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Exercise Modifications For New Growth

Simple yet effective ways to turn tired old exercises into plateau busting, muscle building dynamos.

6 Exercises For Stress-Free Gains

You need more volume to get big, but too much volume can mess you up. Here are 6 great movements that won't trash your CNS.

Avoid the Enablers

The world is full of enablers that make you feel good about yourself while ultimately turning you into a sucky human being. Avoid these people like the plague.

The Hub and Spoke Method

A new way to organize your workouts to quickly boost a lagging lift or stubborn muscle group.

Smash 3 PRs in One Month

Train the assistance lifts more like the big three and watch your personal records fall like dominoes. Here's the full plan.

4 Maxims For Squatting Excellence

Four squatting rules that will fix your form and help you set a new PR fast.

The Novelty Workout

While variety is good – even necessary – too much of it derails your progress. Here’s what you need to know.

3 Questions For Better Workouts

Ask yourself these three important questions and you’ll be able to choose better workouts for your goals.

2 Big Mistakes

Lifting that's effective becomes lifting that's enjoyable. Make it so with this crucial advice.

Not Your Average BS Core Training: The Sequel

Nine vicious exercises that’ll build your core without boring you to death.

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  • You're Hurt - You're Not Dead

    Injured? That doesn't mean your workouts should consist of channel surfing. Here are some great heavy-weight exercises you can still do.

    7 More Tweaks To Make Your Exercises More Evil

    They're still your favorite exercises, just tweaked a bit to make them that much more painful - and productive.

    8 Tips From an 800-Pound Bencher

    The soft-pause technique, extended ROM presses, the induction method, and other tips from a monster bench presser. Check ‘em out.

    5 More Hacks To Reinvigorate Your Training

    Five methods to satisfy your need for training variety, including "going nuts on the last set," "reward sets," and "rolling the dice."

    5 Holiday Diet Tips That Don't Suck

    Yes, have some awesome meals on holidays. Have several! Just use these smart eating strategies.

    Becoming A Personal Trainer

    Have the recent economic woes led you to consider becoming a personal trainer? You should read this first.

    5 Mistakes That Killed My Progress

    Caffeine overloads, tragic neglect of kettlebells, wayward experimentation, and other mistakes that made coach Bumgardner the butt of cruel jokes.

    The Difference Between Organic and Natural

    Are you one of those people who get all holier-than-thou when it comes to organic or natural food? Get off your organic high horse and read this article.

    "Glue" Exercises Gone Wrong

    You've no business searching for the latest gimmicky exercise if you're butchering basics like seated rows and push-ups.

    7 Random Training Tips

    Seven things you need to do to reach your lifting goals.

    Flicking the Scab Off Your Dietary Beliefs

    Dietary choices have become sort of the new religion for many people. Let’s offend them. Or maybe, just maybe, educate them so they won’t make silly choices.

    10 Forgotten Tips for Smarter Lifting

    Mike Robertson wants to remind you to do some of the great stuff you used to, but may have forgotten about.

    The Definition of an Expert

    Everybody is an expert today… except they’re really not. Here’s how to separate the experts from the fakers.

    Big Without Strong is Nothing

    The road to a massive body that sports its own zip code begins with simply getting stronger. Here's a minimalist approach to getting maximal results.