One of my favorite books is A Book Of Five Rings by Miyomato Musashi. Musashi was a badass 17th century Japanese swordsman who never lost a duel in over sixty fights. This book outlines his philosophy of success. I re-read it recently and was amazed by how many of his principles apply to a variety of areas in life, including productive strength training.
Being strong isn't enough. You need to be strong for your size. That's the difference between relative strength and absolute strength. Here's what will get you there.
Sticking points are much like those really talkative, naked old men in your gym's locker room: you'd rather avoid them! Nothing's more frustrating than making good progress overall but failing to improve on the "big lifts" (bench press, squat, deadlift, military press, etc.)
Who is he? Why, he's Neandrethal man. The biggest, baddest, bipedal evolutionary ancestor on the block.
Welcome, my friends, to grocery shopping with T-Nation.
What happens when you take the super-stimulant Spike and hit the gym? Here’s one guy’s experience.
What our genes teach us about diet and training, according to Dr. Art De Vany.
What do competitive physique athletes and sedentary housewives have in common? They’re both yo-yo dieters and suffer the same health issues because of it. Here’s how to avoid the problems.
To reach the modern physique ideal, you'll need muscle mass, strength, power, endurance, speed, and flexibility. This program has it all.
Congratulations. You've succeeded where most people have failed. You've bucked the obesity trend and have lost a small mountain of fat. You feel better, you look better, and your health has greatly improved. Good for you.
Add a few of these unique exercises to your training program to liven up your next workout.
How one of our top coaches programs exercises, sets and reps, progressions and more. Check it out.
This Tool Box series has become one of my most popular article sets to date, so why break with what's working? Here's the latest installment of this series designed to help experienced lifters fill in the blanks and learn the finer points of strength development.
You're not supposed to be here. In this motel room, in this bathroom, backstage at this show. You aren't supposed to be seeing this. This private moment, this intimate setting, this unguarded emotion.
What can bodybuilders learn from powerlifters? A lot actually. Here are 6 examples.
"Bodybuilding training? No way! Not for me! I'm training only for strength and function," said the huge sumbitch after deadlifting a load that was roughly equivalent to a Sherman tank.
If you're ready for another inflammatory and quite possibly insulting article on how we might tweak our diets to reduce the insidious nature of inflammation, read on.
T Nation talks to model and figure competitor Jelena Abbou. Check it out.
Big Numbers for the Mechanically Disadvantaged Lifter
Transform your backside and you’ll transform your body. Make drastic improvements by focusing on the glutes, hamstrings, and back muscles. Here’s how.
"I wish I could have my first year of training back."
I'll freely admit it. I've been extremely reluctant to sit down and write this article. Why? Well, the reasons are numerous, but it basically boils down to the pertinacity of the exercise community.
I'm not sure there's anyone who hates TV commercials more than I do.
You lift hard but the gains just aren’t coming. Here's what's happening and how to finally pack on muscle.
From warm-ups and running to box squats and grip work, here’s the athlete’s guide to get bigger and stronger.