If you want to build huge muscles, you must continually challenge them by placing a greater demand upon them. If you stick with the same stress level month after month, you'll quickly reach a point where your body is used to the stress and won't need to adapt (i.e. grow) anymore.
Not too long ago, the US government effectively banned the sale of prohormones. With "andro" and anabolic steroids now illegal, bodybuilders and athletes were forced to once again rely only on protein powders, healthy foods, and heavy weights. There was no more juicing, no more cheating, and no more drugs being used in the pursuit of fast muscle and improved performance...
So why an article on dairy? Because the controversy it elicits gets people hotter than Louis Pasteur's Bunsen burners, that's why. In fact, raging debates have broken out many times over the years here among the T-faithful. Just recently TC had to break out the rubber bullets to keep an angry mob of anti-dairy zealots from tearing down the place.
If you've been around weight training for any length of time, you've probably read or tried an arm specialization routine. There are a bunch of these around with different cool names for what amounts to the same old shit: do a bunch of arm exercises. Yeah, the exercises change and the sets and reps change, but it still amounts to just doing more arm work.
Two of the hardest things about competing are sending in the entry fee for a competition and then not pulling out the last few weeks. Some of you don't compete and are just training for self-actualization, self-esteem, and to be healthier and more whole in your daily interactions in the journey we call a life experience.
Our goal is to take the guesswork out of bench and deadlift training and, in the process, take your total to an all-time high!
Got long legs? Gangly arms? Don't let your leverages hold you back from lifting heavier. Check this out.
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.
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.
Six things you can learn from bodybuilders, even if your goal is to just get strong on three lifts.
An uncensored interview with a martial arts champion turned performance coach.
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.
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.
Being strong isn't enough. You need to be strong for your size. That's the difference between relative strength and absolute strength. Here's what will get you there.
Sticking points are much like those really talkative, naked old men in your gym's locker room: you'd rather avoid them! Nothing's more frustrating than making good progress overall but failing to improve on the "big lifts" (bench press, squat, deadlift, military press, etc.)
Welcome, my friends, to grocery shopping with T-Nation.
What happens when you take the super-stimulant Spike and hit the gym? Here’s one guy’s experience.
What our genes teach us about diet and training, according to Dr. Art De Vany.
What do competitive physique athletes and sedentary housewives have in common? They’re both yo-yo dieters and suffer the same health issues because of it. Here’s how to avoid the problems.
To reach the modern physique ideal, you'll need muscle mass, strength, power, endurance, speed, and flexibility. This program has it all.
Congratulations. You've succeeded where most people have failed. You've bucked the obesity trend and have lost a small mountain of fat. You feel better, you look better, and your health has greatly improved. Good for you.
Add a few of these unique exercises to your training program to liven up your next workout.
How one of our top coaches programs exercises, sets and reps, progressions and more. Check it out.
This Tool Box series has become one of my most popular article sets to date, so why break with what's working? Here's the latest installment of this series designed to help experienced lifters fill in the blanks and learn the finer points of strength development.