The Intelligent & Relentless Pursuit of Muscle™
Author: Todd Bumgardner, MS

Do the Big Lifts Every Day
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Thu, Aug 15, 2013

If it's important, do it every day. But how do you program the big lifts in daily and not crash face-first?

Fit Enough to Fight
by Todd Bumgardner | Thu, Aug 08, 2013

At some point, you may have to physically defend yourself or your loved ones. Are you bad enough to brawl?

4 Weightlifting Myths Destroyed
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Wed, Jun 05, 2013

These training myths do more harm than good. Ditch the dogma and get stronger today.

The Magic of Cluster Sets
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Wed, May 15, 2013

A fresh look at a very old way to get big and strong. If you feel like you leave the gym not having worked hard enough, this method is for you.

Screw Exercise Variation!
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Some coaches say to cycle through dozens of exercises to prevent losing your gym boner. Will this endless variation make us better, or are we just indulging the ADHD crowd?

6 Stronger Bench Exercises
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Thu, Mar 21, 2013

Most benchers exhibit 1 of 4 problems. Here are 6 innovative fixes, including chaos bench-presses, iso-hold bench presses, and dead-start upper-body box jumps.

4 Stronger Squat Exercises
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Thu, Mar 07, 2013

Whatever your squat problem, be it eccentric strength, bottoms up strength, full-body tension, or posterior chain involvement, Todd B. has an exercise solution.

Accelerate Gains By Overreaching
by Todd Bumgardner, with Mike Roussell, PhD | Tue, Feb 12, 2013

The most radical gains of your life won't come by accident. For that, you need a gut full of ambition and a borderline crazy plan.

The 600-Pound Deadlift Textbook
by Todd Bumgardner and Mike Ranfone | Thu, Jan 17, 2013

In his quest to pull 600, Todd Bumgardner threw all his conventional deadlift wisdom out the gym window.

5 Mistakes That Killed My Progress
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Thu, Sep 20, 2012

Caffeine overloads, tragic neglect of kettlebells, wayward experimentation, and other mistakes that made coach Bumgardner the butt of cruel jokes.

Cobra Traps and Cannon Ball Delts
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Wed, Jul 25, 2012

A sweet 8-week program to build up your entire shoulder girdle with some unorthodox protocols.

Fillers: Pairing Strength with Mobility
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Wed, Jun 20, 2012

Carpet-bombing your body with dozens of mobility drills is painfully boring. Here's how tactically using just a few in between big lifts can make you bigger and stronger.

Deadlift Assistance 911
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Fri, Apr 06, 2012

Some great unexpected exercises and techniques to pull your deadlift out of its hole.

15 Commandments for the Big 3 Lifts
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Wed, Apr 04, 2012

15 benching, squatting, and deadlifting tips to lead you to the powerlifting promised land.

Reaching Your Potential in the Big 3
by Lee Boyce and Todd Bumgardner | Mon, Feb 06, 2012

Everybody wants to add more wheels to their squat, bench, and deadlift. But sometimes it's the little things that trip us up. Give this a read and start hitting some PR's.

Half-Pulls - Not Half-Assed
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Tue, Dec 20, 2011

Most trainees have no business performing half-reps of any exercise, but partial deadlifts are another story. Here's a solid partial range pulling program that will get your full deadlifts moving in the right direction.

Practical Guide to GPP
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Mon, Nov 07, 2011

Whether your goal is to smash PR's or steamroll opposing quarterbacks, the key to outstanding performance is outstanding preparation. Here's how to set-up a GPP program that sets you up for success.

Are You Ready to Overhead Press?
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Thu, Sep 01, 2011

Nothing builds the deltoids like the overhead press. Here's a primer on what to do before getting under the bar.

CAT, Plyo, and Board Presses: Keys to an Explosive Bench
by Todd Bumgardner and Josh Bryant | Tue, Jul 26, 2011

Compensatory acceleration, plyometrics, and board presses - the ultimate tools to explosive bench pressing.

5 Pull-up Challenges
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Thu, Jun 09, 2011

You can't consider yourself a ballsy lifter if you're terrible at pull-ups. Here are five tests to see Here are five tests to see how you measure up.

Upper-Back Training for Deadlifts
by Todd Bumgardner, MS | Tue, Mar 08, 2011

Your pull is only as strong as your weakest link, and for many, it's not the lower back that's holding you back.

Building a Strong Neck
by Joe Giandonato, MS and Todd Bumgardner, MS | Mon, Feb 21, 2011

Whether you're an athlete or bodybuilder, you should be training your neck. Here's the smart way to do it.