I received a nice e-mail from a customer in Germany who told me he’s already gained 5 lbs of muscle in five weeks of using Train Smart.

The other reason he contacted me was to tell me about this YouTube video where a guy named Pete (who is not me) shows his same-day transformation for the camera.

Many of you know this is a pet peeve of mine and a favorite tactic of the scammers who sell miracle muscle supplements and crappy training programs using before & after photos as ‘proof’. Proof has never been so easy to fake.


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  • Kaustuv Bhattacharya

    Highly recommend the documentary bigger,stronger,faster it covers a lot of the falsehoods of the fitness industry that you’ve often discussed.

    On another note for those of us who feel spinal compression when doing military press static holds I believe you had suggested standing presses or even incline presses could be used as a substitute

    I think I might have another – adjust a low cable pulley so that it’s at waist height attach an ab sling to it and slip your arm through. Now bend your arm so it’s 90 degrees at the elbow and do a two inch lateral raise – it eliminates the need to grip anything and mimics the old nautilus lateral raise machine quite well but since it’s a standing exercise it allows you to hoist up some impressive poundages and really hit the delt complex


  • Stephen Purvis

    Somewhere I have your original books you authored with John Little. I bought both versions of the explosive fitness machines. A few years ago I discovered I had severe congestive heart failure. I can walk to the bathroom and back to my den, where I spend most of my time. I have bought 2 of your ebooks. I have light dumbbells that I lift. Strangely enough, my heart function seems to be improving. My cardiologist is dumbfounded. So, my question is do you have any suggestions for me to get back in shape?

  • David Dressler, BA, RMT

    That (video) is hilarious! Where can I get some chips and PhotoShop?

  • Stephen, I’m not an MD and I have no business telling a person with congestive heart disease what exercise he can do. It seems like a minimalist approach would make sense. So ask your cardiologist if HE thinks it’s OK for you to do two or three 5-second static holds of compound movements like bench press and leg press. If you can only do one exercise make it the leg press – that’s a lot of stimulation by itself. Remember it took a long time to get sick and it takes a long time to get better so just take it easy and let your strength gradually build. Good luck and kudos for the positive attitude and determination! And listen to your cardiologist.

  • Blackthorne

    @ Stephen Purvis

    Health issues like the one you mentioned, are a result of the rich western diet (or similar ones). Honest MD’s that are aware of this cause, are also aware of the solution….



  • saeed

    Hi Kautuv

    I really like the idea of using the ab sling.

    What do you feel is the best start and finish positions for this.

    Do you think it is best starting with the upper arms at around the 2.45 position on the clock face and just raising the arms a 5 or 6 inches.


  • I doesn’t matter what I feel. What matters is the numbers. Experiment with ranges to discover what delivers the highest overload to your targeted muscles. It’s a question of weight and reps per minute and what the total weight adds up to.

  • Stephe Purvis

    Thanks for the advice, Pete and Blackthorne. I just now saw your comments. I have discovered a way to rejuvenate my heart muscle using the oldest healthcare system in the world, Ayurvedic to accomplish this feat which has left my cardiologists dismayed. In 2001, when I was diagnosed with CHF (congestive heart failure), I was told I had less than 5 years to live. In 2011, after having suffered a stroke due to my afib (atrial fibrillations), I was told I had less than a week to live and sent home with morphine to die. Being a retired chiropractor, I sought relief of my CHF by searching for other health care systems which offered alternative means for treating heart disease. I found it in Ayurvedic, which has been practiced for over 6,500 years in India. I began using small amounts of arjuna in 2001, and I am convinced that helped me survive until April, 2014, when I read an article about research done in India with mice with CHF and enlarged hearts. I began to experiment on myself and by March, 2016, my greatly enlarged heart had atrophied to near normal size and my ejection fraction (the percentage of blood the left ventricle pumps to the body with each heartbeat) was in the normal range. I documented my history of CHF and my treatment protocols in a book I published on Amazon.com titled ‘How I Survived and Recovered from Severe Congestive Heart Failure and a Severely Enlarged Heart’ under my name, Stephen Purvis. I am now in the process of getting into shape. But at age 70, I find that I must not push myself as hard as I was accustomed to doing 20 years ago. I have also purchased some of your ebooks, Pete. I am impressed with your discoveries on how to build strength and muscular bulk. Thank you!

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