What is Unstoppable Gains?

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!

the benefits of becoming unstoppable

  • Break Plateaus

    Stop getting 'stuck' in your workouts doing the same things over and over, and start making progress again!

  • Save Time

    When you improve your efficiency, you save time - Time that you can spend doing other things.

  • Hit New PRs

    Hit new size and strength personal records, and know the exact day that you will reach them.

  • Gain Muscle

    Gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. You can do both at once if you change the way that you workout.

  • Add Variety

    Your body responds best to a variety of rep ranges, and Unstoppable Gains has variety built right in!

  • Increase Happiness

    Personal development expert Tony Robbins claims that the secret to life is that
    "Progress Equals Happiness".


Workout Quiz

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:

A. Keep the Weight and Reps Exactly the Same

Do another Bench Press set with 200 pounds for 6 reps.

B. Add Five More Pounds (Same Reps)

Add 5 pounds, and do a Bench Press set with 205 pounds for 6 reps

C. Do One More Rep (Same Weight)

Perform a Bench Press set with 200 pounds for 7 reps

D. Do Five Pounds Less And One Rep More

Lower the weight and add one rep: 195 pounds for 7 reps.

the surprising answer

Unstoppable Gains was designed specifically to keep the size and strength gains coming, so let's answer this question with some screen shots from the app.

A. Same Everything

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".

A. Set of 6 x 200

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).

B. Add Five Pounds

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.

B. Set of 6 x 205

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.

C. Add One Rep

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).

C. Set of 7 x 200

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?

D. Use Science

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.

D. Set of 7 x 195

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.

Options A, B and C are unlikely to lead to any gains AT ALL... and yet, these are the exact things that most people are doing! No wonder they hit plateaus and stay stuck.

continuous progress

How to Break Through a Plateau

Getting smarter about making progress means that you won't be getting stuck for weeks at a time. Plus, not only do those continuous gains really add up, they also make it less likely that you will get injured, and more likely to love your training days!

As you saw in the workout quiz above, the steady gains come from a sometimes surprising combination of weight and rep changes. At times, the weight will go up, and at times, it will go down. You are given a choice as to which of the recommended sets you would like to perform. This built-in variety, combined with the relentless progress in strength and size, means that Unstoppable Gains will take the boredom out of your workouts and bring back the fun!

That's how you break through a plateau.

That's how you never deal with one again.


"The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph’."


"Success isn't about 'greatness'. It's about consistency."


"Getting in shape is not a sprint. It's a journey."


"Push yourself. No one else is going to do it for you."


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.

There are a few things to look for when choosing a set, so let's examine the set information screen for that Option D from the Quiz above in detail.

Quick Glance Area

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

Target Reps shows how many full repetitions to perform in order to complete this set.

Calculated Reps

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.

1 Rep Max

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

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

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.

There are several pieces of information to consider when choosing your next set. With experience, you will be able to see at a glance if a proposed set is going to be your next challenge, or if you would like to choose a different set.

frequently asked questions

Success is the Result of Continuous Progress

Can You Tell Me More About the Science Behind This?

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.

However, today everyone has their smart phone with them at all times, making it super convenient to carry a powerful workout assistant right in your pocket!

How Do I Use The App?

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.

Based on that initial set, Unstoppable Gains will give you one or more suggestions for what to do for the next set. From there, the system learns from your choices, and it tells you where to go, based on where you've been. You decide which set to do, and if you successfully complete it, then that set then becomes the new set for comparision... and you are ready to make gains again!

What Do the Numbers in the Center of the Circles Mean?

50 basis points

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!

It actually isn't all that important to know the exact meaning of the numbers in order to use them to compare the relative difficulty of the various sets.

Why Would Anyone Choose to Decrease?

Everyone has off days. Everyone gets tired. You may be dieting and wanting to intentionally back down from the big sets, but without dropping too much, too fast. Unstoppable Gains allows you to control how fast and how far to go... in either direction.

Why Did I Only Get One Suggested Set?

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.

Unstoppable Gains works best with compound exercises (bench press, squat, dead lift, shoulder press, etc.), and other big movements where a range of weights and reps can be evaluated.

Why Did the App Suggest 147.5 Pounds For My Next Set?

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.

If you choose to not use multiples of 2.5 pounds at all, simply choose another set. The suggestion algorithm will learn that you aren't interested in those types of suggestions and will decrease their frequency until they disappear from your list. Just keep in mind that one of those sets could be the plateau buster that you're looking for.

How Do I Know That I'm Making Strength and Size Gains?

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.

Incline Dummbell Press Graph

If it says the word "Increased" instead of "Decreased" under the name of the exercise, and the graph is sloping upward, you are making gains!

Why Is It Helpful to Train in a Variety of Rep Ranges?

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.

The catch is that each muscle has both types of fibers, in different proportions that depend on the muscle, on your past athletic experience, and on your genetics. In addition, muscles can grow due to something called myofibril recruitment (which comes primarily from lower reps) and something called sarcoplasmic hypertrophy (which comes primarily from higher reps). Anyway, the basic takeaway is that to activate as much of the muscle as possible, it is important to take it through a variety of rep ranges.

Can This Help Me Reach a Specific Goal?

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:

  1. On the exercise screen, create a temporary exercise with a fake name.
  2. Click the new exercise and enter your current (starting) weight and reps.
  3. Select a set, write it down, and click 'Save' to log it.
  4. Select another set, write it down, and click 'Save' again.
  5. Continue selecting sets, writing them down, and clicking 'Save' until your goal set appears.
  6. When you are done, swipe left to delete the temporary exercise from your list.

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:

  • 200 x 6 (option A)
  • 195 x 7 (option D)
  • 190 x 8
  • 210 x 5
  • 205 x 6 (option B)
  • 200 x 7 (option C)
  • 215 x 5
  • 210 x 6 (goal)

How Does This Help Me Gain Muscle While Losing Fat?

To burn fat, you need to be in a caloric deficit. However, being in a caloric deficit makes it much harder to gain strength and size. There are several things you need to do to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time:

  • Keep your caloric deficit small (just a few hundred calories per day)
  • Keep your protein intake high (cut calories primarily from carbs)
  • If you can't maintain your caloric deficit, increase your cardio
  • Target small & steady strength and size gains (this is where Unstoppable Gains comes in)
  • Be patient! Both your weight loss, and your strength gains will come slowly.

How Do I Know What Exercises to Do?

Unstoppable Gains is a weight and rep suggestion engine, not a workout tracker. We recommend using this app along with a good workout tracker for best results. A few good apps for tracking workouts are:

Can Women Do This?


Can Older People Do This?


Do You Have Any Tips for a Newbie?

Here are some general tips for using Unstoppable Gains:

  • Visualize your set. Instead of just hoping to complete as many reps as you can, really focus on exactly how many reps you are going to do. Visualize yourself completing that hard last rep. Then do it for real.
  • Change your self-talk. Instead of saying, "I'm going to try...", say "I will...".
  • Don't forget about recovery. If you succeed in hitting your goals for the day, throw your hands in the air in celebration, pack up your things and go home. Part of your goal should be to come back injury-free to do it again soon. Even a winning gambler will turn into a loser if they stay at the table too long.

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