The World's Largest Hardcore Training Site

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

If you need to decide what to eat, track down those foods in the proper amounts, and then finally take a bite – the chances of you skipping that meal are much higher. Here's how to take the thinking out of eating.

Latest and Trending

Applied Nutrigenomics

Did you know that one person's physiological response to a certain drug or supplement can be 70 times stronger than it is in another person? It all has to do with the science of Nutrigenomics.

The 2008 Fat Loss Roundtable - Part 2

Our fat-loss panel shoots down just about every dieter's tip known to fat bastards the world wide. Fortunately, the single-digit body fat trio offers up a bunch of stuff that works, too.

The 2008 Fat Loss Roundtable - Part 1

It's the New Year, the traditional time to think about ditching all that blubber. What's the best way to do it, low carbs, low fat, low calories, exercise, supplements, or some novel approach?

The Deadlift From Hell

It may just be the biggest of the big compound movements. Find out why this hellacious exercise is a favorite of Charles Poliquin!

Single Dummbell Overhead Squats

Those guys who think planks and Bosu Ball triceps kickbacks are giving their core a good workout are poor, pathetic slobs. If you really want to work the core, you've got to raise the weight over your head.

A New Angle on Cable Training

Your teacher always said that ditching math class would come back to bite you on the butt and she was right. Luckily, Nick Tumminello is here to show you how vector mathematics can improve your workouts. (Really.)

Heavy Supports

With squats, fear is often the limiting factor. Part of us is afraid that a big weight will flatten us like a pancake and make people want to pour syrup onto us. Heavy Supports will cure that fear.

See Chad Train

We all know what kind of training Chad puts his clients through, but what about Chad himself? Amazingly, his own training is mixture of Crossfit and H.I.T. Kidding! You'll be glad to hear that he practices what he preaches.

Build and Burn

Bulking is dead. The new approach? Carb manipulation. Use food to get your body to release its own anabolic hormones. Here’s how.

Transform Your Physique - Part 1

Testosterone is about to unveil a very cool new feature called "The Physique Clinic." This is where select T-Nation members will be personally coached by Christian Thibaudeau so that they can finally achieve their physique goals.

4 Directions to a Kick-Ass Back

The Fortress believes there are four fundamental directions a weight must be pulled or lifted in order to build a kick-ass back. He calls it his Directional Back Training Principle and it has nothing to do with North and South.

Playing With Steroids

Whenever a steroid story breaks, the first person they call is Dr. Charles Yesalis. Oddly enough, based on the interviews over the years, we've been led to believe that Dr. Yesalis is rabidly anti-steroid. We may have been wrong.

The Round-Up Interviews: Chad Waterbury

Waterbury talks about his new e-book, Larry David, his gig with Rickson Gracie, and oh yeah, training and stuff. In fact, we're heading off to the gym right now to test drive his little dip, chin, and deadlift training circuit.

3 Ideas For Tougher Workouts

The boneheads in your gym only know one way to make an exercise tougher – add more weight. That's why boneheads never build more muscle, no matter how long they work out. Our resident Scotsman knows some remedies.

Leg Training Myths Exposed

The best squat depth? The right position for the knees? Here’s what you need to know.

Big Bang-For-Your-Buck Exercises

Want to build great abs? Forget sit-ups. Want great biceps? Forget all those curls. Want a great chest? Forget the bench press. According to Chad, isolation movements are a waste of time. He's either nuts or a great visionary.

The Round-Up Interviews: Eric Cressey

In honor of the League Championships that start tonight, we present a look at how baseball has pretty much abused weight training and sports preparation in general. Hell, listening to Eric Cressey, it's a wonder any of them can throw a ball.

A Singular Workout

If you're a bodybuilder and you've spent your weightlifting life doing sets of 8,10, 12, etc., doing singles will absolutely blow you up. A terrific idea and a terrific program that'll raise you head and shoulders above the competition.

Training to Failure

Matt Phelps is hugely pissed about the term "failure" and what it really means. He thinks exercise physiologists have one idea while the guys in the trenches, i.e., the guys in the gym, have a different, more realistic idea.

Lean and Mean Cookin'

How to eat right, get full, and woo women.

7 Coaches Give Their Number 1 Tip

We posed the following question to 7 coaches: "What one thing has made the biggest difference in your training when it comes to putting on muscle?" The answers varied enormously, but one of them might provide the clue you've been waiting for.

Thibaudeau's Words of Wisdom

We dug through the Author's Locker Room and found information gold in them-there hills. So with mule, shovel, and pick ax, we excavated the biggest, best nuggets from Thibaudeau mountain and melted them together to make this bright, shiny article.

Building the Case for Hybrid Training

Bodybuilding guru Scott Abel says that training for hypertrophy, size, thickness, density, and shape is not the same as strength training. If the question is how to gain unadulterated muscle mass, is hybrid training the answer?

Fast to Big

Everyone thought mixing peanut butter with chocolate was crazy, but it turned out it was more than right. Now, Chad wants to mix light load training with heavy training because it's the quickest way to pack on muscle. Genius, or just another peanut-butter cup wannabe? You decide.