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Gina Aliotti: Supergirl

What happens when a bodybuilder and a nutrition store owner get together and make a baby? What happens when this baby is raised on health foods? What happens when she starts training with weights at age 14?

Goals and Toilet Seats

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."

Nutrition, Your Brain, and Your Body

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.

Nutrition Quest 1

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

Motor Units and Mad Libs

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.

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.

The New Alphabet of Manliness

A collection of the most masculine terms, phrases, concepts, and miscellaneous tidbits. But read it at your own risk because it may make you spontaneously grow a beard.

Precious Bodily Fluids

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.)

The Truth About Sucralose

All too often I'll hear various statements about certain artificial sweeteners being harmful. "Toxic" seems to be a word that the general public likes to throw around. In the following article, I'd like to address some of the completely false statements I've seen being made about one sweetener in particular: sucralose.

The Journey To Excellence

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.

Pulling Your Chain For Massive Gains!

Ever notice how two supposedly inviolate principles of resistance training are basically contradictory?

Man Fuel 2

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?

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.

Hungry Like The Wolfe

"Now that's my idea of a fit woman!"

Bulk Up, Cut Up: Biceps!

Christian, I really want to improve my biceps development. Do you think that supersets are a good training method to use for that purpose?

Creatine Update, 2006

Creatine is the most studied sports supplement in history. Here’s what we’ve learned about loading, delivery systems, and timing issues.

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.

5 Damn Good Reasons to Use FFA

It’s tough to get enough healthy fatty acids through diet alone. Here’s why you should add them to your supplement protocol.

10 Things I've Learned

T-Nation asked Cosgrove to tell us his top ten tips. He gave us 34.

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.