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When it comes to exercise performance, especially the more exotic movements I often prescribe, most people grasp the big picture but miss the finer points. To remedy this, I created this "toolbox" series to help experienced lifters fill in the blanks and newer lifters learn about some very effective exercises. Here's the newest installment!

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Top 10 Tips to Grow Bigger & Stronger!

Ten things you should be doing to reach your size and strength goals.

Good Grains, Bad Grains

Chapter Three: Whole Grains

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).

Tailor-Made Nutrition - Part 3

Now, in this last installment of the Tailor-Made Nutrition series, I'll continue where I left off in Part II, moving from the discussion of methodology to the actual adjustments you may need to tailor-make your own nutrition plan.

Tailor-Made Nutrition - Part 2

More info about how to custom-make your own diet plan.

The Holiday Program

Undulating periodization for in-season athletes and holiday-season regular guys.

The Transition

They say fitness has to become a lifestyle. True, but how do you do that exactly? Try this.

Advanced Dumbbell Training

The most underutilized pieces of equipment in most gyms are the dumbbells. Oh sure, you might see people pumping out a few sets of biceps curls, bench presses, or flyes, but in most gyms the dumbbell racks are primarily used as a place to lean against between sets of barbell squats or benches.

7 Tips for Long Term Leanness

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.

10 Uses for a Smith Machine

Most coaches hate the Smith machine, but it does have a few (surprising) uses for serious athletes. Check ‘em out.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Program Design

There’s no single best training tool. Instead of searching for one, increase the size of your toolbox. Here’s how to make your workouts practical and effective.

Building Your Rep - Part 1

Regardless of the profession in question, your "rep" (reputation) is usually what gets you where you want to go. In the world of physique and performance enhancement, building your rep is equally important, except that we're talking about an altogether different type of "rep" here.

The 21-Day Itch – Never be Bored Again!

If you've been training as long as I have, I'm sure you can relate to feeling a bit stale and uninspired with your workouts at times.

Perfect 10 Training

A training strategy that has you hitting your lagging body parts for ten sessions each week. Yes, it can be done, and it works. Check out the plan.

First Person: The Spike Odyssey

What happens when you take the super-stimulant Spike and hit the gym? Here’s one guy’s experience.

Beach Training for Performance-Oriented Lifters

"Bodybuilding training? No way! Not for me! I'm training only for strength and function," said the huge sumbitch after deadlifting a load that was roughly equivalent to a Sherman tank.

Hardcore Stretching - Part 2

How to stretch your most problematic muscle groups. This is gonna hurt.

28 Synergistic Factors for Success

There's no such thing as isolation in training or in life. Everything you do, have done, and will do, affects everything else. Success is a synergistic – not additive – phenomenon.

A New View of Energy Balance

"Truth always goes in 3 stages. First it is ridiculed, then violently opposed, and finally accepted as self-evident."

3 Dead-Ends and a Loophole

Some of you might have enjoyed the Diary of a Steroid User series as much as I did. It was an interesting, unapologetic, honest portrait of what it's like when an average Joe uses steroids. But however much I enjoyed it, I cringed when I read some of the "pyramid" workouts outlined by the anonymous author

Manipulating Reps for Gains in Size and Strength

The smart lifter’s guide to choosing the right rep ranges for his goals. It’s a bit more complicated than you think. Check it out.

Blood & Guts (Mostly Guts)

An interview with gastrointestinal expert, Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, LDN

Pillars of Strength

Bodybuilding is full of colorful descriptions of various physique types.

7 Naked Nutrition Tips

Sometimes it's fun to drop the heavy scientific jargon and just deliver the bare factoids and helpful tips. Check these out.