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The Truth About Belts, Lifting Shoes, and Straps

Do you use straps, Olympic lifting shoes, or a belt? Should you be using them? Here's how to know.

Tip: The PPL Training Split

If your goal is hypertrophy, this is one of the smartest splits to follow. Here's why and how to set it up.

Tip: The Athlete's Back Exercise

This row variation is a great back-builder, it's easy on the lower back, and it's highly functional for athletes. Check it out.

Tip: You're Still Too Fat

Don't worry, I was too. What I needed was some tough love. Here's what worked for me.

Tip: Should You Do a Show?

Ready to get nearly naked and step onto the competitive stage? Probably not. Here's why.

5 Reasons You've Stopped Building Muscle

Has your muscle growth slowed down or come to a complete standstill? Here's how to get growing again.

Tip: Look Worse to Look Better

No, you don't have to gain a ton of fat to build muscle, but you do need to be realistic. Here's a little reality check.

Death to Strength Standards!

The next time someone tells you that a person your size should be able to lift a certain amount, tell them to shove it. Here's why.

10 Lessons from the Strength Legends

To make progress, look to the past. Here are the best training and lifestyle lessons from legendary bodybuilders, strongmen, and coaches.

Tip: Is Variety More Important Than Intensity?

Doing lots of different exercises is more important than changing up sets and reps according to new research. Take a look.

Tip: Age Makes No Difference in Recovery Rates

Science shows that recovery rates stay fairly consistent in the young and old(er). Take a look.

Tip: Is Cryotherapy Actually Effective?

When it comes to muscle recovery, does freezing your glutes off actually work? Here's what two studies discovered.

Tip: Muscle Building and Body Fat Percentage

What does your bodyfat percentage have to do with muscle growth? Quite a lot actually. Check this out.

The Very Best Upper-Body Exercise

Nail your lats, chest, triceps, delts, and abs with one exercise. Here are 8 new and improved ways to do it.

Tip: Build Your Rep Strength, Build More Muscle

Chances are, if muscle growth has stopped it's because you adopted too many fancy techniques instead of just getting stronger. Here's what to do.

DNA Gains

New research shows that one type of training may decrease cellular aging and DNA damage, but another type may increase it.

These 3 Exercises Are a Waste of Time

These exercises really don't work, and some even lead to injury. Here's why, plus some more effective alternatives.

Tip: 3 New Ways to Use This Machine

It's not just for back. Check out these muscle-building exercise variations.

6 Workout Mantras That Mostly Suck

There's a kernel of truth in every training mantra. But there's also a kernel of crap. So let's break them down and toss out the trash.

Tip: Grip Position and Shoulder Mechanics

Here's a common form mistake that most lifters don't even know they're making.

Tip: The Most Neglected Chest Exercise

For pure size gains, many bodybuilders have forgotten about this pec-building staple.

Tip: The Best Exercise Order for Triceps

Build your tri's and avoid elbow pain by using this sequence for triceps training.

Tip: 25 Reps for Bigger Legs

When you walk into a room, do people think you're riding a stork? If so, here's the workout method you need.

Tip: Drop Sets – Effective for Growth or Not?

Here's what science has to say about drop sets, along with some recommendations.

Tip: Go Heavy to Retain Muscle

Here's why doing high reps during diet phases can backfire, and why it's best to keep it heavy even when cutting.