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Deadlift or Squat: What's the Diff?

The difference between squats and deadlifts and all the variations of each is a lot less than what you might have been led to believe.

A Comeback for Lat Pulldowns?

Pulldowns are only for people who can’t do pull-ups, right? Well, maybe not. Here are a few very effective ways to do it.

Exercises Saved From the Dumpster

Kettlebells, Turkish getups, loaded carries and deadlifts. Here's why one coach went from avoiding them to becoming an avid fan.

5 Great Lessons

Some coaches are so good that their peers sing their praises. Here's what Coach Boyle thinks you should know about Dan John.

5 Superior Single Leg Exercises

These unilateral exercises are so tough that’ll wish you could use both legs. (But you can’t.)

Build Bigger Legs, One at a Time

Coach Boyle discovers a faster, safer way to increase lower-body muscle size and strength.

Is Sport-Specific Training a Myth?

Coach Mike explains why the exercises an athlete doesn't perform can have the biggest impact on his success in a training program.

Lifts I Never Did, Used to Do, or Just Started Doing Again

A veteran strength coach riffs on deadlifts, squats, rollouts, and why he'd rather not have to explain why his athletes get so many strange bruises.

Anterior Core Training

Real core training, real simple. The best exercises and exercise progressions for your abs.

  • Abs
  • So You Think You Know Strong

    Are you strong? Like really strong? Find out here.

    The Essential 8 Mobility Drills

    Finally, a warm-up routine that even people who hate warming up can handle! This short series of drills will not only make you feel better, but the increased mobility you'll gain will help you make unprecedented gains in the gym.

    Just One Exercise

    Mike Boyle hates the question, "If you could only do one exercise, what would it be?" To him, it's like asking if Superman could beat the Hulk. Regardless, he gave us an answer that's pretty intriguing.

    The Real “Core” Exercise

    Strong core, strong body. But you need more than traditional ab exercises to get it. Try these out.

  • Abs
  • 15 Things I Thought I Knew

    Mike used to like Functional Training. He used to think Mike Mentzer was kind of a bonehead. Now he's not so sure about the former or the latter, along with a whole lot of other things. If his current rate of "unlearning" continues, he soon won't know anything!

    A Joint-by-Joint Approach to Training

    Think about training from a joint perspective and you’ll get better results from your workouts. Here’s how.

    The Case for Single Limb Training

    Whether your goal is athletic performance or muscle gain, here’s why unilateral training is a must.

    A Lesson in CNS Intensive Training

    The central nervous system - it's been called it the "last frontier of weight training." Regardless of whether it's the last frontier or not, it's mucho important. Knowing how to manipulate it can accelerate your progress almost beyond belief, regardless of whether you're a competitive athlete or a bodybuilder.

    25 Years, 25 Mistakes

    Coach Boyle's been dragging his calloused butt through the weighlifting business for 25 years. During that time he's made a few mistakes, but luckily for you whippersnappers, he wants to save you from making those same mistakes.

    6 Things I Really Dislike

    I was going to call this article "6 Things I Hate," then I realized I'd be a hypocrite. I tell my seven-year-old daughter all the time that hate is a strong word and it should be used with caution. Hence the new title.

    Twenty Things I Know

    The nutrition and training info is top notch and so are the writers. I really enjoy Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson, Dan John, Alwyn Cosgrove, Charles Staley, Chad Waterbury, and Christian Thibaudeau. I've read much of what they've written.

    Strong Athlete, Zero Injuries

    Eight ways to train safely and effectively.