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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.

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Combos For Power and Size

Combos consist of big-money lifts done in rapid succession. Do them right and you'll muscle up quick, along with building speed and power. Oh yeah, you'll also drop some blubber... assuming your heart doesn't explode.

The New Low-Carb Guru

Dr. Jeff Volek is one of the leading "new school" researchers in the areas of nutrition, resistance training, lipid metabolism, and endocrinology. He also knows more about low-carb dieting than just about anyone else on the planet.

Thibaudeau's Words of Wisdom

We dug through the Author's Locker Room and found information gold in them-there hills. So with mule, shovel, and pick ax, we excavated the biggest, best nuggets from Thibaudeau mountain and melted them together to make this bright, shiny article.

The Drag Curl

Break out of your training rut and build some new biceps mass with the drag curl! It's not easy, you'll look like a gimp doing it, and you'll have to use sissy resistance. What more could you ask for in an exercise?

Building the Case for Hybrid Training

Bodybuilding guru Scott Abel says that training for hypertrophy, size, thickness, density, and shape is not the same as strength training. If the question is how to gain unadulterated muscle mass, is hybrid training the answer?

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.

Stimulate More Muscle Growth

If you understand your opponent, you can manipulate him and win the battle. Similarly, if you understand why weight lifting builds muscles, you can control those babies and make them do your bidding. Muscle Master Christian tells you how.

The 9 Keys to Productive Training

So you spend maybe 5 or 6 hours a week in the gym. How much of that time is spent snapping towels or playing the soap dish game in the locker room? If you plan just a little and cut out the wasted time, you might actually build a decent physique.

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!

New Associations, New Muscle

Lots of the usual solid folksy wisdom from Dan John, but in addition, this article contained so many great training ideas that we dropped what we were doing and ran straight to the gym to try them. (Sorry Ma, we'll fix your dialysis machine tomorrow.)

Everything Is About to Change

Our most fundamental belief concerning weight lifting may be wrong. It could very well be that we have it backwards. Let the controversy begin!

Mastering the Deadlift - Part 3

The complete guide to dominating the deadlift, from shoe selection to advanced training techniques.

Mastering the Deadlift - Part 2

The complete guide to dominating the deadlift, from shoe selection to advanced training techniques.

Blood on the Barbell: Waterbury

Blood on the Barbell is our new series describing workouts to do when your woman left you, your momma' don't love you, and even your dog doesn't care much for you. This time it's Chad Waterbury who's unloved.

(De)-Constructing Computer Guy - Part 2

Got bad posture because you have to slave away in front of the computer all day? Here’s how to fix it.

Blood on the Barbell: Thibaudeau

There are times when the world is against you, when you girlfriend left you, your momma don't love you, and even your dog don't much care for you. That's when it's time for the mental therapy that only a brutal training session can provide.

Top 3 Nutritional Mistakes

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

Anabolic Pump Training

How to use ramp contractions and taper training to achieve a pump and thus trigger muscle growth.

Plateau Busters

If this article doesn't help you diagnose and cure the reason you're currently in weight-lifting limbo, Mike will give you your money back! It's GUARANTEED! Of course, the article's free, but still....

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.

7 Simple Analogies

Eric Cressey is like a Swiss cheese in a sea of Gorgonzola... oh, forget it. We were trying to come up with an analogy that was at least half as good as the training analogies Eric uses in this article, but we failed. Luckily, Eric was spot on.

The 10 Rules of Corrective Lifting

Sure, this article is about a sometimes boring, often unsexy topic: injury prevention. But unlike most articles on the subject, this one contains plenty of info that'll help any lifter, regardless of whether his joints are bulletproof or not.