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The Real “Core” Exercise

Strong core, strong body. But you need more than traditional ab exercises to get it. Try these out.

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  • The Bodybuilder's Diet Coach

    If you're a top-level competitive bodybuilder and you're serious about getting your diet right, you go to Justin Harris. He'll help you – provided he's not busy fine-tuning his own 265-pound frame in preparation for an upcoming contest.

    How to Design a Damn Good Program - Part 2

    Tired of relying on a personal trainer? Learn to write your own workouts. Get the hang of exercise order, rest intervals, recovery, and special methods for muscle growth. Here's how it works.

    How to Design a Damn Good Program - Part 1

    The smart lifter’s guide to writing the best training program for his needs and goals. Check it out.

    The Serratus Crunch

    You multitaskers out there will love this movement as it allows you to work the rectus abdominis, the obliques, and the serratus at the same time. Too bad the rest of your life isn't as efficient.

    The 25 Method

    Forget about traditional sets and reps. This method works better and can be used for strength or hypertrophy. Get the programs here.

    Lean and Mean Cookin'

    How to eat right, get full, and woo women.

    12 Truths About Bodybuilding Training

    If your main goal is to build big muscles, this is a must read. Check it out.

    The Overhead Shrug

    Still doing ordinary shrugs for trapezius development? Ready to crank it up a notch, build some trap size, strengthen your thoracic erectors, and train your stinkin' core? Then add overhead shrugs to your program!

    Hybrid Training: The Prequel

    Scot Abel is a bodybuilding anarchist. He doesn't believe in tempo training, pre-determined rest intervals, back-off weeks, or the fact we have elves in the basement that make Metabolic Drive. What he does believe in is pretty cool, though.

    A Simple Method for Improving Hamstrings

    They're one of the most difficult muscle groups to develop, but the cure to your underdeveloped hamstrings might lie in the answer to this question: "Which way do you point your toes during a leg curl?"

    7 Coaches Give Their Number 1 Tip

    We posed the following question to 7 coaches: "What one thing has made the biggest difference in your training when it comes to putting on muscle?" The answers varied enormously, but one of them might provide the clue you've been waiting for.

    Cooking the Power Foods - Part 1

    The healthiest stuff to eat can also be the tastiest stuff to eat. Check out these 6 meal ideas.

    Combos For Power and Size

    Combos consist of big-money lifts done in rapid succession. Do them right and you'll muscle up quick, along with building speed and power. Oh yeah, you'll also drop some blubber... assuming your heart doesn't explode.

    Total Strength Program

    Boost the big three lifts with supramaximal holds and this plan of action.

    Incline Bench Dumbbell Rows

    The Bent-Over Barbell Row is a great exercise, but hardly anybody does it correctly. Most people look like they're having relations with a small farm animal when they do BB rows. Hence the Incline Bench Dumbbell Row.

    The New Low-Carb Guru

    Dr. Jeff Volek is one of the leading "new school" researchers in the areas of nutrition, resistance training, lipid metabolism, and endocrinology. He also knows more about low-carb dieting than just about anyone else on the planet.

    Thibaudeau's Words of Wisdom

    We dug through the Author's Locker Room and found information gold in them-there hills. So with mule, shovel, and pick ax, we excavated the biggest, best nuggets from Thibaudeau mountain and melted them together to make this bright, shiny article.

    The Drag Curl

    Break out of your training rut and build some new biceps mass with the drag curl! It's not easy, you'll look like a gimp doing it, and you'll have to use sissy resistance. What more could you ask for in an exercise?

    Building the Case for Hybrid Training

    Bodybuilding guru Scott Abel says that training for hypertrophy, size, thickness, density, and shape is not the same as strength training. If the question is how to gain unadulterated muscle mass, is hybrid training the answer?

    Blood on the Barbell: A Newbie's Story

    The biker put him through a workout that was decidedly unscientific, but it taught Darren a lesson about lifting. Hope you've got some equipment in the room because you're going to want to hit the weights right after you read this.

    Adrenal Fatigue 101

    It's estimated that 80% of the population will someday experience adrenal fatigue. When it comes to lifers, the percentage is probably higher. Jimmy Smith gives you 10 signs of adrenal fatigue, along with how to fix what ails ya.

    The Best Reps

    Four smart rep schemes you can apply to almost any workout.

    Nutrition For Newbies

    Ten basic, but often ignored, eating guidelines guaranteed to improve your body composition and fuel your workouts.

    The 125 Best Foods for Men

    We don't know what's better, the fact Biotest was finally recognized by the outside world for its quality, or that Tim Patterson agreed to a rare interview! We call it a coin toss.