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Tip: Training on the Nerve, T Nation Boot Camp

After a boot camp workout, Coach Thibaudeau fields questions about external motivation and over-stimulating the nervous system.

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Tip: The 4 Components to Recovery, T Nation Boot Camp

Coach Thibaudeau discusses the four types of recovery after one our boot camp workouts.

Tip: Should You Auto-Regulate Your Training?

What's best, sticking to your program no matter what, or mixing it up based on how you feel that day? Here's what science says.

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Tip: Reciprocal Inhibition – A Better Way to Stretch Your Neck

Stop grabbing your neck and cranking your head to the side to stretch it. Here's a better way.

Tip: The Case for Gym Selfies

They can get annoying to other people sometimes, but science says they can also help you get lean. Check it out.

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Tip: Band-Assisted Nordic Hamstring Curl

The NHC is a tough exercise for the hams and glutes. The key is to lower slowly under control and pull yourself back up. Too tough? Add a band.

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Tip: Neutral-Hip Nordic Hamstring Curl

Looks simple enough, but this is one of the toughest hamstring exercises there is.

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Tip: Shoulder Rotations on the TRX

Warm up your shoulders and keep them mobile with this drill. Walk your feet out or elevate them to increase the challenge.

Tip: The Number One Thing That Needs to Change

The longer you've been lifting hard, the more this advice applies.

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Tip: Single-Arm Push Press with Accentuated Eccentric

Use an explosive dip and drive to power the dumbbell up, then take about 4 seconds to lower the weight.

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Tip: Split-Stance One-Arm Dumbbell Press

Build head-to-toe stability and balance along with strong, muscular shoulders. Do 3-4 sets of 8-12 reps with a slow tempo.

3 Popular Stretches That Suck

These stretches are common, but they often lead to even more painful problems. Here's what to do instead.

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Tip: Density Training: Leg Extensions & Goblet Squats

Occluded extensions alternated with heels-elevated goblet squats for 3 rounds. Remove the wraps and rest 3 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times.

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Tip: The Proper Box Jump

It's not about how high the box is. It's about how explosive you are from the ground.

Tip: Attack the Bar Violently

Build strength and set new personal records using compensatory acceleration training. Here's how.

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Tip: The Zercher Shrug

Stay upright and avoid bouncing to make this a very effective shrug variation.

Tip: Do Inclines With a Thumbless Grip

Shoulder pain when bench pressing? Don't stop benching, just try this variation.

Tip: 4 Technique Fixers for Strength Gains

There's nothing dumber than trying to get stronger without first getting your technique right. Follow these handy guidelines.

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Tip: Unrack the Bar Right

No spotter? These simple tips will allow you to use more weight and stay safe on the bench press.

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Tip: Inverted Sit-Ups and Squats

Two old-school exercises that are worth trying out. Check 'em out.

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Tip: Accentuated Crunches on the Bench

Resistances plus eccentric loading: this advanced exercise will hit your abs in whole new way.

Tip: A Simple Mobility Drill for Healthy Shoulders

Do this easy drill daily to fix up your grouchy shoulders and prevent lifting injuries.

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Tip: Mobility Drills for Olympic Lifting

Do this before your next O-lift session for better range of motion and safer lifts.

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Tip: Single-Leg Pushes and Pulls

Ramp up the unilateral intensity or bring up your weak side by pushing with the same leg, then switch legs and repeat.