My Precision Nutrition Review

Introduction: This page will talk about the Precision Nutrition program and I’ll give my opinion on it. Just to be clear, this is my opinion, and it’s completely unofficial. This website is not endorsed by nor affiliated with the actual Precision Nutrition company. I just want to share my Precision Nutrition review and help educate those of you still wondering what exactly this thing is.

What Is Precision Nutrition?

I think of it as my complete nutrition lifestyle. It’s not a diet. It’s definitely not a fad. They call it a “system” and that’s pretty close.

Think of it as a life-long nutrition system.

Best of all, it’s not some ebook. It’s a real system that comes in a box and you always have it at your side (or on your shelf.) You can go through the binder and book and feel it in your hands.

The cookbook is a spiral-bound format that will lay flat on your kitchen counter, and I need the cookbook at my side with both my hands free for the food, so that’s very much appreciated. Little touches like that show how much care went into this entire product.

Who created it?

Dr John Berardi. Saying he’s smart is an understatement – the man has a Masters in exercise physiology and a Ph.D. in kinesiology. And that doesn’t begin to cover his real life results as an athlete to back it all up. (And can I say, just look at the guy!)

Also, there exists a great team behind everything. Not only do they work behind the scenes, they are right there in the forums quite often to answer your questions and help along your journey to health.

This gang in the forums is great if you’re like me and don’t have many fitness-minded friends. When I want to talk to someone not eating fast food at least once a day, I get online.

Is It Easy to Follow and Put Into Practice?

It’s both simple and complex. Starting out is simple, but it can be adapted however you like. If you love to exercise and train, well, go crazy with it! But you can also slowly and steadily start to follow the PN guidelines and still get great results.

It’s NOT a textbook.

There are 10 basic guidelines, and each one is simple. For example, “eat protein at every meal.” That seems like a no-brainer to me now that I’m educated on this topic.

The ultimate goal is for 90% compliance with the guidelines. This means even when done perfectly, you have a little wiggle room for cheat meals and such.

Here’s a quote about the Quick Start guide:

“I’ll show you the exact steps that you need to take right away if you’re going to succeed. Every step is laid out in detail, and in less than 45 minutes you will have done precisely what most people never think to do – the critical steps that make all the difference.”

Heck, just go with the Gourmet Nutrition cookbook and start eating that type of food instead of your normal fare. You’ll be healthier just from that. And you could lose weight as well.

It’s not a strict calorie-counting diet. You just follow the meal plans and templates so you go by the system, and that negates the need to really track calories (at least not until you’re already lean and going for super-lean.)

If you’ve always hated counting calories all day long, you can quit right now!

What should I expect?

  • Increased energy
  • Fat loss
  • Better functioning immune-system
  • More self-confidence
  • Improved endurance
  • Faster recovery from injury

It sounds incredible but really, that’s simply how your body reacts to a better diet!

Who uses PN to look and feel their best?

Pro athletes, amateur athletes and weekend warriors, body builders, busy moms, and just about everyone who wants to look and feel their best use the program.

Looking at the testimonials on their site, there are fans of Precision Nutrition just about everywhere. Bodybuilding, MMA, cycling, nordic skiing, and more. And not just amateurs – rather, professional fighters of the UFC and NHL teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs. AND, this is big – Olympic gold medalists!

Also, I recently watched a seminar that Dr. Berardi gave to a group of NFL players, including some Super Bowl champs. So this program works for the elite of the elite.

Who should not buy PN?

If you have no motivation to eat healthy or get in shape, don’t want to eat tasty, healthy foods, and would rather just feel like crap and spend all day on the couch and get sick all the time, save your money.

You don’t fall into that category, do you?

Need More Help? Get Coaching

Is the nutrition system not enough? Check out the Lean Eating and Scrawny to Brawny coaching.

Lose weight and get slender or pack on lean muscle. Your choice. With personal attention the whole way through, it’s so much easier to stay on track. You’re actually held accountable for your actions.

There is limited enrollment, though, so if this is for you, get on the PN email list so you know when sign-up opens.

FAQ and Randomness

What’s the price?

It’s $97 for the course and free bonus Gourmet Nutrition cookbook.

What if I’m vegetarian?

Your plant-eating habits will be happy to see an entire section called the Plant-Based Diet Guide. That’s right. PN is so adaptable it is no problem if you’re not a meat eater.

I only eat shakes, not real meals?

Well I guess you can kinda get away with that. Maybe. The binder does contain a Super Shake guide, so at least you have plenty of options for healthy shakes.

Personally I’m a huge fan of the 5-Minute Meals guide, so lack of time is no excuse. These meals are nearly as quick as a shake.

This is V3?

Yep, after lots of additions and refinements over the years, this is the third edition – Precision Nutrition V3.

What else is there?

Did I mention there’s a section about doing body measurements to track progress? It’s cool. Tracking girth measurements and body fat % is a much better stat to track than your weight.

There is also a great section in the members forums where they give out tons of free exercise and training plans for general fitness and certain sports training. That should save you some money if you were thinking of purchasing something like that somewhere else. Just get it free from Precision Nutrition.

15 thoughts on “My Precision Nutrition Review

  1. I’ve done a 6mth session of PN at my gym and had some success but now I’m totally off track again. They aren’t offering it anymore there so I’m seriously considering putting out the $100/mth and starting the online program in January. Any thoughts?

    • The coaches I’ve talked to sound like awesome people, and you can’t argue with the results. If you want to work with someone rather than being self-coached, I think it’s a good option.

  2. Im curious as to how this is an independent review when your website has the name of the cert in it. Lends me to believe you are either a staffer or were paid to write a generally positive review. Your thoughts?

    • Just a happy customer sharing my experience and opinions.

      If you look at their Facebook page, you’ll see that they share customer feedback of all types, including negative stuff. So i don’t believe they’d employ the tactics you describe.

  3. Sent them money and they started spamming me, but not anything useful like complete five-part video series, or something actually useful upon login. All I found were a private section of ads for more services, making me wonder what it was I actually purchased. Binder? Even their e-mail warns, if it doesn’t arrive in a week, give them a call. Who does that? You order it; they send it. It’s been over a week and they haven’t even confirmed shipping yet, though they sent a note telling me it was “on its way” when it wasn’t. I feel like the punch line going to be, “There is no binder. It was within you all along!” If so, I want a refund. I think they used a hard cover paper format because e-books would have been way beyond their internet fu. My friend who was on this program looks fabulous, but they’ve just irritated the hell of me. I want to see what the frat boy spokesman looks like in 15 years.

  4. Do they really allow negative reviews? Everytime I see negative reviews someone quickly swoops in and tries to recover for what was said.

    Precision Nutrition pays affiliates and people to pay to promote and say good things about their business so yeah, it is quite sketchy. Not to mention, who would buy and purchase a website with the precision nutrition name in it. I’ll tell you why, because you have links to their website. Not to mention, anyone typing in ” PN review” on a search engine would first come here.

    Sorry, my experience is that they are a bunch of arrogant fitness professionals who are self righteous and and have been known to be vulgar at times (curse words in their writing). If I wanted to hear that I’d join a bodybuilding gym. I don’t care how good their program may seem to be. Attitude is everything. Just like I wouldn’t pay for the best doctor if he had horrible bedside manner.

  5. Unbiased review? Seriously? You give links to their website. I truly think that it’s an obvious case that you are biased and promoting their website and products. Sorry.

  6. I don’t know why you made the comment about the team being “a bunch of arrogant fitness professionals who are self righteous”? That doesn’t ring true for me at all. I’m new to Precision Nutrition but I’ve been following some of their affiliates for years. They seem impeccably professional, knowledgeable and their credentials are solid. It’s their knowledge you’re paying for. If you don’t want knowledgeable advice, just go on the internet for free, there’s a lot of bad advice out there.

  7. These people are a joke. You pay a monthly fee and a coach is assigned to a large group of people. I use the word “coach” lightly because they really don’t do anything. It is a one-size-fits all solution for everyone. They have people would haven’t be active in years and are 200 lbs overweight performing exercises that experienced athletes are supposed to be doing. All of this is under your own supervision and they expect it to work for everyone. As long as you follow the rules and the academic checklist they are happy. They don’t care if you have success or not, it all about the money. Coaches will even tell you that they don’t read what you put in the lessons unless you ask for them to do so (doesn’t seem like a coach to me). If it works for you great, but if it doesn’t work they have no idea on how to adjust for an individual .. just another scam to get money from the consumer. Oh and the spam that you continue to get from them is unbelievable – 20 minute videos trying to continuously sell you the next product. Most of the recommended supplements are from the same company!

  8. You haven’t heard them be vulgar? Nate Green curses frequently throughout his videos and writing. He has titles such as “F**k a Homerun” in his writing. Krista Scott-Dixon even has a writing called “F**K Calories.” Totally spelled out.

    Dr Berardi even describes things as “sh*tty” and even drops the f-bomb in his writing such as this: http://www.scrawnytobrawny.com/jb-speaks-1 as he tries to appeal to readers by dropping curse words. Classy indeed.

    No thanks, I’ll look for a weight loss program with a little more class.

  9. Agree with the negative comments above. I do not spend time reviewing companies unless I find it to be a general help or warning to the public. Be forewarned !! I participated in PN LE coaching program and believed the coaches ” had my back ” and were there to help me transform. Untrue. It took me several months to realize that the coaches are not only arrogant and self serving but this is more like a cult ( as a current coach recently said to me) than it is a company that is there for the benefit of it’s clients. They want you to think this. Not true.
    The coaches go way beyond their scope of practice right into your personal life and act like what they say and do is irrefutable and not to be questioned. They appear under a guise of helping you but really are self seeking jerks who really could care less about you as a client. This Cookie cutter program will not work for everyone as everyone knows one approach does not work with ALL and if you see no results, they claim YOU are the problem vs their above all high and mighty program. I find that fact nauseating at least . The coaches really do nothing besides try and encourage you to do everything they sayin their one size fits all perfect program. Such a shame it is as I wish I knew the truth , as I once respected the name John Berardi and what he was offering to the community as an online service. Do not waste your money here. Their transformation pictures in our group after a year long program included approx 60 finalists. Out of an approx 1500 enrollment , that is 4%of the clients that they SHOW you pictures of before and afters as advertisements. There are FAR many more that follow their program and are above 80% compliant with their workouts and habits that they don’t make enough physical transformation change enough to advertise on their site. They won’t even disclose the pictures of those that are 80% compliant to their clients let alone the public. That is a very low % rate of success. Consider the fact that if you are anything but a beginner with poor eating habits , that you truly will make little to no change AT ALL. Go spend your $ elsewhere with someone that truly serves the client vs a cookie cutter program. You’ll save a year worth of BS and $1300- $1500 altogether. And then. Try and get your $ back. Good luck with that. Moral. Don’t trust every big company because big companies often lose heart as money always rules as it does here.

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