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Tip: What All Strong Athletes Have in Common

Strengthen this muscle group and you'll get stronger at damn near everything.

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Tip: Straight-Leg Bridges

Brace the trunk, engage the glutes and hams, and hit full hip extension on each raise.

Tip: One Exercise to Fix Strength Leaks

Are you leaking strength because of a lagging muscle, or a muscle group that can't stay tight? Probably. Here's how to plug the leak.

Tip: Inadequate Sleep and Thyroid Function

This should scare you into bed early.

Tip: Glucose Monitoring for Fat Loss

Here's how out-of-range blood sugar can be affecting your ability get shredded.

Tip: Steroids, Legality, and Liars

Have you ever used? Would you if bodybuilding drugs were legal? Check out what other fans said here.

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Tip: Inverted Row Burnout Set

Add some weight and rest-pause style reps to your inverted rows to make this so-called sissy exercise into a real back builder.

Tip: The 7 Deadly Sins of Personal Training

Here's a list of the worst practices of bad personal trainers, according to T Nation readers.

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Tip: Tension and the Paused Deadlift

This accessory lift teaches you to maintain tension, and it increases time under tension during most lifters' weakest phase of the deadlift.

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Tip: The Towel Pull-Up

This variation of the neutral-grip pull-up really nails your grip and forearms.

Tip: What You Really Think Of Bodybuilding

We asked our readers what they thought about competitive bodybuilding. The answers were surprising.

Tip: A Back Builder You've Never Tried

This is brutal, and you actually do it as part of your warm-up. Take a look.

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Tip: Rear Foot Elevated Hip Flexor Stretch

Most lifters have tight hip flexors. Here's how to fix them up.

Tip: The Misinterpreted Ab Training Study

With all the talk these days about having a strong core, why do many lifters still have weak-ass abs? Here's part of the cause.

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Tip: Seated Cable Rows with Iso Holds

Do an isometric hold every third rep or so to produce greater muscle activation and stimulate size gains.

Tip: Choose Your Own HIIT

A funny thing happens when dedicated gym-goers disregard what their workout plans say and choose their own intensity. Take a look.

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Tip: One-And-A-Quarter Reps for Triceps

Go through a full range of motion, then a quarter of the range of motion. That's one rep.

Tip: 3 Superior Mobility Drills for Lifters

Are your favorite mobility drills actually working? Try these proven alternatives.

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Tip: Reverse Bench Press

Also called the reverse inverted row, this odd-looking exercise boosts your bench press by teaching lat and upper back activation.

Tip: Fight Off Skin Cancer with this Cheap Drug

Sunscreen helps a little, but this stuff can ward off melanoma from the inside.

Tip: A Workaround for Cranky Joints

Add this handy lifting accessory to your pressing exercises to make your banged up shoulders, elbows, and wrists feel better.

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Tip: The Kettlebell Flye

The open grip and wrist position here allows for better pec isolation.

Tip: The Fat Guy's Eating Pattern

One pattern of eating disrupts metabolism and dietary behaviors more than any other. Here's how to avoid it.

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Tip: Spiderman Walk with Thoracic Rotation

This simple drill takes care of a few different mobility issues.