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Heavy-supports

Heavy Supports

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.

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The Injury Prevention Roundtable

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.

Question of Strength 40

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.)

Maximum Recruitment Training 2

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.

Hybrid Training: The Prequel

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.

Incline Bench Dumbbell Rows

The Bent-Over Barbell Row is a great exercise, but hardly anybody does it correctly. Most people look like they're having relations with a small farm animal when they do BB rows. Hence the Incline Bench Dumbbell Row.

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.

Carbohydrate Tolerance

There's a term used to describe people who don't control their tolerance to carbohydrates. They're called fat people. Dave Barr is here to tell you how to make carbs work for you and not against you.

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.)

Muscles for Athletes - Part 2

This article contains so many training concepts and ideas that it'll likely keep your workouts fresh and productive for months to come. This is one you'll want to print out and save.

6 Things I Really Dislike

I was going to call this article "6 Things I Hate," then I realized I'd be a hypocrite. I tell my seven-year-old daughter all the time that hate is a strong word and it should be used with caution. Hence the new title.

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.

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.

Strongman for Athletes

You need to know right away that our athletes at the US Air Force Academy don't train as if they're preparing for a strongman competition. The concept of training specificity makes it clear there are few similarities between competing in a strongman competition and competing as a football, basketball, or hockey athlete.

The "Best" Exercises

I'll have to admit that my mind was elsewhere. We were all sitting in the lounge at the Los Angeles Strength Seminar and everyone was drinking wonderful things like beer and bourbon, often together. One lovely young woman was drinking a wine spritzer. I can allow that, if you're a lovely young woman.

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.

The Low-Carb Roundtable - Part 1

Low-carbohydrate diets have certainly received their share of attention in recent years. While the popularity of Atkins, South Beach, and other low-carb diets peaked last year, it remains an interesting topic among physique athletes.

Hypertrophy Booster Shots

This article isn't going to overwhelm you with neuroscience or obscure language. Nope, it's going to be bare-bones simple. As I've learned over the years, elementary advice is usually what helps people most, and it tends to work best.

Exercises You've Never Tried 17

Nine challenging exercises that you probably haven't tried before. Give 'em a shot this week in the gym.

Top 10 Tips to Grow Bigger & Stronger!

Ten things you should be doing to reach your size and strength goals.

Functional Anatomy for Bad-Asses! Part 2

In Part 2, we'll discuss muscles of the torso and lower extremity, along with my tips to help you write better, more balanced training programs.

Tailor-Made Nutrition - Part 3

Now, in this last installment of the Tailor-Made Nutrition series, I'll continue where I left off in Part II, moving from the discussion of methodology to the actual adjustments you may need to tailor-make your own nutrition plan.

A New View of Energy Balance

"Truth always goes in 3 stages. First it is ridiculed, then violently opposed, and finally accepted as self-evident."

Hard Body Training

"Ms. Beast" tells how to develop a shapely, firm physique