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Stella K Testimonial

Stella K Testimonial

I am Stella K. I am a member of the Platinum club, age 50+. I am 5'10, and I am for this first time, 148 lbs. I am a busy wife, mother and professional with a stressful career. As well as being a coaching client of Scott’s,- I have been doing Scott’s Busy Woman's...

Programmus Interruptus

Programmus Interruptus

This is an advanced resistance bands training strategy to help you reasonably stick to your workout(s) when you’re traveling for work or even on vacation. Many people write me as though “all is lost” when they have to travel for business or some related reason. But...

Testimonial from Jessica Whiteley

Testimonial from Jessica Whiteley

Today's post is simply a testimonial from an amazing client, Jessica Whiteley. I hope it's instructive about what's possible and about what progress looks and feels like!  -Scott Hi Scott, Becoming a coaching client of Scott’s is definitely one of the best things I’ve...

Three Reality Checks for Building a Better Body

Three Reality Checks for Building a Better Body

If your goal is aesthetic muscle gain and physique development—without the crutch of steroids—then there are three general, high-level reality checks you should never take for granted. Progress stalled? Any single one of these three points could be what’s really...

Stair Climb Workouts for Sculpted Calves and Legs

Stair Climb Workouts for Sculpted Calves and Legs

I remember one of the early Muscle Mag articles about my athletes said that one of the key differences on stage between my clients and others came when my clients turned around, and you saw their backs, their hamstrings, and their calves. They were more ripped and...

The Cycle Diet vs. 6-Day Vegan: What's the difference?

The Cycle Diet vs. 6-Day Vegan: What's the difference?

When I released Lean Without Trying, I got a lot of questions from people worried that I would be focusing exclusively on vegetarian or vegan dieting. (The answer is no.) In fact, most of my books still illustrate examples of an omnivore diet-strategy. The meal plans...

Metabolism, Food Indulgence and Psychology

Metabolism, Food Indulgence and Psychology

I recently went to Aruba and conducted a bit of an experiment on myself. I’ve discussed the results, and in a follow-up discussion offered a few keys to healthy metabolism. However, I also noticed something based on the comments from people I read during the...

Building Your Own Home Gym

Building Your Own Home Gym

I recently posted a walk-through video of my home gym.After I did so, I got a number of emails and comments from people about “where to start” for their own home gym. There are good reasons to train or workout at home: You can save money on membership fees. You can...

How I Became “Skinny Fat”

How I Became “Skinny Fat”

There’s an old saying about learning by doing. “Learn by doing” suggests that, beyond just knowledge, experience itself is a valuable tool that teaches you what works and what doesn’t work—and sometimes the greatest lessons come from your biggest setbacks. My “skinny...

The Coach Scott Abel Metabolism Experiment

The Coach Scott Abel Metabolism Experiment

I'm going to see how much weight I can gain during a period of extended overfeeding; then, when I get home, we'll see how long it takes for the weight to come off. Because of how metabolism works, my guess is that it won't take long at all.

Enter the 90s: My Early Coaching Career

Enter the 90s: My Early Coaching Career

As I mentioned in the last article, I returned from Muscle Camp a changed person. I had just lived out a dream. My goal had always been to get to the bodybuilding Mecca on my own, and up until Muscle Camp I’d naïvely thought the only way to do that was to win an...

1987: The Last Year Before It All Changed

1987: The Last Year Before It All Changed

Note: If you haven’t been following along my career retrospective article series, you may want to go back and check out my 1983, 1985, and 1986 previous entries.1987 was one of the most important years in shaping my career trajectory—but mostly because of the...