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Games Olympic People Play

On some levels, it somehow seems a shame to reignite the flame of scandal so soon after the Olympic flame has been extinguished.

Black Belt Bodybuilder

What do you get when you cross a bodybuilder with a martial artist? Answer: A person you want on your side in a bar fight!

Dawg School 4

We've all been there. No matter how big and educated we think we are now, at one time or another we were small.

The Evolution of Ab Training

Ah, the elusive art of abs. These days, the "lift shirt and crunch" has replaced flexed biceps as the choice method for proving that you are, indeed, a studly man-beast. Despite this latest "muscle of the moment" craze, Americans are getting fatter. Want to know the secret reason? Okay, I'll tell you...but this is just between you and me, deal?

Question of Strength 25

Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

Youth Gone Wild

Note: While this article is geared toward teenagers, the info that it contains will be helpful for anyone who's new to weight training.

Question of Strength 24

Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

Question of Strength 23

Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

Protein Powder Fact and Fiction

I love meal replacement drinks (MRPs) and protein powders in general. I can't imagine life without them. But, truth be told, one of them damn near killed me once.

A Simpleton's Guide to Charles Poliquin's Training Principles 2

In Part I of this article, I carefully picked out seven of Charles Poliquin's principles and tried to make them a little easier to understand. Of course, as I mentioned, picking out only seven was a little like trying to pick my top seven favorite Hanson songs?okay, bad analogy.

Tip: Do You HAVE to Count Calories?

Maybe not, but you have to be very aware of your SHMEC. Here's what that means.

Tip: Alkaline Water Doesn't Completely Suck

The ads for alkaline water say it'll cure everything. It can't, but there's at least a grain of truth behind it.

Tip: Climbing Up In Age? Bump Up The Volume

Think you're done gaining size? Raise your rep ranges and get bigger. Here's why it works for middle-aged lifters.

Tip: The Glute Exercise for Athletes

Yeah, yeah, it'll make your butt look good too. Check it out.

Tip: What a Bug Can Teach You About Diet

There's an insect that tries to copulate with beer bottles. Really. And he has much to teach you about diet. Check this out.

Tip: 3 Ideas to Help You Understand Technique

Read this and you'll know more about the causes of poor form and how to fix it than any form Nazi in your gym.

Tip: 3 Ways to Get Growing Again

Gains stalled even though you're training hard? Try one (or all) of these proven progress re-starters.

The Yearly Test: 5 Ways to Access Real Progress

Are you stronger than you were last year? Leaner? Healthier? Assess yourself in all areas of fitness. Here's what to do.

Tip: Assisted Dips – Useful or Just a Sissy Exercise?

You may be surprised. Check this out.

3 Dumb Rules That Don't Apply Anymore

Why high-rep barbell work, heavy machine work, and partials all have a place in your training... that is, if you want to grow.

Tip: A Better Hip Flexor Stretch

Got tight hip flexors? Here's the stretch you've never tried before... but should.

Tip: Try This Weird Rep-Rest Scheme For Arms

Doing an unorthodox number of reps and taking a really short rest period increased biceps growth by 100% during this study. Take a look.

Fitness Gone Wrong

Good things go bad when certain exercises and training methods are misapplied and misunderstood. Here are 7 examples.

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Tip: Are Overhead Kettlebell Swings Worth It?

American (overhead) kettlebell swings aren't for everyone, but is there ever a place for them? Well, yes and no.