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You've spent the spring and summer training to look good on the beach. As a result, you now have the chest and arms of a silverback gorilla, but the thighs and calves of a pink flamingo. Time to fix that.

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Fatigue and Best Exercises

Training to failure, CNS fatigue, and choosing the best exercises for your goals.

3 Tape Measures of Progress

Dan John wants to know if you're making progress. It seems the answer should be simple, but is it? Fortunately, the big guy offers up 3 unorthodox ways to gauge your answer. (Wait until you read about the "pencil test".)

Maximal Force

You finished boozing it up over the holiday? Good. Cuz it's time to put what's left of your brain matter to use in understanding the nervous system and how utilizing it can make you stronger and better lookin'.

5 Things You're Missing

Five things you should be doing – some in the gym, some at the dinner table – to help you reach your body comp goals.

Combination Training

Has Mike discovered the Holy Grail of training programs? Has he figured out a way to keep the body from adapting? Can he levitate just by using the power of his mind? Answers to these questions and more are contained herein.

Partial Overhead Press

Some call it the ultimate triceps movement, others call it, "that exercise that hurts the top of my head and makes me see birdies." Either way, you ought to be doing Partial Overhead Presses.

7 Steps to a Balanced Fighter

To be a good fighter, you need a balance between strength, endurance, and mobility. Here’s what to do to ramp up all three.

The 200 Rep Challenge

Need to shock your muscles into new growth? Need to make that personal trainer with the oversized head and youth-sized Under Armour shirt drop his favorite baby blue dumbbell on his toe? Then this killer workout is for you.

5 Programming Strategies for Quick Results

Training ideas that’ll improve your squat, bench press, and even your abs.

Soy: What's the Big Deal?

Back in 1998, TC broke the story about the evils of soy, reporting how it might squelch Testosterone levels and even kill testicular cells. Have we found out more about soy? John Berardi and Ryan Andrews review the latest research.

The Deadlift Walk

Here's the latest exercise to make you curse us: Imagine doing a heavy deadlift and then going for a stroll. Okay, that doesn't exactly describe the Deadlift Walk, but it comes close.

The 2008 Alphabet of Manliness

From A to Z, Tony G's got some ideas about every bodybuilding, diet, and performance topic you can think of, not to mention some appealing notions about hottie Kate Beckinsale. A very cool, fun, and informative article.

Applied Nutrigenomics

Did you know that one person's physiological response to a certain drug or supplement can be 70 times stronger than it is in another person? It all has to do with the science of Nutrigenomics.

The Mobility Complex

We'll admit it. Warm-ups suck. They're no fun, but we realize their importance. Luckily, Jeremy Frisch has come up with a couple that are hugely effective while still being tolerable to us warm-up haters.

Build and Burn

Bulking is dead. The new approach? Carb manipulation. Use food to get your body to release its own anabolic hormones. Here’s how.

Training Disasters

Tony shoots apart training myths like they were ducks and he was a starving fat man sitting in a pond with a rifle. Read about the "other side of the core," deadlifting mistakes, and the pencil test. (You gotta' take the pencil test.)

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!

50 More Tips for Serious Athletes

A grab bag of tips for bodybuilders, strength athletes and more. Regardless of your sports calling, you're guaranteed to find something useful here.

Row Right

Girls may hate to see you leave, but if you've got a broad back, they'll love to watch you go. (Course it helps if you've got a nice ass, too, but that's a whole 'nother article.) Mike Robertson is here to troubleshoot your rowing.

A Singular Workout

If you're a bodybuilder and you've spent your weightlifting life doing sets of 8,10, 12, etc., doing singles will absolutely blow you up. A terrific idea and a terrific program that'll raise you head and shoulders above the competition.

Best of the Best of the Back

Dorian Yates had a big back, but he trained it wrong. You heard me, wrong. At least that's what Scott Abel says. But you know something? After we read this article, Scott convinced us. We're now doing it the Abel way.

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.