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Question of Strength 1

Once and for all, high reps or low reps? Standing calf raises or seated calf raises? Here are the answers.

Training With Maximal Weights

The reason why your arms are on the puny side? You don’t train them heavy enough. This 12-week arm training program is based on heavy weights and smart science.

Question of Strength 2

When I bench press, my shoulders hurt like hell. Should I work around the pain, or should I just take up stamp collecting?

Question of Strength 3

Every time I go to the gym, I see some mutton head doing "twists" with a broom stick. Are they really working their external obliques and slimming their waists, or are they just doing a passable imitation of a propeller prop?

Question of Strength 4

I follow your writings and enjoy your advice! However, I noticed that you recommend the Donkey Calf Raise quite often when talking about training calves. The couple of gyms that I frequent don't have a Donkey Calf Raise machine and I'm rather reluctant to interrupt other people to get them to sit on my back.

Question of Strength 5

I have a question about carbo powders. For the last six months I've been following the nutrition and training advice outlined in your book, "The Poliquin Principles." The results have been amazing I still haven't hit a plateau on a single body part!

Question of Strength 6

I was reading through the May Muscle Media magazine and saw that author Paul Chek mentioned your name when he was talking about mesomorphs. I also note that most of your clients are elite-level athletes, who probably represent the best genetics on the planet.

Question of Strength 7

My triceps development has stalled, big time. Got any new routines I can try?

Question of Strength 8

I'm going to be opening a gym and I would like your advice on the equipment that should be purchased.

Question of Strength 9

Charles, you've not commented much about Tribex or Power Drive, why?

The Five Percent Solution

I too have my own version of the seven percent solution, only it has nothing to do with illegal opiates. Instead, it has to do with rep schemes. I call it my Five Percent Solution.

Question of Strength 10

Over the years, I've built a pretty good physique, but the guy who owns the gym where I work out says I have the upper trap development of Bill Gates.

The Swiss Ball Arm Workout

Contrary to popular belief, the Swiss Ball is not where you take Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis after she wins the Wimbledon Championship. The Swiss Ball is actually an large, inflated, polyurethane/vinyl ball that can be an indispensable aid in training arms, legs, or any other body part for that matter.

Question of Strength 11

Could you give me some advice on how to get my forearms to grow? They don't seem to want to budge at all, no matter what I do.

Question of Strength 12

I read one of your articles where you said that, in your opinion, Zottman curls are the best exercise for beefing up one's upper arm.

The Nausea Workout

It's a hot Saturday in the Colorado Rockies and I'm at the office trying to think of a topic for an article. I've been sitting here for hours, just staring into the computer screen.

Variations on a Theme

There are scores of biceps movements. Furthermore, there are hundreds of ways to do those biceps movements. The trouble is, unless you're involved in this business full-time, you tend to adopt certain exercises and do them over and over again, to the exclusion of all others.

Question of Strength 13

I love squatting, but when I go heavy (5 RM or less), I get freaked out, and I think this fear is somehow inhibiting my success in the movement. Any ideas as to how I can get around it?

Training Frequency

Too often, training programs seem to be put together with all the forethought of a Congressional campaign. In other words, very little forethought is generally involved.

Question of Strength 14

I take a few weeks off from training several times each year, and I am concerned about whether this is counter productive.

The One-Day Arm Cure

This all-day arm workout is completely nuts… but it works. Check it out.

Question of Strength 15

I would like to start your GVT in a few weeks. Should I take some time off after a high-intensity cycle before I begin it? And what should I do during that period?

Question of Strength 16

I've heard and read tons about how you need to change your routine frequently in order to obtain maximal results. However, I am a creature of habit (no, not a nun).

Question of Strength 17

I just recently completed your Maximal Weights workout and am very satisfied with the overall results. Thanks! My problem now, though, is that my chest won't grow.

Question of Strength 18

I'm not having any luck training my triceps. I'm sure it's because I've been doing the same old routine forever. Got a good tricep routine that I can try out today?