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Three Supplements You Should Avoid

I’m a big believer in targeted, but not indiscriminate, supplementation. Many supplements offer either a benefit next to impossible to obtain from diet (e.g. theanine) or give much higher quantities

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Pull-Ups and T-Bar Rows

For those of you who can’t get enough of workout videos featuring my friends or me, here’s one of me doing 15 pull-ups. Not bad for an old guy if I do say so myself. Pull-ups work the lats

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Deadlifts are for girls too

Here’s a short video I shot today:   Deadlifts aren’t just for bros, they’re for girls too. All of weight training is for girls as well as men. The video shows my friend Michele

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Targeted lean mass gains

  Gaining muscle is easy – at first Beginners to weightlifting can easily pack on lots of muscle in their first year or two of training. For example, I gained about 30 lbs (13.6 kg) in my first

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A new lease on life in old age

  You may remember John, a 62-year-old reader from the UK, who went from “sickly” (his own word) to in-shape with visible abs, thanks to weight-lifting, fasting, and supplementation.

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America’s fastest marathoner retires due to low testosterone and chronic fatigue

Ryan Hall, America’s fastest marathon runner, winner of the Boston Marathon with the fastest time ever by an American, is retiring due to severe chronic illness.(1) Hall, 33, who was one of the

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Negative emotions are bad for your health

Our minds and emotions are intimately entwined with our bodies, and we usually think of good health as affecting our well-being, which it certainly does. But our emotions can affect our physical health

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Iron causes wrinkled skin

Iron: is there anything bad that it can’t do? Now there’s evidence that iron is involved in the wrinkles in skin that come with age. Since iron is a highly reactive metal and capable of causing

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Exercise Capacity Powerfully Predicts Survival

How important is exercise for health? We all know that exercise is good for us. But just how good, and how much exercise do we need to be healthy? Exercise capacity powerfully predicts survival. A just-published

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“Muscle Up” is a life-altering book

Over on Twitter, a reader of my book Muscle Up had a few things to say: @Mangan150 Mr. Mangan. “Muscle Up” changed my life. Recommend it to everyone I meet. Thank you for an important &

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Statins Can Cause Heart Disease

Statins are not the lifesaving drugs that doctors and drug companies make them out to be. They can actually cause heart disease. Effects on lowering mortality are very small, they have never been shown

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More benefits of intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting, the practice of going without food for some defined period of time, often from 16 hours up to 36 hours, has many benefits, as I’ve written quite a bit about. The following are

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How to stay healthy at the office

Many of us work long hours in an office, and considering how different and distant this is from the ancestral environment to which we are adapted, this could have deleterious health consequences. So here

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Chocolate prevents death

It’s been known for some time that chocolate has health benefits, and it may even be that chocolate prevents death. If it improves health, it ought to prolong (median) lifespan. Chocolate prevents

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Strength training for children and adolescents

  A reader asked me to write a short post on how and whether strength training for children and adolescents is safe and beneficial. In the old days it was thought that younger people shouldn’t

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Calorie restriction extends lifespan by lowering iron

  Calorie restriction: what it is, what it does Calorie restriction – cutting back the food of lab animals by 10 to 40%, sometimes more – robustly extends lifespan, in some cases by 50%.

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