From Bookworm to Bikini: The Grand Finale

By Caroline Gick Since we’ve been away, Caroline Gick has competed in her figure contest, capping off her three month preparation process. To let you know how it turned out, here are her last two posts, presented in two parts: Peak Week I’ve entered “Peak Week”—the final days leading up to my … [Read more...]

Why Women Should Not Run

Here’s another article re-edit/rerelease. This one was originally published on, and we’re presenting this updated and polished-up version today in case you missed it the first time around. I’m not sympathetic. When I look at the fat guy in the gym wasting his time doing forearm curls … [Read more...]

Book Excerpt: The Carb Nite Solution

First it was no food, and then no fat, and now it’s no carbs. As you tell friends about your new diet, you’re warned—no, almost threatened, with a list of ailments: an inability to think, bad breath, clogged arteries, obesity, and cancer. Finally, your nutritionist strikes the deathblow: your body … [Read more...]

Anabolic Cardio

When you want to reach ridiculously low levels of body fat, what’s the first thing conventional wisdom tells you to do? More cardio. The idea, then, is to put in hours and hours of work on treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes, right? That, conventional wisdom says, is how you’ll get the fat off. … [Read more...]

Ask Kiefer: Your Questions Answered

You’re asking plenty of questions via Facebook and Twitter. We’re answering them. Here are responses to the best inquiries of the past week: If I’m training fasted in the morning, what are your thoughts on acesulfame potassium (acesulfame K)? Okay, or no? I’d say yes, it’s okay. The rise in … [Read more...]

From Bookworm to Bikini: Week Three

By Caroline Gick I use the Shockwave protocol because it lets me maintain and add muscle at the same time as I’m stripping off body fat. It’s the perfect plan for getting ready for competition. In fact, I’ve adopted Shockwave for my regular training, and not just for contest prep. What has … [Read more...]