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

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

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

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

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!

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,...

Before, After, and the “On Vacation” Pics

Before, After, and the “On Vacation” Pics

Anyone who has been involved in fitness for more than a week has seen plenty of before and after shots. Sometimes these are amazing. Sometimes they are misleading. I’ve remarked in several of my books that many before and afters would be more accurate if they showed...

Of Course Metabolic Damage Exists: Part 2, A Reply to Critics

Of Course Metabolic Damage Exists: Part 2, A Reply to Critics

Hopefully you have had time to read Part 1 of my response to the idea, currently in vogue, that “metabolic damage doesn’t exist.” If you watched Dr. Schwarzbein’s excellent lectures you should understand a bit more about metabolic damage and how it plays out. Dr....