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Death to Crunching

Ditch the traditional core exercises and try out a few of these athletic moves for stronger abs.

  • Abs
  • You Don't Know Jack About Your Back

    A muscle-numbing routine for the most spectacular, but often most-neglected body part.

    Pushing Back

    A female powerlifter offers lessons in dedication, perseverance, and the mysterious ways the iron seduces all of us.

    Massive Force

    This six-week program breaks some of the currently accepted rules for workout volume and duration. That's why you'll do more than 20 sets per workout and you'll train for 60 to 75 minutes.

    New Tools of Torture

    Thibs thinks you're looking kind of small lately. Says your girlfriend's been bad-mouthing your physique, too. Fortunately, he's taken pity on you and come up with some new movements for you to try.

    22 More Random Thoughts

    Eric describes how doing the YMCA song can help shoulder stability, why "your balls still suck," the right way to do a push-up, and how to do a DB Overhead Reverse Lunge.

    3 Simple Tips That Work

    Using dead stop movements to blow past a sticking point; how ab work has nothing to do with building a six-pack; and how you should blow-torch the treadmill and burn fat in a way that works.

    The Holistic Chest Blast

    Thibs is a sadistic SOB because he's always glad to bring more pain your way. This time the red glow of his laser sight is dancing around your chest and he's ready to pull the trigger.

    Question of Strength 46

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

    Bigger Shoulders, Smaller Problems

    The Thibster shows you how to build your shoulders, save your waistline when dining out, and appreciate some old-school lifts from the floor.

    Caveman Speaks

    One of the best-built posters on our forums opens up about training, nutrition, and steroids in this honest, wide-ranging interview.

    Question of Nutrition 2

    The truth about bulking diets, fasting, food allergies and more.

    The Skinny-Legs Cure

    If you’re looking to jack up your wheels as fast as possible, this is the program for you.

    My 5 "Ah-Ha" Moments

    As a young man in the iron game, Mike was surrounded by people who drank the pro-bodybuilder Kool-Aid. He never squatted ('cause it hurts your knees) and never deadlifted. Now he knows better.

    Total-Body Arm Training

    Bodybuilding veteran Scott Abel (pictured) has a radical plan to turn arm day into the best fat-burning workout of the week.

    3 Reasons to Lift Explosively

    If this list can't convince you to include at least a bit of fast lifting in your routine, you might want to seek professional help to discuss why you're avoiding maximum success.

    Beef Up Your Body Composition

    Muscle insulin sensitivity, lifting tempo, and how to use control days to maximize your mass phase.

    Question of Nutrition 1

    Dr. Bowden answers questions about glycemic load, food and zits, fiber as a fat-loss supplement, the super spice turmeric, and more. Check it out.

    Get Off the Treadmill and Get Metabolic!

    Rachel Cosgrove's back with a metabolic circuit program that'll melt that fat off faster than any treadmill ever could.

    Jack Up Your Arms With Mechanical Drop Sets

    With mechanical drop sets, instead of reducing the load, you switch to a new but similar exercise by changing the grip, angle, etc. The result is a whole lot of burning and a whole lot of growth.

    Stupid Things Young Guys Do in the Gym

    Ten mistakes younger guys make in the gym.. and yeah, some older guys too. And some women.

    Stripping Fat With Metabolic Pairings

    Drastically increase fat use for fuel by increasing energy expenditure and stimulating the release of free-fatty acids. Here’s how.

    Secrets of Plateau-Busting Nutrition

    Pay attention to the details of your nutrition regime and watch your body respond. Here’s what to do.