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28 Synergistic Factors for Success

There's no such thing as isolation in training or in life. Everything you do, have done, and will do, affects everything else. Success is a synergistic – not additive – phenomenon.

Primed For Muscle

Maximizing the neuromuscular system for greater hypertrophy.

A New View of Energy Balance

"Truth always goes in 3 stages. First it is ridiculed, then violently opposed, and finally accepted as self-evident."

Atomic Dog: Top Ten Testosterone Facts

Ten things you don’t know about our favorite hormone.

3 Dead-Ends and a Loophole

Some of you might have enjoyed the Diary of a Steroid User series as much as I did. It was an interesting, unapologetic, honest portrait of what it's like when an average Joe uses steroids. But however much I enjoyed it, I cringed when I read some of the "pyramid" workouts outlined by the anonymous author

Blood & Guts (Mostly Guts)

An interview with gastrointestinal expert, Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, LDN

Diary of a Steroid User 6

A regular Joe uses steroids and keeps a diary. Controversy ensues.

The Superior Circuit - Part 3

Instead of using one dimensional thinking and throwing rocks by doing cyclical modes of cardio, why not try to cover as many needs as possible in a short period of time with a circuit of exercises?

500 the Hard Way

Advanced Bench Press Strategies

Arm Yourself!

Tried everything to get your arms to grow? No, no you haven’t. Check out these training methods.

Top 10 Profanity Sets

It never ceases to amaze me how trainees like to talk two and a half times their actual size. Only in the gym will complete newbies rant about their Ronnie Coleman-like genetics before even entering their first Mr. Akron contest.

The Secret Weapon

An interview with Dr. Jack Singer, Sports Psychologist

Hard Body Training

"Ms. Beast" tells how to develop a shapely, firm physique

The Sacked Back - Part 2

In this article I'll be focusing specifically on handling injuries to the lower back or lumbar region.

Questions and Answers About Spike

Energy, intensity, concentration, drive, power, confidence, even euphoria!

The Sacked Back - Part 1

It's the sound you never want to hear when weight training. Sometimes you feel it immediately; sometimes you sense something happen but it takes a few hours for the full impact to hit you. Either way you've injured your back. The big question is, what do you do?

Consumer Alert: The NO2/Arginine Scam - Part 2

Are you still using arginine-based nitric-oxide supplements? You’re wasting money. Here’s why.

Return of the Prodigal Son - Part 1

For several years, I was the Watson to Strength Coach Charles Poliquin's Sherlock Holmes. I chronicled his theories, revelations and discoveries. I like to think I played a small part in his success but in all probability, guys like Charles don't need any help; they get famous all on their own.

The Taste of Success

"Are you kidding, JB? You expect me to eat this stuff? Where's the taste? Where's the variety!?"

Back Off and Grow!

The Most Important Thing I Know About Training

Eat It

Why in the name of Pavlov did I just eat that? I mean, the whole bloody thing!

Exercises You've Never Tried 13

Thirteen interesting exercises you've probably never tried: new movements that'll break you out of your training rut and infuse some diversity into your workouts.

Bottoms Up Training

It seems that in every family there's always a black sheep, someone who just doesn't quite fit in with the rest. It might be your crazy Aunt Sally who's run off and joined a cult, or maybe your family has its own cousin Eddie of National Lampoon "Vacation" fame.

Long Haul Training

Gary Homann isn't your garden variety weightlifter. Sure, he's 180 pounds at 6% body fat. Sure, he had the best 500 meter indoor rowing time in the world last year in his class and he's been an ACSM certified health and fitness instructor for the past nine years. But Gary's also got a Master's degree in applied health psychology and is currently working on finishing his Ph.D. in psychology.