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Tip: Should Kids Specialize In Sports?

Some parents believe in early specialization. Are they right? Info here.

10 Overcomplicated Things Trainers Say

Gym jargon is getting out of hand as trainers try to rebrand simple exercises and training concepts. Let's cut through the crap.

Tip: Does T Nation Endorse Steroids?

Some people think we're promoting steroids. Are they right? Here's the answer.

Tip: Quadruple Chocolate Protein Cookies

Whip up a batch of these minty, high-protein cookies and put them in your face right now.

Tip: The Verdict on the Impossible Burger

Science has finally made a realistic alternative to meat patties, but does this stuff hold up to scrutiny? Here's the real scoop.

Tip: Joint Mobilizations for Heavy Lifters

Hate traditional stretching? Limber up with these simple drills.

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Tip: The Machine-Assisted Pull-Up

Yes, do your regular pull-ups. But finish off with an assisted machine to get more reps and build volume.

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Tip: Cable Straight-Arm Pulldown Drop Set

Hit your lats throughout the range of motion with this untraditional drop set.

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Tip: Calf Training – The Right Way

Hold the bottom, stretched position for 5 seconds and the top, peak contraction for 3 seconds for optimal calf growth.

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Tip: The Two-Up, One-Down Calf Press

Use the leg press for this one. Lift with both feet, hold the contraction for 3 seconds, and lower slowly with one foot.

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Tip: Standing Calf Raise, Rest-Pause

Hit failure at 12-15 reps, rest only 20 seconds, then repeat for as many reps as possible.

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Tip: Seated Dumbbell Calf Raise

If your gym doesn't have a seated calf machine, you probably don't work your soleus. Let's fix that.

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Tip: Pullover and Press

Blast your triceps with this elbow-friendly exercise.

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Tip: Dip with Chains

Set the chains up so that the majority of the chain weight comes off the floor for the top half of the dip, overloading the triceps.

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Tip: PJR Pullover for Triceps

This is the most effective movement for growing the long head of the triceps.

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Tip: Independent Handle Pushdown

Rope pulldowns are fine, but try this pushdown variation using two handles for a great pump and a new stimulus. Great for warm-ups.

Tip: Bake Your Bacon

Here's how to enjoy bacon with fewer calories and easier clean-up. Bonus: How to make turkey bacon that doesn't suck.

Tip: Pause Reps for Strength and Stability

Hit a sticking point on a major lift like the deadlift? Try this.

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Tip: Slow Tempo Pull-Aparts for Reps

Slow down your reps and the pull-apart can become a muscle builder.

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Tip: Muscle Control Pull-Apart

A pull-apart to increase your bench press? Yes. Try this.

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Tip: Therapeutic Pull-Apart

Use this variation of the band pull-apart to reduce soreness and pain.

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Tip: Deadlift – Explosive Triple from Deficit

Sub-maximal explosive deadlifts for sets of 3-5 reps are sure to boost your conventional deadlift PR.

Tip: Make Double Chocolate Protein Muffins

It tastes like dessert for breakfast. And you can eat it with your fingers. So why the heck wouldn't you?

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Tip: Agonist Superset: Chin-Up and Curl

Jack up the metabolic and muscular damage, jack up your biceps growth. Try this superset.