New book, Muscle Up, is live!

My new book, Muscle Up: How Strength Training Beats Obesity, Cancer, and Heart Disease, and Why Everyone Should Do It, is now available on Amazon, here. For the first 24 hours, it’s at a low, low price!

For a little more explanation of the book, see the post I wrote about it.


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José Carlos Barbosa says October 13, 2015

Congrats. Will there be a paperback format, too?

    P. D. Mangan says October 13, 2015

    Yes, I’m working on it now. I almost didn’t do one because they don’t sell as well as Kindle e-books, but I think I’ll go ahead.

Stephen Werner says October 13, 2015

Once again, I thank you for the great introductory deal.

    P. D. Mangan says October 13, 2015

    Stephen, you’re welcome.

tj says October 14, 2015

Just want to say congratulations on your book I have read all your books so far and have thoroughly enjoyed them
Only skimmed so far due to got a massive back log of books to catch up on
I absolutely love your site and check it most days for latest posts
I love how you put both scientific knowledge and layman term inside same article
Plus a lot of your posts are relevant to real life advice and not someone who can or wants to dedicate whole life to looking like a model but just wants to be that bit healthier
Just my two cents worth

jrm says October 14, 2015

I read the whole book. I am surprised and thankful that you mentioned super slow which is my preferred style. But I have to ask: Why do you dislike the lateral leg machines? Is there an injury risk?

    P. D. Mangan says October 15, 2015

    None that I know of. It’s just an ineffective exercise.

Paul says October 17, 2015

I have gotten half way through your book and am really enjoying it so thanks for putting it together and thanks for offering it for such a reasonable price.

I was curious your take on an observation I have made. I work in a law office with about 80 attorneys. There is a construction site next door to the building so at breakfast/lunch the local deli is filled with a combination of construction types and lawyers. What strikes me is the differences in masculinity between the construction guys and the lawyers. Even the lawyers I know who workout a few times a week do not look as masculine as the construction workers. In fact, some of the construction workers are clearly older and out of shape yet still appear more masculine.

What’s also interesting is what these guys are ordering for breakfast. They all seem to walk out with egg and bacon sandwiches, sometimes one in each hand. Is it that more masculine men are drawn to construction type jobs or does the lifestyle nurture masculinity as opposed to sitting at a desk all day? Something also I notice is that lawyers seem to life a long time, with a few guys in my office in their 80’s and still going strong. I don’t have the stats in front of me but I would bet construction workers die from natural causes at a much younger age then lawyers. Curious your’s or your readers thoughts.


    José Carlos Barbosa says October 18, 2015

    Paul, you raise a interesting question, but how do we define masculinity in the first place? Can we judge it by the body alone (muscularity, hairiness, size, etc)? By the testosterone level? Are job or food preferences safe indexes? How about the typical masculine qualities: courage, determination, leadership, numerical intelligence …? And the tricky one: sex orientation? I may be wrong, but I am afraid there is no foolproof formula. Maybe it’s a bit like beauty: a very subjective and personal choice. Anyone else?

    P. D. Mangan says October 18, 2015

    Paul, interesting observations. As José Carlos says, masculinity in this sense encompasses a lot of things. But let’s just go with the undoubtedly true part that the construction workers are more conventionally masculine than the lawyers. There are at least a couple things going on here.

    1. Self-selection. The lawyers have higher IQs than the workers, and choose being a lawyer to make more money. Does a certain body type and/or spectrum of masculinity go with IQ and occupation? I’d say yes. Also, if a man is built strongly, he’s more likely to go into physical work. I moved recently and hired some movers – you should have seen these guys, they looked exactly like movers – huge. The environment that is chosen by someone whether for work or home is likely to reflect to some degree a person’s genetics and to reinforce his choices, so the construction job site and coworkers reinforce their personalities, just as my library at home reinforces mine.

    2. Dying younger. This is a very real phenomenon. Big, strong, alpha males die younger, and this is rooted in the growth-longevity trade-off. In the old days before modern medicine, the slim lawyers would have been more likely to die when younger (infections and wounds); now, since they don’t die, they live longer. The big alphas are more likely to survive wounds and infections but age faster. Basically the same reason that men die younger than women, or one of the reasons. There’s also a robust correlation between IQ and health, and if the lawyers are smarter, which I assume they are, then all things considered they’ll live longer.

    The average NFL player allegedly dies at age 55.

Stephen Werner says October 17, 2015

Looks the UK Daily Mail has come on-board:

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