Excited about lecturing in Australia

2015 February 18
by Alan Aragon

Essential details of my Australian tour: read more…

Frequently Asked Questions about The Lean Muscle Diet

2015 January 6
by Alan Aragon

First, a word of thanks…

Before getting into this, I’d like to thank everyone who bought the The Lean Muscle Diet, which I co-wrote with Lou Schuler, a veteran author who’s best known for his New Rules of Lifting series. A special shout-out goes to everyone patiently enduring the wait for your copy to arrive in the mail. The feedback Lou and I have received has been unanimously and highly positive. This is especially cool, since it’s so easy to tear things apart from the comfort of your keyboard. The internet gives people the perfect outlet to be honest (and ruthless), so once again, thanks to all for the praise. Now, on to the questions that have been popping up most frequently. read more…

Eric Helms’ Epic Article on Natural Bodybuilding Potential

2014 November 9
by Alan Aragon

What follows is the opening article from the August 2014 issue of my research review (AARR). It’s written by my friend & fellow researcher Eric Helms, who approached me about making it available to the public because it addresses many of the controversies of this highly polarizing topic in fitness and bodybuilding circles. The aim is to provide a rational, organized, scientific perspective – along with plenty of food for thought. I very rarely make AARR content public, and wanted to wait perhaps another month before releasing this article, but the time seems right to do it right fricking now, so here it is. Feel free to pass this on, I’d love to see Eric’s epically great work spread through social media like wildfire.

I was advised by some very wise people to make a blog post about this instead of merely sharing it on Facebook & Twitter, so here it is: http://www.alanaragonblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Aug-2014-AARR-Eric-Helms-Article.pdf

PS – I’m gonna keep comments closed because I currently don’t have time to field questions/comments (hectic times, man :)).




Get ready, Toronto!!!!!!!!

2014 March 6
by Alan Aragon

move toronto

WHO:  Who cares who I am, look at my clients! :)…. On a more serious note, here is my bio. I have been called “The Ron Burgundy of Nutrition,” and as a fan of Will Ferrell, I kinda like that designation.

WHAT:  By the grace & general awesomeness of the MOVE organization, I’ll be speaking for an entire day (9 to 5), dishing out all of the important information & techniques I’ve learned and applied successfully over the past 20 years in the personal training, nutritional counseling, and academic research facets of my career. Here’s the outline of what I’ll cover:  read more…

My Unexpected Journey into PubMed

2013 June 10
by Alan Aragon


This is Not a Tutorial

Just to be clear, this isn’t a tutorial on how to get published in the annals of the Ivory Tower. This is my personal case study, and you should know that I never intended to make it into the peer-reviewed literature. No such goals or aspirations were on my career bucket list. I was happy to be able to read others’ work and report on it; this is just something I really enjoy. For me, writing & teaching was the natural progression after having been in the training & counseling trenches with live human clients full-time from 1992 to 2010. As fate would have it, I ended up being one of the folks that get cited by others who conduct and review scientific research. Let’s take a walk through the steps that led me to stumble into PubMed. read more…

2013 NSCA Personal Trainers Conference: Looking Back at my Debate with Dr. Jeff Volek

2013 March 13
by Alan Aragon

lecture schedule

Fun…..but Fricking NUTS!

My second consecutive year presenting at the NSCA Personal Trainers Conference was one of the most rewarding, and definitely the most hectic speaking experience I’ve ever had. The way it works is that speakers do their presentation twice throughout the weekend so the audience has a greater chance of not missing them. As fate would have it, I was the only speaker in the lineup doing two presentations: a Paleo diet dissection & a carbohydrate debate. This means that I presented four times — and all four presentations were scheduled on one day (Friday). If the NSCA had a surprise hazing for me in mind, they definitely succeeded.  read more…

On Leadership

2013 January 11
by Alan Aragon

The following interview is with Petter Fagerberg, a nutrition major at the University of Gothenberg, Sweden. I’m honored that he chose me as the subject of his assignment in a course on leadership. For those who are en route, or are already in a position of leadership, this is for you.  read more…

Bullshit Marketing Vs. Honest Marketing & The “Zero Launch”

2012 October 10
by Alan Aragon

Something’s wrong with this picture.

The pics on the left are straight off of the side banners on Facebook, leading to a website that promises to transform your physique into those of the Spartans in the movie 300 — in 4 weeks.  All you have to do is buy their supplements. It’s hilarious how the heads of Will Ferrell and Keanu Reeves were superimposed on random, enhanced bodybuilders to bait people into the site.  At the right is fitness marketer Mike Chang, photo-morphed into a mass-monster. read more…

The 2012 NSCA Personal Trainer’s Conference: Vegas, Baby!

2012 April 15
by Alan Aragon

This past weekend, I spoke at the annual NSCA Personal Trainer’s Conference. Not only did I have a blast of a good time, it was such sweet revenge. In contrast to several years ago when clinching a speaking spot at a national conference was a long shot requiring a ton of pavement pounding & red tape, I was now invited to speak at a conference held by the industry’s top organization.  Here’s a photo montage made possible by my dear wife, who wanted to capture every dirty detail of this trip. read more…

The Fitness Summit is quickly approaching!

2012 March 4
by Alan Aragon

Mark your calendars for May 18th-19th

The planets are aligning, the Fates are conspiring, and the ultimate time of reckoning is upon us. The 10th anniversary of the Fitness Summit is right around the corner, and registration is as easy as visiting this page. Whether you’re in the fitness business, or simply are passionate about fitness, you will get tons of practical knowledge from the Summit. read more…