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The Truth About Sucralose

All too often I'll hear various statements about certain artificial sweeteners being harmful. "Toxic" seems to be a word that the general public likes to throw around. In the following article, I'd like to address some of the completely false statements I've seen being made about one sweetener in particular: sucralose.

Naked Truth: Xenoestrogens

The strength coaches, trainers, scientists, nutritionists, and editors at T-Nation have been debunking nutrition, supplementation, and fitness myths for years now with topics ranging from glutamine use to training frequency to tuna fish & mercury.

2 x 4 Muscle

It was a dire situation, a nightmare of indescribable proportions that only Dante could relate to. Every salacious thought I've ever had and every misdeed I ever committed was paid back to me in spades.

Man Fuel 2

When it comes to building muscle or performing at your peak athletically, nutrition is 50% of the equation. Or is it 75%? Maybe 90%? Whatever. It's, like, really important, okay?

Shoulder Savers - Part 3

Two-thirds of lifters will have some sort of shoulder problem during their training career. Nine tips to help you avoid being one of them.

Food Magic X 5

If you drop about a roll and a half of Mentos mints into a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke, you'd better run like hell because the Mentos causes the Coke to erupt into a beautiful, 15-foot high, sugary-sweet Coca Cola geyser.

High Performance Core Training

The days of banging out a thousand crunches are over. Get your core strong to get your entire body strong. Here’s how.

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  • 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.

    12 Steps to the Perfect Clean

    The clean can be an intimidating lift to learn. Break it down into step to master it. Here’s how.

    Back to McGill

    If you're a lifter with back problems you'll want to read this. If you're a lifter without back problems you'll still want to read this.

    Nervous Muscle

    It's very apparent to me that there are many coaches and fitness writers who don't understand the nervous system. I'm not the least bit surprised because your nervous system is arguably the most complex and ambiguous system in your body.

    The Athlete Diet

    From North American Diet to Athlete Diet: Tips for Making the Transition

    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.

    Another Power Food

    Long before 1904 when J.T. Stinson coined the legendary phrase, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," apples have been a historic symbol of good health.

    7 Reasons You're a Weakling

    Strength is the foundation of all athletic qualities. Here's what you need to do to build it and improve across the board.

    5 Damn Good Reasons to Use FFA

    It’s tough to get enough healthy fatty acids through diet alone. Here’s why you should add them to your supplement protocol.

    6 Lost Lifters

    I'm normally somewhat of a bookworm and science geek, although – to blow a little sunshine up my own butt – I have to say, I'm getting better at reading people.

    Functional Anatomy for Bad-Asses! Part 1

    Okay, tough guy, so you want to write your own training programs, eh? You think you've got what it takes?

    Finding the Groove With Spike

    The key to using stimulants like Spike wisely is to find the dosage that fits your mental and physical groove. Here’s how.

    10 Training Program Pitfalls

    I get emails all the time from T-Nation readers who want to know why I don't write programs for the masses. About the only answer I can muster up is: "Because I have a conscience."

    Good Grains, Bad Grains

    Chapter Three: Whole Grains

    Tate Talks Hypertrophy - Part 2

    Today, Dave discusses something called "the breakthrough factor," how he'd approach bodybuilding today, and a very intriguing training idea: the private warehouse gym. Let's get to it!

    Atomic Dog: Vision Quest

    Lifting weights, slaying dragons, and finding out what you’re really made of. What are you questing for? Check this out.

    6 Keys to Killer Workouts

    Ever had one of those days where you just couldn't get into the flow of your workout? Or worse yet, you don't even make it to the gym? It's happened to all of us before. The mind is willing, but the body just isn't ready (or vice versa).