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Coach Boyle's been dragging his calloused butt through the weighlifting business for 25 years. During that time he's made a few mistakes, but luckily for you whippersnappers, he wants to save you from making those same mistakes.

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Two-Day Workout

Between working 40-60 hours per week, carting the kids around, or being forced to take those swing dancing lessons you promised your girlfriend (we've all been there), the last thing on the "to do list" is going to the gym. Mr. G has the answer: the Two-Day Workout.

The Philosophy of Physical Capital

Why do so many lifters follow programs that fail to fit any of their equipment needs, exercise issues, volume or intensity issues, or personality? Dan John calls it the "Cinderella's Stepsister Syndrome." In other words, the shoe don't fit! Here's how to find the right shoe for you. Hopefully, it doesn't have a 6-inch clear plastic heel, you tramp, you.

Question of Strength 37

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

Dude, Where's Your Calories?

There's a right way to eat when you're trying to gain muscle, but it doesn't involve eating enough food to feed Kirstie Alley after she's smoked a bong.

The Rest-Pause Technique

It's a simple training strategy, but oh-so effective. Charles has just one question: Why aren't you using it!?!

Beat the Snot Out of Death

Are your bulking phases, or just the act of eating like a bodybuilder, shortening your athletic career or your life? It's possible, but Dr. L's got a plan and it involves "calorie restriction mimetics." Read, learn, live long and prosper.

Custom Hypertrophy Progression

The key to getting the best training results at the fastest rate is heavily dependant on an effective progression plan.

Don't Kill the Messenger

Complexity – Simplicity – Ubiquity. The complexity of the human body is incredible. Maybe it's not necessarily the sheer complexity, but the complexity in spite of utter simplicity.

The Powerful Partials Program

Now that the New Year is upon us, many people are looking for effective ways to regain the size and strength they might have inadvertently lost. After all, it's damn tough to stay on track with your training during the months when that jolly, red-suited fella who looks suspiciously like a wino shows up in the middle of the night. (No, I'm not talking about your Uncle Steve.)

"Building-On"

Whenever you can make a workout more time-efficient, you're stacking the odds heavily in your favor. Not only do you complete your training in less time, but you've also got more time to recover before the next onslaught!

Hardgainer No More!

Don't settle for not achieving your lean body mass goals. Apply these nutrient timing strategies.

Can't Prove It - Part 2

Prior to the early 90's, hardly anyone used scientific references to support their notions – not in real life and certainly not in the magazines. You just said what you believed and most of the time no one questioned you.

The Torso Solution

If your arms take over during rows and other pulling exercises, that's a sign you've got big-arms-small-back syndrome. Here's the solution.

Question of Strength 36

Coach Poliquin answers your questions about squats, body part splits, fasted cardio and more.

Strategic Overeating for Mass

"No one in this world can you trust: not men, not women, not beasts... this you can trust."

One Mile to Ripped - Part 2

"Back in the days of being 297 pounds, every workout was brutal; there was no other alternative. That's not the case any more. Have I become soft, like a former all-star playing out a multi-million dollar contract?"

One Mile to Ripped - Part 1

Earlier this year, Dr. Lonnie Lowery wrote an article called 100 Workouts From Ripped City, which promoted light to moderate morning cardio for fat loss. It caused a stir amongst <i>Testosterone</i> contributors who'd been touting interval training as the supreme fat loss workout.

Dieting Disasters

The most common causes of diet failure and how to avoid the mistakes. Check this out.

TBT vs. Splits: An Analysis

Lately there's been much discussion about whether it's more beneficial to do total body training (TBT) or some version of a split system where parts of the body are separated for different workouts.

Triple Threat Training

If there's one constant in strength training, it's variety. Those who vary their programs will often make consistent progress. What's common in most programs, however, is a lack of variety!

Periodization Nuts and Bolts

There's an old saying that goes, "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but tell him about periodization, and confuse him for the rest of his life."

10 Most Influential Muscleheads

An opinionated look at the men and women whose passion for the iron made the world safe for hypertrophy

Waterbury Rules

At first glance, it might seem that the title of this article is a double entendre (you know, like "Kid Rock Rules!"). I assure you, it's not. My linguistic reference of choice is not a music-challenged snowboarder but the <i>Oxford English Dictionary,</i> or for all you acronym lovers: OED.

Holiday Workout

It's that time of year again. The most dedicated and hardcore lifters are still in the gym for two hours a day, six days per week, while the rest of us (a.k.a. the non-loser majority) are facing a time-crunched, often unavoidable four to six week period packed full of bullshit shopping, crowded malls, kick ass family get-togethers, boring-as-all-hell family get-togethers, parties with friends, parties with co-workers, parties that you just crashed, and hangovers.