Crazy Chops

2011 September 2
by Alan Aragon

The Price of Internet Fame

I’m not too modest to admit that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the amount of online celebrity I’ve experienced – however minor it may be in the large scheme. Thankfully, there haven’t been any significant attacks on my material or character. I haven’t had to shield myself or recover from vicious criticism, defamation, or career-damaging scandal. Why is this? I think the reason is simple: I do my best to avoid talking out of my rear-end & ignoring scientific research. When people dish out information that’s grounded in nothing but hype & imagination (which is common in the fitness industry), they make easy targets of themselves.

And now on to the point of this blog post… As a moderator of the forums at bodybuilding.com, I’ve built a solid relationship with the members – especially in the Nutrition forum. There’s plenty of camaraderie, and discussions range from serious to ridiculous. On the note of the latter, you can never underestimate people’s graphics skills (or sense of humor). Without further ado, here’s some of the fine handiwork of the people who make my job something I truly enjoy.

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alan aragon approved

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paleo deal with it

making gainz

idiot's guide to nutrition

alan with lustig & sisson

paleo meme 3

paleo meme 2

paleo meme 1

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angelina tattoo

 

10-10 alan by vitor

 

Postscript

I recently became aware of the blog of James Heathers, a fellow metal fan who happens to be on faculty at the University of Sydney. A recent blog post of his included a Meshuggah track, which he posted after a conversation we had about that great band, along with the limitations of a recent study on whole-body vibration training.  His full commentary in a yet-unpublished letter to the editors of the European Journal of Applied Physiology is in the latest issue of AARR.

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40 Responses leave one →
  1. t1ger permalink
    September 3, 2011

    Awesome pics. Great size. Looking thick. Solid. Tight. Keep us all posted on your continued progress with any new progress pics or vid clips. Show us what you got man. Wanna see how freakin’ huge, solid, thick and tight you can get. Thanks for the motivation.

    :D

    Well-deserved online celebrity is well-deserved, Alan. Keep up the good work!

  2. darkseeker permalink
    September 3, 2011

    Epic chops of an epic bro. Consequences have never been the same since the inception of the New World Order of A-bromination. Can’t wait until your next blog post sometime next year :p

  3. Cum permalink
    September 3, 2011

    do u even lift???

  4. September 3, 2011

    Haha! Good stuff man!

    I checked out his blog too–awesome! I remember hearing “Destroy, erase, improve” by Meshuggah years ago and being blown away. Amazing metal for sure!

    Keep up the great work on the AARR too–love it!

    Rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)

  5. Mike L. permalink
    September 3, 2011

    Good Lord…just made my weekend. Can’t wait for “Shoop that Aragon” 2012.

    -Mike L.

  6. September 3, 2011

    Mike L — Long time, broski. Hope you’ve been well. Hope that shoulder is healed up or well on its way.

    Mike N — I discovered Meshuggah pretty late in life despite having been a fan of metal since I was a kid. Apparently it requires poking around the BB.com Misc to get exposed to such sonic grotesquities.

    Cuminyabum — Lifting is illegal in the US, not sure what the laws are in Canada.

    Darkseeker — I will try my best to do at least one more blog post before the end of the year, haha.

    T1ger — Thanks for the solid & tight words. They are solid & tight to my ears. :)

  7. Jason Steele permalink
    September 3, 2011

    Welcome back to the blogosphere, Alan. I sense a ripple in The Force.

  8. RayCinLA permalink
    September 4, 2011

    Alan, please don’t hurt ‘em!!!!!! :)

  9. September 6, 2011

    Those are awesome graphics

    Hmmm, here I am a complete metalhead and never took a listen to Meshuggah…looks like that will have to change

  10. Eric permalink
    September 6, 2011

    Sup Alan. Dang! Lebrock close to her prime! Lucky dog!

    And liftin ain’t illegal…just at Planet Fitness.

  11. September 7, 2011

    Wow, more geeky metal heads. Awesome!!

    Current music faves of mine are: Sybreed, Zao (older stuff), Devildriver, Five Finger Death Punch, Nothingface (older stuff), Slipknot, Tool, Chimaira, Left Spine Down, 16Volt, The Famine, Demon Hunter and Amon Amarth, just to name a few.

    Any other faves I need to check out?

    rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)

  12. September 7, 2011

    Hey, Mike,

    If you like progressive metal (a la some Dream Theater), I’m really into two bands named Symphony X and Evergrey.

    I also dig a band called Nightwish…they’re more symphonic metal with female vocals.

  13. September 7, 2011

    Thanks for stopping in guys. Metal bands I’ve been listening to lately are:

    Meshuggah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc98u-eGzlc
    Mastodon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6WGNd8QR-U
    Strapping Young Lad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMapSKvhLPk
    Killswitch Engage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVskEA9-CtQ
    Sylosis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKQYQ9sNWiE&ob=av3e
    Lamb of God: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe_CGHOrsJo

  14. September 9, 2011

    JDJ – I’m halfway through your links & my mind is OBLITERATED…

  15. September 9, 2011

    I figured you would enjoy some of these bands after having mentioned the almighty Meshuggah.

    Meshuggah + chocolate milk = infallible combo

  16. September 9, 2011

    Mike, you have listed a variety of metal sub-genres. Without pin-pointing a specific one, you may enjoy the following:

    A Life Once Lost: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYRET9GqHgA&feature=related

    Darkane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FbtNA5JXCo

    Lazarus A.D.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zox10hU_NMs&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLE34DCD6121650FC4

    The Haunted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av2AqT2BvrA&feature=related <<New album has a strong Tool-ish vibe

    Solopist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMjOYxoahyA&feature=related <<Lamb Of God on Cell Tech

  17. September 9, 2011

    And here’s me who just figured out there’s a comment section! Thanks for the link, Alan.

    If we’re going to town on the posting of metalz – all the hairy thick-necked people I know are currently going crazy for this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjKyzwqIT7s&feature=player_embedded

    They’re called Fleshgod Apocalypse. They sound like their name.

  18. Alex permalink
    September 9, 2011

    Hey Alan, Energized here from bb.com. I saw the link to your blog on the forum and I’m glad I looked at it now! Will add it to my bookmarks and remember to check up on it when I can.

  19. RayCinLA permalink
    September 11, 2011

    Epic Aragonness has materialized in gif, jpg, mpg. Next stop, blueray.

  20. September 11, 2011

    Lol, nice pictures! :P

    Btw: if you could post a note on the blog, or at least on facebook, everytime one of your articles is published on another site (wannabebig etc.) – it would be very helpfull :)

  21. September 12, 2011

    Hell, just typically posting any face in bb.com forums is enough to get a chop. Being a e-hero cranks it up a bit, still have a way to catch up to the potential guy, but youll get there yet.

  22. J. Klein permalink
    September 13, 2011

    To Chris: Maybe you can be Alan’s motivational coach. I’m sure it’s his goal to rack up more gifs, clips, and chops than any fitness guru. Oh wait, he might have already achieved that. :P

  23. September 13, 2011

    Great follow up on bands everyone! I will be checking those out for sure—awesome!

    Yes, big fan of The Haunted–new CD is actually very good, but different. “The Haunted Made Me Do It” is still my fav (with previous singer) although ReVolver is quite good.

    Lamb of God rules. I saw Randy’s first band at Metal Fest years ago. A good friend of mine worked in the music biz when I was working at a radio station and told me to check them out. Insane!

    JDJPrimer—great suggestions man!! I have not heard of the Solopist yet, so I will check it out.

    James K–good stuff indeed! Some of the female vocals are great. I am a big fan of Lacuna Coil and also Arch Enemy. Quite different vocal styles between them though!

    A few more worth checking out are

    Sybreed –metal/industrialish band from Switzerland
    http://youtu.be/IUN7ZdsRAGQ

    Front Line Assembly –more straight up industrial, but the live CD “Live Wired” has awesome metal overtones and is amazing (note the guitar riff from “walk”)
    http://www.youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=0lyWnjlEDBo&name=FRONT+LINE+ASSEMBLY+SURFACE+PATTERNS+LIVE+WIRED

    Scar Symmetry–clean with some harsh vocals and extremely catchy. I like their 2nd and 3rd albums the best http://youtu.be/mebSi4PDC34

    Pain, featuring Peter from Hypocrisy and many others. Clean vocals with almost industrial over tones and just plain awesome. If you pick up their live in Paris CD it is great!! http://youtu.be/H4PSRpVOXhw

    Mushroomhead Yeah, they were masks and customs like another popular band, but a great mix of almost rap—gasp, keyboards and great hooks. http://youtu.be/U45NfWSX-Vk
    Live shows are amazing!! I do like the earlier singer J Mann a bit better though

    Demon Hunter —some softer songs and a great mix of heavier ones too. Some of the nicest, most passionate guys you will ever meet. Love those guys. Live shows are awesome. http://youtu.be/f_H0p5E__bs

    As I Lay Dying–straight up brutal metal. Great guys. http://youtu.be/XOLgBgnnUUE

    Not really entirely metal, but I have to give props to Project 86 since the lead singer, Andrew, helped me propose to my now wife at their concert in AZ two years agol http://youtu.be/-lKxQqVNjHQ

    I could go on for hours, but I will leave it there for now.

    Rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)

  24. September 13, 2011

    I can’t believe you’re a metal head, Alan. I’ve been a metal geek for a long time. When I tell Dick I think his head is going to explode.

  25. September 16, 2011

    Mike,

    Yeah, Lacuna Coil is pretty cool. I own Karmacode

    Alan, when are you going to start AAMR? (Alan Aragon’s Metal Review)

  26. September 18, 2011

    Awesome pics, haha. You always deliver with your posts – one way or another. :-)

    Keep up man!

    Bojan

  27. October 3, 2011

    Love the pictures man. Especially the one with Paris wearing a t-shirt with your mug on it. Too funny.

    Steve

  28. October 24, 2011

    Errrr… forgot what I was going to say, got a bit zapped looking at your pictures. Oh yeah, “your Metachlorians must be off the scale”.

    Well done *

  29. Shaddix permalink
    October 26, 2011

    Hey Alan.
    Perhaps this is the incorrect place to post this but contact only gave your email and I figured this isn’t important enough to go there.

    I recently purchased a subscription to your research review in order to read your critique of the T-nation interview with Robb Wolf.

    My question is about the dairy aspect of your critique, I am confused as to why in order to eat Paleo it has to not contain dairy? All of Robb’s recommendations that I have read are based on research, not anthropology, so if there’s no research saying dairy will kill you, Robb isn’t going to say to not eat it. Whether or not paleolithic man ate it or not is irrelevant.

    Perhaps you could take the time to comment on the actual diet composition and the research supporting it? The basic gist of a relaxed “paleo” diet if you don’t have the time to look it up:

    Foods to avoid:
    All grains except white rice
    dairy protein
    legumes

    All other foods are simply consumed in moderation.

    Now a diet that looks like this has nothing to do with trying to eat like a paleolithic man, it has to do with avoiding foods that have negative health effects on human beings. Is there really research to back up not eating grains except white rice, dairy proteins, and legumes?

    Thanks.

  30. Shaddix permalink
    October 26, 2011

    Oops that should read “… back up not eating grains, except white rice, dairy proteins …”

  31. Shaddix permalink
    October 27, 2011

    Actually we can just throw out that dairy thing altogether. I think that is just a protocol that some of the paleo guys use to gauge sensitivity to dairy. If you have no problem with it then I know Robb Wolf says go crazy and I think Chris Kresser advocates fermented dairy. The more hardcore paleo people still don’t like milk and cheese and will only do clarified butter.

    So it really just comes down to the grains(minus rice) and legumes.

  32. JLB permalink
    November 28, 2011

    Alan,

    Amazing AARR this month. I wish that everyone could see the articles you write in your research review, the world would be a smarter place. Oh well, just want to say thanks and keep up the great work.

  33. Debbie permalink
    August 22, 2013

    Oh dear lord I cannot remember that last time I laughed so hard.
    What will that do to my carb back loling tho?
    Love you Alan,
    deb

  34. August 22, 2013

    This might have been the best .gif post I have EVER seen in my life!

    lolllll, HATERS GONNA HATE! AAAHHHHHHHHH

  35. August 22, 2013

    this is the funniest dam post on the entire internet… props to whoever bumped it on FB… goddam my abs hurt from laughing so hard…

  36. Linzzz permalink
    August 24, 2013

    Greatest blog post ever.

    I wonder how many BunkMoreland made…

  37. November 21, 2013

    funny post, good thing you’re not taking this too seriously.some would have been pissed with most of those chops

  38. January 9, 2014

    I must say, you have some pretty creative followers haha. I wish I would have found your blog long ago. too many dry ones out there nowadays

  39. Vitor Bassi permalink
    March 20, 2014

    My feel when I have my shops in there….

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