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Muscle Up Top, Hustle Down Below

Want a bodybuilder upper body and a linebacker lower body? Here's your program.

Everyone Should Use Creatine

Everyone should take creatine, even if their goal isn't to build mountains of muscle. Here's why and how to use it.

A Lifter's Guide to Alcohol

What impact does drinking have on your physique and performance goals? How does alcohol affect testosterone, estrogen, HGH, and cortisol? The answers here.

Traps Are the New Abs

Every skinny, weak guy has abs. Big deal. Traps are the true sign of strength. Here's how to make yours huge.

Stop Doing Box Jumps Like a Jackass

Box jumps are great for building athleticism and muscle. Trouble is, most people do them stupidly. Let's fix that.

6 Specialty Bars for Strength and Size

A conventional barbell is fine, but if that's all you use you're missing out on strength gains and a little novelty. Change your bar to improve your training.

Muscle Specific Hypertrophy: Biceps, Back, and Lower Body

Don't read this unless you want to get bummed out about how you've been training the wrong grips, rep ranges, and exercises for your biceps, your back, and your entire lower body.

Top Priority for Lower Traps

Everyone thinks about upper traps, but not lower. That's too bad because the lower traps are crucial for proper movement, strength, and symmetry. Here's how to train them.

The Final Word: Free Weights vs. Machines

Some say free weights are best. Some say machines are best. They're both being narrow-minded. Here's the real science.

Overhead Press Your Body Weight

Can you press your body weight overhead? You should be able to, plus more. Here's how to supercharge your pressing strength.

Building a Big, Freaky Back

Hardcore advice on building a strong back that stands out in a crowd.

Your Guide To Heavy-Light Training

You don't have to choose between looking great and performing well. Achieve both goals with this training plan.

Lean vs. Shredded: The Cold Hard Truth

Getting lean is easy. Getting shredded is the hardest thing you'll ever do. Here are the 8 differences you need to know.

The Planet Fitness Nightmare

Planet Fitness markets itself as a “judgment free” gym for newbies, but what it really does is discourage results.

The Answer for Massive Calves

To build a set of standout calves, you need to think outside the box. Here’s how.

Tip: Mix This Into Your Food to Get Super Healthy

This forgotten food has been rediscovered and science is pretty excited about its many healthful effects.

Tip: The Coffee for Lifters Only

It tastes amazing, it fuels muscle growth, and it makes your overworked joints feel better. Here's how to whip up a steaming cup.

The Bodybuilder's Guide to Blood Work

Doctors often think lifters are sick because their physicals and blood tests yield scary results. Here's how to protect yourself from false positives.

Tip: What 2 Weeks Off Really Does to Your Body

Here's how that vacation will affect your size and strength.

Blood Flow Restriction Training

Blood flow restriction training can jack up the effectiveness of your workouts and give you a skin-tearing pump. Here’s how to do it.

Bench More to Bench More

Forget overtraining. One of the most effective ways to bench press more weight is to bench press more often.

Inside the Muscles: Best Ab Exercises

After hooking himself up to a bunch of electrodes, the author discovers the best exercises for building a rock-solid midsection.

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  • The Set / Rep Bible

    If you're not sure what to do with your sets and reps, look no further. This plan has your workout laid out for you – no matter the goal.

    Top 10 Ways to Build Mental Toughness

    We asked our coaches and experts for their best mental toughness tips. Pick the one that speaks to you and get to work.