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Brad is the founder of Workout Lab. He has a Master's degree in Kinesiology and is a consultant, writer, strength & conditioning specialist, husband and father. Brad is a military veteran and a cancer survivor.
Brad Borland

Brad Borland's Stats

Height6'2"
Contest Weight215 lbs
Off Season230 lbs
Years Competing11
LocationHammond, Louisiana
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About Brad Borland

Brad Borland BodybuilderI got started in weight training actually indirectly through my brother. When I was 15 years old my parents gave my brother a weight set to improve on his martial arts. He didn't take to it all that much and I picked it up (literally) and the rest was history. I always wanted to be involved in something that was all mine. I wanted to be the athlete, coach, motivator, everything.

I didn't decide to compete until my early twenties. It's not that I was nervous about being on stage or anything; I just wanted to do it naturally and found it difficult to find natural shows locally. I finally found one about 100 miles away, so a friend of mine and I packed a truck and headed to Mobile, Alabama and I won my first novice show! Since then I have been hooked.

I went on to earn my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Kinesiology. I have trained and coached many from all aspects of life from the competitive bodybuilder and athletes to the elderly and rehabilitated. I have trained in wellness clinics, hospitals, health clubs, student recreation facilities, and have helped many with diets and eating habits.

I am also a member of the Air National Guard and proudly served in Afghanistan in 2003. However, upon coming home from Afghanistan I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, an immune system cancer. My brother and father had the same type of cancer before, but I thought it would somehow skip me. I went through 8 1/2 months of chemotherapy. I lost over 30 pounds, a little hair, and a lot of energy. I would not have done as well as I have if it was not for all of my family and friends checking up on me from time to time and keeping good company. A special thank you goes out to my parents for all of their love and support. And also thank you to all that wrote to me or called, it was much appreciated and worth it. I am now happily married to my beautiful wife Courtney who gives me even more motivation and inspiration for my life every day.

Brad's Education:

  • Masters Degree in Kinesiology: Health Studies    
  • NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist    
  • Member of the Louisiana Air National Guard

For more about Brad check out his Natural Athlete Profile!

Also check out Brad's blog: The Workout Lab

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Brad Borland's Content

Comparing The Barbell vs. Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Barbell vs. Dumbbell Shoulder Press: Which Builds More Delt Mass?
Improve your delt training and build a more impressive torso by comparing the most two potent shoulder building exercises: dumbbell overhead press and military press.
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Back vs. Front Squats: Which Builds Bigger Legs?
Back Squats vs. Front Squats: Which Builds Bigger Quads?
Ask two seasoned lifters which squat variation is best for overall leg mass and you'll likely receive conflicting opinions. Find out which movement is best for you.
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Captain America: Build A Winter Soldier Physique
Captain America: Build A Real World Ready Winter Soldier Physique
Build real-world strength, speed and dexterity with this "super workout." Use the virtues of honesty, bravery, humility, conviction and authority to reach your goals.
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Dips vs. Close-Grip Bench Press
Dips vs. Close-Grip Bench Press: Which Builds Better Triceps?
This article pits two potent tricep builders head to head: parallel bar dips and the close grip bench press. Which is better for arm size? Read on to find out!
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Clean Bulk Diet: 3 Options For More Lean Muscle
The Clean Bulk Diet: 3 Options For More Lean Muscle
Build lean muscle mass without packing on unwanted body fat. This article presents three sample lean bulk diet eating plan options that can help you reach your goals.
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13 Ways To Strip Fat & Build Muscle
Your Ultimate Physique: 13 Ways To Strip Fat & Build Muscle
You've been told the goal of losing fat while building muscle is impossible. Here are 13 tricks that will help you reach your dream body faster than you thought possible.
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Skinny Guy Diet Plan: Gain Muscle The Smart Way
The Skinny Guy Eating Plan: Gain Lean Muscle The Smart Way
Pack on muscle mass without adding unwanted fat. This feature provides three specific eating plans for "skinny guy" trainees who have a hard time gaining weight.
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Total Body Sabotage: Blast Plateaus, Get Big & Strong, Fast!
Total Body Sabotage: Blast Plateaus, Get Big & Strong, Fast!
So you're big and lean...but can you back it up and get the job done? This program will help you look good and provide you with the power & performance to kick butt.
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9 Tips For A Better Crowded Gym Workout
How To Workout In A Crowded Gym: 9 Tips For Better Training
Busy gym? No problem! Learn how to maximize your training time in a crowded gym and improve your muscle building results with these nine tips from Brad Borland.
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Improve Your Workouts With These 10 Quality Gains
10 Quality (Not Quantity) Workout Fixes For Bigger Muscle Gains
Ok, so you are lifting a lot of heavy weight...but are you building muscle? Learn how to stop the sloppy training and improve your gains by fixing these 10 key exercises.
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Kris Wilkes
Posted Mon, 04/30/2012 - 15:08

Hi Brad! Congrats on all your life successes and thanks for all the great articles! I am a 56 year old female masters figure competitor, natural. I am training for masters nationals in late July. That show is not drug tested and many of the competitors have rock hard glutes, so so hard for a natural female. Any exercises you have found that are especially effective for glutes? I train really hard, but that part just lags. Ugh! Thanks again!!!

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Brad Borland
Posted Thu, 05/10/2012 - 10:57

Hi Kris,

The one move that is hands down the greatest glute remedy is the walking lunge. Go for length with light weight. Also, be sure to do plenty of glute and hip stretching as it has the potential to tighten the hip area up a bit which could hinder other lifts. So stretch thoroughly.

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Trevor
Posted Tue, 09/04/2012 - 23:22

Hi Brad,

I'm wondering what particular muscle groups you would recommend to workout on which days? I typically like to work out 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. What split do you recommend?

Thanks!

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Austin
Posted Sat, 12/08/2012 - 21:36

Hi Brad,
Im a 17 year old who has been made fun of all my life. I am a big guy and as much as i hate to say it i have my chest problem (man boobs), which i want to lose bad. I want to start the "Insane Bane Workout" but i was told that the bench press would make it worse, and the eating, i would figure would make it worse. Can you please help me with this problem im having im determind to lose wait and my goal is to get stronger and bigger withe "the Insane Bane Workout" thanks, Austin

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Nick Whitlam
Posted Tue, 04/09/2013 - 09:06

Hi Brad,
I cant decide which program I should start? i've looked at the Baine and 300 programs and some of the shred fat programs on this site. I'm 32, 6'6 and weigh approx 97Kg (214Ib). In the past having used gyms for years now I've had well built defined arms, shoulders and a flatish stomach but no six pack. But recently this has all gone. I'm wanting to build alot of mass and definination on my arms, chest and shoulders (Baine program) but strip the fat away and get rid of the 'love handles' and belly but do this without loosing muscle (300 program). Can I do both at the same time or should I build Muscle with one program then strip fat with another or vis versa? Due to my work I travel a lot so the times I can get to the gym vary week to week. Some times its Monday, Tuesday and saturday but the next it might be everyday of the week. Also a lot of the time I can only get a session in during my lunch hour at work so this limits the amout of stuff I can do. Any advise or guidence? Cheers Nick

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Tim W
Posted Thu, 04/11/2013 - 06:59

Hi Brad,

I'm in the first week of the "Superhero" workout and am struggling to work out what the measurements are for the diet, specifically the "cup" measurement. I assume that we're talking uncooked volume of food, but is there a grams/ounces measurement as cooking a cup of rice seems to leave me enough to lay house foundations with! The measurements I'm after conversions for are the oatmeal, greek yoghurt and rice portions. The workout kicks ass though!

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Brennan w
Posted Tue, 05/28/2013 - 15:50

I'm 17 and have been reading alot of your stuff. I'm in decent shape for my age and weigh like 155. I was wondering if you have a workout schedule/diet for my age to bulk up alot this summer. Thanks

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Matt Carroll
Posted Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:29

Hi brad, I'm in about week 3 of your bane workout and loving it. Thanks a lot for making it. Now I'm currently an active duty Marine who is just trying to bulk up a bit while still keeping decent cardio. I recently got enrolled in a crossfit type class early in the morning and have been doing your workout in the afternoons. Will this hurt my gains or is it overkill? Thank you

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Julian Jäger
Posted Fri, 11/08/2013 - 17:47

Great natural physique!!! Keep going and thanks for the interesting articles. Some contain precious pieces of information even for me. I am going to compete next year too. Completely natural. Age 19. Looking forward to get to your level.

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Jim
Posted Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:27

Hello i know you make many workouts aiming to produce a similar physique(as much as possible) to those of heroes from movies like wolverine,Bane,etc etc,Could it be possible to make a workout resulting is a physique similar of Henry Cavill in Superman:Man of Steel.Thanks in regard.

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M.Ball
Posted Sat, 11/16/2013 - 19:15

What it do how do I build like you and how ling do you think it will take

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jason.kolbo
Posted Tue, 11/19/2013 - 15:20

hi thanks for writing this i have trouble with them think i doing good then stop moving forward but think if i try this it might help

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jesus arroyo
Posted Fri, 12/13/2013 - 09:51

my only question is, why are there so many dislikes on all those comments? a lot of your advice are pretty accurate and out of the book. people either haven't gone to school to see the information themselves or are stuck on preconceived notions of information and won't bother on researching with an open mind.

“The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” Alvin Toffler

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Brad
Posted Wed, 01/22/2014 - 15:40

Hello all,

I noticed a lot of comments here. Please feel free to have a visit at my site (listed above in the author's info). I can answer more of your questions there.

Thanks!
Brad

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