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Scot Abel is a bodybuilding anarchist. He doesn't believe in tempo training, pre-determined rest intervals, back-off weeks, or the fact we have elves in the basement that make Metabolic Drive. What he does believe in is pretty cool, though.

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Cooking the Power Foods - Part 1

The healthiest stuff to eat can also be the tastiest stuff to eat. Check out these 6 meal ideas.

Combos For Power and Size

Combos consist of big-money lifts done in rapid succession. Do them right and you'll muscle up quick, along with building speed and power. Oh yeah, you'll also drop some blubber... assuming your heart doesn't explode.

Building the Case for Hybrid Training

Bodybuilding guru Scott Abel says that training for hypertrophy, size, thickness, density, and shape is not the same as strength training. If the question is how to gain unadulterated muscle mass, is hybrid training the answer?

The Best Reps

Four smart rep schemes you can apply to almost any workout.

The 125 Best Foods for Men

We don't know what's better, the fact Biotest was finally recognized by the outside world for its quality, or that Tim Patterson agreed to a rare interview! We call it a coin toss.

Motivate Lagging Muscles

Thibs lists five reasons why you're not growing (not including the fact that your workout consists of 5 minutes on the Thigh Master you found in your mom's closet). Oh yeah, he also gives some pretty cool quick fixes.

Naturally Diesel

Jimmy Smith attempts to bring logic, practicality, and good sense to the discipline of bodybuilding. No, really. We're not kidding. This lump actually thinks he can offset years of obfuscation. Oh well, whadda' ya' say we give him a chance?

The 9 Keys to Productive Training

So you spend maybe 5 or 6 hours a week in the gym. How much of that time is spent snapping towels or playing the soap dish game in the locker room? If you plan just a little and cut out the wasted time, you might actually build a decent physique.

Blood on the Barbell: Robertson

As we read this article, we realized that while Mike Robertson had come up with a solid strength/powerlifting program, he'd also simultaneously come up with a pretty good bodybuilding program! Talk about multi-tasking!

New Associations, New Muscle

Lots of the usual solid folksy wisdom from Dan John, but in addition, this article contained so many great training ideas that we dropped what we were doing and ran straight to the gym to try them. (Sorry Ma, we'll fix your dialysis machine tomorrow.)

Limiting Factors

Here are 5 reasons why you're still a weenie. There are probably a bunch more, but we didn't think your ego could handle that many at once.

Mastering the Deadlift - Part 3

The complete guide to dominating the deadlift, from shoe selection to advanced training techniques.

Double Trouble Hypertrophy

Most of us poor slobs have jobs so we don't have the luxury of doing two-a-days, but we figure since it's summer there are a bunch of feckless college students out there doing one bong hit after another who just might be able to take advantage of this program.

Mastering the Deadlift - Part 2

The complete guide to dominating the deadlift, from shoe selection to advanced training techniques.

Mastering the Deadlift - Part 1

The complete guide to dominating the deadlift, from shoe selection to advanced training techniques.

Blood on the Barbell: Waterbury

Blood on the Barbell is our new series describing workouts to do when your woman left you, your momma' don't love you, and even your dog doesn't care much for you. This time it's Chad Waterbury who's unloved.

The Everlasting Bond

Here's one of the most important benefits of training that many people overlook.

Blood on the Barbell: Thibaudeau

There are times when the world is against you, when you girlfriend left you, your momma don't love you, and even your dog don't much care for you. That's when it's time for the mental therapy that only a brutal training session can provide.

Anabolic Pump Training

How to use ramp contractions and taper training to achieve a pump and thus trigger muscle growth.

Eat My Meat, The Sequel

Screw that Spiderman sequel! We've got the only sequel that matters: the next installment of Dave Tate's "Eat my Meat." Oh, and you'll want to get a bench shirt after looking at one of the pictures in this article, guaranteed.

Eccentrics with Pavel

Pavel and Chad and bears, oh my! Pavel and Chad and bears, oh my! Okay, there are no bears in this article, but hey, Pavel Tsatsouline and Chad Waterbury working together ought to be exciting enough!

How to Improve Your Fitness Literacy

More wisdom about life and lifting from Testosterone Nation's sage.

Why Periodization Doesn't Work

Unfortunately, your old "what do ya wanna work today?" spur of the moment type training works a whole lot better than anything the Soviet Ministry Of Sport managed to cook up behind the Iron Curtain back in the 50's and 60's. Charles Staley explains why.

Make it Harder

The Atomic Dog's out in the nuclear doghouse. (He chewed up Tim Patterson's favorite workout shirt.) As such, TC wrote a plain ol' regular training article instead of his usual hallucinogenic-mushroom fueled rant.