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The truth about deadlifts and program design

When discussing the most difficult resistance exercises to do... well, there's no doubt that squats and deadlifts are at the top. Both movements are complicated to master, and both create a specific systemic intensity that cannot be matched by other exercises. The...

The Potato and the Satiety Index

In Part 1 of my discussion of the potato, I showed you not only how incredible are the nutritional components of the potato; but I also showed you its importance throughout history in terms of supporting the development of various cultures and societies. But there is...

Muscle density and the weight of gold

I still shake my head at what passes for “knowledge” when it comes to building muscle and a better physique. For example: which of these is heavier: a lb of feathers or a lb of solid gold? What would your answer be? Most people know the answer to this riddle: a pound...

America's multiple personalities and the diet holiday season

Every year I’m flabbergasted watching the media package and present U.S. Thanksgiving in this “split personality” tone that it always does. What bothers me more is the way YOU THE CONSUMER end up internalizing this stuff; since much of it is irresponsible journalism...

The Essence and the ART of Workout Program Design

The Essence and the ART of Workout Program Design

My book The Abel Approach (2nd ed.) is all about the essence of program design, and what goes into my own specific methodology; I argue that coaches must design workout programs to fit the client, and expecting the client to fit the programs is backwards thinking. But...