Author: Mike Robertson

Do You Really Need a Lifting Belt?
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Jun 20, 2013

If, when, and how to wear weight belts to get bigger and stronger. Four coaches weigh in.

6 Best Exercises for Strength
by Mike Robertson | Tue, May 07, 2013

You probably don't need dozens of movements to develop strength and size - you just need the six very best ones. This is all killer, no filler!

Top 5 Hamstring Exercises
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Mar 28, 2013

We tried these tweaks to our favorite hamstring movements and suddenly, we felt the ouchies come back big-time. Damn you, Robertson! Damn you!

Maximal Leg Development
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Jan 24, 2013

This is important, learn it: The angle of the torso and the angle of the tibias determine if you're doing a quad-dominant exercise or a hip-dominant one.

5 Tips for Bigger Deadlifts
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Dec 13, 2012

Great little-discussed deadlift tips like "weld your spine," "ribs down," and "push the knees out."

The Twice-a-Week Training Program
by Mike Robertson | Wed, Aug 08, 2012

In a perfect world we'd have unlimited time to train to be awesome. But what happens to that fancy training schedule when you enter the real world?

10 Forgotten Tips for Smarter Lifting
by Mike Robertson | Tue, May 22, 2012

Mike Robertson wants to remind you to do some of the great stuff you used to, but may have forgotten about.

Deadlifts: Which Type is Best For You?
by Mike Robertson | Wed, Apr 25, 2012

Everyone has a favorite deadlift - the one they're strongest at. Here's a look at what deadlifting style is the top dog.

9 Strategies to Train Around Lower Body Pain
by Mike Robertson | Tue, Apr 03, 2012

Keeping the tibia vertical, increasing hip flexor length, step-ups, and other novel tricks to fix those bum knees.

5 Strategies to Train Around Upper Body Pain
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Mar 01, 2012

If you never get injured, then you've never pushed yourself. Here's what to do when your upper body starts giving you grief.

6 Questions About Tempo Training
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Jan 26, 2012

When should you use tempo training and why? Mike Robertson answers these and other questions about this often-neglected component of strength and muscle building.

7 Reasons Everyone Should do a Powerlifting Meet
by Mike Robertson | Wed, Dec 21, 2011

Stepping onto the platform reveals a heck of a lot more than just how strong you are physically. Here are 7 cool reasons why you should consider entering a powerlifting meet.

5 Simple Tips for Bigger Tugs
by Mike Robertson | Tue, Nov 29, 2011

Bigger tugs? Nah, not that kind of tug. Coach Mike Robertson is talking about deadlifting, and he's got 5 cool ways to drive up your pull, fast.

4 Reasons Why You're Not Making Progress
by Mike Robertson | Fri, Nov 04, 2011

Training slumps are frustrating and seemingly inevitable. They also suck harder than a Broadway reprisal of Apocalypse Now starring Regis Philbin and Keanu Reeves. On that sour note, here are four ways to send slumps up the river.

The Truth About Single-Leg Training
by Mike Robertson | Wed, Oct 05, 2011

Sick and tired of all this single-leg training stuff? Coach Robertson feels your pain.

Long Live the Overhead Press
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Aug 18, 2011

Coach Robertson decrees that overhead pressing is not a right but a privilege. Here's how to know if you qualify.

4 Reasons You're Not Lean
by Mike Robertson | Wed, Jul 20, 2011

Great, specific tips for the fat and the not-so-fat alike regarding exercise selection, rest-period guidelines, and food logging.

Simple Strength: Phase 2
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Jun 23, 2011

Coach Mike lays out the second phase of his easy-to-follow plan to increase your strength to record levels in a few short months.

Simple Strength: Multi-Month Program
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Jun 02, 2011

Mike Robertson offers an easy-to-follow, completely laid out plan to increase your strength over the period of a few short months.

Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth about Training Frequency
by Mike Robertson | Wed, Apr 27, 2011

To build a physique that gets noticed, you first have to determine your ideal training frequency. Here's how.

Gettin' MASSive With Food
by Mike Robertson and Zach Moore | Fri, Mar 04, 2011

Some time-honored and battle-tested ideas for packing on the muscle meat, along with some incredibly calorie-dense food and shake recipes.

21st Century Core Training
by Mike Robertson | Thu, Feb 03, 2011

A chiseled midsection. A strong, functional core. Who says you can't train for both?

Exercise Progressions for Bigger Pulls
by Mike Robertson | Mon, Jan 11, 2010

Slow down there, Hoss; you can't start pulling heavy weights from the get-go. Let us show you the proper progressions to make your deadlift truly worthwhile.

Five Reasons You're Still Skinny
by Mike Robertson | Tue, Sep 15, 2009

Listen up, Twiggy. Drop the Bruce Lee comic book you're reading and pull up a chair. You're about to get the skinny on gaining muscle.

Five Habits of Defective Squatters
by Mike Robertson | Tue, Apr 28, 2009

Mike Robertson's squatting tips take your squat to the next level. Learn or be crushed.

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