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The HFT Handbook

Ramp up the training to ramp up the gains. Here’s how to turn up the frequency without getting burnt out.

Breaking The Strength Barrier

Imagine if there were no barriers to strength attainment: we'd all be power cleaning 500, squatting 1000, and benching 600 in no time.

The Misunderstood Strength Coach

The strength and conditioning field is like no other. Coaches have bitter enemies and die-hard devotees – and sometimes a person will qualify as both depending on the day of the week. There are insane egos and there are humble, incredibly bright coaches who go unnoticed. Finally, there are a lot of coaches who people really don't get.

The New Alphabet of Manliness

A collection of the most masculine terms, phrases, concepts, and miscellaneous tidbits. But read it at your own risk because it may make you spontaneously grow a beard.

The Shocking Nervous System!

Within the realm of training for greater strength, muscle mass, and endurance lies an area of science that remains relatively untapped: Neuroscience. It's indeed the uncharted waters in the vast ocean of the science and practice of resistance training. That's because so little is known about how the nervous system actually works.

Naked Truth: Xenoestrogens

The strength coaches, trainers, scientists, nutritionists, and editors at T-Nation have been debunking nutrition, supplementation, and fitness myths for years now with topics ranging from glutamine use to training frequency to tuna fish & mercury.

The Rule of Five

I remember lying on the incline bench. It was an "old school" incline bench: long, straight, and red, with footpads at the bottom so you're literally locked in from heel to shoulder for every rep.

High Performance Core Training

The days of banging out a thousand crunches are over. Get your core strong to get your entire body strong. Here’s how.

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  • Creatine Update, 2006

    Creatine is the most studied sports supplement in history. Here’s what we’ve learned about loading, delivery systems, and timing issues.

    Hypertrophy Booster Shots

    This article isn't going to overwhelm you with neuroscience or obscure language. Nope, it's going to be bare-bones simple. As I've learned over the years, elementary advice is usually what helps people most, and it tends to work best.

    5 Damn Good Reasons to Use FFA

    It’s tough to get enough healthy fatty acids through diet alone. Here’s why you should add them to your supplement protocol.

    Functional Anatomy for Bad-Asses! Part 1

    Okay, tough guy, so you want to write your own training programs, eh? You think you've got what it takes?

    Dramatic Carbolin19 Study

    More muscle, less body fat AND a boost in testosterone? Check out this research.

    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.

    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.

    Inside Dope

    Ever since the Olympics were played in ancient Greece, athletes have been looking for an edge. At that time, athletes used some very suspect compounds in hopes of increasing their strength, quickness, and endurance. They ingested various substances with the hopes of giving themselves even a slight advantage over other athletes.

    Dairy Dilemma

    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.

    The "No Curl" Biceps Program - Part 1

    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.

    Overcoming Lousy Leverages - Part 2

    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!

    The Evil Scot

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

    You're a Yo-Yo Dieter!

    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.

    Continuum Training 2

    Understanding Various Strength Training Continuums for Optimal Conjugate Design

    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.