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Blood on the Barbell: A Newbie's Story

The biker put him through a workout that was decidedly unscientific, but it taught Darren a lesson about lifting. Hope you've got some equipment in the room because you're going to want to hit the weights right after you read this.

15 Things I Thought I Knew

Mike used to like Functional Training. He used to think Mike Mentzer was kind of a bonehead. Now he's not so sure about the former or the latter, along with a whole lot of other things. If his current rate of "unlearning" continues, he soon won't know anything!

Motivate Lagging Muscles

Thibs lists five reasons why you're not growing (not including the fact that your workout consists of 5 minutes on the Thigh Master you found in your mom's closet). Oh yeah, he also gives some pretty cool quick fixes.

Naturally Diesel

Jimmy Smith attempts to bring logic, practicality, and good sense to the discipline of bodybuilding. No, really. We're not kidding. This lump actually thinks he can offset years of obfuscation. Oh well, whadda' ya' say we give him a chance?

Blood on the Barbell: Robertson

As we read this article, we realized that while Mike Robertson had come up with a solid strength/powerlifting program, he'd also simultaneously come up with a pretty good bodybuilding program! Talk about multi-tasking!

Top 3 Nutritional Mistakes

No reaching your physique goals? Are you making one of these common mistakes? Check out the list.

How to Improve Your Fitness Literacy

More wisdom about life and lifting from Testosterone Nation's sage.

Nutrition Quest 3

Did you know that if you pig out after a short calorie restriction period, you can trick your body into adding more muscle? Did you know that you can make protein bars out of road kill? Okay we lied about that last one, but regardless, Mike does offer some cool recipes for high-protein snacks.

Question of Strength 38

Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

Make it Harder

The Atomic Dog's out in the nuclear doghouse. (He chewed up Tim Patterson's favorite workout shirt.) As such, TC wrote a plain ol' regular training article instead of his usual hallucinogenic-mushroom fueled rant.

The Fat Loss Troubleshooter

Can't lose fat? Can't figure out why? Well, can you answer simple "yes" or "no" questions? Of course you can! And that's all Dr. L's nifty little algorithm requires. You should have the answer to your fat-loss dilemma in no time and soon be well on your way to buffdom.

EPDS: 7 Causes and Cures

Extreme Performance Decline Syndrome (EPDS) sounds like a new social disease, but it really has to do with mid-set fatigue. Ever wonder why you can pump out 12 reps on the first set but then have trouble hitting 6 or 7 reps on the fifth set? Luckily, Joel Marion knows how to boost your performance.

The Training Strategy Handbook

Let’s tackle several different training approaches and explain why they work and when they're optimal to use.

The Philosophy of Physical Capital

Why do so many lifters follow programs that fail to fit any of their equipment needs, exercise issues, volume or intensity issues, or personality? Dan John calls it the "Cinderella's Stepsister Syndrome." In other words, the shoe don't fit! Here's how to find the right shoe for you. Hopefully, it doesn't have a 6-inch clear plastic heel, you tramp, you.

Dude, Where's Your Calories?

There's a right way to eat when you're trying to gain muscle, but it doesn't involve eating enough food to feed Kirstie Alley after she's smoked a bong.

The Rest-Pause Technique

It's a simple training strategy, but oh-so effective. Charles has just one question: Why aren't you using it!?!

The Powerful Partials Program

Now that the New Year is upon us, many people are looking for effective ways to regain the size and strength they might have inadvertently lost. After all, it's damn tough to stay on track with your training during the months when that jolly, red-suited fella who looks suspiciously like a wino shows up in the middle of the night. (No, I'm not talking about your Uncle Steve.)

"Building-On"

Whenever you can make a workout more time-efficient, you're stacking the odds heavily in your favor. Not only do you complete your training in less time, but you've also got more time to recover before the next onslaught!

Hardgainer No More!

Don't settle for not achieving your lean body mass goals. Apply these nutrient timing strategies.

Question of Strength 36

Coach Poliquin answers your questions about squats, body part splits, fasted cardio and more.

Strategic Overeating for Mass

"No one in this world can you trust: not men, not women, not beasts... this you can trust."

One Mile to Ripped - Part 1

Earlier this year, Dr. Lonnie Lowery wrote an article called 100 Workouts From Ripped City, which promoted light to moderate morning cardio for fat loss. It caused a stir amongst <i>Testosterone</i> contributors who'd been touting interval training as the supreme fat loss workout.

Listening to Cialis

"Sorry, this has never happened to me before."

Question of Strength 35

Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.