Online Consulting


I am now offering one hour consultations via Zoom (preferred) or Skype (if we must).  I am NOT currently offering regular coaching or month to month program monitoring.

Topics I am most able to cover are:

  1. Training: I am happy to do basic training program setup
  2. Exercise Technique (you will be able to upload video on the questionnaire)
  3. Nutrition: I am happy to do basic nutrition program setup (no meal plans)
  4. Supplementation
  5. Women’s issues and physiology

Topics I am not able to address:

  1. Performance enhancing drugs (except perhaps some fat loss drugs)
  2. Specific medical conditions

After you make your purchase, you will receive an email with the link to fill out a pre-consultation questionnaire within 24 hours.  If it does not arrive, please check your spam/trash folder.  If it has still not arrived, contact me at support

After you fill out your questionnaire, I will send you the link to schedule the consultation via Zoom or Skype.  If I have a particular backlog, I will contact you to let you know how long it may be before I can schedule the consultation.

I will also record the Zoom/Skype call which I will make available to you in case you want to revisit it.

If for any reason, I do not feel that I can adequately address your questions or situation, I will contact you to refund your order.  When possible, I will provide a referral to someone I feel has the expertise to do so.

I am only able to offer refunds on this product if requests are made prior to the consultation itself.

(46 customer reviews)
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46 reviews for Online Consulting

  1. Suleiman_alsabah

    Ridiculously excellent value for money.
    Finally, you can consult Lyle McDonald online and benefit from his decades of experience in training people to achieve their goals. Highly recommenced for no-nonsense, practical advice.

  2. Arya

    I had a positive experience talking with Lyle. He is very responsive and patient and will answer ALL your questions. Note I highly recommend having a list of questions to ask him before consulting with him as you’ll have a better experience.

    He looked through my meal plan which I came up with, my work out routine, and told me what to do when (if) I hit my next plateau (refeed or carb cycle).

    Finally, he took extra time to review my very strange back injury case.

    Note that you may go over him with by 5-15 minutes, which is generally good IMO as that means he cares enough to answer all your questions.

    I’ll probably reconnect with him again in 2-3 months. The only thing he should do to improve is get a better webcam. The quality of the video isn’t super great if he plans on doing video consultations. A 1080p would be nice so that the recording look nice, but whatever that is a minor detail.

    Also, I recommend checking out his youtube videos of people interviewing Lyle, they are informative.

  3. Dan Henderson

    I had an incredibly instructive consultation with Lyle where we went over goal specific nutrition (including addressing my hang ups about increasing dietary fat intakes) and addressing getting back into weight training where I got a suggestion that was a real light bulb moment for me in terms of how to use the first 4-6 weeks back more efficiently.

    The consultation also covered longer term building other things (specifically running) into training and how you might build up to and sequence the different types of training in terms of maintenance and specialization blocks as body weight got to a point wear joint pounding would be tolerable.

    At a point where I certainly felt lost in my training or how to tackle regaining the performance lost over the UK lock down, getting to tap into Lyle’s experience from the scientific, training and life perspective has given me the confidence to structure and look forward to ‘strapping in’ for the next 6 months of training.

    Would definitely recommend and will most likely check in again.

  4. Francesca Duncan

    This was an excellent opportunity and experience for me.
    You’re not talking to an internet blogger here, but an actual professional who KNOWS his research!
    Lyle let me know very soon after the pre-call questionnaire which areas I talked about that would be useful for him to address and which areas were not. He’s not going to waste any of your time, so give him the same courtesy. It was extremely useful for me to have some specific questions or topics to address (even just 3 to start with, others may come up along the way) going into the call because Lyle has such extensive and very practical, solid knowledge in nutrition, training, women’s physiology. He has a TON of knowledge that is well worth studying in his books and podcasts, but is
    excellent about getting right into the information that is useful for the individual and explaining why it’s useful for the individual’s context – as long as YOU know the areas you want to better understand. Do your homework and give it some solid thought. Have a notepad ready. We were able to get through a lot of useful topics and questions and it didn’t feel rushed even for a second.
    Lyle is very cool, easy to talk to, and totally brilliant.

    Go for it.

  5. Louisa Wood

    Had a great session with Lyle.
    Very thorough… he has a vast knowledge base.
    Very happy and with reconnect again for a follow-up.

  6. Matthew F.

    My consultation with Lyle was some of the best money I’ve spent in a long time.
    I’m a long time follower of Lyle’s work and this was the icing on the cake.
    Lyle was incredibly friendly and professional. I came in with questions and my own little conundrum and he answered all of them and offered his insight about my problem. I truly believe his advice gave me the answers I was looking for! He spent a lot of time covering everything I wanted to talk about and also covered things I didn’t think about. I never felt rushed and he even asked me if there was anything else I’d like to go over after my hour was up.
    The best part was, the very next morning, he emailed me the entire video PLUS a separate written breakdown of his recommendations of exactly what I needed to do. He was jotting down notes along the way so this breakdown was tailor made for my situation and goals. I will be putting his advice to work right away and plan on following up with another consult once I hit my current target. Thank you, Lyle! -Matt

  7. Lisa B.

    Lyle’s consultation and advisory was stellar. He was attentive, thorough, and truly sought to understand. His consulting questionnaire guides the session so as stated in other reviews, I recommend taking your time completing it and outline all of your questions to be prepared as possible. Lyle gave recommendations around supplements, strength training and women’s issues that likely only he could given his vast knowledge and extensive scope of expertise. Can’t recommend highly enough.

  8. madcoweater

    I’m already bigger and ripped! Lyle is the real deal sharing his advice on evidence back science. He is a true coach, not some brainwashed trainer. I have been practicing Lyle’s principles since 1996. He stays very current and on top of all of the good research not the b******* research out there.
    You need to understand, the information he gives you, will be a lifetime of advice for you to expand.

  9. Travis Bailey

    I really enjoyed my consult with Lyle. I’ve been following him for close to a decade, so it was really great to sit down and discuss some topics with him. He gave some great suggestions and I feel like I’m better off now for having done my consultation. If you’re on the fence, I’d recommend that you do it. Prepare well with whatever questions you’d like to address and I’m sure that Lyle will be able to get you started down the right path. He was also very personable and enjoyable to chat with. I hope to follow up with him in the future.

  10. Stephanie J Drewery

    Completely satisfied with the consultation! After finding his work in 2009 (RFL, then UD2) I never thought I would have a one on one “face to face” conversation with him! OF COURSE I will follow his recommendations to the letter and will have a second consultation with him once Goal #1 has been achieved. Work every penny!

  11. Cynthia

    As someone who has followed Lyle’s work over the years, I jumped at the opportunity for a personal consult. I purchased three sessions and recently wrapped my first. He did not disappoint!

    Other reviews have touched on what to expect logistically – quick communication turnarounds, no nonsense approach, videos and notes follow up, etc. – so I won’t dwell on his professionalism. Instead I wanted to share my personal opinion on who should pull the trigger on spending a solid chunk of money for Lyle’s time.

    For those who are considering the investment, I would suggest an honest look at your personal journey. If you’re a beginner who wants to lose fat / gain muscle / gain mass, I would recommend grabbing any one of his books, or peruse the articles on this site instead. Lyle’s published work is comprehensive in scope and advice, and available for free/smaller sum. It’s not that Lyle can’t do beginner programming, but that doesn’t fully squeeze the value out of the money you’re spending.

    The best bang for your buck comes from mining knowledge from Lyle that others can’t give you, and that is deep subject matter expertise rooted in hard science. His knowledge comes from years and years of research and experience. There’s a difference in being fluent in a textbook, and being the person who wrote the textbook.

    That means if you’ve tried a diet or a protocol or a program, and you’re able to articulate what worked and what didn’t, Lyle is best positioned to help you solve for what didn’t work. It means if you’re getting the same advice from trainers / dietitians that’s not working, he can at least point you in the right direction. He’s the expert you want to call in when you need that final push to set you on a path to success.

    If you have a sniffly nose, most of the time it’s a cold, and you start treating it by seeing a nurse or your primary physician. But if that sniffly nose isn’t going away, isn’t responding to meds, and suddenly you develop a rash; then you call in the specialist. Lyle is House, and you don’t have lupus.

    I would say Lyle opening himself up for online consulting is one of the highlights to come out of the dumpster fire that is 2020.

  12. Michaela Murdoch

    I started working with Lyle a little over a month ago. His advice, guidance and expertise have helped me tremendously. Our first meeting was incredibly comprehensive, we covered everything from nutrition to hormones/bloodwork, my diet and workout history, my personality, goals, gym routines, supplements…and everything in between. Being a scientifically minded person, I really appreciate Lyles scientific approach and research expertise. I wish I could post a picture of the profound success I’ve had since starting to work with Lyle – I look forward to continuing to work with him.

  13. Toby Cueni

    I jumped on the opportunity to learn directly from Lyle the moment I learned he was offering consultations.
    When you consider how expensive personal training sessions are; this price is a steal, and the meathead at your local LA Fitness is giving you advice based on his lifting magazine subscriptions.
    Lyle was attentive, professional, personable, and I’m finally confident with his advice to feel like I’m not spinning my tires or risking injury/burnout.
    10/10, would recommend to a friend and I’m scheduling a follow-up in the near future!


    I have purchased Lyle products a while back but the one on one brought everything full circle. a lot of great info
    thank you

  15. Liz

    Absolutely worth every penny! Note that if you are starting from scratch (fitness/nutrition/health goals/etc.) you will probably get more generalized advice, so be as prepared as possible! In other words, you wouldn’t take a big box of receipts to a CPA on April 14th and expect to get far, right?? That said, I think everyone can gain a lot of great insight from Lyle regardless of your current comfort level with tracking, from newbie to experienced. I am a coach and have a strong background in health sciences and nutrition, but I was spinning my wheels trying to “coach myself”. I got some great, very individualized feedback on how to structure things to meet my goals, with info that will serve me for the next several months! Lyle also gave some great tips on options going forward (i.e. if I want to focus on X, do Y) vs. just generic recommendations or plans. Highly recommend!

  16. Bob Meyer

    Lyle is a wealth of knowledge….He applies Science & coaching ! He has the ability to decipher your data, apply the science, yet translate it where the average individual understands. Having personally been in the athletic trenches…..he knows what works on paper AND what really works with clients….PRICELESS!

    I highly recommend Lyle 👍👍

  17. Helena

    I signed up for a consult with Lyle as a powerlifter who had an extremely truncated timeline for cutting quite a bit of weight, for competitive reasons. During the call, Lyle was thorough, professional, empathetic, and conversational. He laid out different options to account for variation in how the cut might proceed, which did allay my anxieties about the task – something that I think required foresight on his part! And even after the consult, he told me to follow up if I had trouble, and connected his lifter with me to help with some more troubleshooting and reminders. I definitely felt supported in tackling my cut and had a numerical game plan thanks to the consult.

  18. Robert Cimino

    Look no further if you’re questing for the absolute best value for consulting. I’ve been a fan of Lyle McDonald’s RFL handbook ever since I got the first edition long long ago. When I saw that he offered consultations, I immediately signed up for an hour consult. I’ve been through many types of diets and workout protocols in my lifetime, some which worked great back in my 20’s but not so great now. I filled out the questionnaire with as many items I could that I wanted addressed with Lyle: whether my goal to 10% bodyfat in a short timeframe was asinine, concerns about an old workout protocol I could do versus just hammer out RFL to reach my goal, etc. The full consultation was not only recorded, but Lyle took excellent notes for me to refer back to. Now I have a template of what to do exactly, and how long this will likely take to reach my goal.

    RFL should be a universal recommendation for anyone wishing to drop weight off and get healthier. Yeah the diet might be tough, but pain is temporary when it comes to achieving great things.

  19. Anastasiia

    Finally – all the questions I had have been answered, and all based on science!
    For those who consider the consultation – I think it’s very good to read Lyle’s books and articles beforehand, to get the basics, and then address specific questions to Lyle. THANK YOU!

  20. Anastasiia

    Finally – all the questions I had about the best way to get to my body goals have been answered! I’ve prepared quite a list of questions on nutritition + how it affects my training (I run) and Lyle patiently answered them all – AND provided me with notes after the consult!
    For those who consider the consultation – I think it’s best to read some of Lyle’s books and articles beforehand, measure your body fat %, track food intake w/macros just to know your starting point, and then address specific questions to Lyle.

    THANK YOU! Highly recommend!

  21. Nav

    I had great experience speaking with Lyle. I was really lost on how to get to my goal weight.

    After consulting with Lyle, I know exactly what approach to take to get to my goal. Lyle made it easy and I was able to start immediately.

    All my questions were answered quickly and accurately.

    I strongly recommend the online consulting with Lyle. It’s worth it.

  22. Tina M.

    I’m 44yr and needed a little more guidance since finding out my female hormones were getting wonky. I went to Lyle for a consult based upon his vast knowledge and after following and learning from Lyle for years. I knew he had the knowledge I was seeking to help me continue my goals. He answered all my questions and went over my current macros and training plan. I will be going back for more consulting in the future and I definitely recommend him for anyone who may need a little extra guidance.

  23. Susan Davies

    I ordered his books, listened to his interviews on you tube, and recently had a consult. Tremendous insight and knowledge. I highly recommend Lyle’s books and services!

  24. Mith

    Extremely thorough, extremely personalized, objective/scientific, takes into account your whole picture, and explains his reasoning behind all his recommendations. Very friendly too. 10/10 will consult with him again

    Seriously, I’ve never been more confident/excited in my life to tackle this fitness journey

  25. Jake

    Incredibly helpful, came to the session well prepared having actually read and thought about the info I gave before hand. Diet and workout plan were super actionable, would 100% recommend to anyone at any level.

  26. Hanna

    I have had one consultation with Lyle and I found him to be extremely professional and an attentive listener who offers contextualised advice based on individual lifestyle, preference and other personal factors. He is patient and SO, SO good at providing perspective. I have very much appreciated the follow-up with notes to refer back to. Highly recommend consulting with Lyle to get a better understanding of what your individual needs are to achieve your personal goals.

  27. Gabriel

    Lyle’s consultation is definitely worth of the money.
    I had all my questions adressed and perfectly clarified
    Very simple to schedule and Lyle’s very welcoming and fun to speak with.

  28. Tony

    Lyle is very personable, prepared, very knowledgeable, and well-organized. I definitely recommend him for anyone at any level of fitness.

  29. Tim

    The value you get from 1 call with Lyle is outrageous. Instead of simply answering whatever questions you may have, he goes extremely in depth on every topic and then ties everything into a practical plan for you to follow.

    I’m amazed by how much I got out of this call, and I highly recommend it.

  30. Jessica

    I came to Lyle with a variety of concerns and he was so thorough and comprehensive with his suggestions and advice. I felt empowered with the information to make actionable changes that will improve my training and quality of life. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a thoughtful and research based approach to overcoming their barriers and achieving their goals with their training and nutrition.

  31. Tay

    One of the most knowledgeable and insightful people in the industry –

    It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Lyle and knowledge bombs were being dropped all over the place. If you need someone to turn to when it comes to body composition, diet & training then no one in the industry comes close!

  32. Randy

    Was an honor to speak with Lyle. A legend in fitness science.
    Down to earth, and dumbed it down for me to understand. Everyone and anyone should take advantage of his consultation.

    Amazing value.

  33. Joe

    Consultation was worth every penny. Lyle was attentive and a good listener. Got a solid plan of action and you could tell Lyle took the extra time to give a good consultation. This man for real deserves a Nobel prize for actually doing some good in this world.

  34. doctor_vic

    I have been a consumer of Lyle’s work for over 10 years, so I was elated to see that he is now offering video consultations. To put it simply, he exceeded my expectations during our consultation. I truly thought that my respect for him could not go any higher than it already was, but after our consultation, it has somehow reached superhuman levels of what it means to be a knowledgeable, gracious, and helpful human being.

    My situation is particularly complex involving a lot of unknowns that didn’t have clear answers. I am well versed in digging through scientific literature, so before reaching out for help, I thought I could figure things out. However, after a lot of difficulty and pulling hairs, I realized that I needed some help with my fitness/health situation. Unsurprisingly, Lyle took me in with an enthusiasm that I have yet to experience with any coach, teacher, or professor. He was quick to understand the nuances of my situation, intuitive about the challenges I’ve faced, and empathetic to the difficulties I’ve had in achieving my goals. I was shocked with how quickly I felt like I was speaking to someone I had known for years, who deeply cared about my situation as though I was a family member.

    Moreover, Lyle disconnects from the clock in a manner that I’ve yet to experience in my years of interacting with all sorts of professionals. There is no checking the time to see how much is left — there is only engagement in the moment and a desire to maximally help the individual he is working with. I honestly felt like we covered what it would have taken most fitness coaches / pros 4+ sessions to cover, where he did it in 1. Lyle also approaches each topic with a presence of mind that is unparalleled amongst those providing services related to health and fitness.

    Thank you so much Lyle — you’re one of a kind!

  35. Robyn

    Lyle was incredibly thorough and explained everything to me in a way I completely understood. I’m not in the industry and some concepts take me a long time and headache to grasp. He was very patient and kind making sure I really understood each of the things we discussed. In addition, Lyle was prepared and addressed every one of my questions and health issues to come up with a perfect plan for me. It was quite a relief for me to just have someone like Lyle sort the whole mess of diet & training out for me!

    I can’t recommend enough!

  36. Kate

    Lyle did an amazing job with my online consultation! He listened carefully and asked amazing questions to really get to know me and what I was looking for. He worked through each part of my fitness and nutrition questions and took notes for me, which he then typed up into a concise plan. He took extra time to make sure we covered all of the topics I wanted to talk about. He was easy to talk to and it was a wonderful experience!

  37. Eric W.

    Lyle’s expertise in health and fitness is second to none. During a consultation, you can be assured advice will be based upon the best combination of science and practical application thereof. Lyle is attentive and passionate in addressing client needs and is excellent at guiding questions to aid in accurate assessment. What I appreciate the most is his ability to prescribe very custom solutions according to my needs rather than boxing me into a canned program that many others in this industry tend to do.

    I look forward to regular consults from here on.

  38. Pat

    The consultation was amazing and I look forward to more in the future as I make progress. Lyle took the time to absorb my history and definitely tailored his recommendations for me and my personal goals. He also followed up our call with detailed notes which was very helpful because we covered a LOT. I’d highly recommend this to anyone at any experience level.

  39. Patrick M

    Completely blown away by the level of service Lyle has provided pre-during and post consultation. Lyle patiently listened to all of my exercise and nutrition challenges and found a personalised solution for each and every one. Will certainly be booking a follow up in the future, having a professional like Lyle diagnose and treat your challenges alleviates a lot of the analysis and paralysis that could occur otherwise!

  40. Devon Wray

    Definitely worth the money. I was pretty nervous going into the consultation because I’m an introvert but Lyle made the conversation very relaxed and laid back. He refocused my training plan which has given me much more confidence going forward that the plan is solid and reassures me im not wasting my time and effort He made some very intelligent changes to my plan and the plan is very customized for me. He answered all my questions and did not have a problem going over the time limit to ensure I was satisfied. Following the consult he emailed all the details of the plan going forward and was available for a few follow-up emails for any issues that popped up.

    Highly recommended.

  41. Andrea

    I had a consultation last week with Lyle and I just wanted to share with all of you, especially those who have been on the fence about it, GO FOR IT!

    Sometimes we need a strangers eyes to help us look at things differently.

    And if you’re a female who wants to dial in nutrition and training or battling hormonal issues like I am (hypothalamic ammonorhea) I highly encourage you try this out.

    He has a ton of information out there, but the fine tuning, tips and guidance he can offer you one on one is in a consultation is something that is definitely worth the price.

  42. Jujimufu

    Lyle was very generous with his time and provided a lot of insight that only someone with his level of education and experience could offer. Already been implementing some of the key points Lyle shared with me, and even increased my training vocabulary through the consult by learning a few new names for things that I didn’t know had names! Will definitely be coming back for another consult.

  43. Heather P

    This was such a great investment. I had some questions about my current fat loss program and Lyle created a rock-solid strategy that I feel confident implementing. What I love about this consultation is that he is meticulous about the details that will make the difference in achieving your goals along with overcoming the possible roadblocks. Plus, he’s really the only person in this industry that I trust with women’s cycles and fat loss. I can go on and on about how grateful I am for his expertise and time but if you’re on the fence just do it.

  44. Pedro

    If I could give this over 5 stars I absolutely would. Lyle was VERY thorough and personable. He took all of my issues and training background into consideration during our consultation. Even though I’ve read all of his work I was still impressed at just how much he knows and specifically how he’s able to give real answers that cut through all of the fitness BS that doesn’t have any evidence to back it up.

    Something else to consider is that Lyle recognizes that you have a life and will make realistic adjustments according to your schedule. It’s hands down the best money you’ll ever spend on coming up with a gameplan to reach your physique and training goals. I have a lot of injuries and medical issues to deal with and rather than tell me that I just gotta squat bro he recognizes that it just isn’t feasible for me given the implications that can have on my condition. Even just one training session later I’ve seen immediate improvements from some of the tweaks that we spoke about. Lyle totally overdelivers and if you’re on the fence about it you should stop thinking and just book the appointment. You won’t be disappointed!

  45. Dan Bertarelli

    This consultation was really great. Lyle went above and beyond my expectations to lay out the next few months of training for me. I think this would help anyone who doesn’t have a coach to plan, and get an expert’s opinion on where they are, and what they need to do to reach their goals. Couldn’t recommend it more highly.
    If you’re on the fence probably just go ahead and do the three 60 minute consultations.

  46. Michelle

    Wow, I wish I would have consulted with Lyle long ago! I have never come across a coach with such a powerful combination of expertise, understanding, and generosity in spirit and in time spent with me. Not only did Lyle write a thorough training program to address hypertrophy, bone density, back problems, and technical movements, he also gave me a livable, really-doable recomp diet plan to support those areas now and into the future. His knowledge of women’s physiology and strength training issues is vast, and I felt like I finally had an advocate on my side whom I could trust to help me lose and gain at the same time, while keeping ALL of my best interests at heart.

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