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Hardcore Answers to Newbie Questions

Protein intake, bulking and cutting, catching the eyes of the ladies, and more.

How To Build A Bulletproof Backside

Think the posterior chain is just your glutes and hams? Nope. It's the entire backside of your body. Here's how to get it ALL as strong as hell.

How to Build Your Own Training Program

Train on your own terms! You should know how to write your own training programs without depending on anyone else. Here's how to do it.

How to Deadlift Over 700 Pounds

Eager to pull big numbers? You're more likely to make mistakes that'll bring your max down. Here's what to do... and what not to do.

How to Stay Strong When Dieting

Do you lose muscle and get weak when you're trying to get lean? It doesn't have to be that way. Follow these smart guidelines

IIFYM: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Is this a good nutrition strategy or the latest eating disorder disguised as a diet? Here's what they aren't telling you.

Ketosis: A Reality Check

On one side of the keto debate, you have the glassy-eyed cultish fans. On the other side, bread-scarfing haters. Who's right? Here are the facts.

Kill the Dumb Diets

What makes you fat? Insulin? The quality of food you eat? Or is it just calories in, calories out? Here's where most so-called diet gurus go wrong.

Leg Day in the Smith Machine

If you think the Smith machine isn't functional and doesn't build muscle, you're in for a surprise. Your legs are probably tiny too.

Leverage-Disadvantage Squat Plan

To build up your squat, ignore things you're good at and spend time doing things that make you downright uncomfortable.

Nailing the Overhead Press

Successful overhead pressers lift with violence and hate. Here's all the technique cues you need to add to that aggression, plus a complete overhead press program.

No Weights, Big Wheels

Drop your regular leg-day workout and try this for 8 weeks. If you can take the pain, your quads, hams, and glutes will explode. In a good way.

Primer 4: Big, Bad, Basic Workouts

If your size and strength gains have stalled out, it's because you made things too complex. It's time to get back to basics and get strong... using only 4 reps.

Push-Pull-Legs: The Ultimate Split

Training one body part per day is outdated, and full-body workouts don't always cut it. Push-pull-legs is superior for any goal. Here's why.

Question of Power 1

In his new column, Coach Carter tackles glute building for dudes, deadlift frequency, lat work for big guys, and benching for non-powerlifters.

Question of Power 2

Are big lifts best for delt size? Is the leg press worthless? And how do you avoid embarrassment at competitions? Answers here.

Question of Power 3

In this installment: No-BS warm-ups. How to keep muscle when dieting. How to train back with a bad back.

Question of Power 4

Coach Carter tackles tricep growth, dietary restraint, and how to tell if you're ready to compete in bodybuilding. Check it out.

Real Men Train Their Glutes

Want a stronger, more powerful body? You need a strong butt. Glute-specific training isn't just for the girls. Here's your man-plan.

Sex Appeal, Fitness, and Fat Shaming

Is our standard of beauty too harsh? Is leanness unfairly prized? Here's what science and history have to say about fitness, fatness, and our preferences.

Simple But Brutal: The Workout Plan

Make it easier to build muscle by doing brutally hard things, like 20-rep squats. Here's your complete 6-week plan.

The 10-6-10 Method for Size

To really grow, you have to do concentric, eccentric, and even isometric reps. Here's a training method that combines all three in one set.

The 16:8 Fasting Diet

There are a ton of different ways to fast. Here's one that's not too painful and will get you shredded fast.

The 30-Day Bro Diet

The traditional bodybuilding diet looks bland to the general public, but here's why you should try it at least once.

The 4 Dumbest Things Beginners Do

Newbies often waste their first year or two of training. They should be taking advantage of this magical time. Here's what to avoid and what to do instead.