While waiting at the DMV for my moped license renewal form, I decided to kill some time with one of my favorite childhood pastimes. No, not chewing tobacco and throwing rocks at whores. I'm talking about that crazy little word game known as Mad Libs.
A collection of the most masculine terms, phrases, concepts, and miscellaneous tidbits. But read it at your own risk because it may make you spontaneously grow a beard.
Now that I've got your attention with the title, let's try to raise our thinking from the lower centers of bodily function and get more cerebral, shall we? (Admittedly there are those, like a certain editor around here, who can weave <i>both</i> into an entertaining editorial, but I'm not going to attempt that bit of literary stunt pilotry.)
This week, one of the great mentors in my life died. He was Coach Ralph Maughan of Utah State, and he taught me one great lesson.
Ever notice how two supposedly inviolate principles of resistance training are basically contradictory?
Low-carbohydrate diets have certainly received their share of attention in recent years. While the popularity of Atkins, South Beach, and other low-carb diets peaked last year, it remains an interesting topic among physique athletes.
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.
They're both assets to my training programs. Indeed, I've used kettlebells for years with success. And Pavel? He's a good guy. I definitely consider him a friend and a juggernaut in the strength and conditioning community.
In 1993, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences introduced the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), a set of four reference values for nutritional intakes:
In four months I'll be a whopping 28 years old. I know a thing or two about training and all that goes into it, but I also respect the fact that there's a hell of a lot I don't know enough about, and other topics I need to know something about that I'm not even aware of!
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.
Thib, you seem to be able to come up with a lot of new and effective exercises. Got any more that I could use to spice up my training?
Although I'm better known as someone who works with high-performing athletes, I started out–like most coaches and trainers-by working with "everyday folks", and interestingly enough, after 20+ years in the game, something unusual has happened:
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.
This new Q & A column is about building a muscular and aesthetic physique. It's not about breaking strength records or reaching speed and power personal bests.
Ten things you should be doing to reach your size and strength goals.
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."
Seven weird looking (but effective!) exercises to shake up your stagnant workouts. Check ‘em out.
As most T-Mag readers know, John Berardi's been around the block so many times, he makes the mailman look like a slacker. A nutrition consultant to everyone from hockey players to soccer moms, when this guy talks sports nutrition - you'd better listen. Need more convincing?
Well, maybe you’ve tried some of them. But maybe not. Check out the list and challenge yourself.
If they aren't growing, is high frequency training the answer?
This is Lucky 13, a rapid fire Q & A session with a training or nutrition expert who matters. It's fast, furious, and to the point.
The fitness magazines are full of them. The bodybuilding rags are full of them. Even T-Nation is full of them: articles about how to lose fat and discover your abs. What's missing? Simple: Info on how to stay that way once you've reached your goal.
In Part One of my "no curls" arm specialization training series, I talked about the absurdity of most arm specialization routines. I proposed that most trainees do more than enough biceps curls and triceps press downs and don't really need more of either of them.