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Harness the Power of TEF

Everything you need to know about the thermic effect of food.

Gina Aliotti: Supergirl

What happens when a bodybuilder and a nutrition store owner get together and make a baby? What happens when this baby is raised on health foods? What happens when she starts training with weights at age 14?

The Journey To Excellence

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.

The Low-Carb Roundtable - Part 1

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.

Rope Revolution

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.

Hungry Like The Wolfe

"Now that's my idea of a fit woman!"

Fight School

Make no mistake about it, hand to hand combat has been around for as long as Testosterone has poured through the bloodstream of Homo sapiens.

Training Behind Bars 2

Time behind bars teaches you that the gym is therapy. Need motivation? Check out these lessons on lifting and life.

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.

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.

10 Things I've Learned

T-Nation asked Cosgrove to tell us his top ten tips. He gave us 34.

100 Workouts From Ripped City

How to get truly ripped without losing muscle mass.

Bulk Up, Cut Up! 1

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.

Good Grains, Bad Grains

Chapter Three: Whole Grains

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).

The Holiday Program

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

Exercises You've Never Tried 15

Well, maybe you’ve tried some of them. But maybe not. Check out the list and challenge yourself.

The Warm-Up Manifesto - Part 1

The other day I was training at a local gym and witnessed a horrible tragedy taking place – a personal trainer taking his client through a warm-up!

The "No Curl" Biceps Program - Part 2

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.

Lucky 13 - Chad Waterbury

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.

Built Like a Neanderthal 2

We'll take a look at ourselves, Homo sapiens sapiens, and try to flesh-out some meaningful insights about evolution, brains, brawn, fat, and disease.

The Evil Scot

An uncensored interview with a martial arts champion turned performance coach.

Musashi On Strength

One of my favorite books is A Book Of Five Rings by Miyomato Musashi. Musashi was a badass 17th century Japanese swordsman who never lost a duel in over sixty fights. This book outlines his philosophy of success. I re-read it recently and was amazed by how many of his principles apply to a variety of areas in life, including productive strength training.