Is Mad Muscles Legit: Honest Review & Muscle Building Potential

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘An honest review of Mad Muscles: Will it help you build muscle?’ by Carl Juneau

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The review of Mad Muscles app is negative, with difficulties in canceling subscriptions, pre-written programs, lack of scientific evidence, functional issues, and a high price; the reviewer suggests using Dr. Muscle instead.

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  • The video is a review of the Mad Muscles app.
  • The reviewer did not like the app and had mostly negative things to say about it.
  • Many users complained about difficulties in canceling their subscriptions.
  • The app offers personalized programs, but the reviewer believes they are pre-written programs and not truly personalized.
  • The app claims to sell programs based on somotypes (body types), but there is no scientific evidence to support this.
  • The app claims to optimize hormones, but the reviewer states that all resistance training improves hormone levels.
  • There are issues with the app's functionality, such as difficulty in altering rest times or substituting exercises.
  • The app is considered expensive, with a monthly subscription price of $19 or an option for $60 per year.
  • The reviewer does not recommend Mad Muscles and encourages users to consider other apps, such as Dr. Muscle, which is backed by exercise scientists and uses AI to adjust workouts based on progress.

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Hey guys, it’s Garrett again with Dr. Muscle, and today we’re back with another review. Today we’re going to be looking at an app by the name of Mad Muscles.

So Mad Muscles isn’t as popular as some of the other ones, but it still has a relatively big following. It came to my attention due to its promotion on Facebook. I felt like I was getting hit every day with advertisements for Mad Muscle. So soon enough I said, yeah, I might as well check this out.

And I did, and this is what I think about it. I’m going to start right off the bat. I didn’t really like doing this review because I felt everything I had to say was negative. I don’t like to just only be negative, but in all honesty, it was very hard for me to find something positive about this workout app.

And so first I want to be clear on one thing, is that I actually did not buy a subscription for Mad Muscles. Usually I do, and then I’ll cancel it, and the reason being is also a pretty big negative in my books, which is a lot of people complained about having major issues trying to cancel their subscription. It basically just came in different variations.

Someone would cancel and it would keep charging them, so they’d have to call again and call again. Some people just weren’t able to get through. They supposedly offer money back, and that is like pulling teeth to get it back supposedly. And these are all reviews, but in my opinion there’s plenty of reviews for me to believe this is absolutely true.

And one of the things that really kind of validated this for me is that to cancel a subscription you actually have to call in a number to cancel. You can’t just go in your app and cancel a subscription and they say, ask you a couple questions, do you really, are you sure, yada yada. You have to actually call in to cancel, and that’s a huge red flag in my book.

So for those reasons I personally didn’t feel comfortable giving them my card. I didn’t want to go through this hassle of calling a company that may or may not cancel my subscription. And so that’s a pretty big red flag, but also, it’s something to be, it’s definitely something you should know before you go get a subscription. Even the money-back guarantee is very difficult to get back.

My concerns with this app started with its marketing campaign. I was hit with these marketing ads saying you should do this exercise instead of this exercise. You’ve probably seen those around. They were telling me to do things like tiptoe wall squats rather than back squats. A bench press with water bottles rather than a barbell bench press.

Another ad sent me one of those quizzes you do for your best fitness program, but it was giving people fitness programs due to their career, like a firefighter, a policeman. If I want to try to be the nice guy, I can say there is some truth to if you have someone who’s sedentary, they sit down all day, maybe you want to give them a program with a little bit more walking and stuff like that.

Even compared if you’re working with someone who’s always lugging around wood and stuff, maybe they need to have maybe less frequency or something, but that’s not what this is. That’s not what this was. They even had things like logger and police officer and all this stuff.

Going into it, I had a bit of a bias towards it. It is what it is, and while we could say those are just marketing techniques, they’re not. They actually prescribed things like instead of doing a bent over barbell row, they prescribed things like a bent over towel row, where you literally take a towel and you row it.

Again, if I’m trying to be positive, I could say maybe this is for somebody who has no equipment, and if you have no equipment, yeah, you could do something with a towel. You could use really strong isometric contractions, but again, this is not what it was because the variables were very implicit. That was a full gym, had access to a full gym, and you get bent over towel rows and curls with water bottles.

With that said, it’s basically your typical, was really trying to find something that made it stand out, and I just really couldn’t. It supposedly gives you personalized programs. Again, I don’t believe these were personalized at all. I believe they do, with a lot of workout apps, they have personalized programs, but these are really just a collection of pre-written programs, and they give you the one that works best for you. Again, it’s not really personalized. Personalized is when you sit down and you listen to these person’s exact needs, and you write the program right then and there.

Even changing some of the variables didn’t really change the actual program you got that much. You know some of their other selling tactics are iffy at best. They also claim to sell programs based on your somatype, which is basically ectomorph, mesomorph, basically how big your body is. If you’re tall and slender, are you big and round, are you more muscular?

There’s no studies to back this up at all. The only place where your somatype has any effect on you is in performance when it comes to biomechanics. Obviously, someone with bigger limbs is going to need to adjust their program a little bit differently or adjust their exercise.

Also, if you look at the somatypes, you basically notice that if you’re an ectomorph, which is tall and kind of skinny, they basically just give you a program as if you’re a hard gainer. They tell you to eat a lot of carbs, do a lot of type of bodybuilding, hypertrophy work. On the contrary, if you’re an endomorph, which is generally rounder, shorter, rounder, they treat you like you’re trying to lose weight. They’re going to have you do circuit sets, HIIT, put you on a low-carb diet, kind of your general basic fat loss type methods.

Just a little fun fact, the man who actually invented somatypes was actually doing it as a way to relate different personality traits to body types. The endomorphs were shorter, bigger, and you’re starting to see those people were lazier. The more muscular people, they were more outgoing, stuff like that. That’s actually where somatypes even came from, is to divide people into personality traits. There’s no scientific truth to it having any sort of meaningful effect in guiding your fitness decisions.

They also claim to optimize your hormones. Again, all resistance training is going to improve your hormone levels. Just part of their marketing, they’re kind of saying stuff to get people to buy their program.

When it does come to their programs, there’s a lot of issues with that. Again, I don’t believe they’re personalized. I don’t think they’re personalized to begin with. Also, it’s very difficult to alter the rest time, to substitute exercises, all that kind of basic stuff you’re just not able to do.

The way mad muscles work, it’s like a video. You start your workout, you follow the video. The problem is that if you cancel out of the video screen, let’s say your buddy texts you and you go check your text, when you come back to work out, it starts the video all the way over. A lot of people complain, it’s just you’re constantly going back and forth and you’re pausing the video. It’s just not conducive to an effective workout.

Like I said, I could go on and on. There’s a bunch of little things like that, but I don’t see the need. Basically, I just wouldn’t recommend this app to anybody.

Last but not least, mad muscles is not a cheap app. It’s not the most expensive app, but it’s definitely not cheap. When I was checking it out, it ran about $19 a month, which is not cheap. I think they did have other options like $60 a year, but still, that’s not cheap. You can find cheaper apps that are a lot more smooth and a lot more effective because I think if you’re going to be charging $20 a month, your app should be pretty well done. It should be pretty top-notch and it’s just not.

I could go on and on about other things I saw, other issues, but there’s no need. I just basically would not recommend this to anybody. In fact, I would actively encourage you to not use this app. There’s a ton of other awesome apps out there, some for much cheaper, some for more expensive, but when it does come to money, I think you should spend money on your fitness if you find an app that really is going to fit your needs

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘An honest review of Mad Muscles: Will it help you build muscle?’ by Carl Juneau