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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?

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Blood on the Barbell: A Newbie's Story

The biker put him through a workout that was decidedly unscientific, but it taught Darren a lesson about lifting. Hope you've got some equipment in the room because you're going to want to hit the weights right after you read this.

Naturally Diesel

Jimmy Smith attempts to bring logic, practicality, and good sense to the discipline of bodybuilding. No, really. We're not kidding. This lump actually thinks he can offset years of obfuscation. Oh well, whadda' ya' say we give him a chance?

Stimulate More Muscle Growth

If you understand your opponent, you can manipulate him and win the battle. Similarly, if you understand why weight lifting builds muscles, you can control those babies and make them do your bidding. Muscle Master Christian tells you how.

3 Ways to Get Big!

Heavy lifting, volume work, and constant tension. Here’s how to program them all for maximum hypertrophy.

Carbohydrate Tolerance

There's a term used to describe people who don't control their tolerance to carbohydrates. They're called fat people. Dave Barr is here to tell you how to make carbs work for you and not against you.

New Associations, New Muscle

Lots of the usual solid folksy wisdom from Dan John, but in addition, this article contained so many great training ideas that we dropped what we were doing and ran straight to the gym to try them. (Sorry Ma, we'll fix your dialysis machine tomorrow.)

6 New Exercises For New Muscle!

More exercises from Christian that you probably never tried before. Each is terrifically effective and each is guaranteed to make your fellow gym rats assume youre some sort of mad scientist slash exercise physiologist.

Blood on the Barbell: Thibaudeau

There are times when the world is against you, when you girlfriend left you, your momma don't love you, and even your dog don't much care for you. That's when it's time for the mental therapy that only a brutal training session can provide.

How to Improve Your Fitness Literacy

More wisdom about life and lifting from Testosterone Nation's sage.

Nutrition Quest 3

Did you know that if you pig out after a short calorie restriction period, you can trick your body into adding more muscle? Did you know that you can make protein bars out of road kill? Okay we lied about that last one, but regardless, Mike does offer some cool recipes for high-protein snacks.

Make it Harder

The Atomic Dog's out in the nuclear doghouse. (He chewed up Tim Patterson's favorite workout shirt.) As such, TC wrote a plain ol' regular training article instead of his usual hallucinogenic-mushroom fueled rant.

EPDS: 7 Causes and Cures

Extreme Performance Decline Syndrome (EPDS) sounds like a new social disease, but it really has to do with mid-set fatigue. Ever wonder why you can pump out 12 reps on the first set but then have trouble hitting 6 or 7 reps on the fifth set? Luckily, Joel Marion knows how to boost your performance.

Essential Waterbury

We were going to send Chad to your house, but we couldn't find a shipping container big enough. So, we did the next best thing. This article will allow you to easily construct your very own Waterbury program. Read up, muscle up!

Dude, Where's Your Calories?

There's a right way to eat when you're trying to gain muscle, but it doesn't involve eating enough food to feed Kirstie Alley after she's smoked a bong.

Conquering Enemies of the Spine

Are you 30 years old but feel like you've got the spine of a 90-year-old well digger? Michael and Cassandra can cure what ails ya'. Practice their deloading drills regularly and your spine will soon be as straight and springy as a young poodle dog's tail.

A Return to Bodybuilding

We'll admit it, this interview bounces all over the place, but read it and you'll come out about 8 times smarter regarding bodybuilding (okay, maybe 7), plus you'll learn some new kick-ass exercises.

Beat the Snot Out of Death

Are your bulking phases, or just the act of eating like a bodybuilder, shortening your athletic career or your life? It's possible, but Dr. L's got a plan and it involves "calorie restriction mimetics." Read, learn, live long and prosper.

"Building-On"

Whenever you can make a workout more time-efficient, you're stacking the odds heavily in your favor. Not only do you complete your training in less time, but you've also got more time to recover before the next onslaught!

Can't Prove It - Part 2

Prior to the early 90's, hardly anyone used scientific references to support their notions – not in real life and certainly not in the magazines. You just said what you believed and most of the time no one questioned you.

Strategic Overeating for Mass

"No one in this world can you trust: not men, not women, not beasts... this you can trust."

One Mile to Ripped - Part 2

"Back in the days of being 297 pounds, every workout was brutal; there was no other alternative. That's not the case any more. Have I become soft, like a former all-star playing out a multi-million dollar contract?"

Waterbury Rules

At first glance, it might seem that the title of this article is a double entendre (you know, like "Kid Rock Rules!"). I assure you, it's not. My linguistic reference of choice is not a music-challenged snowboarder but the <i>Oxford English Dictionary,</i> or for all you acronym lovers: OED.

The Critic vs. Waterbury

Hello, T-Nation peckerheads! I'm the Critic. My job in this new article series is to call out various T-Nation contributors and put them on the firing line.

The Smartest Man in Fitness?

"Bill Hartman is the smartest man I know," Alwyn Cosgrove said recently at a seminar. I don't know about you, but that's pretty esteemed praise, especially from someone like Alwyn who's considered one of the foremost minds in the performance enhancement industry.