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Is Athlean X Trustworthy?

by Gym Slacker

Is Athlean X Telling The Truth?


When it comes to fitness and working out, there are countless experts and gurus giving advice. One name that often comes up is Athlean X. But is he really telling the truth? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Athlean X and his claims to separate fact from fiction.

The Facts About Athlean X

Athlean X is the brainchild of a fitness trainer and physical therapist named Jeff Cavaliere. He gained popularity through his YouTube channel, where he shares workout routines, nutrition tips, and performance analysis of professional athletes. With his impressive physique and vast knowledge, it’s no wonder that many people look up to him as an authority in fitness.

The Claims

One of the main claims that Athlean X makes is that he can help you achieve a ripped, athletic physique without bulking up. According to him, traditional bodybuilding workouts can make you look bulky and blocky, rather than lean and muscular. He advocates for a different approach that focuses on functional strength and athleticism.

The Truth

While there is some truth to Athlean X’s claims, it’s important to note that everyone’s body is different. Some people may naturally have a more muscular look, while others may have a leaner build. The key is to find a workout routine that suits your goals and genetics.

The Importance of Functional Strength

One aspect where Athlean X truly shines is his emphasis on functional strength. Rather than just focusing on aesthetics, he promotes exercises that improve overall performance and athleticism. This approach is beneficial not only for athletes but for anyone looking to improve their physical capabilities.

Nutrition Tips

Another area where Athlean X provides valuable insights is nutrition. He emphasizes the importance of fueling your body with the right foods to support your workouts and achieve your fitness goals. From meal planning to macronutrient ratios, he offers practical advice that can help you optimize your diet.

The Criticism

Despite his popularity, Athlean X has faced some criticism. Some have accused him of promoting ineffective exercises or using questionable scientific claims to back up his methods. It’s important to approach his advice with a critical mindset and do further research to determine what works best for you.


In the world of fitness, Athlean X has made a name for himself with his unique approach and valuable insights. While he may not be right about everything, his emphasis on functional strength and nutrition is certainly worth considering. Ultimately, it’s up to each individual to decide which fitness guru to follow. Remember, the key is to find what works best for your body and goals.

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deathincarnate1337 June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

I compare going to the gym to boxing. say what you want about winning, losing, skill or form, they got in the ring – respect.

James Osborne June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

I do love the science behind athlean x's stuff, but when ya' just want a quick recap it can be a bit long-winded. 😂 Love the 'intense at Home' "mrrrrrrr" 😂👍

Bish Bash Bosh June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Oh damn I just realized what I did I was a negative nancy and I hate those guys

Bish Bash Bosh June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

When does any bodybuilder ever completely tell the truth the answer is they never do but its understandable tho they can't sell their brand if they do

Matthew Gough June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Not sure about calling AthleanX an influencer, he's an educator.

Patrick Dean June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm


Antonio Salgado June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Thanks for the motivation for my morning sesh dad 🙏

Stubborn Clump June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Look…I'm an alcoholic with a bench press..not a body builder. I just want my tig man biddies to be smaller and to eat pizza..but the gods haven't got that in mind for me

Dave Marchitto June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

"Everyone's going to leave you"
-Simon Miller, 2023

zengamer21 June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

It's such a trend to poop on AthleanX so I'm very glad you didn't. I was like oh no am I going to have to unsubscribe to Simon Miller? But you stayed awesome so right on.

irboneh June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Simon, one day I would really like to give you a hug

Kalinka Pavlova June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

I'd kick a (balloon) puppy for a slice of pizza right now. 🥲

vmorales225 June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Jeff does a lot of work with professional wrestlers too.

Andrew Zach June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Thanks for the video Simon, I hope you have a great day.

Matt Pujol June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Truly all you really need for back is one vertical pull (pulldowns, pullups) and one horizontal pull (lat-focused rows, deadlifts) per back workout. Choose the movements that allow for the most progressive overload possible and train your ass off in those movements. Everything else, including the "kneeling single arm pulldown," is just useless fluff and not necessary.

Sephiroth June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Stopped watching that dude a long time ago.

Marty Strasinger June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

At 65 years old, I do just enough in a session to know I did something useful without ruining my recovery for the next session. If I would go to failure, it would be a couple weeks before I could do those muscles again. Youth is indeed wasted on the young.

Sean McCarthy June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Miller the killer love it

Moe S June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Simon as always one of the best messengers and heathly mind promoters on YouTube. Thanks brother!

SMDoktorPepper June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

For a second, I was worried, as I do tend to watch Simon and Athlean..

Tee Mil June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Can literally hear Greg clipping up this video!

Angel Ripoll June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Oh man, I used to love that Nintendo Kung Fu game!
Trying to maximize your muscle development? Use multiple exercises per muscle group to hit the muscles from different angles. Just trying to stay active? Stick to 1 or 2 exercises per muscle groups if you want (some of the compound movements can even check the box for multiple groups).

Thomas Andersen June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

I mainly do the following for my back: Conventional deadlifts > Bendover barbell rows > Weighted wide grip pullups > Weighted back extensions.

Nelsathis June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

''the first day you go into the gym is the first day you secretly decided never to like your body''
I get this is probably at least partly a joke, but this gets thrown around so much in the industry. Is it so rare that while i may want to better my physique.. a lot, i still like whats actually there? I dunno, this just sounds sad every time.

Brian Jarman June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Comment for the algorithm always enjoy your videos Simon

Off The Chain Fitness June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

I like my muscles and stand in front of the mirror in one pose for about 4 hours a day 😊

Dan mzungu June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

I think you would enjoy watching Greg Doucette😊

Paul Woodford June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Looking pretty sun burned lol

Aussiegodx June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

I just do volume training now, light weight 30 reps per set with 1 min intervals. I get more done, less time. And have results! Recommend this for those who are in a rut

goncalonsmcosta June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm


evillordBeerus June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Ever gets 3rd degree grease burns on your genitals cause you couldn't wait for your pizza to cool off?
If so, there is a t-shirt out there made just for you.

COPFIT Media June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

That X guy is getting more tedious every time I see a repost of his videos. He's 5 foot nothing and tiny guy.

Static-ash June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Thanks, Simon. Love you

Some Guy 4891 June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

"The best thing to happen since pizza and nachos" haha. Well done.

5 Days A Stranger June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Mr X is the Tyrant from Resident Evil 2.

Safwaan Sibda June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Just a clarification for those that don't watch the AX video, he specifies lats exercises and not the entire back. But I 100% agree with Simon here!

shoWbitz June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Athlean X said, "here's why!"… That's Copyright Infringement!!!

Brandan The Broker June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Just 2? 🤔 Seeing that I'm beginning again, it may work well for me. I'll try it

Luke McAllister June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

A great back workout for me starts with deadlifting and always involves some sort of row, be it with dumbbells, a barbell or even the T-bar row.

Baddog Sports June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Call him AX! 😂
Simon doing this video guns a blazing!!

DR1212 June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

Simon for ROH 👍

Shmuzznik June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

What happened to your eye??? =

Lewis June 16, 2023 - 12:10 pm

I mean, I just go to the gym because the endorphins make brain go brrrr


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