Is it possible to put more stress on certain parts of a muscle?
Bruce Nadler has seen more boobs than you.
Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches
A new way to give your body and brain a break and rediscover the idiotic fun of training
Usually in an exploration of functional foods, one hears a lot about vegetables, fruits, herbs, phytochemicals and such. That's all cool to learn, but most humans are after all omnivorous. That is, man does not generally live by plants alone.
Chris Shugart recently wrote an article about balance. Basically he said, "Balance good, karate good, everything good. Balance bad? Better pack up, go home."
A few weeks back, at a small research meeting in Toronto, Ontario, my good friend Dr. Alan Logan handed me a book I hadn't heard of before.
I've come to the realization that not everybody is interested in entering powerlifting competitions, but they <i>are</i> interested in improving their training by using powerlifting concepts. So here are a few things I picked up in the powerlifting pits that you can use to reach whatever lifting goals you may have.
While waiting at the DMV for my moped license renewal form, I decided to kill some time with one of my favorite childhood pastimes. No, not chewing tobacco and throwing rocks at whores. I'm talking about that crazy little word game known as Mad Libs.
So you want to get shredded, do ya? Like, ridiculously shredded? You know, 3% body fat shredded? Well, if so, you're in the wrong place, bubba.
Within the realm of training for greater strength, muscle mass, and endurance lies an area of science that remains relatively untapped: Neuroscience. It's indeed the uncharted waters in the vast ocean of the science and practice of resistance training. That's because so little is known about how the nervous system actually works.
Now that I've got your attention with the title, let's try to raise our thinking from the lower centers of bodily function and get more cerebral, shall we? (Admittedly there are those, like a certain editor around here, who can weave <i>both</i> into an entertaining editorial, but I'm not going to attempt that bit of literary stunt pilotry.)
This week, one of the great mentors in my life died. He was Coach Ralph Maughan of Utah State, and he taught me one great lesson.
It was a dire situation, a nightmare of indescribable proportions that only Dante could relate to. Every salacious thought I've ever had and every misdeed I ever committed was paid back to me in spades.
When it comes to building muscle or performing at your peak athletically, nutrition is 50% of the equation. Or is it 75%? Maybe 90%? Whatever. It's, like, really important, okay?
Low-carbohydrate diets have certainly received their share of attention in recent years. While the popularity of Atkins, South Beach, and other low-carb diets peaked last year, it remains an interesting topic among physique athletes.
If you drop about a roll and a half of Mentos mints into a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke, you'd better run like hell because the Mentos causes the Coke to erupt into a beautiful, 15-foot high, sugary-sweet Coca Cola geyser.
I remember lying on the incline bench. It was an "old school" incline bench: long, straight, and red, with footpads at the bottom so you're literally locked in from heel to shoulder for every rep.
"Now that's my idea of a fit woman!"
You've heard it before: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!" Or perhaps you've heard it stated in reference to a long night of liver depletion and fasting catabolism: "Break the fast... breakfast!"
In 1993, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences introduced the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), a set of four reference values for nutritional intakes:
Creatine is the most studied sports supplement in history. Here’s what we’ve learned about loading, delivery systems, and timing issues.
In four months I'll be a whopping 28 years old. I know a thing or two about training and all that goes into it, but I also respect the fact that there's a hell of a lot I don't know enough about, and other topics I need to know something about that I'm not even aware of!
How does an advanced lifter build bigger arms? Is it even possible? It is. If you're an experienced lifter who hasn't seen arm growth in ages, here's what to do.