Jon Anthony is the proprietor of Masculine Development and a columnist at Return of Kings. Jon is also the author of several books including the Tinder Cheat Sheet and 7 Strategies to Develop Your Masculinity.
I did an interview with Jon back in December, but wanted to have him on here again to talk about the upcoming release of Body of an Alpha. Jon was kind enough to answer some questions about his upcoming book and fitness in general. Here’s what he had to say:
Tell us a little bit about your experience with fitness. Did you ever have any big struggles in the beginning or at some point along the way?
Absolutely. When I first started out I was what they call “skinny-fat,” which basically means I have the worst genetics in the world. I was a complete beanpole, weighing in at 125 pounds, and it took me FOREVER to figure out how to actually work out properly, what to eat, and when to train in order to optimize muscle growth.
For the first year or two, I wasted thousands of dollars on personal trainers, supplements, and bullshit routines that left me completely dumbfounded. I remember feeling so damn confused, because it felt like I was putting in the work, but for some reason, I just couldn’t put on any muscle.
Fast forward 10 years, and after rigorous experimentation, and discovering the “P.H.A.T. principle,” I’ve gone on to put on a whopping 60 pounds of muscle. I’m currently 185 at around 6% bodyfat, as you can see by the cover.
Can you give me your thoughts on how having a powerful physique (i.e. A Body of an Alpha) changes your day-to-day activities, like getting more attention and respect from men and women.
Well it’s funny you ask that, because one of the reasons why I first got into working out was for getting girls. I remember I first stumbled across the manosphere, and was kind of taken aback by their advice on game, but working out? That was something I could get behind.
A decade later, I can without a doubt say that lifting has been one of the biggest game-changers for me. Period. Just today I was chatting up three girls in the hot tub – like I can’t emphasize enough how easy it is to get girls when you have a six pack, broad shoulders, and a huge back.
You get more attraction from women, higher quality women, game becomes easier… and plus, men respect you more. There’s something very primal about muscles, and I think that everyone responds to them subconsciously. Men that used to give me shit don’t dare do so anymore, because they know I could knock them out with one punch. Even friends and family are a little bit jealous, and they tend to look up to you, because you’re the “alpha male,” of the group.
What are some of the biggest mistakes guys are making in the gym?
Oh god, don’t even get me started, there’s so many. There’s training too little, there’s training too much. There’s training too much for strength, and there’s training too much for mass. There’s not doing enough cardio, and there’s doing too much cardio. There’s even doing the wrong kind of cardio.
And that’s just in the gym. Most guys eat the wrong diet, they follow fads and not science, they don’t recover adequately, they don’t have the right sleeping techniques, they eat foods that DESTROY testosterone levels, and more.
And what’s so crazy too is that these things aren’t even that obvious, because pretty much everyone in our society does them. It took me nearly 10 years to sift through all of the garbage and find out what the mistakes are and what the truth is.
What makes Body of an Alpha different from mainstream, popular fitness advice?
In short, it’s not bullshit. I remember I paid $97 for a very popular fitness product at one point, and in retrospect it was the biggest scam ever. It was like 100 pages triple spaced, font size 20, and 80% of it was just the guy hyping his own eBook up.
As someone who’s been in the fitness industry for a while, who worked at a supplement store, and who’s built relationships with guys in the industry, I can personally tell you that 90% of the fitness industry is BULLSHIT!
You have these authors that just sell the latest fad diet, the latest fad workout routine, pyramid scheme, MEGA workout complex, intermittent fasting as the cure-all to everything, and whatever the hell else is trending at the time.
So, to answer your question succinctly, what makes Body of an Alpha different is the advice is timeless.
I discuss the principles of lifting, that apply to ANY workout routine, I give you a killer workout routine, I discuss the principles of recovery, how to properly do so, the principles of nutrition, different diets depending on your goal…I even throw in two free eBooks about how to get “legal steroids,” and my exercise demonstration guide.
I’d like to get some quick thoughts of your opinion on steroids. You write ‘How to Get Steroids’ legally on the ad page for the book so I’m hoping you can shed some light on the subject.
Speaking of which, yeah – one of the gifts I’m currently giving away is called “Alpha Supplements,” which is basically my guide to the best supplements on the market.
Coming from a supplement salesman, I know what I’m talking about – when I worked with Max Muscle, a popular health store on the East Coast, I got to try out everything in the store. Literally hundreds of supplements for free, so I got to test out what worked and what didn’t.
So I divided my “Alpha Supplements” eBook into two categories: newbie and hardcore. The newbie sections are for guys wanting to use supplements, but don’t want to do anything too out there. They’re still extremely effective, but just won’t affect your hormones.
Then, the “hardcore” section, talks about pro-hormones, which are basically legal steroids. As someone who’s tried steroids, pro-hormones, and everything in between, I can tell you that they’re honestly not as big a deal as the media makes them out to be.
The side effects are seriously minimal if you don’t abuse them, and the potential gains are incredible – I’m talking like 30 pounds of muscle in just 4-8 weeks…AND they’re legal.
See, the government has banned steroids, but what most people aren’t aware of is that there’s these things called “pro-hormones,” which are basically steroids that the FDA hasn’t caught onto yet. I give guys trying to bulk up the full rundown on which pro-hormones are legit in Alpha Supplements, and how you can use them to shoot your muscle-building progress through the roof.
Normally guys hire a fitness model or find a hi-res photo of some guy online to be on the cover of your e-book, but you have yourself on your own cover which I really respect. I’m curious how realistic is it for men to achieve a physique like yours? What is it going to take in terms of dedication to get there?
Thanks, it took a lot of hard work. I don’t want to bullshit guys and say that they can get there easily, because it’s not going to be easy. But, that being said, it takes a lot less time than they’d think.
In fact, as an experiment, I actually went from weighing about 155 to 185 in 3 months for that photoshoot – I wanted to personally test the Body of an Alpha routine in addition to the pro-hormones I mention, to see just how effective they were…and I wasn’t disappointed.
Most other routines out there won’t even get you close to that physique – let alone do it in a few months. If you don’t take the pro-hormones, I’d say that it’d take most guys a year or two of lifting to get to that point. A lot of it depends on your genetics and how closely you follow my advice, but it won’t take that long.
The thing to realize though is that you’re going to be looking better and better every week, so it’s easy to keep going – it’s not as if you’re some skinny motherfucker who works out for 2 years with ZERO progress, and then suddenly you wake up jacked.
You’re going to be getting more and more jacked every day, which will make it easier and easier to keep going. As for dedication, it will take a hell of a lot of dedication to get there.
You’ll feel tired some days, you’ll feel sore some days, and you just won’t want to go some days…but if you’ve got a pair of balls and a good brain between your ears, you’ll tell your body to fuck off and go to the gym anyway.
People don’t realize that going to the gym can be hard sometimes – but hey, nothing in life worth having comes easy. I can tell you this, though… after working my ass off to attain that physique, I’m happier than ever.
Every day when I walk down the street I get girls checking me out, especially if I’m wearing a tank top and have a nice post-gym pump. Every time I go out clubbing, I get girls asking to feel my arms, and asking if they can see my abs…it’s incredibly gratifying.
It doesn’t come without hard work, but it’s definitely achievable – in fact, most guys after buying Body of an Alpha won’t have any questions about how to achieve it.
I lay out a road map for everyone, discussing what to do if you’re a hard-gainer, skinny-fat, or overweight – I cover all the bases, because the truth is, there is no “one size fits all,” but that doesn’t mean I can’t make Body of an Alpha the most comprehensive fitness eBook on the market.
A big thanks again to Jon from Masculine Development. You can check out all his books, especially Body of an Alpha (Being released this week!), and other articles in the links below: