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The 7 Most Important Lifts

Quick, name the seven most effective exercises. Got it? Now see if your list matches ours.

Tip: Do This Before a Squat PR Attempt

These three quick primer exercises will prepare your body for a record-breaking squat.

Question of Strength 56

Unstick your bench press, see how trap bar deadlifts compare to conventional deads, and get the facts on fat burners. It's all here.

Tip: You're Still an Ego Lifter

Newbies do it, and it can even sneak into an experienced lifter's workouts. Here's what to watch out for.

Tip: The Strength Test Real Lifters Can Pass

Are you strong? Like, really strong in a real-world kinda way? Take this test and find out.

Tip: 200 Pound Man, 100 Pound Dumbbell

Can you pass this strength test? All you'll need is a dumbbell that's 50 percent of your bodyweight.

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.

Stop Squatting and Deadlifting So Damn Much

Sure, the big 3 lifts are great, but experienced lifters need to stop chasing numbers for a while and fix their weak links. Here's why and how to do it.

Tip: The Strength Athlete's Mistake

This common error makes it harder to set squat and deadlift PR's, and it may even leave you injured.

Tip: Simple Power Training for Muscle

More power equals more muscle and more athleticism. Here's an easy way to toss in some power-building movements before your workout.

Tip: 3 Reasons Trap Bar Deadlifts Are King

For non-powerlifters, trap bar deads beat the pants off the barbell variation. Here's why.

Tip: The Truth About the Bad Girl Machine

Can strength athletes actually benefit from the adductor and abductor machine? Here's what you need to know.

Why You're Wrong About Machine Training

Stop feeling all superior because you avoid machines. A combo of free weights and machines is best. Here's why.

Stop Doing That, Start Doing This!

Want to make faster progress? There's something you need to cut out, and something you need to add in.

7 No-Barbell Strength Tests You Need To Pass

A one-rep max on the bench press only measures a fraction of your real strength. Can you pass this more complete list of tests?

Tip: The 30-Second Weakness Finder

Find your weaknesses in half a minute with this full-body scan. Then, of course, fix them! Here's how.

The 5 Best Machines for Strength Athletes

Certain machines can strengthen, rehabilitate, and even grow muscle far better than barbells. Here they are.

Tip: The Only Three Lifts

If you were limited to just one bodyweight exercise, one kettlebell exercise, and one dumbbell movement, what would they be? Try these.

The Ultimate Minimalist Training Plan

Don't have time to train 6 days a week for over an hour? Don't worry, you don't have to. Get in, get out, make gains. Here's how.

Bench Press Right for Your Body Type

The bench press isn't a one-size-fits-all lift. You need to tailor it to your skeleton. Here are five ways to do it.

Tip: Toes Down When Squatting

Squats causing lower back pain? Here's why your toes might be the problem and what to do about it.

Question of Strength 53

Coaches and steroid users, the best trap exercises, Russian vs. American kettlebell swings, and box jumps for conditioning.

Myofibrillar Growth & Conditioning – The Program

Use high-intensity repeat training (HIRT) to build striated muscle, boost athletic strength, and develop machine-like endurance.

Tip: Deadlift Heavy, Protect Your Back

Three ways to pull heavier without wrecking your lower back. Try these proven strategies.

Tip: Use Isometrics to Boost Your Deadlift

Looks weird, works great! Here's how to do it.