Jim Stoppani, Ph.D.


Jim Stoppani received his doctorate in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. Following graduation, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the prestigious John B. Pierce Laboratory and Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he investigated the effects of exercise and diet on gene regulation in muscle tissue.

He was awarded the Gatorade Beginning Investigator in Exercise Science Award in 2002 by the American Physiological Society for his groundbreaking research. Currently, Jim runs his own fitness website .

He has written thousands of articles on exercise, nutrition, and health, and is author of "Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength" (Human Kinetics, 2006), co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, "LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle" (Rodale, 2010), co-author of the book "Stronger Arms & Upper Body" (Human Kinetics, 2008), and co-author of the chapter "Nutritional Needs of Strength/Power Athletes" in the textbook "Essentials of Sports Nutrition and Supplements" (Humana Press, 2008). Dr. Stoppani is the creator of the Platinum 360 Diet, and creator of the diet program found in the book "Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness" (Rodale, 2008).

Dr. Stoppani has been the personal nutrition and health consultant for celebrity clients, such as LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Mario Lopez. He has appeared on the NBC television show "Extra" as an Extra LifeChanger and as a science expert on the Spike television shows "Jesse James is a Dead Man" and "MANswers."



  • 4 Tips For Staying Fit While Traveling

    Don't let your training and diet slip when you're on vacation or traveling for work. Follow these four tips to stay lean and fit on even the busiest trips.

  • Jim Stoppani's Science-Backed Way To Shred

    Shortcut to Shred is one of our most popular programs, and for good reason: It works more predictably than just about anything else out there! Here's the nutritional backbone of what may be Dr. Stoppani's best plan yet!

  • Jim Stoppani's Whole-Body Oxford Dropsets Program

    The familiar 3x10 lifting scheme has never been so potent! This 5-day routine encourages huge muscle gains and fat loss with a high-intensity descending-pyramid technique.

  • 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Intermittent Fasting

    If you've ever wondered if intermittent fasting is right for you, check out these great health and fitness benefits that show just how effective fasting can be to help you reach your goals!

  • Jim Stoppani's Full-Body 5x5s

    A classic training method gets a muscle- and strength-building upgrade with this five-day full-body routine.

  • Jim Stoppani's 5 Pillars Of Supplementation

    Learn how supplementation can enhance your life, your performance, and your health from one of the world's leading experts.

  • 4 Physique-Friendly Breakfast Recipes

    Chow down on these delicious high-protein meals any time of day to build muscle, stay lean, and stick with your macro-friendly meal plan!

  • 4 Reasons You Should Be Doing Whole-Body Training

    The research is in. Here are four proven reasons why you should take advantage of the health and fitness benefits of whole-body training.

  • Bust Through Bench Press Sticking Points With 21s

    Sticking points are like sweaty gym clothes: Everyone pushing hard for new bench-press PRs has them. Jim Stoppani's old-school bodybuilding technique will help you blow right past them.

  • "Red Boost" Pro JYM Protein Shake

    This delicious high-protein shake is packed with powerful health-boosting and performance-enhancing nutrients that provide its distinct color.

  • Jim Stoppani's Full-Body 21s Program

    The popular 21s technique isn't just for biceps. Use it on every muscle group for huge muscle-building gains with this five-day whole-body routine.

  • Step Up To Bigger Wheels

    Done correctly, step-ups can be a great strength-building exercise for the legs. Here's a leg workout and five simple tips to get the most out of this major lower-body move.

  • Podcast Episode 25: Jim Stoppani on Daily Full-Body Training, Fasting, And More

    Dr. Jim Stoppani brings plenty of energy—and plenty of gummy bears—to the recording studio. He's been espousing the virtues of full-body, near-daily workouts in recent months, and says it could just be the best training technique out there—if you do it right. He also goes deep into the science and practice of intermittent fasting, which allows him to stay lean and energetic well into his fifties!

  • Jim Stoppani's Whole-Body Hundreds Routine

    Get ready for four days, 4,000 reps, and a head-to-toe muscle-building workout like you've never experienced, thanks to a new twist on a classic training technique.

  • Jim Stoppani's Whole-Body H.I.T. Blitz

    That's one I, not two. Go low in volume and insanely high in intensity for more muscle and less fat with this five-day program!

  • Jim Stoppani's Full-Body Giant-Set Program

    Experience giant-sized physique gains with a new twist on a classic training principle. You can follow Jim or build your own workouts with this template!

  • Cheat To Win: How Your Cheat Meal Can Help You Burn Fat

    To cheat or not to cheat? And how big to go when you do cheat? The answer may surprise you. A cheat meal, done right, can actually help you burn more fat!

  • Jim Stoppani's Power-Pyramid Workout Program

    Want to build strength and explosiveness, pack on muscle mass, and shred body fat in the most efficient way possible? Behold the power of Jim's Power-Pyramid training technique!

  • The 5-System: Run The Rack For More Muscle

    Add intensity to any workout with Jim Stoppani's unique pump protocol. Do it with curls, raises, rows, presses, or any other dumbbell move you can think up. Choose your exercise and increase your results!

  • The 5 Nuts Fit People Eat

    Nuts can be a delicious and healthy snack option, but only if you choose the right kind! The next time you're feeling a little nutty, try one of these fit-friendly varieties to fuel your body.