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On our way to Montana for the National Weight Pentathlon, my wife Tiffini and I pulled over for a break. It's a beautiful drive, but I drink a lot of coffee and I'm 49, so we have to pull over for a lot of "breaks."

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Nutrition Quest 1

Dr. Roussell weighs in on butter, oatmeal and milk thistle. Check it out.

The Misunderstood Strength Coach

The strength and conditioning field is like no other. Coaches have bitter enemies and die-hard devotees – and sometimes a person will qualify as both depending on the day of the week. There are insane egos and there are humble, incredibly bright coaches who go unnoticed. Finally, there are a lot of coaches who people really don't get.

40 Random Thoughts

Like everyone else, I've had my role models and mentors who've looked out for me. My mother has taught high school English for over 20 years, so I owe a lot of my writing success to her. My father taught me to tie a tie and to remember to check the oil in my car. My brother, the accountant, is always a phone call away if I need financial advice.

2 x 4 Muscle

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.

The Low-Carb Roundtable - Part 2

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.

Food Magic X 5

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.

Rope Revolution

They're both assets to my training programs. Indeed, I've used kettlebells for years with success. And Pavel? He's a good guy. I definitely consider him a friend and a juggernaut in the strength and conditioning community.

The Joint Health Checklist

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:

28 Things I'm Learning

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!

Nervous Muscle

It's very apparent to me that there are many coaches and fitness writers who don't understand the nervous system. I'm not the least bit surprised because your nervous system is arguably the most complex and ambiguous system in your body.

Another Power Food

Long before 1904 when J.T. Stinson coined the legendary phrase, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," apples have been a historic symbol of good health.

6 Lost Lifters

I'm normally somewhat of a bookworm and science geek, although – to blow a little sunshine up my own butt – I have to say, I'm getting better at reading people.

Functional Anatomy for Bad-Asses! Part 2

In Part 2, we'll discuss muscles of the torso and lower extremity, along with my tips to help you write better, more balanced training programs.

Finding the Groove With Spike

The key to using stimulants like Spike wisely is to find the dosage that fits your mental and physical groove. Here’s how.

10 Training Program Pitfalls

I get emails all the time from T-Nation readers who want to know why I don't write programs for the masses. About the only answer I can muster up is: "Because I have a conscience."

Dramatic Carbolin19 Study

More muscle, less body fat AND a boost in testosterone? Check out this research.

Atomic Dog: Vision Quest

Lifting weights, slaying dragons, and finding out what you’re really made of. What are you questing for? Check this out.

If It's Not Cosgrove, It's Crap!

This isn't my usual type of article. Rather than launch into a specific training program, TC's given me this opportunity to launch into an Alwyn Cosgrove rant. A brief warning for the timid, however: I am the king of the politically incorrect.

Tailor-Made Nutrition - Part 2

More info about how to custom-make your own diet plan.

Nitrogenous Novelty

As I sit here pondering the recently concluded Staley Training Summit, I'm left wondering - as I often do - how far overboard I went with my whirlwind lecture on diet and recovery.

The Holiday Program

Undulating periodization for in-season athletes and holiday-season regular guys.

The Transition

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

Exercises You've Never Tried 15

Well, maybe you’ve tried some of them. But maybe not. Check out the list and challenge yourself.

How Your Muscles Grow

If they aren't growing, is high frequency training the answer?