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The Fortress believes there are four fundamental directions a weight must be pulled or lifted in order to build a kick-ass back. He calls it his Directional Back Training Principle and it has nothing to do with North and South.

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Non-Sexy Training and Nutrition

Anytime you plateau in training, it's rarely because your program isn't complex enough. Usually it's because you've strayed from the basics. Here's an overview of the basics of training.

Hell on Wheels

"You're a worm – a gutless worm, with puny legs to boot." And that's just Rob Fortney talkin' to his kids about their leg development! Imagine what he's going to say to you, you weak little douchebag.

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.

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!

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.

Staggered Ab Training

Finally, an ab training program that's excuse proof! No more throwing in a couple of pathetic, obligatory crunches at the end of a workout. And the answer was staring you in the face the whole time.

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  • Muscle on a Budget 1

    You didn't hit your football pool this week, and now you gotta buy a new physiology textbook to replace the one your dog ate. How the heck are you going to have any money left over for food?

    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.

    7 Coaches Give Their Number 1 Tip

    We posed the following question to 7 coaches: "What one thing has made the biggest difference in your training when it comes to putting on muscle?" The answers varied enormously, but one of them might provide the clue you've been waiting for.

    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.

    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.

    Carbohydrate Tolerance

    There's a term used to describe people who don't control their tolerance to carbohydrates. They're called fat people. Dave Barr is here to tell you how to make carbs work for you and not against you.

    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!

    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 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.

    Muscles for Athletes - Part 2

    This article contains so many training concepts and ideas that it'll likely keep your workouts fresh and productive for months to come. This is one you'll want to print out and save.

    The Everlasting Bond

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

    Anabolic Pump Training

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