About Al Bargen


Super skinny Al teen pic-edit

Weighing in at a ready 135lbs, I was about to graduate from high school.

In this picture I weighed 135 lbs after training martial arts for 2 years.  I was called “skinny” in high school and I didn’t like it. I tried so many different things to gain weight including horrible shakes with raw eggs and cooking oil to up my protein and calorie intake.

I was self-conscious to take my shirt off at the swimming pool, and decided at a young age that I would learn all I could about how the body can be as strong, fast and functional as possible. You see, I started training in Karate at 11 years old, and I set out on a path to become the best martial artist I possibly could become. This meant acquiring the physical characteristics to go along with it.

I trained with bodybuilders, personal trainers, and even doctors. I asked them all for their trade secrets, and blended these into my personal program. It wasn’t until I started to train with guys who were competing that I saw some truly amazing techniques being applied to gain size, strength, and endurance.

In fact, I witnessed a lot of what ‘not-to-do’ with a few of these guys who could dehydrate drastically in a short period of time to ‘make weight’ for a fight then bring it back up again in 24hours.  I was a sparring partner for a few of these guys and observed firsthand how these drastic training measures could hurt a person’s overall performance.

It was the people who took a sensible, yet well rounded and consistent approach to their health and sports performance that made the lasting gains, and this is how the Cheeseburger Abs Philosophy was born.

Fast forward many years, I found myself with a double hernia. This required surgery, and I couldn’t train or workout the way I used to. I was on a waiting list for a little over two years. I put on weight and started getting depressed. I started drinking too much as well and this made things worse.


Waiting for hernia surgery had me balloon up and get out of shape

The day of the surgery arrived, and although you never want to be rendered unconscious and have a person with a scalpel cut into you, I was eager to move forward.

So fast was the transformation back to lean, that more than one person remarked that I was always seeming to be eating cheeseburgers, yet I had six-pack abs.

I owe my fast transition back to Abs to the experience and knowledge borrowed, learned, and tested over many, many years. Now I teach and tell others exactly how I did it, and continue to do it.


What do I do currently?

I write daily on the topics of martial arts, fitness, and fat loss. I also write for a website called writersrise.com. This writing is helping more and more people get into the best shape of their lives and live a strong, confident life. Writing books and leaving my message online is the best way to help more people than I could possibly reach in person live their best versions of themselves… the best version of yourself.

As a past instructor of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee’s philosophies have had tremendous influence on me. (My son’s name is Brandon after all)

“Absorb what is useful, disregard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.”    Bruce Lee

With these philosophies, I strive for myself, and anyone who reads my work to simplify their lives and give attention to the things that truly matter, and disregard the distractions, and trappings that are all too common in the ‘modern life.’ In the end, it’s the things we place our attentions on that define us. Let’s not waste too many moments.

Where do I live?’

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Al and Helena at Venice Beach

At Venice beach with my beautiful wife Helena

What did I do before I made the jump to helping people achieve their fitness, fat loss, and martial goals?

I worked in restaurants as a teenager, then graduated to factory jobs, and then labor jobs in the construction industry. I was always entrepreneurial, having shoveled snow in during the cold Canadian winters, and sold worms during fishing season as a child. The factory work was boring, but afforded me a great deal of time to read and hone my fitness philosophies.

What are my hobbies?

·        Hiking

·        Traveling – a mentor once told me that money is never wasted on education or travel

·        Martial Arts

·        Writing –

·        Reading – You can’t write much if you don’t read.

·        Learning – See “Traveling”


What is my training philosophy in few words?

·        Train to be functional and resilient.

·        Discover, then embrace your lifestyle training program.

·        Keep things simple and uncomplicated.

·        Train hard and intense enough to affect positive change then move on.

·        Surpass last week’s performance in at least one category… every week.

Cheeseburger Abs fat pants

These are my ‘fat pants’  When I had trouble fitting into them, I knew I was in trouble.

Yes these are the jeans I could no longer fit into the day I was driving, and felt my gut the way I’d never felt it before.

And I want you to have to buy new clothes as well, because the positive changes you are seeing in your body.  You’ll be forced you to buy smaller clothes for your shrinking gut, and bigger shirts to accommodate your arms guys!


How Should I Use This Website?

The first thing you want to do is make sure you are signed up to claim any of the free reports I am offering.  

By providing your name and email, you will get the free report in addition to exclusive weekly updates that keep you informed. These updates also may contain tips and tricks as well as “subscriber discounts” to any product offerings. There may even be free swag thrown in from time to time, so stay subscribed.

After you’ve entered your name and email, go to your inbox and follow the direction to click the link to confirm, the rest will be taken care of.


Once you have subscribed, feel free to navigate through the site and bookmark any articles you want to reference later. Whether you are looking to cut fat, gain size, improve conditioning and vitality, you’ll find it on the site.

Please don’t ever hesitate to ask me anything.  You are the reason I research, and put the information forward so if there is anything I can do for you, just let me know.

Thanks for your time,

Al Bargen


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