Reader Survey

In order to get a better idea of who my readers are and what they want, please take the following reader survey. It’s just 6 questions. Feel free to leave a comment too.

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22 comments
Matt says February 22, 2016

Only 4% of the readers are women? I blame the patriarchy! /s

I’m so glad to have found this site in my early 30’s, keep up the great work. You and Ivor Cummins (Fat Emperor) have become my personal health gurus. You two got me off cardio and veganism, and now I’m the strongest and leanest I’ve ever been thanks to LCHF, weight lifting, daily intermittent fasting, getting off of all processed sugar, and (possibly) my supplement routine. My current interest is in maintaining this peak state as long as possible.

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    P. D. Mangan says February 22, 2016

    Thanks, Matt, high praise indeed to be mentioned with Ivor Cummins. He’s brilliant.

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Joe says February 22, 2016

I’m 68yo, retired, have been doing ‘Starting Strength’ for about a year now. Wasn’t making much progress. Have recently incorporated the 8-hour intermittent fasting protocol and have started taking some of the supplements on your list. Have noticed some mild improvement regarding recovery time and reduced muscle soreness. Still unable to do a single pull-up or chin-up. Squats going well, bench presses ok, military press a challenge, dead lifts about the same. Would like to improve strength and eventually be able to do at least a few pull ups. I used to swim regularly and trained in Aikido when I was younger; schedule too full with retirement. Now I just lift weights and walk the doberman. I enjoy all the posts. My goal is to keep gaining strength and maintain fitness to avoid the long decline to ill health. Keep up the good work.

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    P. D. Mangan says February 22, 2016

    Joe, you’re already doing more than probably 99% of men your age. Regarding pullups, have you tried using a lat pulldown machine? That can build up the lats and arms until you can do pullups.

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    lee says February 22, 2016

    Do you do pull ups with a leg on a stool? Do that and soon you’ll be doing them without it.

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Marlon says February 22, 2016

P.D Mangan,
I want to thank you for your terrific work, I came across with your website back in 2014. At that time I was struggling with ED issues due to low testosterone values, although I’m 37 yo. I am interested in nutrition, supplements, academic papers, weight lifting and other male issues which are widely discussed in the manosphere.

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    P. D. Mangan says February 22, 2016

    Thanks, Marlon, I appreciate hearing from you. Hope some of what you’ve read here has been of use to you.

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John Pollard says February 22, 2016

I’m 64. I exercise nearly every day. I do weight lifting and aerobic exercise. Several times a week I use my Versaclimber. In the summer I enjoy getting up in the morning and going for a 10 mile bike ride. I am presently interested in building more muscle and losing fat. Winter is tough for me and I always gain some weight. I give myself one reason not to exercise on a regular basis – if I wake up dead ! Otherwise , I exercise. I do take a day off at least once a week and I don’t lift weights every day. On a regular basis I also meditate and spend time in my sauna. My big problem is chocolate – I’m addicted.

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erich says February 22, 2016

Since you are asking, will share additional detail:

Follow you on twitter, but disabled the retweets, finding them to be of little interest or over-promotion
Am generally an RSS guy, but unsub on excerpts. Do jump to this site now & then

have bought supplements off your list, your books, and even gift copies

I take the survey and recent tweets as frustration on feeling helpful to many yet perhaps not compensated for your efforts. Perhaps this is wrong, maybe it is just searching for your competitive advantage or learning your audience as it grows

look forward to your content

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    P. D. Mangan says February 23, 2016

    Thanks, Erich.

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Paloma says February 23, 2016

Hello! I am one of those 4% women! 🙂
Glad to have found this site. It is all really interesting. I do weight training since 2012, never had felt better in my life. I am 38 years old, but I do not look my age at all. I have always been slender, now I am also strong! Love Starting Strenght, great source of information and videos on how to perform correctly the exercises.

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    P. D. Mangan says February 23, 2016

    Thanks, Paloma. I hope more women figure out that weightlifting is the best way to stay in shape.

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Clem says February 23, 2016

Hi,
Another anonymous thank you! I benefitted a lot from the infos on your blog, I still think it’s incredible to have all this information for free, broken down in an easy to understand way. I feel so lucky to be able to access it.

Looking forward to your book on iron! I really feel we are on the verge on something big regarding iron and aging/general health. It looks more and more like a smoking gun…

Again, keep up the good work!

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    P. D. Mangan says February 23, 2016

    Thank you very much, Clem.

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Allan Folz says February 23, 2016

Well, the 4% females are still twice as many as the aerobics readers, so I guess I better represent! In my defense, I don’t waste my time just running in circles like a hamster on a wheel. I bike-commute to work about 12 miles/day.

Might be the spring air, but last week I got inspired enough that I decided to do a few wind sprints for HIIT. I’m also trying to find a convenient health club as you’ve convinced me that I really ought to be doing a few dozen power-cleans a couple times a week.

Other than that, I’m interested in and do take a variety of supplements for general health and longevity. At the same time I have concerns about possible long-term side-effects, such as increased prostate cancer risk.

All in all, thanks for a great blog. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but use fivefilters.org to send it to my Dad on his Kindle reader. He has started donating blood, a pint back in December and plans to do 3 pints/yr, because of posts of yours that I shared with him.

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    P. D. Mangan says February 24, 2016

    Great hearing from a long-time reader like you, Allan. And your Dad!

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Simon says February 25, 2016

I’m interested in gaining muscle, losing fat, and anti-ageing in equal measures.

However, building muscle and losing fat is comparatively “easy”, and there is an absolute ton of information out there already about this.

For me, this blog’s main selling point is the anti-ageing content, in which it fills something of a niche.

Whilst content on gaining muscle and losing fat is never going to be badly received, I personally wouldn’t want to see it at the expense of any anti-ageing material.

Cheers pal, keep up the good work.

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    P. D. Mangan says February 25, 2016

    Simon, thanks, that’s good to know and helps inform what I’ll be writing about. Anti-aging and similar are my preferred areas to write about, so all is well.

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Rob H says February 25, 2016

Hi Dennis,

Just one other point I wanted to add to your survey: I believe that what makes your resource so valuable (and unique) is how you aim to strike a pragmatic balance between life-extension on the one hand, and muscular growth/ strength on the other. Many other sites focus on either extreme, but not many others that I know of hit the sweet spot right in the middle. Add that to your intelligent ‘evidence-based’, scientific approach, incisive cut-through to the heart of what the research is actually saying, and your focus on actionable steps we should take as a result and I really think you have hit on a winning combination. I regularly dip into other health blogs, but yours is the only one where I will make a point of reading every post. I’m sure the majority of your readers would agree (who seem a very intelligent and tough bunch of people by the way – no whining round here!)

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    Joshua says February 25, 2016

    I agree with pretty much everything Rob wrote above there. This blog was exceptionally interesting when I found it, and seems to improve further over time. Keep up the good work!

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ConantheContrarian says March 2, 2016

I have been studying Systema for about three years. It is a martial art based on the training of Russian soldiers (Spetsnaz, I think). One of the main instructors, Sonny Puzikas, has a training video stressing certain exercises and weight lifting techniques to building strength in tendons and ligaments. I just wanted to throw that out there for your readers for a martial art alternative to the usual exercise programs. And if I may add, a martial art gives you the benefit of being able to defend yourself. Great site, Mangan.

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    P. D. Mangan says March 2, 2016

    Hey thanks, Conan. I don’t do any martial arts myself, but they most of them look like they’d be a great high-intensity workout. I agree they seem a decent alternative exercise.

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