Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Big News!

Big News! A few days before embarking on my trip to Lapland, I got an email from Lou Schuler, whom most of you will know as the author of The New Rules of Lifting, former fitness editor for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and general fitness guru, as well as the proprietor of the “Male Pattern Fitness” blog.

Lou recently got an offer he couldn’t refuse from a site called T-Nation, which I’ve mentioned here numerous times. Apparently he’ll be overseeing much of their editorial material, encouraging all the fledgling strength coaches and exercise physiologists out there to spread their wings, fly, and share with all the fitness geeks out there all the newest secrets to getting the Bodies They Want and Rightfully Deserve. Sounds like a great gig, and something he’s ideally cut out for.

Due to his new obligations, though, Big Lou is stepping down as from his post as “Male Pattern Fitness” blogger and has asked me to take over for him.

And I said yes.

That doesn’t mean much for most people reading this: just that from now on you’ll be hitting up the MPF site instead of this one for my latest ramblings about fitness. (I’ll figure out some fancy way that this site will automatically redirect you anyway, so it will be an even smoother transition). I will most assuredly be updating that site more often than I’ve been doing this one—particularly lately—in part because the overseers of that site expect me to, but mostly because I’ll hopefully be inheriting many of Lou’s readers over there and they’ll probably expect me to keep up something approximating Lou’s furious blogging pace, heaven help me, and I hope not to let them down too horribly.

I’ve enjoyed keeping up this blog, have enjoyed the crosstalk with many readers on this site, and I hope that you’ll all join me over at MPF starting later this week.

I’d like to add in closing—and, I imagine, REALLY closing-- that I’m very pleased and rather flattered that Lou has asked me to fill his shoes. When I first read ‘The New Rules of Lifting’ years ago I remember thinking, “Not only is this guy informed to the gills but the dude can WRITE, too.” Turned out I already had two of his other books on my shelf. As far as I’m concerned, Lou continues to set the standard for fitness writing that is smart, engaging and, improbably, hilarious. Without his much-imitated style to make it go down easy, it’s all just a bunch of sets and reps, and really, who but the most geekish among us cares about that stuff?

I started reading his blog right around that time, and shortly thereafter started this one, which, if case no one has noticed, owes a lot in form and content to The Big Man himself. Lou has nurtured along some of the biggest names in the fitness world, encouraging them, presenting them opportunities, and, I gather, kicking them in the butt once in a while, and I gotta say now I’m honored to be among them. So—thanks, Lou. Stop by any time.

Everyone else: Male Pattern Fitness-ho! See you over there later this week.



Madley said...

Big news, indeed!

It's hard to believe it's been over three years since you started this lovely "Blog of Tips" -- it's become such a wonderful source of information, great writing and ton 'o laughs on what COULD be one of the driest topics in town! But not here at Dynamic Fitness... not with Andrew at the helm!

Congrats, guy, on your new (and newer, and newest!) adventures -- where IS your Jupiter this year, anyway?

Looking forward to joining you over at the Male Pattern Fitness -- even if it's just to read about Males. Or Patterns. Or Fitness.

Go Andrew!

Hal Johnson said...

Andrew, I've really enjoyed "Male Pattern Fitness" with Lou at the helm, and I think you're a great fit for taking the yoke there. Looking forward to your new blog home.

Anonymous said...

You're taking over Male Pattern Fitness?
It'll never work - you have too much hair!

Lanceman said...

Congrats and good luck! I've been using the NROL book for at least a year (it's beat me up several times!) and have also been a regular follower over at MPF as well as here. You'll do great!

dislyxec said...

Awesome, I've been reading both your blogs for the last year or so. Lately, you've been posting very... sparsely. Hopefully, I'll be seeing a lot more posts from you on the other site :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats, A. Sounds like your cup of tea, and the site will surely benefit from your writing prowess. Best of luck in the new blog. Take care, D

Anonymous said...

congrats.please dont delete this blog, it includes good information and sometimes i need to check the archive for some recommendations. it would be very kind if you do not redirect visitors to this blog to the new one.

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