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Are You Doing Stupid Stuff in the Gym?

A little analysis is always good. But there's a point at which more won't make you stronger, and may lead to a lot of wasted gym time. Here's why.

Muscles for Athletes - Part 1

Is it possible to build muscle and improve your athletic performance at the same time? Yes. Here's how it's done.

EPDS: 7 Causes and Cures

Extreme Performance Decline Syndrome (EPDS) sounds like a new social disease, but it really has to do with mid-set fatigue. Ever wonder why you can pump out 12 reps on the first set but then have trouble hitting 6 or 7 reps on the fifth set? Luckily, Joel Marion knows how to boost your performance.

The Training Strategy Handbook

Let’s tackle several different training approaches and explain why they work and when they're optimal to use.

Unilateral Work for Building Muscle

You probably never thought about it, but most people can't produce as much force using two bilateral limbs to perform an exercise as they can if they perform the exercise with each limb individually and then add together the force of each side. It's called the bilateral deficit and you should take advantage of it to pack on some muscle.

Beat the Snot Out of Death

Are your bulking phases, or just the act of eating like a bodybuilder, shortening your athletic career or your life? It's possible, but Dr. L's got a plan and it involves "calorie restriction mimetics." Read, learn, live long and prosper.

Shifting Tension

Is it possible to put more stress on certain parts of a muscle?

The Beast Rants, You Learn

Instead of my usual Q & A column this month, I'm going to get a few things off my chest. Don't worry though, it won't simply be the ranting of a dieting bodybuilder; you'll probably learn a few helpful things along the way, too!

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."

Nutrition, Your Brain, and Your Body

A few weeks back, at a small research meeting in Toronto, Ontario, my good friend Dr. Alan Logan handed me a book I hadn't heard of before.

Hormonal Optimization Through Sleep

How to get better quality sleep, recover faster, and be ready for the gym. Check out these tips.

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.

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.

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.

The Secrets to Body Transformation

Losing fat and building muscle takes more than just training and dieting. Here’s what you need to know.

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.

Good Grains, Bad Grains

Chapter Three: Whole Grains

Nitrogenous Novelty

As I sit here pondering the recently concluded Staley Training Summit, I'm left wondering - as I often do - how far overboard I went with my whirlwind lecture on diet and recovery.

The Transition

They say fitness has to become a lifestyle. True, but how do you do that exactly? Try this.

Psych Job – The Mental Side of Things

Usually, when you're talking weight training, you're talking about the five acute training variables; exercise selection, order of exercise, load, volume, and rest. There are literally thousands of training articles out there, discussing the many thousands of possible combinations of these variables.

Temporal Nutrition Q&A

I'm a salty consumer advocate. Ask anyone I know, including the editors of this web site. Being such, I do my best to associate only with good people whether it's in academics, business, or personal endeavors. Likewise, I associate myself only with ideas and concepts that have both empirical and professional support.

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.

Powerlifting for Bodybuilders

What can bodybuilders learn from powerlifters? A lot actually. Here are 6 examples.

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.