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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.

Hell on Wheels

"You're a worm – a gutless worm, with puny legs to boot." And that's just Rob Fortney talkin' to his kids about their leg development! Imagine what he's going to say to you, you weak little douchebag.

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.

Incline Dumbbell Curls

So you think you know how to do plain, simple, Incline Dumbbell Curls, huh? Well maybe you do, but there are at least a couple of trick you can pull to make the movement a whole lot more effective.

Cooking the Power Foods - Part 2

Seven superfoods you should be eating and how to make them into delicious meals.

Combos For Power and Size

Combos consist of big-money lifts done in rapid succession. Do them right and you'll muscle up quick, along with building speed and power. Oh yeah, you'll also drop some blubber... assuming your heart doesn't explode.

The New Low-Carb Guru

Dr. Jeff Volek is one of the leading "new school" researchers in the areas of nutrition, resistance training, lipid metabolism, and endocrinology. He also knows more about low-carb dieting than just about anyone else on the planet.

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.

The Drag Curl

Break out of your training rut and build some new biceps mass with the drag curl! It's not easy, you'll look like a gimp doing it, and you'll have to use sissy resistance. What more could you ask for in an exercise?

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?

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.

The 125 Best Foods for Men

We don't know what's better, the fact Biotest was finally recognized by the outside world for its quality, or that Tim Patterson agreed to a rare interview! We call it a coin toss.

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.

Motivate Lagging Muscles

Thibs lists five reasons why you're not growing (not including the fact that your workout consists of 5 minutes on the Thigh Master you found in your mom's closet). Oh yeah, he also gives some pretty cool quick fixes.

The 9 Keys to Productive Training

So you spend maybe 5 or 6 hours a week in the gym. How much of that time is spent snapping towels or playing the soap dish game in the locker room? If you plan just a little and cut out the wasted time, you might actually build a decent physique.

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.)

Everything Is About to Change

Our most fundamental belief concerning weight lifting may be wrong. It could very well be that we have it backwards. Let the controversy begin!

Mastering the Deadlift - Part 3

The complete guide to dominating the deadlift, from shoe selection to advanced training techniques.

Double Trouble Hypertrophy

Most of us poor slobs have jobs so we don't have the luxury of doing two-a-days, but we figure since it's summer there are a bunch of feckless college students out there doing one bong hit after another who just might be able to take advantage of this program.

Mastering the Deadlift - Part 2

The complete guide to dominating the deadlift, from shoe selection to advanced training techniques.

The Everlasting Bond

Here's one of the most important benefits of training that many people overlook.

Top 3 Nutritional Mistakes

No reaching your physique goals? Are you making one of these common mistakes? Check out the list.