It's that time of year again. The most dedicated and hardcore lifters are still in the gym for two hours a day, six days per week, while the rest of us (a.k.a. the non-loser majority) are facing a time-crunched, often unavoidable four to six week period packed full of bullshit shopping, crowded malls, kick ass family get-togethers, boring-as-all-hell family get-togethers, parties with friends, parties with co-workers, parties that you just crashed, and hangovers.
"Bill Hartman is the smartest man I know," Alwyn Cosgrove said recently at a seminar. I don't know about you, but that's pretty esteemed praise, especially from someone like Alwyn who's considered one of the foremost minds in the performance enhancement industry.
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!
Eight ways to train safely and effectively.
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."
The strength and conditioning field is like no other. Coaches have bitter enemies and die-hard devotees – and sometimes a person will qualify as both depending on the day of the week. There are insane egos and there are humble, incredibly bright coaches who go unnoticed. Finally, there are a lot of coaches who people really don't get.
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.
It was a dire situation, a nightmare of indescribable proportions that only Dante could relate to. Every salacious thought I've ever had and every misdeed I ever committed was paid back to me in spades.
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!"
Creatine is the most studied sports supplement in history. Here’s what we’ve learned about loading, delivery systems, and timing issues.
When it comes to exercise performance, especially the more exotic movements I often prescribe, most people grasp the big picture but miss the finer points. To remedy this, I created this "toolbox" series to help experienced lifters fill in the blanks and newer lifters learn about some very effective exercises. Here's the newest installment!
Lifting weights, slaying dragons, and finding out what you’re really made of. What are you questing for? Check this out.
They say fitness has to become a lifestyle. True, but how do you do that exactly? Try this.
The other day I was training at a local gym and witnessed a horrible tragedy taking place – a personal trainer taking his client through a warm-up!
In Part One of my "no curls" arm specialization training series, I talked about the absurdity of most arm specialization routines. I proposed that most trainees do more than enough biceps curls and triceps press downs and don't really need more of either of them.
We live in a world of excuses. Most people don't want to accept that when something goes wrong in their lives, they're at least partly to blame.
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.
If you've been training as long as I have, I'm sure you can relate to feeling a bit stale and uninspired with your workouts at times.
Welcome, my friends, to grocery shopping with T-Nation.
How one of our top coaches programs exercises, sets and reps, progressions and more. Check it out.
You lift hard but the gains just aren’t coming. Here's what's happening and how to finally pack on muscle.
You've seen his name on a lot of recent T-Nation articles, and you've seen him pass out some outstanding training advice on the forum. And you've probably thought, "Man, that guy is smart, but who is he anyway?"
Ten years ago, most people who trained with weights had never heard of a "strength coach." Oh sure, there were sports coaches who worked with athletes on performance. And there were famous bodybuilders who theorized on hypertrophy methods in the magazines.
"Truth always goes in 3 stages. First it is ridiculed, then violently opposed, and finally accepted as self-evident."