Unstoppable Gains is a science-based system to help you gain muscle while losing fat, and set new personal records while avoiding plateaus. Plus, it's just plain fun!
Stop getting 'stuck' in your workouts doing the same things over and over, and start making progress again!
When you improve your efficiency, you save time - Time that you can spend doing other things.
Hit new size and strength personal records, and know the exact day that you will reach them.
Gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. You can do both at once if you change the way that you workout.
Your body responds best to a variety of rep ranges, and Unstoppable Gains has variety built right in!
Personal development expert Tony Robbins claims that the
secret to life is that
"Progress Equals Happiness".
I don't know how strong you are, so I'm just going to make up some numbers here to make a point. Imagine for a moment that you are about to do a set of Bench Presses. You load the bar with 200 pounds, and when you do the lift, you are able to complete 6 reps before reaching failure.
Which of the following options would be the most effective, reliable & safe way for you to continue to make strength and muscle gains on your next set:
Do another Bench Press set with 200 pounds for 6 reps.
Add 5 pounds, and do a Bench Press set with 205 pounds for 6 reps
Perform a Bench Press set with 200 pounds for 7 reps
Lower the weight and add one rep: 195 pounds for 7 reps.
Nope. In a progressive resistance program, you want to keep the focus on "progressing". Keeping everything exactly the same results in a progress improvement of "0".
The number in the middle of the circle in this screen shot from the app tells you how much harder this set is compared to the previous set (spoiler alert: it's not).
No, again. Five pounds may not seem like much, but if you reached failure at 6 reps of 200 pounds, you are not going to be able to complete 6 reps of 205 pounds.
In fact, take a look at that small number in gray next to the "6" at the bottom. Unstoppable Gains has calculated that you would get just 5.2 reps at this new weight... and that rounds down to 5.
No way. If you thought that adding five pounds was hard, then adding one rep is ridiculously hard! It's more than 30% harder than adding 5 pounds (and not gonna happen).
If you reached failure at 6 reps with 200 pounds previously, there's no way that you would be getting 7 reps this time, and a failure at an attempt is a failure to progress.
So, how do you make any progress?
The surprising answer to keep making gains is to drop the weight by five pounds AND add a rep. Yes, you would decrease the weight to keep making size and strength gains.
Unstoppable Gains has calculated that you would be able to do 6.8 reps with 195 pounds. You can round that up to 7 reps with a little effort. The difference between the two IS your progress. It's that easy.
The app will even show you exactly how much your strength will improve from that one set. Then, this set becomes your new set to beat, and you go up again.
The most important part of Unstoppable Gains is set selection. Choosing the right set can mean the difference between hitting a new personal record or hitting a frustrating plateau.
The top half of the screen is a quick glance summary of the proposed next set, showing the difficulty points, the weight and the reps.
The bottom half of the screen shows a table of information that goes into detail on the proposed set.
The weight line shows the last weight that was saved for this exercise on the left and the new, suggested weight on the right.
Target Reps shows how many full repetitions to perform in order to complete this set.
Calculated Reps is an important number. This is the exact number of reps that Unstoppable Gains has calculated you can complete at your current level. If you can beat this number, you make instant progress! So, look for a number that ends with a .8 or a .9 for the best chance at success. With effort, you can often 'round up' those sets to the next whole number, which will lock in your gains. On a good day, you may be able to complete a set that ends in .7. However, it gets very difficult to round up calculated reps that end in .6 or anything below that.
This is another important number. Your 'One Rep Max' is the maximum amount of weight that you would be able to lift one time. It is a very helpful indicator of your overall strength. You can see at a glance how your 1 Rep Max will increase (or decrease) based on your completion of a set. Note: You should not actually attempt to lift this amount of weight unless you are trained to do so.
This is the difficulty rating for the set, and is the number presented in the center of the circle at the top. It is how much harder (or easier) this set is, compared to the previous set and is stated in basis points. Continue reading to the F.A.Q. below for more information about basis points.
Failure Risk is an estimate of how likely it would be for you to fail to complete this set. To ensure continuing gains, you should look for sets that give you a high probability of success.
Injury Risk is an estimate of how likely it would be for you to get injured attempting to complete this set. Unless you are very experienced, be careful with sets that have a high risk of injury.
Click the 'Save' button after you have chosen this set and completed all of the reps at the stated weight with good form. After you click 'Save', the system will recalculate and present you with a new list of suggestions. If you do not complete the set successfully, close the window without clicking 'Save' and select another set.
The core of Unstoppable Gains is based on research conducted during the 'Golden Era' of strength training and bodybuilding, which has been revived and entirely repurposed for a new generation.
The research was originally intended to help with competition performance. Back then there would have been no practical way to use the equations and formulas in 'real-time' to help guide a workout.
You start by typing in the weight and reps for the last challenging set you did of an exercise. This doesn't need to be exact, as the system will quickly take you to the limits of your body.
The numbers in the center of the circles are the number of basis points of difficulty between the last set and the suggested next set. It's a measure of how much harder (or easier) a set will be compared to the last set you did.
A basis point is one-hundredth of 1 %. Stated differently, a '50' in the center of the circle means that this suggestion is 0.50 % harder (half a percent harder) than the previous set. That might not seem like a lot, but don't forget that it compounds. If you were able to improve by half a percent on every set, you'd get 10% bigger and stronger every month!
The recommendation algorithm needs flexibility to be able to come up with its suggestions. If you are using light weights (for example, on a biceps curl exercise), there may not be a lot of flexibility in what to recommend. Most gyms do not have a dumbbell between 25 and 30.
Sometimes, the ideal weight for your next set will go up by a multiple of 2.5 pounds. If your gym can not easily handle a load of that weight, you might want to bring your own 1.25 pound mini plates to put on each end of the barbell to provide that flexibility to the suggestion engine. If you do a lot of work with dumbbells, you might consider getting some 2.5 pound wrist weights instead.
You should be able to see and feel the difference, but your strength is also graphed on a per-exercise basis on the first page of the app, so you can see exactly how you are progressing.
Your muscles have both fast-twitch fibers and slow-twitch fibers which respond optimally to different types of resistance training. Your fast-twitch muscle fibers respond best to lifting heavier weights for fewer reps and your slow-twitch muscle fibers respond best to lifting lighter weights for higher reps.
Yes, you can use this app to map a path to a specific goal. If you don't want to wait for the actual training sessions, you can get the app to show you a path to your goal by following these steps:
For example, let's say that you had a short-term goal to increase your Bench Press by 10 pounds (from 200 for 6 reps to 210 for 6 reps). The app would show you the path through each of the eight sets between now and reaching your goal (approximately 3 workouts from now). That path happens to go through each of the sets from the Bench Press Workout Quiz above (colors have been added to remind you of the sets), and continues on to your goal: