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A Thinking Man's Guide to Sets and Reps

One of the most common areas of confusion for bodybuilders and other athletes engaged in resistance training is the question of the appropriate or optimal number of reps and sets for any given workout session or cycle.

From the Gym to the Road

Not too many years ago, the idea of an endurance athlete like a cyclist, triathlete, or runner hitting the weights was almost unheard of. Why, everyone knows that weight training will make you big, bulky, and slow, right? Well, believe it or not, endurance athletes are lifting weights to improve performance.

Games Olympic People Play

On some levels, it somehow seems a shame to reignite the flame of scandal so soon after the Olympic flame has been extinguished.

The Big T - Part 2

Testosterone is the hormone of the decade. The granddaddy of the male hormones has gotten more media attention over the last few years than any other hormone around.

Pattern Overload - Part 2

When I first approached corrective and performance exercise specialist Paul Chek about writing for Testosterone, his first concern was whether I'd choose to soft-peddle his article. In other words, he was worried that I'd try to "dumb down" his material.

Warming-Up to a Great Workout

A perfect warm-up virtually ensures a perfect workout, but a poor one will almost certainly ruin what COULD have been a great training experience. Ever wake up dreading the idea of going to the gym, but after getting there, you end up having a great workout? You can thank your warm-up for that.

Dawg School 5

We've all been there. No matter how big and educated we think we are now, at one time or another we were small.

Great Guns in Twelve Weeks - Phase 3

Ian King is back with another of his legendary 12-week programs, this one an arm-specialization routine designed help you build a hefty pair of .44 magnums that even Dirty Harry would envy.

Great Guns in Twelve Weeks - Phase 2

Ian King is back with another of his legendary 12-week programs, this one an arm-specialization routine designed help you build a hefty pair of .44 magnums that even Dirty Harry would envy.

Question of Strength 33

Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

The Protein Conspiracy

The image appears on the TV screen. The camera is shaky, the angle skewed. Several figures in dark suits sit around a table, their features blurred and choppy. The button camera attached to the spy's lapel is minuscule, virtually undetectable.

Train Right for Your Type

The subject of muscle fiber types and their role in weight training can be a complicated and sometimes confusing issue. Here's a quick and, admittedly, very general primer.

Twelve Weeks to Super Strength - Phase 4

If you've tried Ian King's "Limping" series for legs, then I don't need to tell you how effective his 12-week programs are. If you haven't tried the aforementioned program, then all I can say is, what the hell is your problem?

The Evolution of Ab Training

Ah, the elusive art of abs. These days, the "lift shirt and crunch" has replaced flexed biceps as the choice method for proving that you are, indeed, a studly man-beast. Despite this latest "muscle of the moment" craze, Americans are getting fatter. Want to know the secret reason? Okay, I'll tell you...but this is just between you and me, deal?

Twelve Weeks to Super Strength - Phase 2

If you've tried Ian King's "Limping" series for legs, then I don't need to tell you how effective his 12-week programs are. If you haven't tried the aforementioned program, then all I can say is, what the hell is your problem?

Poetry in Motion 5

That title makes you think of a graceful, fluid movement, like that of a ballerina performing a perfect pirouette. Well, dumbbell deadlifts just ain't ballet.

Question of Strength 29

Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

Poetry in Motion 4

Think of bodybuilding as a language, and think of the exercises we do in the gym as words in that language.

Dawg School 2

We've all been there. No matter how big and educated we think we are now, at one time or another we were small.

Limping Into the New Millennium - Part 2

In case you've just stumbled onto this site, put some ice on your head while I do a quick recap of what's happening here. Australian Wunder Coach Ian King has devised a 12-week leg program that's among the most unique - and the most effective - that I've ever experienced.

Limping Into December - Part 2

In case you've just stumbled onto this site, put some ice on your head while I do a quick recap of what's happening here. Australian Wunder Coach Ian King has devised a 12-week leg program that's among the most unique - and the most effective - that I've ever experienced.

Dawg School 1

But wouldn't it have been nice if we would've had a mentor, some experienced lifter to teach us how to squat and eat right? He would have saved us from years of slow gains.

Limping Into December - Part 1

In case you've just stumbled onto this site, put some ice on your head while I do a quick recap of what's happening here. Australian Wunder Coach Ian King has devised a 12-week leg program that's among the most unique - and the most effective - that I've ever experienced.

Workout Du Jour 3

If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.