Where have you been, Alan?

2010 August 25
by Alan Aragon

Hello everyone,

No, I haven’t completely disappeared. I’ve been catching up with work. Contrary to what my incredibly frequent entries might lead some to believe, I’m not a full-time professional blogger. In case anyone wonders, the above pic was recently taken at the Santa Monica beach. It’s not reflective of where I’ve spent most of my time lately, but paying Mother Nature occasional visits has been very therapeutic for someone who gets way too much screen time.

I’ll be back with a formal entry next month, but in the mean time, I want to direct your attention to some new (& semi-new)  resources that are highly worthwhile.

  • First up is a website my friend James Krieger recently launched, weightology.net. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in high-quality, research-based information. James is one of the good guys in the fitness industry, and Heaven knows they are few and far-between.
  • Those of you looking to streamline your social media will really appreciate fitmarker.com, which allows you to bookmark, share, discover and discuss all the best fitness-related information one convenient place.
  • Fellow myth slayer and longtime friend Jamie Hale recently got published by Ulysses Press. His book Should I Eat the Yolk is available through mainstream commercial channels. Imagine that, a no-BS book unleashed upon the lay public by a major publishing house. Chalk up a big win for science! 
  • For those of you who have gotten bored with oatmeal, Kath Eats Real Food just might be your ticket to putting the awesome back into your oats. For those of you who forgot how civil I can be in internet debates, here’s a classic one I had with Kath herself. Anyone who doesn’t get a good chuckle out of that is simply comatose.
  • LATE-BREAKING EDIT: Go over to the Swedish Phenom’s site right now & check out the training research roundtable in which I participated along with Lyle McDonald, Borge Fagerli, and James Krieger. 
  • Finally, I’d like to plug wannabebig.com since Daniel Clough is such a patient guy when it comes to waiting for articles from me. I’d also like to mention that WBB is elevating itself beyond the typical “bro box” by running articles from clear-minded writers like JC Deen and Ryan Zielonka.

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28 Responses
  1. August 25, 2010

    I can attest to Daniel Clough’s patience – great guy. Brilliant title (and cover) to Jamie Hale’s book too.

  2. August 25, 2010

    Thanks for the plug Alan.

    Ahh, you guys are too kind. It’s all a front though – I curse you guys as ‘slow ass writers’ to anyone I speak to and just hope it doesn’t get back to you… 😉

    I just got done reading through the latest version of a block training article by JC and it’s awesome and Ryan’s and JC’s articles to date have been brilliant. And HCT-12 (Daniel’s creation) is about the most complete, down the line bodybuilding program I know of. I just love putting this stuff out!

    Look forward to some more frequent blog posts Alan!

  3. August 25, 2010

    Thanks for mentioning the book Alan.

    A few people have asked me If I have noticed any differences when comparing self publishing with a mainstream publisher? There are some very salient distinctions:
    The book is being sold by many big companies Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and many many foreign distributors

    More publicity: book signing, radio appearances etc.

    An entire team helping with various aspects of promotion and future ideas

    On another note, I have a few other people helping with promotion and possibly setting me up with some public debates. My second book was published by LMS, and the only difference between them and self publishing was my book royalties were smaller.

    Check out Krieger’s site http://www.weightology.net; it is saturated with brilliance, high level logical reasoning, and critical analyses of popular claims made by the exercise, health and nutrition industries.

    Jamie Hale

  4. August 25, 2010

    I agree, WBB is definitely putting out some great info!

    Thanks for the resources.

  5. August 25, 2010

    Who are you and what have you done with the real Alan? Did he pay you to write a blog entry?

    Thanks for the mentions, whoever you are. 😉

  6. August 25, 2010

    Thanks for the shout out, Alan and Jamie! Great picture too

  7. August 25, 2010

    He lives!

  8. August 25, 2010

    You’re welcome, & thank you all!

    PS – I added a bullet point to spice up the post a little (literally & figuratively).

  9. August 25, 2010

    Big ups for the Fitmarker plug Alan. Good to see you’re mingling with mother nature… she is hella awesome isn’t she?

    Looking forward to reading more of your brolicious stuff.

  10. darkseeker permalink
    August 25, 2010

    Welcome back, Alan. Loved your critique of the EliteFTS article in the last AARR. Actually the whole issue was balls-deep as usual.

    LOL @ Kath, BS, RD. That was some great stuff. Some people never cease to amaze me, and she proved that the female ego can be just as large as the male’s.

    Thanks for the links, been checking out Krieger’s work for a few months now since you mentioned him. Congrats to Jamie on the book deal.

  11. August 26, 2010

    Thanks, Dark.

    Yeah, there are good things going on in the fitness industry; they just happen to be needles in the haystack (or, as I’ve put it, diamonds in the snow).

    PS — I just added another bullet point to the post.

  12. Cascada permalink
    August 27, 2010

    I thought you might be interested in this paper for the AARR


  13. August 27, 2010

    Cascada — I’m on it. Also, check the link I provided in the post, it’s a whole round table on that article @ Martin Berkhan’s site.

  14. fluxboy permalink
    August 30, 2010

    Hey, wassup guys?

    Man, I am really pleased to see this recent post. I was just going to drop a line telling everyone to get the fudge off the internet, grow some balls, and interact with the real-real world … and I see a beautiful sunset.

    Well, a copy of one, anyway.

    Nonetheless, it’s a start. And I suppose I would be amiss if I didn’t point out that every moment spent online robs you of about two to three moments of life.

    Speaking of which, my time is up.

    All the best,

    (PS Doesn’t Martin have some sort of cheesecake fetish? Not sure how objective you can be with such a handicap …. 😉

  15. August 31, 2010

    Fluxboy — Hiya doin’ man? I did need a little outside time, hah. My job as a writer pulls me away from it – at least until I can get more battery life out of my laptop & maybe combine work & nature once in a while. Hey look, my idea of a wild time. As for Martin, yes he does love his cheesecake. In fact, I think he’s mastered it.

  16. September 1, 2010

    Haha, great discussion with Kath!

    And funny that you should mention therapeutic effects of nature – I just finished reading this review: “Biophilia: Does Visual Contact with Nature Impact on Health and Well-Being?” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19826546 – Whats your though on it?

  17. September 1, 2010

    Hey Fredrik, thanks for the link. Thjis study looks like it directly applies to what I mentioned in the blog post. I’ll take some time to check it out & get back to you here.

  18. September 5, 2010

    Ok, thanks!

    I’ve recently started to go for a walk/run in the woods for about an hour each day – and it feels great! When i feel a bit slack I usually just go for a walk, and when I feel good I take it as cardio training.. Sometimes I walk and run slowly most of the time, but then finish of with some sprints (usually tabata style), and sometimes I just go for a long run.. 🙂

  19. wtf permalink
    September 12, 2010

    where the shit did you bodybuilding supplement thread go, that was an epic landmark in internet history and Im pretty sure it is gone, which is an exaggerated tragedy

  20. September 14, 2010

    I don’t remember doing a bodybuilding supplement thread.

  21. September 17, 2010

    Hey Alan I’ve been reading your Research Reviews for the past few months and it is awesome! Also thanks for directing me to James Krieger’s Weightology – you guys have excellent write ups and discussions in regards to evidence-based nutrition, which I really appreciate (since there is so much hot air always being blown from other sources). Keep up the good work!

  22. September 19, 2010

    I read the blog on the High Reps vs Low Reps for Muscle Gain. I alternate my workouts between a heavy week and a moderate week. On the heavy week I concentrate on compound exercises doing three to four sets with 6 to 8 reps at 80% to 85% of one rep max for two to three compound exercises. For the moderate week I increase the reps to 12 to 20 with the same number of sets at 55% to 75% of one rep max for the compound exercises. I include additional isolation exercises. I have been doing this for past 10 to 12 years. I am now 61 years old and I still have good muscle thickness in light of my age.


    I read an article by Joe Defranco. He stated the low reps and heavy weights emphasis myofibrillar hypertrophy and the high volume reps emphasis sarcoplasmic hypertrophy.


    What do you think of his statements?


    Jerry Bruton

  23. September 21, 2010

    Spencer — Thanks so much for the acknowledgment. It’s very much apprecitaed, & I’m glad you’re enjoying AARR.

    Jerry — Great job on keeping up your physique & looking better than most guys half your age. As for the article, I think he’s oversimplifying things. There are plenty of bodybuilders out there who can perform athletically with a high degree of function despite training in traditional bodybuilding-eque rep ranges. That said, I think it’s optimal to do both higher & lower rep ranges, but there’s apoint of diminishing returns for both, depending upon the specitic goal. Also, there’s more to it if you were to consider the minute technical/theoretical aspects like myonuclear domains & how sarcoplasmic & myofibrillar hypertrophy are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

  24. September 24, 2010

    Thanks for your response to the rep ranges and the compliment.

    T-Nation testosterone has a webpage claiming the Paleo Diet is used by a large number of athletes.


    It’s an interview with Rob Wolf who states you can add diary, a few white potatoes, but no grains. I thought the first two items defeats the concept of the Paleolithic era diet.
    I’m beginning to think sports nutrition is a dismal science like economics.

  25. September 24, 2010

    Jerry — I just did a full-length critique of that Paleo Diet article you linked, this can be found in the latest issue of AARR. I’ll boldly suggest you check it out. Suffice it to say that there’s plenty of holes in the Paleo doctrine.

    On a related note, my next blog post will be an index of AARR, which I need to get done anyway, since the archive is getting a little bit big to just wade through.

  26. January 16, 2012

    Hi Alan, thanks for the links, especially the one to the Swedish site about lean muscle. And the weightology site has great comprehensive info on the nutrition side of things, like very specific info on protein consumption – the “What time of the day to have it” article.

    Oh yes, I recently stumbled upon this girl with a European accent. She sets challenges to her readers – a kind of “beat this!” thing. It’s a timed bodyweight only workout:


  27. Joy permalink
    November 25, 2012

    Tough love for Kath, Alan. That was very educational. I LOVE how you break down arguments and stay on topic regardless of someone’s attempts to skirt the issue.

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