With squats, fear is often the limiting factor. Part of us is afraid that a big weight will flatten us like a pancake and make people want to pour syrup onto us. Heavy Supports will cure that fear.
No matter your age, it's a safe bet that you're occasionally banged up from lifting huge amounts of weight. That's okay, but you need to to do a "prehab deload" one week out of every four.
The true Master Blaster discusses planks, high reps for legs, determining your 1-RM without killing yourself, backward rep counting, bad-ass Beta Alanine, building big arms, losing your pump, and the glories of buffalo meat.
In the second part of the introduction to Testosterone's new Physique Clinic, Coach Thibaudeau talks about genetic limitations, diet, motivation, supplementation, and "Size Kings." Find out if you've got a chance in hell of transforming that lump you call a body.
Testosterone is about to unveil a very cool new feature called "The Physique Clinic." This is where select T-Nation members will be personally coached by Christian Thibaudeau so that they can finally achieve their physique goals.
Alwyn Cosgrove kicked cancer's ass. Twice. Of course, those of us who know him expected nothing else. Find out what makes this remarkable guy tick, or more importantly, find out what ticks him off.
The Fortress believes there are four fundamental directions a weight must be pulled or lifted in order to build a kick-ass back. He calls it his Directional Back Training Principle and it has nothing to do with North and South.
Anytime you plateau in training, it's rarely because your program isn't complex enough. Usually it's because you've strayed from the basics. Here's an overview of the basics of training.
Whenever a steroid story breaks, the first person they call is Dr. Charles Yesalis. Oddly enough, based on the interviews over the years, we've been led to believe that Dr. Yesalis is rabidly anti-steroid. We may have been wrong.
Waterbury talks about his new e-book, Larry David, his gig with Rickson Gracie, and oh yeah, training and stuff. In fact, we're heading off to the gym right now to test drive his little dip, chin, and deadlift training circuit.
The boneheads in your gym only know one way to make an exercise tougher – add more weight. That's why boneheads never build more muscle, no matter how long they work out. Our resident Scotsman knows some remedies.
Nobody cares about injuries (boring!) until they get one. That's too bad, because sooner or later your knee, shoulder, hip, or back is going to start barking like a coonhound on the hunt. Even babes aren't immune.
The best squat depth? The right position for the knees? Here’s what you need to know.
The true Master Blaster pontificates on shoulder training, adding muscle without putting on fat, BCAA's, whole eggs vs. egg whites, hot Asian chicks, recruiting more motor units, dumb exercises, bar speed, and his inability to love. (We made up that last one.)
Building your body ain't just physical - you gotta' use some gray matter, and we're not talking about your underwear. Here's a simple mental technique to help you achieve your goals while simultaneously showing up those loser bastards who dared to piss on your ambitions.
Matt Phelps is hugely pissed about the term "failure" and what it really means. He thinks exercise physiologists have one idea while the guys in the trenches, i.e., the guys in the gym, have a different, more realistic idea.
You got the introduction to MRT last week, now here's the meat. If you've got limited time but want maximum results, this is your baby. The cool thing? The workouts won't take you much longer than 30 minutes.
When anyone talks about training for any goal, they need to consider force, speed, and muscle fiber recruitment. They're the gears that are driving the bus, and Chad Waterbury is at the wheel. Remember, though, that the driver carries no change.
James Chan is into machine gunning, shot guns, and cross wiring. If we didn't know better, we'd think he was one of those militia guys holed up in some shack in Montana, swearing never to be taken alive.
Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.
Tired of relying on a personal trainer? Learn to write your own workouts. Get the hang of exercise order, rest intervals, recovery, and special methods for muscle growth. Here's how it works.
Scot Abel is a bodybuilding anarchist. He doesn't believe in tempo training, pre-determined rest intervals, back-off weeks, or the fact we have elves in the basement that make Metabolic Drive. What he does believe in is pretty cool, though.
We posed the following question to 7 coaches: "What one thing has made the biggest difference in your training when it comes to putting on muscle?" The answers varied enormously, but one of them might provide the clue you've been waiting for.
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.