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Pro bodybuilders, hot fitness chicks, strongmen, and even powerlifters sometimes use the Smith machine. Here's why.

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Tip: Dumbbell Curl, Overhead Extension Superset

Finish off your arm workout with this intense superset.

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Tip: Single-Leg Hip Thrust – Slow Negative

Good at the glute-building hip thrust? Now try it with one leg using slow eccentrics. It tougher, and as a bonus you don't have to re-rack all those plates.

Tip: The Optimal Amount of Time Off

Now we know exactly how much time we can take off between training and a strength competition. Check out the new science.

Tip: The Surprising Truth About Negatives

A meta-study looks at whether lowering a weight slowly really builds more muscle than lifting it fast.

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Tip: Ground-to-Shoulder Stands

Looks odd, but this is a great fat-burning finisher. Do 6 reps per side for 8 minutes straight.

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Tip: Hip Thrust – Two Legs Up, One Leg Down

Try this unilateral variation of the best butt-builder around. Bridge up on two legs, then lower very slowly with one leg.

Tip: Practice Hara Hachi Bu

Hara-what? It's a simple Japanese dietary approach that will keep you lean and mean. Check it out.

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Tip: High-Rep Dumbbell Clean-Squat-Press

Toss this conditioning finisher in at the end of your next upper-body workout to burn some extra fat. Do 4 sets of 12 reps.

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Tip: Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat

Lower under control, keep the torso upright, and only lightly touch the knee to the floor. Weight vest and chains optional, but definitely cool looking.

Tip: Are You Ready to Olympic Lift?

The O-lifts are getting more popular, but some folks are jumping into them too fast. Here's how to know if you're ready.

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Tip: Reverse-Grip Paused Pulldown

To build your mid-back, use a wider supinated grip and take a solid pause as the bar touches your upper chest.

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Tip: Bulgarian Split Squat

The rear-leg elevated split squat isn't actually used by Bulgarian weightlifters, but hey, it's still a great exercise.

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Tip: Dynamic Oscillatory Pec Stretch

A safer, smarter way to stretch the pecs.

Tip: Supersets and Recovery Time

Supersets are great for bodybuilding, if you plan them wisely. Check out this new science.

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Tip: Self Myofascial Release for Anterior Delt & Pec Major

Reduce intramuscular scar tissue at this critical spot to avoid future injuries and dysfunction. Here's how.

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Tip: Rib and Chest Position for the Deadlift

Learn to brace, no over-arch, with these form cues.

Tip: Something Dumb Personal Trainers Do

Either they're trying to look more advanced than they are or they're just trying something they saw on TV. Either way, this is bad business.

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Tip: Incline Concentration Curl

For a more effective concentration curl, use an incline bench and forcefully squeeze the dumbbells together. Contract extra hard at the top.

Tip: This Type of Workout Music is Best

Music can power your workout to new heights, but the wrong kind can trash your nervous system.

Tip: Boost Biceps Growth, Instantly

Here's an easy way to improve your curl form, lift more weight safely, and trigger more hypertrophy.

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Tip: Curls with 3-Second Negatives

The lowering phase of the curl is where a lot of the muscle damage, and thus growth, is created. Don't just drop the bar.

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Tip: Smith Machine BOSU Ab Crunch

Combining two of the silliest things in the gym – the Smith machine and the BOSU ball – actually makes for a fantastic ab exercise. Try it.

Tip: Why You Look Preggo on a Healthy Diet

Popular diets have one common strategy. But it may be the very thing that's making your gut grow.

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Tip: Banded Chest Supported Rows

Adding a band to this machine provides continuous tension and an intense contraction at the top of every rep.