Fitness Gurus You Should (Or Shouldn't) Be Following On YouTube

Fitness Gurus You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Be Following On YouTube

Following on from our earnest look at Fitness Gurus You Should Be Following On Twitter, I’d like to bring you a less insightful and more vituperative ‘YouTube Gurus’ version.

(For more tongue-in-cheek vilification, I also recommend The Top 6 Fitness Personalities On Instagram.)

For this post I’ve selected five bodybuilding personalities, some I like, and to some I show the same disdain and indifference that a rich industrialist would show his underachieving son.


Scott Herman

YouTube Channel: Directlyfitness

Question: If Scott Herman didn’t exist, would the internet be worse off?

Answer: no.

Average physique; patronising/dull commentary; makes a sound like a sad old locomotion making its final journey towards the inevitable scrap heap of modernity.

In early 20th century Europe, to be a successful dictator you had to either rule through Fear or Respect – Messrs Stalin, Mussolini and Churchill.

In the early 21st century, to be a successful YouTube guru you have to rule through Respect or Humour.

Scott Herman posses neither quality.

Follow if: you’ve never seen a dumbbell before or have a learning deficiency.

Testosterone Nation

YouTube Channel: Testosterone Nation

If anyone can enlighten me on where the fuck this guy comes from, I’d be thrilled.

This Vin Diesel lookalike is perhaps not the most charismatic, but he gets me every time when he says ‘helbow joints’.

Also he’s a big hunk of man.

And, unlike Vin Diesel, I actually want to watch more of him.

Have you seen XXX?

The man has all the acting talent of a squashed hedgehog.

On an (uncharacteristically) humble note, I really appreciated his front squat tips.

When you have arms like Andrew Marr (in length anyway), the straps tip is a godsend.

Follow if: you like shaved heads, fictional accents and heavy squats.

Greg Plitt

YouTube Channel: Greg Plitt

In my last article I laid into Greg Plitt somewhat.

I know what you’re thinking and, yes, I am going to do it again.

It’s not that he doesn’t have a physique that wouldn’t look out of place on a Grecian urn, it’s not that he doesn’t throw down canonical references that wouldn’t sound out of place in T S Elliot’s The Wasteland, it’s not that he doesn’t have the kind of tackle you’d usually find swinging between the legs of a grand national winner (I have no evidence for this, just guessing).

It’s just his workouts.

They’re complete gubbins/fucking bullshit.

Simply watch the video above – most of the exercises resemble the opening sex scene from Bruno:

bruno sex scene gif

As a fellow excessive perspirator, however, he gains one point back.

Follow if: you have ‘bro’ tourettes and 0% body fat.

Elliott Hulse

YouTube Channel: Elliott Hulse

I wanted to hate him, I really did.

And with videos named ‘How to approach women (give mini orgasms)’ and ‘How to punch someone in the face’, he does sound like a Class A cunt.

However, if you ignore some of the more choice videos, and the fact that he looks like a regular at Brighton’s premier shirt-lifting nightclub ‘Beef’, he’s actually got some half-decent advice to give.

Hulse doesn’t piss around with calf raises, cable crossovers and any other pointless shite (at least not on screen).

Instead he cites deadlifts, dips, squats and pull ups as the only exercises you need to build strength and muscle.

I like that.

Eerily, he also looks like the third Hodge Twin (not racist), something Frank Yang has recently alluded to.

Follow if: you want to build muscle but often ask men to spot you on squats even during your warm up set.

Ian McCarthy

YouTube Channel: LiftingForLife

Going a la carte with this one.

While he’s patently not in the fitness industry, this McLovin lookalike seamlessly drops words likes ‘tautology’ and ‘vitriolic’ into his videos.

However he incorrectly uses ‘mise-en-scène’, so perhaps it’s just excessive use of Roget’s Thesaurus.

In one video Ian McCarthy criticises people for swinging the bar on bicep curls, then he posts a video of himself swinging while curling, proper mountebank (thanks Roget’s).

ian McCarthy meme

I suspect he’s actually just making these videos to rile thickos on YouTube, as he deliberately stands in front of a bookshelf, uses long words, and calls people out.

All this in an effort to gain revenue from YouTube ads, and it’s working.

He even has a video entitled ‘Ian McCarthy reads hate mail (again)’.

Follow if: just don’t.

Finishing off

(Shoe-horned wanking joke, check.)

So there we have it, a cavalcade of contrasting, chiselled, chippy characters.

Agree with my diagnosis?

Let’s be friends.

Disagree vehemently?

Then you’re wrong, and you’re a grotesquely ugly freak.

No, seriously, please defend these people below if you think I’m being bang out of order.

And if you’d like to draw attention to any others you feel need a new platform (good or shit) then sound off below.

Thanks for reading, and, until next time, lift smart and lift strong.

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  1. Breaking news: Ian McCarthy has blocked GymTalk from following him on Twitter.

    Following on from a mildly fractious conversation last night concerning the use of “mise en scene”, we appear to have fallen out.

    Considering that was seemingly the only point of contention he had with the article, I’d begin to question the validity of his training advice…

    1. I respect Ian McCarthy for dealing out advice that isn’t ipse dixit bullshit.

      However, he’s just too unlikeable, pretentious and self-absorbed.

      Plus he looks like a fucking nan kid.

  2. Nice article!

    In Brazil we have a good bodybuilder and he has a channel on YouTube, discussing training, the history of bodybuilding and all that stuff. H

    is name is “Fernando Sardinha”.

    Here is the channel:

    1. Hi Iago, how’s Othello?

      Thanks for the YouTube link.

      Looks like a top guy – unfortunately I can’t understand a f**king word he is saying.

      I’ll take your word for it though!

  3. Haha, great article once again.

    Time will tell what becomes of these guys on YT.

    It’s a huge commitment to make consistent videos, try to stand out, earn respect, etc.

    Me? I’ll stick to making garbage truck videos with my 4 boys – much easier way to make money on YT 🙂

  4. Knew it at “helbow joints”.

    Adding “h” to words that don’t require it and not pronouncing it in words that do.

    He is undoubtedly Québécois.

    1. Sam, I never thought I’d get a reply on this, THANK YOU

  5. Would have found more entertaining without the ripping off of Blackadder and Brass Eye.


  6. This needs an update – Elliot has been exposed as a fraud, pseudoscientist, quack.

    Also need to add Jason Blaha and Vegan Gains in a “most hated” section.

    Anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about search for “Jason Blaha Exposed”.

  7. That was a great review!


    I wish I had seen it before paying for Scott Herman’s services, IT IS A JOKE!!

    Please, DO NOT spend a dime on Muscular Strength and Scott Herman.