Layne Norton, PhD


Layne Norton, Ph.D., is a scientist, pro natural bodybuilder, raw elite powerlifter, and physique coach, among other things. He received his BS in Biochemistry, and his PhD in Nutritional Sciences.

He is a current IPF and USAPL world and national record-holder in squat (668 lb. at 93 kg), and a USAPL national record-holder in deadlift (711 lb. at 93 kg).



  • How To Deadlift: Layne Norton's Complete Guide

    The deadlift is one of the most important lifts to get right. Make sure you're setting yourself up to build strength and muscle, not get injured.

  • Layne Norton Peak Week: Training & Cardio

    Training and cardio have brought your physique this far, but if you don't manage your workouts well during peak week, it could all be for naught.

  • Layne Norton's Peak Week: Posing

    Posing is an art form and a science rolled into one. Here I provide details on how to hit every pose to full effect, showcasing your physique in the best possible way.

  • Layne Norton Peak Week: Competition Stack

    Gain the winner's edge with these supplement solutions, recommended by Layne Norton, Ph.D.

  • Layne Norton's Peak Week: Stage Presence

    Stage presence is a hard-to-define quality that separates the winners from the losers. You might think you naturally either have stage presence or don't, but you can learn it.

  • Layne Norton's Peak Week: Your Peak Week Starts Here

    This video series will tell you all you need to know about dialing it in during the last week pre-contest.

  • Layne Norton Peak Week: Water & Sodium

    Water and sodium may be the trickiest elements of all to manage pre-contest. Learn how to manage their delicate balancing act with my series of dos and don'ts.

  • Layne Norton Peak Week: Nutrition

    Learn what to eat and what not to eat, especially where carbohydrates are concerned, during this critical week.

  • Layne Norton Peak Week: Training & Cardio

    Training and cardio have brought your physique this far, but if you don't manage your workouts well during peak week, it could all be for naught.

  • What Creatine Does And How It Works

    Creatine is one of the most popular supplements ever created. Here we explain what creatine is and how it works to improve workouts and build muscle.

  • 5 New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

    If you've already broken (or have yet to make) your resolutions for the new year that's underway, competitive bodybuilder and coach Layne Norton, PhD, has some new ones you'll be able to keep.

  • Layne Norton's Hard Truths Of Training And Nutrition

    Want to know how to tackle the holidays? How about the best way to use blood flow restriction training or nutrient timing? Get the straight dope here from muscle-building scientist Layne Norton!

  • Why Your Diet Isn't Living Up To The Hype

    Fad diets might help you lose weight, but they won't help you keep it off. Diet smart by avoiding these 5 weight-loss saboteurs.

  • How to Get The Most Out of Ph3

    Layne Norton's PH3 training program has helped many lifters become stronger than they ever could have imagined. Layne Norton himself is here to answer some of your most common questions about PH3.

  • 5 Ways Your Diet Is Doomed To Fail

    People toss the term "metabolic adaptation" around a lot, but do you know what it really means? Learn how to adopt a better approach to restrictive dieting

  • Carbs At Night: Fat Loss Killer Or Imaginary Boogeyman?

    Most fitness enthusiasts learn early on to treat late-night carbohydrates like a nightmare waiting to happen. But what does science 'real science' have to say? The answer may surprise you.

  • Layne Norton's Guide To Failure Training

    Training to muscular failure is an important tool, but one that must be done right. Here's how to make it work!

  • How To Eat For Maximum Muscle Growth At Any Age!

    As you age, your body's protein, carb, and fat needs change, making it harder to hold on to muscle. Here's how to build a diet to sustain you for a lifetime!

  • The Facts About Intermittent Fasting, Fat Loss, And Muscle Growth

    Proponents of intermittent fasting make a compelling case for their approach. But is it best for your goals? Here's the scientific breakdown, along with a middle-ground approach for maximum muscle growth!

  • The Science Of Sugar And Fat Loss

    Sugar's effects on weight management and your health aren't as cut and dried as you might think. Here's what the research really has to say!