The World's Largest Hardcore Training Site

Driven by the intelligent and relentless pursuit of muscle since 1998.

Strategies for sets, reps, volume, training, and for getting downright ripped. Find it all here.

Latest and Trending

Meat!

Usually in an exploration of functional foods, one hears a lot about vegetables, fruits, herbs, phytochemicals and such. That's all cool to learn, but most humans are after all omnivorous. That is, man does not generally live by plants alone.

Gina Aliotti: Supergirl

What happens when a bodybuilder and a nutrition store owner get together and make a baby? What happens when this baby is raised on health foods? What happens when she starts training with weights at age 14?

Goals and Toilet Seats

On our way to Montana for the National Weight Pentathlon, my wife Tiffini and I pulled over for a break. It's a beautiful drive, but I drink a lot of coffee and I'm 49, so we have to pull over for a lot of "breaks."

Motor Units and Mad Libs

While waiting at the DMV for my moped license renewal form, I decided to kill some time with one of my favorite childhood pastimes. No, not chewing tobacco and throwing rocks at whores. I'm talking about that crazy little word game known as Mad Libs.

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.

Precious Bodily Fluids

Now that I've got your attention with the title, let's try to raise our thinking from the lower centers of bodily function and get more cerebral, shall we? (Admittedly there are those, like a certain editor around here, who can weave <i>both</i> into an entertaining editorial, but I'm not going to attempt that bit of literary stunt pilotry.)

40 Random Thoughts

Like everyone else, I've had my role models and mentors who've looked out for me. My mother has taught high school English for over 20 years, so I owe a lot of my writing success to her. My father taught me to tie a tie and to remember to check the oil in my car. My brother, the accountant, is always a phone call away if I need financial advice.

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 Journey To Excellence

This week, one of the great mentors in my life died. He was Coach Ralph Maughan of Utah State, and he taught me one great lesson.

Pulling Your Chain For Massive Gains!

Ever notice how two supposedly inviolate principles of resistance training are basically contradictory?

Man Fuel 2

When it comes to building muscle or performing at your peak athletically, nutrition is 50% of the equation. Or is it 75%? Maybe 90%? Whatever. It's, like, really important, okay?

Rope Revolution

They're both assets to my training programs. Indeed, I've used kettlebells for years with success. And Pavel? He's a good guy. I definitely consider him a friend and a juggernaut in the strength and conditioning community.

Hungry Like The Wolfe

"Now that's my idea of a fit woman!"

The King of Meals

You've heard it before: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!" Or perhaps you've heard it stated in reference to a long night of liver depletion and fasting catabolism: "Break the fast... breakfast!"

Bulk Up, Cut Up: Biceps!

Christian, I really want to improve my biceps development. Do you think that supersets are a good training method to use for that purpose?

28 Things I'm Learning

In four months I'll be a whopping 28 years old. I know a thing or two about training and all that goes into it, but I also respect the fact that there's a hell of a lot I don't know enough about, and other topics I need to know something about that I'm not even aware of!

New Arm Size, Right Now!

How does an advanced lifter build bigger arms? Is it even possible? It is. If you're an experienced lifter who hasn't seen arm growth in ages, here's what to do.

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.

Bulk Up, Cut Up! 3

Thib, you seem to be able to come up with a lot of new and effective exercises. Got any more that I could use to spice up my training?

Nervous Muscle

It's very apparent to me that there are many coaches and fitness writers who don't understand the nervous system. I'm not the least bit surprised because your nervous system is arguably the most complex and ambiguous system in your body.

Exercises You've Never Tried 17

Nine challenging exercises that you probably haven't tried before. Give 'em a shot this week in the gym.

Another Power Food

Long before 1904 when J.T. Stinson coined the legendary phrase, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," apples have been a historic symbol of good health.

7 Reasons You're a Weakling

Strength is the foundation of all athletic qualities. Here's what you need to do to build it and improve across the board.

6 Lost Lifters

I'm normally somewhat of a bookworm and science geek, although &#8211; to blow a little sunshine up my own butt &#8211; I have to say, I'm getting better at reading people.