There are very few bodybuilding blogs out there currently that I actually follow.
I’m sure there are some great ones that I just don’t know about, but it seems like they are hard to find and are just not written at the same frequency as they used to be.
This saddens me as I think that true bodybuilding is losing its popularity. I sincerely hope that it’s not true, but my fear is that it is.
With that being said, I was fortunate to stumble upon a true bodybuilding blog a few months back called John Doe Bodybuilding.
John Doe Bodybuilding talks about a lot of topics related to true, hardcore bodybuilding. It’s a breath of fresh air for me.
In the beginning of the year, John Doe Bodybuilding put out a program called Shredded Ops. The program is designed to help you get ripped to the bone.
After buying it and reading through it, it’s definitely something that has my interest.
The Shredded Ops Program Review below will help you decide if it’s the right program for you. If you are looking to get ripped and try something new, this might just be the perfect thing for you!
What’s up with John Doe Bodybuilding?
As you can guess from the name, there is some anonymity associated with John Doe Bodybuilding.
It’s run by a guy named John Doe. That’s obviously not his real name, as John and Jane Doe usually substitute for names of those who wish to remain anonymous.
While I don’t know John Doe’s real name, I can tell you for sure that he’s legitimate. From the posts he writes and the podcasts he makes, the guy knows bodybuilding.
Just from what I’ve heard and read, he was or still is a competitive bodybuilder. I have no idea what level he’s competed at, but I would guess that it was at a fairly high level.
John Doe is raw and honest. He openly admits to using steroids and discusses his advice in regard to anabolic steroids.
Don’t let that turn you off if it’s not your thing (it’s not mine at all), because he goes far beyond steroids in his posts and podcasts.
John Doe Bodybuilding has a few other e-books and programs out there, but when I saw him put a program called “Shredded Ops: Building The Extreme Physique”, it definitely piqued my interest.
About Shredded Ops
The Shredded Ops program is a rebel. It breaks the rules and goes outside the standard bodybuilding program dogma.
The ultimate goal of the program is to help you get a ripped, lean physique in 12 weeks.
If you’ve been a reader of my posts for a while, you’ll know that I talk a lot about the importance of getting a great pump in the gym when it comes to building muscle.
As John Doe talks about in the description for this program, he wanted to design a program the helped you maintain a killer pump throughout the workouts.
The Shredded Ops program utilizes a certain type of exercise to accomplish this task that I have talked about numerous times in the past.
Body-weight exercises! That’s right. The Shredded Ops Program mixes body-weight exercises into a weightlifting routine to help you maximize your results.
I won’t go into too much detail about exactly how that’s done as its reserved for those who actually try the program, but John Doe Bodybuilding mixes them into the workout in an interesting way.
The three main components of Shredded Ops that makes it tick are workout intensity, routine periodization (changing it up) and a quality diet strategy.
The program is designed to go for 12 weeks, which should be about the time it takes for you to get a ripped, lean physique if you do everything John Doe suggests.
The program gives you a diet to follow and tells you exactly which exercise and how many repetitions to do throughout the entire program.
What I like about it
The biggest thing that I like about this program is that its simple.
While it’s not designed for beginners, even someone new to bodybuilding can give it a read through and put it into action immediately.
It does not go into boring, unnecessary detail. It tells you exactly what to do and how often.
I love that the program uses body-weight exercises mixed into the workouts. I think that body-weight exercises are powerful and seriously underutilized by many bodybuilders.
I also like that the design of the workouts ensures that the intensity will remain high during the workouts. These workouts will kick your ass if you’re not in good shape.
While the workouts are simple to follow and understand, they are far from easy. You will definitely be sweating, and your heart rate will stay high during the workout.
This workout also aims to keep you healthy and injury free. When you’re dieting down, you get weaker and are more prone to injury.
The Shredded Ops program is designed in a way to minimize injury while keeping the intensity high.
You will not be doing all kinds of moronic and dangerous lifts. Most program go way overboard with the amount of exercises and work that they require.
What I don’t like about it
There is honestly not much about this program that I don’t like.
It’s something different that will add new life to your routine if it has become boring, and I think this will work really well to help you shred body fat.
One area I disagreed with was some discussion about using aspirin, ephedrine and caffeine as a stack to burn fat. I highly recommend against this for health reasons, even though I’m sure it works well.
With that being said, there’s one issue I think a few people will have with the program itself.
This has to do more with the gym culture itself than the program however, it’s something I foresee myself having an issue with.
The program has you going back and forth between different exercises for a lot of it, similar to what’s commonly known as super sets.
My gym is usually so busy that the second you get up from a piece of equipment, you are likely to get it stolen from you.
For example, one of the workouts has you alternating pull ups with pull-downs. I risk losing the pull-down machine when I go over to the pull-up bar, which will piss me off.
It’s more of a problem with my gym than the program, but it is likely an issue many of you will face if you work out in a busy gym.
If you are lucky enough to workout somewhere that isn’t constantly packed, then you are lucky and shouldn’t have an issue, although it might still be awkward to get down in the middle of the weight floor and bang out some push-ups.
Who it’s for
This program is not for beginners.
If you are brand new to bodybuilding, this will not be right for you.
This program is designed for the experienced bodybuilder that is looking to try something new and get shredded.
While someone brand new could follow it, I think that John Doe is right when he says that it’s not for beginners.
It’s high intensity and requires some prior experience with lifting to get the most out of.
If you are brand new and want to try one of John Doe’s other programs, I recommend one called Becoming The Bull. It’s geared towards those just getting started.
If you are not new to bodybuilding and are looking to try something out of the box, then I highly recommend giving Shredded Ops a try.
For those about to shred
I salute you!
Shredded Ops is intense and not for the faint of heart.
If you do decide to try it and are able to make it all the way through, pat yourself on the back because very few people will be able to get through it completely.
Those that have been able to stick through it and finish it, have gotten some great results which you can see an example of here.
Overall, I think that this is a cool program that is different from any of the others that I’ve seen or tried. There’s a lot of things I love about it and very few things that I don’t love.
This program definitely gets a Supplement Reviews Lab recommendation.
If you’re in the market to get ripped and have some experience lifting, this just might be what you’re looking for.
P.S. Have you ever tried or heard of Shredded Ops? I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions or comments below!