The World's Largest Hardcore Training Site

Driven by the intelligent and relentless pursuit of muscle since 1998.

Six high-tech tactics that’ll get you even stronger.

Latest and Trending

My 8 "Ah-Ha!" Moments

Chris Shugart lists the 8 realizations that changed everything for him, physique-wise.

Question of Nutrition 4

Does diet soda make you fat? Is chia better than flax? Will tuna make your mercury rise? Dr. Bowden has the answers.

Diamond Calves and Old School Exercises

A novel calf routine plus a selection of old-school total-body exercises.

Solutions to Lifting Problems

Eric tells you what to do if your knee, shoulder, or back hurts, but you still want to work out.

Fix That Weak Link!

Regardless of whether your goal is to deadlift 1,000 pounds or to build a shredded Christmas tree, the principles are basically the same.

Question of Nutrition 3

Is pomegranate really nature’s Viagra? Is HFCS really the same as sugar? Do you need extra vitamin D? All these answers and much more here.

Muscle on a Budget 2

The economy is ailing, but that's no reason to quit your gym membership and eat out of dumpsters.

Who Cares if It Looks Weird?

One of the world's most successful and respected bodybuilding coaches sounds off on training techniques, excessive drug use, and what it means to coach with a capital C.

Massive Force

This six-week program breaks some of the currently accepted rules for workout volume and duration. That's why you'll do more than 20 sets per workout and you'll train for 60 to 75 minutes.

The Holistic Chest Blast

Thibs is a sadistic SOB because he's always glad to bring more pain your way. This time the red glow of his laser sight is dancing around your chest and he's ready to pull the trigger.

Question of Nutrition 2

The truth about bulking diets, fasting, food allergies and more.

Beef Up Your Body Composition

Muscle insulin sensitivity, lifting tempo, and how to use control days to maximize your mass phase.

Jack Up Your Arms With Mechanical Drop Sets

With mechanical drop sets, instead of reducing the load, you switch to a new but similar exercise by changing the grip, angle, etc. The result is a whole lot of burning and a whole lot of growth.

The Reality Show Mass Circuit

This week Thibs presents a "Survivor" inspired workout where you do four basic strength-exercises in a circuit. As soon as you reach failure on a particular movement, it gets "voted off the island."

Five Myths About Training Athletes

Erick Minor's got a bone to pick: he keeps encountering personal trainers who make assertions about training athletes that just don't pan out in real life conditions, i.e. the gym and the athletic field.

Variety and Rules for Progression

The real secret to building muscle and strength is to progress. You have to challenge your body and find ways to progressively ask more of it. Christian tells you how.

Thib's Quick Tricks

Magnum guns, bowling pin forearms, and a Herculean torso, all in one article.

The 4 Stages of Mental Mastery

How to use neurolinguistic programming to reach your physique 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.

Everything Push-Ups

How to fix your bad push-up mechanics plus several new variations to try out. Check it out.

Violent Variations - Part 4

We can always count on Christian to give us some great new movements that, in addition to spurring new muscle growth, will elicit bewildered stares from all the ACE certified trainers in the gym.

The Round-Up Interviews: Dave Tate

Big Dave Tate is a powerlifting icon and a successful businessman. He's also the least politically correct man in weightlifting and always a sure bet to scorch somebody's eardrums.

One-Arm Barbell Eccentric Scott Curls

Charles Poliquin is a genius when it comes to devising innovative, painful exercises and his One-Arm Barbell Eccentric Curls are no exception. They're guaranteed to hurt, along with eliciting stares from other gym members.

The Glute Ham Raise

It's potentially the best hamstring exercise known to man, but it may also be the most difficult and the most humbling. Luckily, even doing it half-assed is hugely effective.