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 JimStoppani.com.

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."



  • Halloween Candy: Fun-Sized Treats for Full-Sized Post-Workout Gains

    Turn the tables on trick-or-treat temptation by eating the right kind of candy: the kind that'll refill your energy tanks post-workout.

  • Think High-Protein Diets Are All Hype? Think Again.

    Increasing your protein intake might be the key to unlocking your potential. Here's how much to increase it by, and real-life examples of what happens when you do.

  • 4 Extraordinary Post-Workout Recovery Shakes

    These out-of-the-box and out-of-this-world Pro JYM and Post JYM delicacies will ensure a full recovery after your most grueling training sessions. They'll put a smile on your face, too!

  • Jim Stoppani's 5x5+1 Full-Body Program

    This update to 5x5 training gets an added dose of heavy training to push muscle and strength gains to the next level.

  • The Biomechanics of a Safe, Strong Bench Press

    Jim Stoppani shows you how to get the most from this fundamental lift, guiding you through the most powerful grip and hand placement, the best way to position your body, and the proper way to move the bar.

  • Burn The Most Fat, Build The Most Muscle

    Use this month-long training program to get shredded fast!

  • 4 Reasons Why Caffeine Makes Workouts Better

    Caffeine is more than just a pick-me-up. Learn how it can improve your lifts and enhance your results every time you hit the gym.

  • 4 Reasons Many Multivitamins Don't Work Like They Should

    Are you spending money on a multivitamin that doesn't work optimally? Here are four reasons why many multivitamins fall short of their goal.

  • Sitting Is the New Smoking, So Get Off Your Ass

    If you think a one-hour workout every day has you covered in terms of exercise, think again. Your body needs a lot more than that, so you have to find ways to keep moving all day long.

  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Eliminate Rest Days

    Chasing better gains and faster fat loss? Jim Stoppani, Ph.D., explains why ditching your rest days may improve your chance of better gains, and better health.

  • 4 Delicious Pro JYM-Infused Dinner Recipes

    Getting tired of the same old meals at dinnertime? Add unique flavors, and a bit more protein, to familiar entrees with these Pro JYM recipes.

  • 6 Ways To Stay Motivated To Train

    Do you find yourself losing steam midway through a training program and getting off track? These six strategies can help you to stay on task.

  • 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!

  • 4 Physique-Friendly Dessert Recipes

    Dessert doesn't have to ruin your physique and throw off your macros. These delectable Pro JYM recipes deliver amazing taste, minus the guilt.

  • 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!