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Sleep: The Unsung Hero of Sustainable Weight Loss

I’ve just returned from the bookstore to pick up some research I ordered. Because of my background in sociology, one of the things I always do at the bookstore is go over to the diet section and to see what books people are looking at and buying. Of course there is a...

The Joy of Being a Muscle Head

This is a guest blog by Perry Mykleby: Meat head. Iron head. Muscle head.  Those are terms used to describe guys (mostly) who are longer on muscle than brains. In recent years, I’ve learned there’s a lot more head involved in building muscle than I...

Abel Leg Thirties

I wanted to share a brutal workout or "circuit" that is for hypertrophy, and especially useful if you want to bring up your legs. It's called the "Leg Thirties." Oh yes indeed there are a lot of reps :) I have two demos to show you what they're like. One thing I want...

Review of the Audio66 BTS Sport Headphones

This is a guest post by Mike Forest. Scott was recently offered a set of headphones in exchange for an honest review. Thing is, Scott doesn’t listen to music when he works out, or even when he goes on long walks. Mike does. All the time. So… we had the company send...

The “Post-Facts” Era in the Fitness and Diet Industries

Journalists are describing the times we now live in as "the Post-Facts Era," and they are at a loss as to what to do about it. It was bad enough back when politicians and pundits would look at the exact same set of facts, but use those same facts in opposite ways,...

The Victor or Victim Mindset: How to Choose the Victor Mindset

Someone wrote me the other day, and it reminded me of one of my very first radio interviews. This was a radio program more generally about “success,” so having a bodybuilder was a bit "out there" for them. The interviewer’s face had a look of puzzlement to some of my...

Personal Lessons from Setbacks

You'‘ve been working hard, training hard, and following your diet. Things seem to be going fine—great, even. But then, you get faced with an unforeseen setback. A major one. Maybe even a life-changing one. They happen. It’s happened to me, that’s for sure, and later...

Life Matters

As many of you know I recently lost my father. I have just returned from taking care of his affairs, and tending to my mother. A few of you have written to me asking if I would please write about “death” when I am back among the matters of life. I’m not sure what and...

From the trenches: bad coaching nonsense

I’m going to give you a real-life case study below. But first, let’s face it. There are more bad Coaches than good Coaches in this industry. That’s the fact of it. It seems every person who has won some kind of physique contest now feels “qualified” to Coach other...

Super Slow Reps Training — Nonsense!

There exists a common problem out there in the certification world and in online expertise. So many times people are just trying to learn too much too fast. The result of that is often a misunderstanding and misapplication of key concepts and training practices,...

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