The short and sweet Borge Fagerli guide to getting bigger and stronger

Borge 22 Apr , 2019 59 Comments Training

I have previously written a few posts about what I consider the optimal program and excessive volume, and I thought it was time to do another one. As more research is done, we are getting more information about what works for most people to build a muscle bigger and stronger – and on an individual level, I have a few insights on what will work specifically for yourself when the general guidelines don’t.

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The most ignored causes when your results are lacking – Part 1: Stress

Today, it’s becoming increasingly trendy to throw around the term “living a balanced lifestyle” without actually defining it properly. It shouldn’t imply an incessant glorification of “YOLO” where you one moment are rushing through a Crossfit-WOD so intense that you’re bleeding out of your ears, and in the next you’re throwing up brownies and tequila after being smashed out of your mind all weekend.

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The Zero Carb Experience

Borge 27 Nov , 2017 66 Comments Training

There are few things as polarizing as nutrition. For some reason, it’s similar to religion in how it brings out the best and worst in people. It’s as if the foods you choose to eat defines you as a human being. And when I started posting about my experiment with eating an all-meat, zero-carbohydrate diet, I got to see this with my own eyes.

Ranging from “wow, that’s interesting, tell me more” to “wow, you are incredibly stupid, and if you promote the killing of animals for food, you deserve to be killed yourself”.

Yeah, I’m dead serious.

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Better chest training

Borge 08 Jul , 2017 38 Comments Training

Along with how to build the biceps, achieving a barrel-like chest able to hoist heavy weights is one of the most popular topics to discuss for bodybuilders all over the world, and incidentally also the muscle group with the most articles on how to train it.

Well, I might not have a great chest, and I struggled with my chest development throughout my whole lifting career until I finally figured out what worked. So rather than take training tips from someone who benched 100kg the first time they walked into a weight room, perhaps you have more to learn from someone who always sucked at benching but who still managed to triple his strength and fill out the pectorals into a respectable size.

So if you feel like you have stagnated or just want to spur some new growth in that area, bear with me and keep reading.

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My appearances

I know I haven’t been updating this blog much, so I apologize for that. I have been focusing mainly on the Norwegian market, so you might be able to read some of my more recent stuff by going to my Norwegian site ( and using Google Translate. Some funny translations there, so you’re in for a treat 🙂

To make up for it, I have compiled a list of some podcasts in English – I will post more of them as soon as they are published:

SSD Podcast Ep. 04: Nutrient Timing, Coaching, Being Awesome

Sigma Nutrition – Circadian Rhythms and Nutrient Timing

Modern Musclehead Ep14: Macros, Metabolism, Myo-Reps, and Much More!

IFS Podcast #9: Carbs at Night & Seasonal Variation In Nutrient Intake

Iraki Nutrition: Myo-reps

EatToPerform – Coaches Course with Borge F

Some interviews:

FITNESS: ENTREVISTA A BØRGE FAGERLI (spanish – use Google Translate)

Predator Nutrition: An interview with Borge Fagerli aka Blade

Natural Pursuit: Fat Loss Roundtable

At a crossroads

This has been on my mind for a while and it is time to get it off my chest.

In previous years I would coach maybe 1-3 competitors at a time for fitness/bodybuilding competitions.  Placings would be anywhere from 1st to 4th. Pretty good, I think – but in people’s minds this is what happened: When they won, the competitor got all the credit – when they lost, it was because I was a lousy coach. Just one of those paradoxes I have accepted and come to terms with over the years. On top of that I have competed myself (bodybuilding) and never done well, and “how can someone who can’t bring himself into top condition be a good coach for others”? Some outstanding logical reasoning skills being displayed in that sentence, but I digress.

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