4 lbs of Meat and A Heineken

You might not know this but aside from having attained the highest rank in cheesecake mastery, I am also an ambitious scholar of meat mastery and beermanship. This last weekend, on Midsummer’s Eve, I decided it was time to introduce Marjan, an eager Leangains apprentice, to these fine arts. I told him it was time […]

Intermittent Fasting and Stubborn Body Fat

I have previously hinted that intermittent fasting sidesteps the issues associated with stubborn body fat. Indeed I rarely find any need for advanced strategies to rid my clients of stubborn body fat. I will soon tell you why, but first let me give you some background information to what I’m talking about here. What is […]

Malcolm Gladwell on Low Carb Diets

Following up on my article about the fat fallacy and anti-fat propaganda of the 80s and 90s, I thought it would be fitting to cover the carbophobia of more recent times. The origins of carbophobia can be traced back to the late ’90s. Just about the same time that the public was starting to realize […]

Diet Mythology: Ancel Keys and The Fat Fallacy

Bad science breeds diet mythology. Somewhere along the way someone screws up. The screw-ups can range from borderline deception and outright idiocy to a more subtle kind that is not apparent upon closer scrutiny and careful reflection by a third party. Sometimes the devil is in the details. In many cases the mass media is […]

Fasted Training Boosts Endurance and Muscle Glycogen

In this article I wrote about a study that showed an anabolic rebound effect during feeding after fasted weight training. The title of that article ended with a question mark, since it was a (very) short-term study with results that were far from conclusive in regards to fasted training being superior to fed state training. […]

10 Random Thoughts On Weight Training: Part Two

Random stuff I’ve either discussed or thought about in the last few days. You can read part one here. Some workouts don’t go as planned. Even if your diet has been on point and even if you feel well rested from your last session. If you are attuned to your body and its limits, you […]

Early Morning Fasted Training

In the Leangains Guide I wrote the following: My general position on the fasted phase is that it should last through the night and during the morning hours. Ideally the fast should then be broken at noon or shortly thereafter if you arise at 6-7 AM like most people. Afternoons and evenings are usually spent […]

Cheesecake Mastery Part 3: Divide and Conquer

Having barely recovered from the last bout a few weeks ago, I sensed a new war brewing on the horizon. This time the enemy would prove to be a formidable opponent. Facing powerful magic from the gods, I had to employ a new strategy to overcome it. Brute force was not an option. Wits and […]

The Leangains Guide

It’s about time I compiled a comprehensive guide to my system, so here it is. Note: A more current version of this guide, The Leangains Guide 2.0, is available in my book, The Leangains Method: The Art of Getting Ripped. Researched, Practiced, Perfected. That doesn’t mean you have to buy my book to get results. However, I […]

Cheesecake Mastery Part 2: Easter ’10 Massacre

This Easter I went head to head with my one of the most brutal foes I have faced so far: a cherry cheesecake covered in heavy whipping cream. Man versus cake in a fight to the finish. While my last foe was impressive in terms of sheer power and bulk, it was also unsophisticated and […]