Savage Strength Review – Tough But Worth It

This will be my honest review about Mark Gillette’s Savage Strength Training System. Now that’s a mouth full, isn’t it? I will be dissecting the program to then give my opinion on it. Does it add something new? Is it just a remake of something we’ve already seen so many times in the past?

Is it worth your money?

First of all, let me give you some general details on the workout plan.



Let me start by asking you the following question: do you think it’s necessary to stay up to date when it comes to getting the most out of your training sessions? If you answered ‘yes’, then I agree with you. You never stop learning, even when it comes to working out.


Just Who is this Mark Gillette?

I always tend to do my research on the people that have written workout programs, as it can tell you a lot about whether it is designed to actually give you results, or just to make some dollars. I did the same for Mark Gillette, the creator of the Savage Strength Program.

Mark Gillette is a former SWAT Commander and Executive Bodyguard. It’s safe to say that Gillette has experience when it comes to becoming strong. He has trained everyone from military personnel, bodyguards and even competitive fighters.

Not only does he focus on physical strength, but mental strength as well. In 2010, he was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. Gillette has also been featured by media outlets such as CBS-TV, Fox Television’s “America’s Most Wanted” and Forbes Magazine.

It seemed to me that this guy was legit, so I decided to give his Savage Strength program a go.


What’s the Deal with Savage Strength?

While it’s absolutely true that you can stick to an old formula, it is sometimes good to switch things up a bit. I’ve tried and tested several training methods, with Savage Strength program being the latest.

The Savage Strength Training System is designed to make you stronger and more muscular than you’ve ever been. It focuses on the importance of using multiple muscle groups, i.e. compound movements. This is the same thing that I always tend to tell people when I get asked for advice. Compound movements are very important to implement in your workout, no matter if you’re a beginner or more advanced.

The Savage Strength program is divided into the following sections:

  • What is Strength?
    This is an interesting question, and I challenge you to think about it for a second. What does it actually mean to be strong? This introductory section of the program gives some great insight on the fundamentals of the program.
  • Savage Strength Secrets
    This section provides you with an overview of all the so-called secrets that are included into the training routine. I’m talking about toughness, understanding certain movement patterns, conquering your fears, and so forth. This actually proved to be quite an interesting read, and I think that this knowledge is in a way key in becoming a better and stronger version of yourself.
  • The Science Behind the Program
    I love science, and I’m glad that it is integrated into this program. Sure, someone can tell you to eat less of a certain product, but if you don’t know WHY, then what’s that knowledge truly worth? Knowledge is power! This goes to show that Savage Strength isn’t just a program in the sense that it just gives you three exercises without context. It actually explains a lot of important concepts.
  • Exercise Groupings
    Now here’s where it gets a little more interesting regarding exercises and such. The workouts are based on a general 5×5 system, meaning 5 sets of 5 reps using heavy weights. So in short: you get to work up all the way to 25 reps in total. When you succeed, you get to use more weight the next time. This principle is called progressive overload, and it is one that people tend to forget. Your muscles need challenge, and not only does this program just give it, it also explains WHY.
  • System Shocker Century Sets
    This section consists of 100 rep exercises. It requires you to do as much reps as you can or want during your first set. Your second set has to contain 50% of the amount of reps that you did during set 1. Set 3 requires 50% of the reps you’ve completed in set 2, and so forth. You keep going until you hit 100 reps in total. This can prove to be a real challenge, and I definitely like it.
  • Alternate Days Training
    This section discusses the need to alternate your training and resting days. It’s not enough to just work out during the weekend and then just do nothing during the rest of the week. Consistency is very important.


The Good and the Bad

  • The program revolves mostly around compound exercises, i.e. movements that you actually use on a regular base. This brings me to the biggest pro: you don’t need to go to the gym in order to follow this program. Every exercise can be carried out in the comfort of your own home, with zero equipment! This could potentially save you hundreds of dollars on gym memberships!
  • Being a home based training regime, I must admit that it is not an easy workout program. It’s very hard, but you will be rewarded as it can truly give results fast! If you are motivated to work hard in order to grow stronger and more muscular, this might be an amazing training method.
  • The program is actually written by someone that has a good amount of scientific knowledge. No worries, you don’t need to be an expert in order to understand it. The program is written in a very easy to read manner and everything is explained in layman’s terms. So not only will you be training the body, but you’ll also be educated.
  • This program motivates and inspires. It is not just a sheet of paper with a few exercises written on it, but it’s actually a comprehensive guide to really make the best out of your workouts. It tells you the ‘why‘, and I think that’s invaluable.
  • Anyone can use this program, young and old. It does however require your nutrition to be in check, but I’m sure that if you’re considering the purchase of a workout program, that’s already the case. If not, then you should know that without the proper nutrition, you won’t get the results (as fast as) you want. It’s also good to note that it might be handy to have at least a basic level of fitness, though beginners too can use this program. Lastly, one must have the burning desire to progress. Like I said before, Savage Strength is difficult. Dedication is needed in order to have great results.


Who is Savage Strength Meant for?

Let me state that Savage Strength is definitely not meant for the fainthearted, because it is very tough. However, if you’re serious about increasing your strength and building muscle in a way you haven’t seen before, then this program will definitely help you acquire those goals.

It is recommended that you have a certain level of fitness to begin with, as well as a fiery dedication to your training. It is possible though to follow this program if you just started working out.

Savage Strength offers you the possibility of starting a little less difficult. Once you’re accustomed to your new way of training, you can ramp things up and take your workouts to the next level.

So all in all: basically anyone can use the Savage Strength program. Keep in mind though, that hard work is required in order for you to get results. One cannot simply purchase this program and then just expect to get big within weeks. Follow the program, make sure your nutrition is up to par and make sure you don’t over train (i.e. let your body rest).


Final Verdict

As I’ve said before, I’m always a little skeptic towards workout plans, as they all claim the same thing. Savage Strength to me however, DID deliver on its promise. Not only will you be tested physically, but mentally as well. This might sound drastic, but like I said: this program is both difficult and informative, and this can change the way you look at working out.

There’s also the fact that this whole program can be carried out at home, which is a big plus for a lot of people.

All in all, I have to say that Savage Strength is probably the best paid program I’ve tried so far. I’ve tried and tested several other workout programs, but most of them were just plain boring and dated. Either that or the results weren’t that great.

If you really want to ramp up your strength and muscle mass, I’d definitely recommend Savage Strength program.

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Let me know in the comments below, have you tried Savage Strength? Are you willing to give it a go? I’m curious!

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