From beginner to advanced lifter, here’s how to balance the three most important mechanisms of hypertrophy.
Tired of relying on a personal trainer? Learn to write your own workouts. Get the hang of exercise order, rest intervals, recovery, and special methods for muscle growth. Here's how it works.
The smart lifter’s guide to writing the best training program for his needs and goals. Check it out.
Four smart rep schemes you can apply to almost any workout.
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.
If you understand your opponent, you can manipulate him and win the battle. Similarly, if you understand why weight lifting builds muscles, you can control those babies and make them do your bidding. Muscle Master Christian tells you how.
Heavy lifting, volume work, and constant tension. Here’s how to program them all for maximum hypertrophy.
Christian Thibaudeau's transformation from dud to stud put him on the map. Looking back, he'd do things a whole lot differently and a whole lot better. Check it out.
More exercises from Christian that you probably never tried before. Each is terrifically effective and each is guaranteed to make your fellow gym rats assume youre some sort of mad scientist slash exercise physiologist.
Everthing you need to know about effective shoulder training. Check out this guide.
This article contains so many training concepts and ideas that it'll likely keep your workouts fresh and productive for months to come. This is one you'll want to print out and save.
There are times when the world is against you, when you girlfriend left you, your momma don't love you, and even your dog don't much care for you. That's when it's time for the mental therapy that only a brutal training session can provide.
Nothing beats the basic compound movements, but sometimes you need specialize or work around a problem. These exercises will help you out.
It takes more than just “eating less and exercising more” to reach single-digit body fat. Check out these advanced fat loss strategies.
Is it possible to build muscle and improve your athletic performance at the same time? Yes. Here's how it's done.
Let’s tackle several different training approaches and explain why they work and when they're optimal to use.
You probably never thought about it, but most people can't produce as much force using two bilateral limbs to perform an exercise as they can if they perform the exercise with each limb individually and then add together the force of each side. It's called the bilateral deficit and you should take advantage of it to pack on some muscle.
Thibs is on a mission. The angry Canadian wants to see the incidence of training stupidity decrease. Are you a "kitchen sink" trainer or coach? Have you misinterpreted the concept of overtraining? If so, duck!
If your arms take over during rows and other pulling exercises, that's a sign you've got big-arms-small-back syndrome. Here's the solution.
Sometimes, to get your biceps and triceps to grow, you have to specialize. This is the plan you need.
Is it possible to put more stress on certain parts of a muscle?
Instead of my usual Q & A column this month, I'm going to get a few things off my chest. Don't worry though, it won't simply be the ranting of a dieting bodybuilder; you'll probably learn a few helpful things along the way, too!
There's more to gaining muscle mass than lifting and pigging out. Don't fall for bulking advice that just makes you fat.
Thib, you have some impressive quads! Any secret leg training strategies you'd like to share with us?
Besides meaty arms, the pectorals are probably the best of the "showy" body parts. Somewhere in time (oddly enough at the same time as the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger), the chest became the ultimate sign of manhood. Thick pecs give a three dimensional look to the upper body, and a well-defined chest makes your torso look like an old Roman soldier's breastplate.