with these thirty-one terrifying muscle building training tips and treats, presented by bodybuilder Brad Borland.
24.5K Reads 1 Comment
Build A Better Booty: A Complete Guide For Women
You can't shake what you don't have. Build a bountiful and firm booty with these three glute-building workouts. This feature includes a fat-shredded diet plan.
80.7K Reads 4 Comments
Shirtless man sitting in the gym holding dumbbells
This article moves beyond the same old pec-hammering exercises and presents you with 5 highly effective chest building movements that you've likely never tried.
205K Reads 16 Comments
Prep Your Gym Bag: 22 Must Haves
It's time to come prepared and bring more than a belt and shaker bottle. This feature presents you with 22 items you should consider adding to your gym bag.
41.1K Reads 19 Comments
Want Big Arms? Focus On Triceps
If you want big arms it's time to give your triceps some love. In this feature bodybuilder Brad Borland presents 3 tricep workouts for each stage of training.
35.8K Reads 9 Comments
Is Modern Equipment Worth Your Time?
Modern gyms are being inundated with new and interesting pieces of equipment. Brad Borland helps you to decide which of these devices can help you reach your goals.
22.5K Reads 5 Comments
Man doing calisthenics workout chin up outside
No gym? No problem. Grow without equipment. Brad Borland shows you how to use your own body weight to build lean muscle mass. Basic & intermediate workouts included.
495.6K Reads 33 Comments
Building The Perfect Fat Burning Circuit
Brad Borland presents a 5 element template that enables you to build your own effective fat blasting circuit workout. Benefits and example circuit workouts included.
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35 Tips To Help You Double Your Muscle Building Gains
It's time to up the training intensity and improve your gains. In this feature Brad Borland presents 35 effective ways of getting better results from your training and diet.
81.7K Reads 5 Comments
6 Reasons Why Your Fat Loss Diet Sucks
Are your fat loss efforts grinding to a halt? Brad Borland presents 6 reasons why your diet might be failing you, and tells you how to turn things around and get lean.
42.1K Reads 6 Comments
Get Ripped With Supersets & Giant Sets
This 4 day workout program from bodybuilder Brad Borland utilizes supersets, giant sets and restricted rest to shred fat. Sample 2100 calorie per day eating plan is included.
236.7K Reads 24 Comments
22 Ways To Stay Lean This School Year
Forget the freshman 15 and the sophomore 20, it's time to get jacked! Bodybuilder Brad Borland presents 22 tips to help you stay lean and build muscle this school year.
36.9K Reads 9 Comments
12 Ways To Instantly Power Up Your Workouts
This is not the same old rehashed tips article. Brad Borland presents 12 muscle building workout tweaks that can help invigorate your training and improve gains today.
33.2K Reads 4 Comments
5 Muscle Building Tips I Wish I Knew
A few words from the wise. Brad Borland takes a look back at his early bodybuilding years and shares a few things he would change if he could do it all over again.
34K Reads 9 Comments
Muscle Building Over 40: Guide & Workout
Age is truly just a number. This guide by Brad Borland helps you to dial in your gym efforts and build the body you want at any age. Sample training routine is included.
298.5K Reads 31 Comments
6 Week Dwayne Johnson Hercules Workout
Are you ready to go to war? Brad Borland presents a six week program designed to conquer your goals. It's time to build a god-like body and have the strength-levels to back it up.
107.6K Reads 29 Comments
strong men and women working out in the gym
Improve performance (and aesthetics) with this functional strength training program. Bodyweight movements, conditioning work, and supersets work together to help you build a stronger foundation for a functionally fit physique.
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30 Minute Weekend Blast Workout
Maximize the 4th of July weekend by building muscle in minimal time. This intense 3 workout series by Brad Borland focuses on supersets and brief 30 minute workouts.
62.4K Reads 5 Comments
9 Intense Ways To Challenge Your Biceps
When it comes to bicep training, think you've heard it all before? Think again. Brad Borland presents 9 new and effective ways to blast your biceps into new growth.
26K Reads 0 Comments
Flat Bench Press vs. Incline: Which Is Better?
Which press variation is the king of pec builders? In this article Brad Borland compares incline and flat bench presses, and helps you to decide which is right for your goals.
43.3K Reads 2 Comments
8 Sure-Fire Ways To Build A Bigger Chest
These unique chest-building tips will help you get growing again. Fear not! This article is not just another ineffective waste of Internet space full of empty promises.
43.2K Reads 9 Comments
Thrash Your Triceps Using These 9 Training Methods
Don't just work your triceps, thrash your triceps! These 9 tricep building methods from Brad Borland are designed to help you pack on arm size and bust out of your t-shirts.
46.5K Reads 4 Comments
Cardio Conditioning Workouts: More Fat Burning, Same Gym Time
Turn your resistance training workouts into muscle building and fat blasting sessions by integrating intense progression conditioning. 3 sample workouts are provided.
226.7K Reads 14 Comments
Deadlifts vs. Barbell Rows: Which Is Better?
Which exercise is the king of back builders? In this article Brad Borland compares barbell rows and deadlifts, and helps you to decide which is right for your goals.
97.3K Reads 18 Comments
Building Muscle & Strength Without A Barbell
Is training without a barbell blasphemy? Learn how unilateral lifting can bring up weaknesses, help to balance your physique and work towards reducing injuries.
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Increase Training Frequency Build More Lean Muscle
Currently torching a body part once a week and not seeing results? Learn how to increase your training frequency and improve the amount of muscle you build.
46.4K Reads 14 Comments
Barbell vs. Preacher Curl: Which Is Better?
Want bigger biceps but not sure which movement is the best for mass? Brad Borland takes a look at 2 major bicep exercises and helps you to decide which is best.
113.4K Reads 3 Comments
Standing Calf Raise vs. Seated Calf Raise
Have puny calves, and undecided about which exercise is best for packing on size? Brad Borland analyzes both movements and helps you to decide which is best.
177K Reads 10 Comments
Athletic man performing pull down in the gym
When it comes to building an impressive back, wider is better. Learn the differences between these 2 major lat exercises and which one is best for maximum back development.
182.1K Reads 6 Comments
Barbell vs. Dumbbell Shoulder Press: Which Builds More Delt Mass?
Improve your delt training and build a more impressive torso by comparing the most two potent shoulder building exercises: dumbbell overhead press and military press.
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Back vs. Front Squats: Which Builds Bigger Legs?
Ask two seasoned lifters which squat variation is best for overall leg mass and you'll likely receive conflicting opinions. Find out which movement is best for you.
50K Reads 4 Comments
Captain America: Build A Winter Soldier Physique
Build real-world strength, speed and dexterity with this "super workout." Use the virtues of honesty, bravery, humility, conviction and authority to reach your goals.
112.2K Reads 16 Comments
Dips vs. Close-Grip Bench Press
This article pits two potent tricep builders head to head: parallel bar dips and the close grip bench press. Which is better for arm size? Read on to find out!
82.4K Reads 5 Comments
The Clean Bulk Diet: 3 Options For More Lean Muscle
Build lean muscle mass without packing on unwanted body fat. This article presents three sample lean bulk diet eating plan options that can help you reach your goals.
674.1K Reads 38 Comments
Your Ultimate Physique: 13 Ways To Strip Fat & Build Muscle
You've been told the goal of losing fat while building muscle is impossible. Here are 13 tricks that will help you reach your dream body faster than you thought possible.
124.1K Reads 11 Comments
Skinny Guy Diet Plan: Gain Muscle The Smart Way
Pack on muscle mass without adding unwanted fat. This feature provides three specific eating plans for "skinny guy" trainees who have a hard time gaining weight.
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Total Body Sabotage: Blast Plateaus, Get Big & Strong, Fast!
So you're big and lean...but can you back it up and get the job done? This program will help you look good and provide you with the power & performance to kick butt.
42.9K Reads 2 Comments
9 Tips For A Better Crowded Gym Workout
Busy gym? No problem! Learn how to maximize your training time in a crowded gym and improve your muscle building results with these nine tips from Brad Borland.
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10 Quality (Not Quantity) Workout Fixes For Bigger Muscle Gains
Ok, so you are lifting a lot of heavy weight...but are you building muscle? Learn how to stop the sloppy training and improve your gains by fixing these 10 key exercises.
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How To Structure Your Meal Plan Based On Training
Learn how to eat based on your training time. This article provides complete meal plan examples for the early morning trainer, the midday lifter and the night owl.
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How To Structure A Fat Loss Or Weight Gain Diet
This article covers the basics of protein, carbohydrate and fat intake and provides you with 10 tips to set up an effective diet plan that will help you reach your goals.
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300 Workout: The Rise Of A New You!
Seize your glory by building a Spartan body. This feature presents three new workouts, including a powerful 4 day split designed to shred fat and build muscle.
475.5K Reads 32 Comments
9 Diet Plateau Hacks: Get Back On The Road To Lean
It's time to get lean. Get your diet moving full steam ahead and reach your fat loss goals with these nine tips and eating plan tweaks from bodybuilder Brad Borland.
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Density Training For Fat Loss: No Cardio Required
Looking to torch fat but tired of boring cardio sessions? Try density training. This article features intense 20, 30 and 40 minutes twice a week fat loss workout sessions.
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Carb Cycling: Lose Fat And Build Muscle At The Same Time?
Everyone knows you can't build muscle and lose fat at the same time, right? Learn how to maximize carbohydrate intake so you have a chance at adding mass while leaning out.
219.9K Reads 39 Comments
Muscle Man Eating Food
It's time to build size while remaining lean. Bodybuilder Brad Borland presents 19 rock solid tips to help you keep your body fat levels in check while gaining mass.
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18 Comments
Randy McMinn
Posted on: Sun, 05/17/2020 - 22:32

Hi Brad am 63 what to lose my belly fat 32.2bmi and build muscle been out out out of bodybuilding since the 90s so rite now doing walking can u help me out pls RandyMac

Jose
Posted on: Wed, 08/28/2019 - 14:48

Hi Brad, i just read your autobiography and i hace yo say i found it really inspiring. Specially since i think i share with you several life aspects. I'm an Officer of the Peruvian Navy and have been recenthly diagnosed with Hodking Lymphoma as well. I'm about to start treatment, and i hope everythings goes as well as in your case. I'm glad to hear you grew back almost allí of your hair! Means mine has an opportunity too!

Antonio
Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2018 - 19:16

Hi!!Mr Brad ....how can i do with my diet if i start at 6am at my job and i workout a 430pm,and you program is only 3 meals and 2 shakes ...the program is carb cycling thanks!!!

Joe Johnson
Posted on: Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:19

I have been on a extended leave for 7 1/2 years.
during this time, by the grace of God, I have transformed my body. I feel better than I ever remember and very thankful for it. I am new to the internet and Brad is very inspiring. i am looking forward to my new exercise regimen with help from all! Full range of motion has always been paramount in my routine. Some guys tell me different, but it is good to hear that ROM is the right and only way. Thank you.

Brad
Posted on: Wed, 01/22/2014 - 15:40

Hello all,

I noticed a lot of comments here. Please feel free to have a visit at my site (listed above in the author's info). I can answer more of your questions there.

Thanks!
Brad

jesus arroyo
Posted on: Fri, 12/13/2013 - 09:51

my only question is, why are there so many dislikes on all those comments? a lot of your advice are pretty accurate and out of the book. people either haven't gone to school to see the information themselves or are stuck on preconceived notions of information and won't bother on researching with an open mind.

“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” Alvin Toffler

jason.kolbo
Posted on: Tue, 11/19/2013 - 15:20

hi thanks for writing this i have trouble with them think i doing good then stop moving forward but think if i try this it might help

M.Ball
Posted on: Sat, 11/16/2013 - 19:15

What it do how do I build like you and how ling do you think it will take

Jim
Posted on: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:27

Hello i know you make many workouts aiming to produce a similar physique(as much as possible) to those of heroes from movies like wolverine,Bane,etc etc,Could it be possible to make a workout resulting is a physique similar of Henry Cavill in Superman:Man of Steel.Thanks in regard.

Julian Jäger
Posted on: Fri, 11/08/2013 - 17:47

Great natural physique!!! Keep going and thanks for the interesting articles. Some contain precious pieces of information even for me. I am going to compete next year too. Completely natural. Age 19. Looking forward to get to your level.

Matt Carroll
Posted on: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:29

Hi brad, I'm in about week 3 of your bane workout and loving it. Thanks a lot for making it. Now I'm currently an active duty Marine who is just trying to bulk up a bit while still keeping decent cardio. I recently got enrolled in a crossfit type class early in the morning and have been doing your workout in the afternoons. Will this hurt my gains or is it overkill? Thank you

Brennan w
Posted on: Tue, 05/28/2013 - 15:50

I'm 17 and have been reading alot of your stuff. I'm in decent shape for my age and weigh like 155. I was wondering if you have a workout schedule/diet for my age to bulk up alot this summer. Thanks

Tim W
Posted on: Thu, 04/11/2013 - 06:59

Hi Brad,

I'm in the first week of the "Superhero" workout and am struggling to work out what the measurements are for the diet, specifically the "cup" measurement. I assume that we're talking uncooked volume of food, but is there a grams/ounces measurement as cooking a cup of rice seems to leave me enough to lay house foundations with! The measurements I'm after conversions for are the oatmeal, greek yoghurt and rice portions. The workout kicks ass though!

Nick Whitlam
Posted on: Tue, 04/09/2013 - 09:06

Hi Brad,
I cant decide which program I should start? i've looked at the Baine and 300 programs and some of the shred fat programs on this site. I'm 32, 6'6 and weigh approx 97Kg (214Ib). In the past having used gyms for years now I've had well built defined arms, shoulders and a flatish stomach but no six pack. But recently this has all gone. I'm wanting to build alot of mass and definination on my arms, chest and shoulders (Baine program) but strip the fat away and get rid of the 'love handles' and belly but do this without loosing muscle (300 program). Can I do both at the same time or should I build Muscle with one program then strip fat with another or vis versa? Due to my work I travel a lot so the times I can get to the gym vary week to week. Some times its Monday, Tuesday and saturday but the next it might be everyday of the week. Also a lot of the time I can only get a session in during my lunch hour at work so this limits the amout of stuff I can do. Any advise or guidence? Cheers Nick

Austin
Posted on: Sat, 12/08/2012 - 21:36

Hi Brad,
Im a 17 year old who has been made fun of all my life. I am a big guy and as much as i hate to say it i have my chest problem (man boobs), which i want to lose bad. I want to start the "Insane Bane Workout" but i was told that the bench press would make it worse, and the eating, i would figure would make it worse. Can you please help me with this problem im having im determind to lose wait and my goal is to get stronger and bigger withe "the Insane Bane Workout" thanks, Austin

Trevor
Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2012 - 23:22

Hi Brad,

I'm wondering what particular muscle groups you would recommend to workout on which days? I typically like to work out 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. What split do you recommend?

Thanks!

Kris Wilkes
Posted on: Mon, 04/30/2012 - 15:08

Hi Brad! Congrats on all your life successes and thanks for all the great articles! I am a 56 year old female masters figure competitor, natural. I am training for masters nationals in late July. That show is not drug tested and many of the competitors have rock hard glutes, so so hard for a natural female. Any exercises you have found that are especially effective for glutes? I train really hard, but that part just lags. Ugh! Thanks again!!!

Brad Borland
Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2012 - 10:57

Hi Kris,

The one move that is hands down the greatest glute remedy is the walking lunge. Go for length with light weight. Also, be sure to do plenty of glute and hip stretching as it has the potential to tighten the hip area up a bit which could hinder other lifts. So stretch thoroughly.