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Scott Herman

Fitness Model, Entrepreneur

Scott Herman is a fitness model, entrepreneur and social media celebrity from Massachusetts, U.S.A.  He is a well-known face on YouTube, who has dedicated his life to building an enviable physique and helping others build theirs.

His introduction to bodybuilding came when he was 12 years old. He found his father’s old weights in his basement and was “hooked” straight away. From that day forward, he began to train as hard as possible, hoping to work in the fitness industry, as well as in acting.

His dedication paid off, and he landed a role on a famous reality show. After this, he created a YouTube channel which has attracted over a million subscribers. He tries to help everyone sculpt a great physique, through regular instructional and motivational videos. This is his story:


scott herman wearing jeans and flexing his triceps

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Scott Herman
HeightAgeDate of BirthNationality
5'10" (177.5cm)39October 18, 1984American
Fitness Model, Entrepreneur
Height5'10" (177.5cm)
Date of BirthOctober 18, 1984
ProfessionFitness Model, Entrepreneur


scott herman showing off his abdominals

“Determination. It makes everything possible.”


  • YouTube celebrity


scott herman working out with barbell


Early Years

Scott was born and raised in Massachusetts, U.S.A. He played many sports as a child such as wrestling and soccer, and says that his first interest in muscular physiques, came from watching his favorite superheroes on television.

He says that he always wanted to be a stronger version of himself, due to the fact that he was bullied as a child. He says; “I thought that if I had big muscles like they had, I could stop other kids from picking on me or anyone else.”

While he suffered from some bullying at school, he says that his family life was relatively normal. He grew up in a big family, which put “tough love,” as well as independent thought first. He says that because of this, he had to work hard to achieve anything.

Bodybuilding Beginnings

Scott’s first actual taste of bodybuilding, came when he stumbled across his Dad’s weight set in his basement. He was 12 years old at the time, and says he “had no idea” about how to lift correctly at all.

His Dad made sure that Scott learned the basics, and he says that for a while, his relatively light weight set was enough. But Scott wanted more. He applied to clean for 3 hours every Saturday at a local Gold’s Gym for free membership, and became obsessed with the fitness lifestyle.

He says that, initially, lifting weights was a way to vent his anger, but it eventually became an important part of his life. When reflecting on this period, Scott says “my limitations were only the ones I set in my mind, and I have been hooked ever since.”


scott herman full body shot with arm flex


College And First Acting Roles

Scott didn’t stop working out for a second during his teenage years. He managed to juggle his workout schedule, with a college degree in Business from Merimack College, and a successful DJ business which he managed.

While he improved his body, he became more self confident and decided to find some work in television. He moved to Brooklyn in New York, and began to work with talent scouts to find some roles.

Scott managed to land a place on a show called ‘The Real World’ – a reality TV show where strangers are filmed living together. He was chosen due to his toned physique and “surfer look”  He enjoyed the role greatly.

Winning ‘Iron Abs’

When Scott entered his final year of college, he had built an enviable physique and had decided to make a name for himself in the fitness world. He entered the Men’s Health ‘Iron Abs’ competition, and managed to win.

On the back of this competition win, Scott was also being invited to fitness industry events. He traveled around New York and met with a number of high-profile brands which sponsored him in photo shoots.

Starting YouTube Channel

With the confidence he had gained in his acting role and Iron Abs victory, Scott decided to start a YouTube channel to help other people reach their fitness goals. He managed to build this page into one of the most popular channels on the website, gaining over 1,300,000 followers by 2017.

From this page he offers advice regarding nutrition and weight lifting technique. He’s become a well-known figure alongside individuals such as Elliott Hulse and Scooby Werkstatt.


scott herman deadlifting


Free weights Over Machines

Scott believes that machines have their place, but for the most part, he says they are not necessary. The only time Scott uses machines is for his abdominal workouts, but aside from that he always uses free weights.

He also maintains his intensity with the free weights all year-round. He says that he has “never had an off-season,” and doesn’t feel the need to have a bulking or cutting season. His only regret through doing this, is that his muscle gains are relatively slow.

His Three Favorite Exercises

Scott’s three exercises of choice are the deadlift, seated dumbbell overhead extension, and the dumbbell bench press. He loves the deadlift due to its compound movement, which works the glutes, hamstrings and quads.

When it comes to the other two exercises, he says that dumbbell exercises are some of the best for creating a toned physique.

He loves the pump he can generate through the shoulder press, and he sees the dumbbell bench press as superior to the barbell press. This is because it engages the pecs well and prevents a lot of injuries.

Workout Routine

Scott focuses on making lean gains. His routine to do so looks like this:

MONDAY- Chest and abs

  • Dumbbell chest press – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Dumbbell incline chest press – (3 sets)  6-8 reps
  • Cable flys: high – (3 sets)  6-8 reps
  • Cable flys: low – (3 sets)  6-8 reps
  • Cable flys: middle – (3 sets)  6-8 reps

TUESDAY- Back Shoulders and Abs

  • Lat pull-downs – (3 sets)  6-8 reps
  • Reverse pull-downs – (3 sets)  6-8 reps
  • Deadlifts (straight bar) – (3 sets)  6-8 reps
  • Wide-grip pull-ups – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Low rows – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Dumbbell shoulder press – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Dumbbell lateral raises – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Dumbbell front raises – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Dumbbell alternating overhand/underhand lateral raises – (3 sets)  6-8 reps
  • Shrugs (straight bar) – (3 sets) 6-8 reps


  • Squats – (5 sets) 15-20 reps
  • Leg extensions – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Single-leg extensions – (3 sets) 6-8 reps for each leg
  • Hamstring curls – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Single-leg curls – (3 sets) 6-8 reps for each leg
  • Hip adduction – (3 sets) 15 reps
  • Hip abduction – (3 sets) 15 reps
  • Donkey calf press – (3 sets) 15-20 reps
  • Single-leg calf raises – (3 sets) 15-20 reps for each leg

THURSDAY – Arms and Abs

  • Straight-bar biceps curls – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Alternating dumbbell curls – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Hammer curls – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Reverse curls – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Close-grip bench press – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Seated triceps extensions – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Triceps push-downs (V-bar) – (3 sets) 6-8 reps
  • Reverse pull-downs – (3 sets) 6-8 reps



SUNDAY- Cardio

  • 6-8 mile run


scott herman lifting a dumbbell



When it comes to cardio, Scott likes to do a very simple 20 minute session three times a week. This allows him to maximize his efforts during his workout routines and maintain a leaner look.

He usually completes his session on the treadmill, and chooses a 3% incline for an 8mph run. Before these runs, he likes to complete some side shuffling for about 3 minutes. This allows him to keep his ankles as strong as possible.


scott herman standing in an olympia pose

“The only thing keeping me going is not stopping!”


Macronutrient Target

Scott is very particular about what he eats. He focuses on figuring out his macronutrient needs for each day, and then hitting these needs exactly with healthy nutritious foods and supplements.

Because he wants to hit his macros exactly, he tends to eats the same meals everyday.

This doesn’t become boring for him, as he knows that he must suffer through the meals if we wants to be rewarded with an excellent figure.

Occasionally in the off-season, Scott also likes to eat out. If he does, he says that he “makes sure he prepares for the adjustment in macros needed.”  His daily calorie and macro target in the off-season is as follows:

  • Calories: 2800-3100
  • Protein: 200-220grams
  • Carbs: 250-350grams
  • Fat: 80-100grams

Staple Diet

The staple foods which Scott includes in his meal plan are below:

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Granola
  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Bagels
  • Peanutbutter
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Almonds


scott herman tensing his bicep

Idols and Influences

Scott says that “being successful” is what keeps him motivated and dedicated to his fitness goals. He says that an athlete “can’t be afraid to take risks,” and he believes that succeeding against all odds has inspired him to push harder.


scott herman with red shorts on holding a dumbbell

What we can learn from Scott Herman

Scott’s attitude towards his diet, is one which many beginners could benefit from emulating. He focuses on his macronutrients for each day, and doesn’t leave any room for error.

He plans his meals and his calories also, making sure there are no excuses as to why he couldn’t improve his physique.

This is a very useful way to approach bodybuilding dieting, and is something all athletes could consider to achieve their goals – just like Scott Herman.

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Scott Herman has never stopped to inspire many of us to build our desire physique from no one to someone leading to healthy lifestyle in bodybuilding. Being a role model, he’s well-liked by millions of viewers who keep improving their positive lifestyles too! Kudos to my idol, Scott Edward Herman!!! ❤️❤️❤️???

Scott I’m 65 years old I broke my femur three operation daughter before they got been screwed it up I’m not going to be an old cripple this is the first time I’ve really ever got into working out and I want to do it the whole heartedly I don’t have the money to pay for your program about Social Security and broke but I want to thank you for your videos that I’ve seen so far this you show everything about set the machine up and all that that is really important is that the guy just jump in with the exercise you know from what I see if you can’t set up here quit but you can’t do the damn exercise but like I say thank you for what I’ve seen your video saved help me Scott I’m 65 years old I broke my femur three operation daughter before they got bad screwed it up I’m not going to be an old cripple this is the first time I’ve really ever got into working out and I want to do it the whole heartedly I don’t have the money to pay for your program about Social Security and broke but I want to thank you for your videos that I’ve seen so far this you show everything about set the machine up and all that that is really important is that the guy just jump in to the exercise you know from what I see if you can’t set up here quit but you can’t do the damn exercise but like I say thank you for what I’ve seen every video has been a great help thank you

Hello Scott I am from manila and has been following your programs since two years ago. I am 50 years old but since I decided to improve my health through body-building I started following your exercises. I am proud to say that I have grown my biceps from 13 inches to 15, my chest is now 41 inches from 39. I hope to learn more from you as I intend to continue this. thanks a lot and please never stop inspiring us

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