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19 Squat & Deadlift Variations

Find the most effective variations of the squat and the deadlift to fit your body and your goals.

Expose Your Weaknesses to Get Strong!

Targeting weak links builds strength, helps you achieve structural balance, and prolongs your lifting career. Here’s how to do it.

7 Squat Dilemmas Solved

Squat stance, knee flare, bar placement, hip and knee break, foot position. Find out what works best for you.

2 Mechanisms for Rapid Muscle Growth

Build the most muscle possible with the right stack of tension and metabolic stress. Here's how to do it.

8 New Exercises for a Thicker, Stronger Back

Deadlifts and rows will build an impressive back, but targeting the thoracic extensors will take your back to the next level.

7 Reasons to Squat Like a Man

Seven great reasons to go deep.

3 Experts - 5 Optimal Training Programs

Three experts devise training programs for 5 different body parts. If there’s something you want to build, start with one of these plans.

Gutting the Glute-Ham Raise

The glute-ham raise sounds like a winning butt-builder. But will it even do that? Here's what the glute-ham raise is good for and what it isn't.

The Contreras Files: Volume V

Fifteen more workout tips from Bret Contreras, including assisted one-arm push ups, the merits of heavy back extensions, the benefits of the "clam raise," and more.

The Contreras Files: Volume IV

Here are 15 workout tips from Bret Contreras, ranging from the best way to do rows to how to get a great chest pump.

20 Almost Laws of Strength Training

There are things you absolutely must do to get big and strong. And then there's the stuff that didn't quite make the cut.

Are Heavy Kettlebell Swings Better Than Deadlifts?

Heavy kettlebell swings could be the best damn posterior chain exercise you're not doing, possibly even better than deadlifts! Here's why.

6 Lessons Learned From the Master Blaster

Joe Weider was way ahead of science when he came out with his principles for building muscle. And now science is backing him up.

Don't Be Like Donald Duck

Six great exercises to fix the common problem of excessive anterior pelvic tilt.

A Strong Case For the Rounded Back Deadlift

Always pull with a neutral spine. Well, maybe not always. Info here.

21 Exercises For Injury Free Mass

Injured? Here’s what you need to know to keep training, keep your gains, and get better.

The Contreras Files: Volume III

Curls with kettlebells, how to cluster-train with deadlifts, the truth behind upper and lower abs, new research on how muscle works, and much more.

The Contreras Files: Volume II

Stretching doesn't affect DOMS; hex bar deadlifts are just as good as power lifts; full ROM is better; work that neck; and more research (much of it not-yet published) from the files of Bret Contreras.

The Best Damn Bench Press Article Period

Everything you ever wanted to know about the bench press. If you don't come away from this with at least a dozen ways to beef up your bench, you didn't read carefully enough.

The Contreras Files: Volume I

Glute activation, hip hinging, bench pressing, and why sometimes you should train like someone is going to shoot your family.

To Crunch or Not to Crunch

Experts say crunches are worthless and bad for the back. Are they right? Here’s the real science.

The New Rules of Strength Training

The strength training industry has been like the Wild West for too long. Here are rules that bring method to the madness.

Max Out on Squats Every Day

A closer look at the Broz Olympic Method. Check it out.

The Best Damn Push-Ups Article, Period!

Think you know all there is to know about push-ups? Ha! We thought so too...until we read this.

10 Reasons Bodybuilders Are Bigger Than Powerlifters

They both lifts weights. They both train hard. They both use drugs at the pro levels. So why are bodybuilders more jacked than powerlifters?