About

If you’ve been asking the following questions, you’re in the right place:

  • Should I bulk, cut, or recomp?
  • How many days a week should I train each body part?
  • Should I be eating paleo, keto, slow-carb, Zone, or IIFYM?
  • Which rep range should I be training at?
  • What does the science say about my favorite supplements?  Do they really work?
  • What was the greatest video game of all time?

I’ve struggled with all of these questions over the years, and over time I found the answers.  More importantly, I’ve learned how to solve those problems for others- because the answer isn’t the same for everyone.

Except the video game question.  The greatest video game of all time was Allegiance.  This is not debatable.

Here’s what JohnFawkes.com is all about

In a nutshell: evidence-based fitness solutions for people who want to build world-class physiques.

I believe that the fitness industry has become dominated by old ideas that continue to get mindlessly regurgitated by people who can’t prove them and don’t know where they came from.  Smart bros and swolemaidens demand more from their trainers.

That’s why I cut past the industry cliches and look at real data- scientific studies, meta-analyses, my own personal training experience, and verified case studies- to find out what really works for getting people as jacked, shredded and healthy as possible, as fast as possible.  I translate the science into actionable advice that can be used immediately, and I go beyond cookie-cutter solutions, providing you with a framework for individualizing your fitness programming.

Who am I?

My name is John Fawkes, and I wasn’t always a personal trainer.  Once upon a time, I was a nerdy little kid who was severely underweight, unathletic, shy, and seemingly sick all the time.  I never thought I’d stop looking like I just got out of a concentration camp- let alone that I’d go full bro.  But here I am.

The first big turning point for me was in college, when I tried to join a martial arts group on campus.  They rejected me because I got so winded during tryouts, they thought I was going to have a heart attack.  I started hitting the gym and eating modestly healthier (still drank a lot if I’m being honest), and the next semester I tried out again and was accepted into the club.  They said I was the only person who ever came back and tried again after being turned away.

After college I was no longer underweight- instead I was kind of skinny, with a serious beer gut.  So I cut back on the drinking and for the first time in my life, started making a real effort to cut back on sugar and eat more meat and vegetables, and the fat started coming off.

After moving from my hometown of San Diego to my current home in San Francisco, I spent a few years working in sales- and I HATED it.  I knew it wasn’t the career for me, so I started working as a freelance online marketing consultant while writing this fitness blog in my spare time.  After a year, I started providing online coaching services for a few select clients, and two years later I went full-time.

In my pare time, I read sci-fi novels, play Dungeons and Dragons, go dancing, and travel every chance I get.  Also, I spent most of 2016 traveling solo around the world.  Here I am riding donkeys at Praya Branca, Brazil:

Now my goal is to become the world’s foremost evidence-based trainer, and help ten thousand people build the physique they’ve always wanted.  I hope you’ll be one of those people.  If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and join my newsletter using the signup forms on the top or right side of this page, and I’ll send you my seven-day body recomposition course so you can start using the power of science to build your ideal physique.

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