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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...

My First Bodybuilding Contest: 1983

My First Bodybuilding Contest: 1983

I believe there can be tremendous value in nostalgia. Nostalgia can bring mixed feelings, and yes, it is possible to spend too much time in it—but I really believe there can be tremendous value in it. Recently, I discovered some old photos. With some help, I was able...

Client Case Study: Melissa S

Client Case Study: Melissa S

In a recent email about my new coaching page, I hinted at the remarkable journey of one of my clients: Melissa S. Today I want to talk about that remarkable journey. When Melissa first hired me, she was concerned with metabolism issues she’d been experiencing as a...

You can do this. Against all odds, you can do this.

You can do this. Against all odds, you can do this.

I’m going to tell you about a once in a lifetime achievement against all odds. I often say that how you live is a direct reflection of what you love doing. If you love “doing” fitness, then diet and training doesn’t feel like a struggle. It’s just an extension of the...