Author: Bret Contreras

Expose Your Weaknesses to Get Strong!
by Bret Contreras | Wed, Aug 21, 2013

Dominating the lifts you're good at is fun, but spend time on the lifts you suck at if you want to get freaky strong.

7 Squat Dilemmas Solved
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Aug 12, 2013

Squat stance, knee flare, bar placement, hip and knee break, foot position. Find out what works best for you

2 Mechanisms for Rapid Muscle Growth
by Bret Contreras | Tue, Aug 06, 2013

Build the most muscle possible with the right stack of tension, metabolic stress, and damage. Here's how to do it.

8 New Exercises for a Thicker, Stronger Back
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Deadlifts and rows will build an impressive back, but targeting the thoracic extensors will take your back to the next level.

7 Reasons to Squat Like a Man
by Bret Contreras | Mon, May 06, 2013

Your four-plate squat may impress your mouth-breathing Facebook friends, but we ain't buying it. Learn to squat deep or accept wearing pants at the beach.

3 Experts - 5 Optimal Training Programs
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Feb 04, 2013

Three experts flex their muscle know-how in devising training programs for 5 different body parts.

Gutting the Glute-Ham Raise
by Bret Contreras | Wed, Dec 19, 2012

The glute-ham raise is great for hamstring development, but it's not really that great for the glutes.

Contreras Files V: 15 More Practical Tips
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Dec 10, 2012

Fifteen more workout tips from Bret Contreras, including assisted one-arm push ups, the merits of heavy back extensions, the benefits of the "clam raise," and more.

The Contreras Files IV: 15 Practical Tips
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Nov 26, 2012

Here are 15 workout tips from Bret Contreras, ranging from the best way to do rows to how to get a great chest pump.

8 Laws of Strength Training
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Nov 05, 2012

You don't have to do every little thing right to get big and strong. You just have to follow these 8 laws to the letter.

20 Almost Laws of Strength Training
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Oct 29, 2012

There are things you absolutely must do to get big and strong. And then there's the stuff that didn't quite make the cut.

Are Heavy Kettlebell Swings Better Than Deadlifts?
by Bret Contreras | Tue, Sep 18, 2012

Heavy kettlebell swings could be the best damn posterior chain exercise you're not doing, possibly even better than deadlifts! Here's why.

6 Lessons Learned From the Master Blaster
by Bret Contreras and Brad Schoenfeld | Tue, Aug 14, 2012

While much of what appears in the pages of Joe Weider's magazines is pure hooey, some of the infamous Weider Principles may be worth a second look.

Don't Be Like Donald Duck
by Bret Contreras | Tue, Jul 24, 2012

Bret prescribes 6 great exercises to fix the common problem of excessive anterior pelvic tilt.

A Strong Case For the Rounded Back Deadlift
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Jun 11, 2012

If a neutral spine is the best way to deadlift, why are most lifters stronger when they deadlift with a rounded back?

5 Things We Can Learn From Arnold About Building Muscle
by Bret Contreras and Brad Schoenfeld | Wed, May 09, 2012

Back before he was governing the state and impregnating the hired help, Arnold Schwarzenegger was way ahead of his time as a bodybuilder.

21 Exercises For Injury Free Mass
by Bret Contreras | Tue, Mar 27, 2012

The basic exercises aren't the best if they always hurt you. Switch to these 21 super moves and get all the size and strength - without the injuries!

The Contreras Files: Volume III
by Bret Contreras | Wed, Feb 29, 2012

Curls with kettlebells, how to cluster-train with deadlifts, the truth behind upper and lower abs, new research on how muscle works, and much more.

The Contreras Files: Volume II
by Bret Contreras | Tue, Jan 17, 2012

Stretching doesn't affect DOMS; hex bar deadlifts are just as good as power lifts; full ROM is better; work that neck; and more research (much of it not-yet published) from the files of Bret Contreras.

The Best Damn Bench Press Article Period
by Bret Contreras and Sam Leahey | Thu, Dec 15, 2011

Everything you ever wanted to know about the bench press. If you don't come away from this with at least a dozen ways to beef up your bench, you didn't read carefully enough.

The Contreras Files: Volume I
by Bret Contreras | Wed, Dec 07, 2011

Glute activation, hip hinging, bench pressing, and why sometimes you should train like someone is going to shoot your family. Who says strength coaches aren't interesting?

To Crunch or Not to Crunch
by Bret Contreras and Brad Schoenfeld | Thu, Aug 04, 2011

The "experts" all say that performing crunches is worthless and a recipe for back dysfunction, but should you buy into what they're selling?

The New Rules of Strength Training
by Bret Contreras | Mon, Jul 18, 2011

The strength training industry has been like the Wild West for too long. Here are rules that bring much-needed method to the madness.

Max Out on Squats Every Day
by Bret Contreras | Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Olympic weightlifting coach John Broz thinks he can make American lifters stronger. We believe him.

The Best Damn Push-Ups Article, Period!
by Bret Contreras and Elsbeth Vaino | Wed, Jun 22, 2011

Think you know all there is to know about push-ups? Ha! We thought so too...until we read this.

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