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“Broscience” Is A Fun Word To Say

Ever heard of “Broscience”? If you’re just cracking the books on fitness, you probably have… you just don’t know it yet. Originated by marrying the “I’m cool but I’m not asking you out on a date” gym greeting of “Bro” and combining it with the nerdy idea of “Science”, “Broscience” is a mocking term used to describe “word of mouth” advice that doesn’t necessarily have a grounding in research or has been convincingly challenged in published studies– IE, Muscle turns to fat if you don’t use it, don’t eat carbs after 6pm and protein shakes are what make you ripped.

I’m not here to necessarily bag on “Broscience” but want to use it to illustrate a point. First, here’s a “HE said/He said” as defined by Broscience believers and naysayers courtesy of Urban Dictionary:


Broscience is the predominant brand of reasoning in bodybuilding circles where the anecdotal reports of jacked dudes are considered more credible than scientific research.

“Bro, you gotta slam 40-60 grams of waxy maize plus 20 grams of BCAA within 7 seconds of finishing your last set of squat rack curls. Otherwise, you’ll go straight catabolic.


A sarcastic term implying the time tested, muscle building wealth of knowledge developed and utilized by successful, experienced bodybuilders is inferior to the continually shifting hypotheses of articulate, textbook-savvy 155lb. Chemists with little or no real world first-person experience to substantiate their conclusions. The term “Broscience” is oft repeated on bodybuilding and fitness oriented internet forums in an attempt to demonstrate online dominance as a substitution for success in the arena of actual bodybuilding.
Professor Shnootgarten: What are you drinking there?Tommy: Just a protein shake with some carbs; I need to get my 350 grams daily.Professor Shnootgarten: According to the 30 pubmed studies that I’ve downloaded, any amount greater than 22.341 grams of protein post workout is superfluous for greater protein synthesis. Additionally, insulin spiking, if that’s your intended objective, is neither necessary nor helpful toward replenishing glycogen stores unless, of course, your focus is high rep, time under tension endurance tolerance rather than maximal load, low rep hypertrophy stimulation.

Tommy: Dude, over the last 8 years, I’ve gone from a 148 pound weakling to a 220 pound beast doing the same stuff that worked for my dad, and you’re a buck fifteen and have never actually seen the inside of a gym. Spare me the science lesson Mr. Wizard; you’ll change your mind next week when new studies reveal the opposite conclusions. You can take your research and your weak pale self, and I’ll take the 500+lb.deadlift that I got with hard work and a little help from broscience.

What Broscience Means For YOU

Nothing. And here’s the point… no ONE is EVERYone.

By that I mean we’re all unique and our bodies may/may not respond to the same things we’ve seen others try. We all have different motivations and different starting points. Fact is, there’s a million different versions, variants and theories on how to get your best body and get fit but boil it down to this: Take your program (whether it’s P90X or 10 Minute Trainer), trust it, don’t sweat the small stuff and move forward. After all, even super-effective programs like P90X take some tweaking to make them the perfect fit.

Any other questions you may have, THAT’S WHAT HDIGF.COM IS HERE FOR. Shoot me an email, post below and remember the Coach Dan V. Promise.

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