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Just before liftoff, take the slack out by pulling the chest up and pulling the bar against the weights. Listen for the clink.

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Tip: The Case for Smith Machine Squats

If your main goal is building big quads, then it's perfectly fine (and perfectly safe) to use the Smith machine. Here's why.

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Tip: Dumbbell Turkish Get-Up

Get-ups are great for improving stability, core strength, and mobility, and you don't have to have a kettlebell to do them.

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Tip: Hanging Leg Raise (Modified)

In this big/tall guy version of the leg raise, use bent elbows, tuck the knees, and lever from the shoulder joint.

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Tip: Straight-Leg Bridges

Brace the trunk, engage the glutes and hams, and hit full hip extension on each raise.

Tip: The Nastiest Spot in Your Gym & Your Kitchen

Nothing wrecks your training faster than infections and food poisoning. Here's where you're picking up the bad bugs.

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Tip: Bear Dogs

Combine the bird dog pattern with a bear stance position and you get this awesome athletic move. Great for conditioning.

Tip: One Exercise to Fix Strength Leaks

Are you leaking strength because of a lagging muscle, or a muscle group that can't stay tight? Probably. Here's how to plug the leak.

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Tip: Push-Ups with Single-Arm Deficit

If you're using good form, this will practically train your entire body.

Tip: Stress and Heart Rate Variability

Use this tool to find out if you're recovered enough for another heavy session.

Tip: Inadequate Sleep and Thyroid Function

This should scare you into bed early.

Tip: Average Training, Awesome Results

Think you have to crush PRs every week to make progress? Not so. Here's the truth.

Tip: Go Hard, Then Go Home. But Go Hard Often.

How to adjust your training week to allow for more protein synthesis and trigger more muscle growth.

5 No-Diet Ways to Get Lean

Diets are temporary and often backfire. To lose fat and keep it off, you need to first change how you think. Here's what to do.

Tip: The 2-Minute Grip Strengthener

Do this simple exercise a few times per week and watch your grip strength skyrocket.

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Tip: Heavy Renegade Row

Test your strength and stability by trying these with bodyweight. Example: A 200 pound man should be able to use a 100 pound dumbbell in each hand.

Tip: Steroids, Legality, and Liars

Have you ever used? Would you if bodybuilding drugs were legal? Check out what other fans said here.

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Tip: Medicine Ball Slam, Proper Form

To do this correctly, resist forward flexion and stay more upright.

Tip: This Can Stop Fat Loss

It's a common problem that can stall fat loss and wreck your health, even if your diet is in check.

Tip: The Common Vitamin That Nixes Nervousness

The answer to jitters, sweaty palms, and rapid heartbeat is probably sitting in your supplement cabinet right now.

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Tip: Inverted Row Burnout Set

Add some weight and rest-pause style reps to your inverted rows to make this so-called sissy exercise into a real back builder.

Tip: The 7 Deadly Sins of Personal Training

Here's a list of the worst practices of bad personal trainers, according to T Nation readers.

Tip: Low Testosterone Can Lead to Early Death

Research shows that having lower than normal T levels can increase your risk of dying from ANY cause. Here's what to do about it.

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Tip: Tension and the Paused Deadlift

This accessory lift teaches you to maintain tension, and it increases time under tension during most lifters' weakest phase of the deadlift.

Tip: What You Really Think Of Bodybuilding

We asked our readers what they thought about competitive bodybuilding. The answers were surprising.