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50 More Tips for Serious Athletes

A grab bag of tips for bodybuilders, strength athletes and more. Regardless of your sports calling, you're guaranteed to find something useful here.

Row Right

Girls may hate to see you leave, but if you've got a broad back, they'll love to watch you go. (Course it helps if you've got a nice ass, too, but that's a whole 'nother article.) Mike Robertson is here to troubleshoot your rowing.

Skin Deep: Nutrition and Good Skin

Whether you're a pock-marked adolescent or a 35-year-old who prematurely looks like an old catcher's mitt, the health of your skin is probably important to you. Dr. Alan Logan knows how to use nutrition to fix you up.

The Step Construct

Building your body ain't just physical - you gotta' use some gray matter, and we're not talking about your underwear. Here's a simple mental technique to help you achieve your goals while simultaneously showing up those loser bastards who dared to piss on your ambitions.

A Singular Workout

If you're a bodybuilder and you've spent your weightlifting life doing sets of 8,10, 12, etc., doing singles will absolutely blow you up. A terrific idea and a terrific program that'll raise you head and shoulders above the competition.

Olympic vs. Powerlifting Squats

You need to know the differences and use the one that’s right for you. A must-read for squat freaks.

Staggered Ab Training

Finally, an ab training program that's excuse proof! No more throwing in a couple of pathetic, obligatory crunches at the end of a workout. And the answer was staring you in the face the whole time.

  • Abs
  • 3 Ways to Grow More Muscle

    From beginner to advanced lifter, here’s how to balance the three most important mechanisms of hypertrophy.

    Training to Failure

    Matt Phelps is hugely pissed about the term "failure" and what it really means. He thinks exercise physiologists have one idea while the guys in the trenches, i.e., the guys in the gym, have a different, more realistic idea.

    Just One Exercise

    Mike Boyle hates the question, "If you could only do one exercise, what would it be?" To him, it's like asking if Superman could beat the Hulk. Regardless, he gave us an answer that's pretty intriguing.

    Injuries: Nutrition and Recovery

    Rest, ice, and Celebrex aren't the ways to treat strains, tendonitis, or fractures. John Berardi and Ryan Andrews tell you how to win the war against injuries using items from your pantry and fridge.

    Maximum Recruitment Training 2

    You got the introduction to MRT last week, now here's the meat. If you've got limited time but want maximum results, this is your baby. The cool thing? The workouts won't take you much longer than 30 minutes.

    Incline Dumbbell Curls

    So you think you know how to do plain, simple, Incline Dumbbell Curls, huh? Well maybe you do, but there are at least a couple of trick you can pull to make the movement a whole lot more effective.

    Maximum Recruitment Training 1

    When anyone talks about training for any goal, they need to consider force, speed, and muscle fiber recruitment. They're the gears that are driving the bus, and Chad Waterbury is at the wheel. Remember, though, that the driver carries no change.

    Muscle on a Budget 1

    You didn't hit your football pool this week, and now you gotta buy a new physiology textbook to replace the one your dog ate. How the heck are you going to have any money left over for food?

    5 Battle-Tested Strategies for Size and Strength

    James Chan is into machine gunning, shot guns, and cross wiring. If we didn't know better, we'd think he was one of those militia guys holed up in some shack in Montana, swearing never to be taken alive.

    Question of Strength 39

    Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

    The Strong and Ripped Program

    Get focused, burn fat, build muscle, and train like someone who's serious about getting results. Don't have a program? Use this.

    The Lumberjack Squat

    The "lumberjack squat" isn't what people in the logging industry head off to do behind a large poplar tree after having a hearty breakfast of bran flakes. Instead, it's a helluva' cool squatting movement that doesn't compress the spine.

    Cooking the Power Foods - Part 2

    Seven superfoods you should be eating and how to make them into delicious meals.

    Best of the Best of the Back

    Dorian Yates had a big back, but he trained it wrong. You heard me, wrong. At least that's what Scott Abel says. But you know something? After we read this article, Scott convinced us. We're now doing it the Abel way.

    Half-Rep Heroes: A Rant

    Are you tired of seeing all those idiots in the gym doing everything wrong? Are you tired of the laziness, the stupidity, the lack of backbone, and the careless disregard for everything you hold dear? Move over, so's Jeff Ingram.

    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.