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The Transition

They say fitness has to become a lifestyle. True, but how do you do that exactly? Try this.

10 Uses for a Smith Machine

Most coaches hate the Smith machine, but it does have a few (surprising) uses for serious athletes. Check ‘em out.

The "No Curl" Biceps Program - Part 2

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.

Genetics: Limitation or Copout?

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.

First Person: The Alpha Male Experience

What happens when a regular guy takes a powerful T booster? Check it out.

The Specialization Zone

If you want to build huge muscles, you must continually challenge them by placing a greater demand upon them. If you stick with the same stress level month after month, you'll quickly reach a point where your body is used to the stress and won't need to adapt (i.e. grow) anymore.

Dairy Dilemma

So why an article on dairy? Because the controversy it elicits gets people hotter than Louis Pasteur's Bunsen burners, that's why. In fact, raging debates have broken out many times over the years here among the T-faithful. Just recently TC had to break out the rubber bullets to keep an angry mob of anti-dairy zealots from tearing down the place.

Overcoming Lousy Leverages - Part 2

Our goal is to take the guesswork out of bench and deadlift training and, in the process, take your total to an all-time high!

Built Like a Neanderthal 2

We'll take a look at ourselves, Homo sapiens sapiens, and try to flesh-out some meaningful insights about evolution, brains, brawn, fat, and disease.

The Art of Waterbury

How one of our top coaches programs exercises, sets and reps, progressions and more. Check it out.

40 Movements for Rapid Strength - Part 6

This Tool Box series has become one of my most popular article sets to date, so why break with what's working? Here's the latest installment of this series designed to help experienced lifters fill in the blanks and learn the finer points of strength development.

Powerlifting for Bodybuilders

What can bodybuilders learn from powerlifters? A lot actually. Here are 6 examples.

Beach Training for Performance-Oriented Lifters

"Bodybuilding training? No way! Not for me! I'm training only for strength and function," said the huge sumbitch after deadlifting a load that was roughly equivalent to a Sherman tank.

Continuum Training 1

Understanding Various Strength Training Continuums for Optimal Conjugate Design

Primed For Muscle

Maximizing the neuromuscular system for greater hypertrophy.

40 Movements for Rapid Strength - Part 5

Dave Tate is the co-owner of Elite Fitness Systems and has been involved in the sport of powerlifting since 1982. A true testament to his skills rests in the 10,000 hours of personal training and strength consulting sessions he has performed with novice to elite athletes. Numerous clients have broken barriers they never thought possible through the use of maximal, dynamic and absolute strength development methods.

Atomic Dog: Top Ten Testosterone Facts

Ten things you don’t know about our favorite hormone.

The Protein Debate

What you're about to read is a protein needs debate between John Berardi, Ph.D. of the University of Texas at Austin and Stuart Phillips, Ph.D. of McMaster University in Ontario.

40 Movements for Rapid Strength - Part 4

Many lifters and coaches grasp the big picture when they read about the movements I prescribe for strength development, but they often miss the finer points. I've written this "Toolbox" series to help these experienced lifters fill in the blanks. It'll also help newer lifters learn about some very effective exercises.

500 the Hard Way

Advanced Bench Press Strategies

The Superior Circuit - Part 1

We have some good news for you. The New Year's resolution crowd, famous for clogging up the gym for the first two months of every year, is starting to dwindle. As they devolve back into their sedentary lifestyles, you have the opportunity to evolve your training program to reach even greater heights. In this series, we'll show you how!

Yo, How Much Ya Bench?

The three-step plan for setting up for a bench press PR.

The Sacked Back - Part 1

It's the sound you never want to hear when weight training. Sometimes you feel it immediately; sometimes you sense something happen but it takes a few hours for the full impact to hit you. Either way you've injured your back. The big question is, what do you do?

Bottoms Up Training

It seems that in every family there's always a black sheep, someone who just doesn't quite fit in with the rest. It might be your crazy Aunt Sally who's run off and joined a cult, or maybe your family has its own cousin Eddie of National Lampoon "Vacation" fame.