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5 Alternatives to a Painful Squat

If squatting causes pain in your low back, knees, or shoulders, try one of these pain-free exercises that'll still get you big and strong.

Tip: No Need to Hate on Lifting Straps

Straps are used by pro bodybuilders, figure competitors, strongmen, and even powerlifters, so why the outrage? Here's how to use them wisely.

Tip: Surprising New Research on Rep Ranges

If you train upper body with this specific rep range while working the lower body with another specific range, you'll make lots more progress.

Tip: Stop Maxing Out for No Damn Reason

If you're not a powerlifter, or it's not the right time in your training cycle, then going for a PR is just plain dumb. Here's why.

Tip: Why You Need a Cheap Stopwatch

Sure, your phone has a timer, but taking a stopwatch to the gym can help you ramp up training density without distractions. Here's how.

Train Size, Then Strength: A 10-Week Program

Train for size for a few weeks and then strength. It works better for both goals. Here's why, along with a sample 10-week plan.

Tip: Your Hatred of the Smith Machine is Dumb

Pro bodybuilders, hot fitness chicks, strongmen, and even powerlifters sometimes use the Smith machine. Here's why.

The 5 Most Dangerous Deadlift Mistakes

Why do smart lifters let their technique go haywire? Ego lifting? Unawareness? Here are the most common problems.

Tip: Fix That Butt Wink!

Do you tuck your tail when you squat? Not good. Here’s how to fix it.

Tip: The Truth About Progressive Overload

Sure, try to add more weight to the bar, but understand that it has its limits, and it's not that great for building mass. Here's why.

Tip: The Optimal Amount of Time Off

Now we know exactly how much time we can take off between training and a strength competition. Check out the new science.

7 Gym Gadgets That Actually Work

We asked our pros and experts about their favorite workout tools and accessories. We got some surprising answers.

4 Mistakes Men Still Make in The Gym

Trying to build muscle or get stronger? Here's why you won't, unless you stop it with this stuff.

Tip: This Type of Workout Music is Best

Music can power your workout to new heights, but the wrong kind can trash your nervous system.

12 Little Changes For Big Gains

Get bigger, get leaner, and build strength without overhauling your whole dang life. Make these simple changes and tweaks.

Tip: Sorry, But You Can't Out-Eat Overtraining

Overtraining exists, and you can't out-eat it or out-sleep it. Most lifters have the wrong idea about what overtraining is. Here are the facts.

Tip: Two Lifts for Real Athletic Strength

Here's are two functional strength exercises that are actually functional for athletes and everyone else who occasionally gets off the couch.

Tip: Another Good Reason to Use a Spotter

Does having a spotter lead to better bench press performance, even if he doesn't touch the bar? Check out this fascinating new study.

A Strongman's Guide to Shoulder Health

Love lifting heavy? Then you either have some shoulder issues or you soon will. Follow these 5 steps to get them healthy and keep them healthy.

Tip: Are You Using the Right Weight to Grow?

Most people don't according to this new study. Check it out.

Tip: Go Heavy or Go... Make Gains Anyway

If the bar ain't bending, you're just pretending, right? Well, not so fast. Here's why.

Tip: Grip Position and Shoulder Mechanics

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

Tip: The Best HIIT for Strong Guys

High intensity interval training can be done using aerobic or strength-based workouts. Which is better for big lifters? Here's the new science.

The Very Best Machine in the Gym

Free weights are usually best, but not always. We asked 6 coaches and pros about their favorite machine and how they like to use it. Check it out.

Tip: Tall Guys vs. Short Guys in the Squat Rack

Here's what you really need to know about leverages and squat strength.