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Hello, T-Nation peckerheads! I'm the Critic. My job in this new article series is to call out various T-Nation contributors and put them on the firing line.

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My "Secret" Coaching Methods

So, Mike sat in my front room after a six hour drive from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and asked a simple question: "Dan, why do people ask you to coach them?"

16 Nutrition Facts

Dr. Roussell brain-dumps sixteen facts, tips, and interesting tidbits about food and supplements.

The Smartest Man in Fitness?

"Bill Hartman is the smartest man I know," Alwyn Cosgrove said recently at a seminar. I don't know about you, but that's pretty esteemed praise, especially from someone like Alwyn who's considered one of the foremost minds in the performance enhancement industry.

GSP: A Rush of Blood

Five wins by TKO, four wins by submission, three wins by decision... and a single loss to Matt Hughes by armbar in his first title fight. It's that last one that haunts Spike athlete Georges "Rush" St-Pierre.

The Training Split Roundtable - Part 2

Hey, wanna tick a lot of people off? Want to start a flame war, a heated academic discussion, or just a good old-fashioned penis-waving contest? Then come out publicly and say that total body training is better than body part split training.

The Training Split Roundtable - Part 1

Hey, wanna tick a lot of people off? Want to start a flame war, a heated academic discussion, or just a good old-fashioned penis-waving contest? Then come out publicly and say that total body training is better than body part split training.

On-The-Go Nutrition

That's me, except it's not a van and it's not down by the river. But yeah, I basically live in my car. You see, I'm a trainer who goes to people's houses all day long to work them out, so instead of having an office as my home base, my car is my home base.

Shifting Tension

Is it possible to put more stress on certain parts of a muscle?

The Plastic Surgeon

Bruce Nadler has seen more boobs than you.

The Beast Rants, You Learn

Instead of my usual Q & A column this month, I'm going to get a few things off my chest. Don't worry though, it won't simply be the ranting of a dieting bodybuilder; you'll probably learn a few helpful things along the way, too!

Meat!

Usually in an exploration of functional foods, one hears a lot about vegetables, fruits, herbs, phytochemicals and such. That's all cool to learn, but most humans are after all omnivorous. That is, man does not generally live by plants alone.

Gina Aliotti: Supergirl

What happens when a bodybuilder and a nutrition store owner get together and make a baby? What happens when this baby is raised on health foods? What happens when she starts training with weights at age 14?

7 Keys to Athletic Success

Chris Shugart recently wrote an article about balance. Basically he said, "Balance good, karate good, everything good. Balance bad? Better pack up, go home."

Goals and Toilet Seats

On our way to Montana for the National Weight Pentathlon, my wife Tiffini and I pulled over for a break. It's a beautiful drive, but I drink a lot of coffee and I'm 49, so we have to pull over for a lot of "breaks."

Powerlifting Tricks For Regular Joes

I've come to the realization that not everybody is interested in entering powerlifting competitions, but they <i>are</i> interested in improving their training by using powerlifting concepts. So here are a few things I picked up in the powerlifting pits that you can use to reach whatever lifting goals you may have.

In Defense of Overhead Lifting

Everything you need to know about the benefits and the risks of overhead lifts.

HSS-100: Chest Specialization

Besides meaty arms, the pectorals are probably the best of the "showy" body parts. Somewhere in time (oddly enough at the same time as the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger), the chest became the ultimate sign of manhood. Thick pecs give a three dimensional look to the upper body, and a well-defined chest makes your torso look like an old Roman soldier's breastplate.

The Jamie Eason Experience

T Nation talks to fitness bombshell Jamie Eason in this classic interview.

The Misunderstood Strength Coach

The strength and conditioning field is like no other. Coaches have bitter enemies and die-hard devotees – and sometimes a person will qualify as both depending on the day of the week. There are insane egos and there are humble, incredibly bright coaches who go unnoticed. Finally, there are a lot of coaches who people really don't get.

Getting Unshredded

So you want to get shredded, do ya? Like, ridiculously shredded? You know, 3% body fat shredded? Well, if so, you're in the wrong place, bubba.

Hormonal Optimization Through Sleep

How to get better quality sleep, recover faster, and be ready for the gym. Check out these tips.

The New Alphabet of Manliness

A collection of the most masculine terms, phrases, concepts, and miscellaneous tidbits. But read it at your own risk because it may make you spontaneously grow a beard.

40 Random Thoughts

Like everyone else, I've had my role models and mentors who've looked out for me. My mother has taught high school English for over 20 years, so I owe a lot of my writing success to her. My father taught me to tie a tie and to remember to check the oil in my car. My brother, the accountant, is always a phone call away if I need financial advice.

Naked Truth: Xenoestrogens

The strength coaches, trainers, scientists, nutritionists, and editors at T-Nation have been debunking nutrition, supplementation, and fitness myths for years now with topics ranging from glutamine use to training frequency to tuna fish & mercury.