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Tony shoots apart training myths like they were ducks and he was a starving fat man sitting in a pond with a rifle. Read about the "other side of the core," deadlifting mistakes, and the pencil test. (You gotta' take the pencil test.)

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3 Ideas For Tougher Workouts

The boneheads in your gym only know one way to make an exercise tougher – add more weight. That's why boneheads never build more muscle, no matter how long they work out. Our resident Scotsman knows some remedies.

The Injury Prevention Roundtable

Nobody cares about injuries (boring!) until they get one. That's too bad, because sooner or later your knee, shoulder, hip, or back is going to start barking like a coonhound on the hunt. Even babes aren't immune.

Leg Training Myths Exposed

The best squat depth? The right position for the knees? Here’s what you need to know.

Training for Newbies - Part 2

More great training advice for new lifters. Even you crusty vets will learn something. Check it out.

The Round-Up Interviews: Eric Cressey

In honor of the League Championships that start tonight, we present a look at how baseball has pretty much abused weight training and sports preparation in general. Hell, listening to Eric Cressey, it's a wonder any of them can throw a ball.

Blitzkrieg Triple Dumbbell Press

To win the war on der chest, we must attack it, Blitzkrieg style! We shall crush the pectoral enemy, see it driven before us, and listen to the lamentation of the vimmen!

Question of Strength 40

The true Master Blaster pontificates on shoulder training, adding muscle without putting on fat, BCAA's, whole eggs vs. egg whites, hot Asian chicks, recruiting more motor units, dumb exercises, bar speed, and his inability to love. (We made up that last one.)

50 More Tips for Serious Athletes

A grab bag of tips for bodybuilders, strength athletes and more. Regardless of your sports calling, you're guaranteed to find something useful here.

Row Right

Girls may hate to see you leave, but if you've got a broad back, they'll love to watch you go. (Course it helps if you've got a nice ass, too, but that's a whole 'nother article.) Mike Robertson is here to troubleshoot your rowing.

The Step Construct

Building your body ain't just physical - you gotta' use some gray matter, and we're not talking about your underwear. Here's a simple mental technique to help you achieve your goals while simultaneously showing up those loser bastards who dared to piss on your ambitions.

3 Ways to Grow More Muscle

From beginner to advanced lifter, here’s how to balance the three most important mechanisms of hypertrophy.

Training to Failure

Matt Phelps is hugely pissed about the term "failure" and what it really means. He thinks exercise physiologists have one idea while the guys in the trenches, i.e., the guys in the gym, have a different, more realistic idea.

Maximum Recruitment Training 2

You got the introduction to MRT last week, now here's the meat. If you've got limited time but want maximum results, this is your baby. The cool thing? The workouts won't take you much longer than 30 minutes.

Maximum Recruitment Training 1

When anyone talks about training for any goal, they need to consider force, speed, and muscle fiber recruitment. They're the gears that are driving the bus, and Chad Waterbury is at the wheel. Remember, though, that the driver carries no change.

5 Battle-Tested Strategies for Size and Strength

James Chan is into machine gunning, shot guns, and cross wiring. If we didn't know better, we'd think he was one of those militia guys holed up in some shack in Montana, swearing never to be taken alive.

Question of Strength 39

Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

The Strong and Ripped Program

Get focused, burn fat, build muscle, and train like someone who's serious about getting results. Don't have a program? Use this.

Best of the Best of the Back

Dorian Yates had a big back, but he trained it wrong. You heard me, wrong. At least that's what Scott Abel says. But you know something? After we read this article, Scott convinced us. We're now doing it the Abel way.

Half-Rep Heroes: A Rant

Are you tired of seeing all those idiots in the gym doing everything wrong? Are you tired of the laziness, the stupidity, the lack of backbone, and the careless disregard for everything you hold dear? Move over, so's Jeff Ingram.

How to Design a Damn Good Program - Part 2

Tired of relying on a personal trainer? Learn to write your own workouts. Get the hang of exercise order, rest intervals, recovery, and special methods for muscle growth. Here's how it works.

How to Design a Damn Good Program - Part 1

The smart lifter’s guide to writing the best training program for his needs and goals. Check it out.

Lean and Mean Cookin'

How to eat right, get full, and woo women.

Hybrid Training: The Prequel

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.

A Simple Method for Improving Hamstrings

They're one of the most difficult muscle groups to develop, but the cure to your underdeveloped hamstrings might lie in the answer to this question: "Which way do you point your toes during a leg curl?"