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Up Your Work Capacity

How to build a bigger gas tank to power through your most demanding training.

Upper/Lower Circuit Training

Drop tubs of lard off your waistline while maintaining or even gaining lean mass with weight training circuits.

Variety and Rules for Progression

The real secret to building muscle and strength is to progress. You have to challenge your body and find ways to progressively ask more of it. Christian tells you how.

Violent Jump Squats for Dense Muscle Growth

Doing jump squats will make you powerful while recruiting fast-twitch fibers and giving you dense, muscular legs. Here’s what you need to know.

Violent Variations - Part 1

High Stimulation Training Methods for Enhanced Growth

Violent Variations - Part 2

High Stimulation Training Methods for Enhanced Growth

Violent Variations - Part 3

High Stimulation Training Methods for Enhanced Growth

Violent Variations - Part 4

We can always count on Christian to give us some great new movements that, in addition to spurring new muscle growth, will elicit bewildered stares from all the ACE certified trainers in the gym.

Volume Training for Size & Strength

If your gains have stalled, it's probably because you're missing one thing in your workouts: volume. Here's how to intelligently add it.

W-i-d-e-r, Real-Man Shoulders

A look back at bodybuilding history plus a great workout for your delts. Check it out.

Wanna Grow? Gotta Row!

Build your back and prevent strength imbalances. Here’s everything you need to know.

Want Big Arms? Stop Wasting Your Time!

You've spent 6 months trying to add a quarter inch to your arms. Dr Darden has just one question: “Why take 6 months to do it when you could do the same thing in 2 weeks?” Here's how...

Westside for Skinny Bastards 1

Skinny? Interested in packing on muscle mass and having the strength to back it up? This program is for you.

What Force Factor Are You Missing?

The stretch-shortening cycle can be your best friend or your biggest enemy. Here’s what you need to know.

What Overtraining Is and Isn't

Most people who use the word “overtraining” have no clue what it really means. Are you one of them? Here's everything you need to know.

What You Can Learn From Instagram Booty Chicks

Glutes are all the rage on social media. But do the exercises we see actually work, or are they just part of the spectacle? Here's a breakdown.

What You Don't Know About BOSU Balls

Newbies and bad personal trainers love them. Experienced lifters and most coaches hate them. Here are the actual facts.

What You Don't Know About Training Delts

Science reveals some surprising tips on how to train the deltoids and create "3D" shoulders. Check them out.

What Your Doc Doesn't Know About Weightlifting

A recent graduate of medical school challenges the medical profession on several of its long-standing beliefs.

Who Cares if It Looks Weird?

One of the world's most successful and respected bodybuilding coaches sounds off on training techniques, excessive drug use, and what it means to coach with a capital C.

Who Wants to Be a Novice? You Do.

Being a novice is a beautiful thing if you want to add strength and muscle to your frame at a shocking rate. Here's a program that will help you do just that.

Why I Love the Smith Machine

Everyone says the Smith machine is awful, but a lot of bodybuilders use it… and they’re bigger than you. Here’s why it’s not so bad and how to use it wisely.

Why Training Stops Working and How to Fix It

Have you become nonresponsive to lifting? It can happen. Here's how to cure the problem and get your body responding again.

Why You Aren't Getting Bigger

Eating more and training more can get you pretty far. But if you’ve stopped making progress, it’s time to reassess and do things differently. Here’s what may be putting your gains on hold.

You Ain't Got No Meat

Okay Spunky, go to the mirror and take a peek at your backside. Careful, chances are the view back there is a mess. Chances are you ain't got no meat back there. That's right, no muscle, or very little.