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How to Fix CrossFit

CrossFit hurts a lot of people, and the goal of exercise is to make you better, not worse. There's a simple fix, though.

The Jogging Delusion

Long distance running beats sitting on your butt, but it's absolutely inferior to weight training and HIIT on every front.

The Truth About Squatting Deep

Friends don't let friends squat high, but there's really no point in squatting any deeper than slightly below parallel. Here’s why.

The Belt and the Deadlift

Chances are you're using the wrong belt when you deadlift. Worse yet, you may not even know why or how to use it.

The Best Exercises. Period.

The absolute best movements for fat loss, maximum power, chest development, overall strength, and more.

Building a Superhuman Core

Meatheads say, “Just squat and deadlift, bro. That's all the core training you'll ever need.” Too bad they're wrong.

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  • The Death of Steady State Cardio

    Endurance work makes you soft and weak. Steady state cardio, as a fat loss tool, should be buried. Metabolic interval training or HIIT is far superior.

    P90X and Muscle Confusion: The Truth

    You may not be doing P90X, but plenty of your schmuck friends are. Let them read this and save them from mediocrity.

    In Defense of CrossFit

    For all its flaws, CrossFit has done wonders for fitness. It's time we give credit where credit is due, even if CrossFitters are kinda annoying.

    The Bulking Diet Delusion

    No male needs to get above 12% body fat to gain muscle at an optimal rate. Seven reasons why a dirty bulk will wreck your body over the long haul.

    Back Squats Vs. Box Squats

    The box squat doesn't get all that much respect, but in this match-up, it's the Rocky Balboa of the squat world.

    Masochistic Mechanical Drop Sets

    To bring up hard-to-grow muscle groups, use mechanical drop sets instead of straight sets. Here are 8 painful ways to do it.

    Bigger, Better Glutes

    The hip thrust is the go-to move for building athletic speed and power, in addition to building a great butt. Here’s how to do it. 

    Heavy Deadlifting 101

    Sumo or conventional stance? Mixed, overhand or hook grip? And what's the best way to program it? You have deadlift questions, Matt Kroc has answers.

    The Problem with “Exercise Science”

    Want to become a strength coach or high-level trainer? Most of today's programs will only help you become a miseducated rep-counter making minimum wage at Planet Fitness.

    How to Burn Stubborn Body Fat

    Eating less and exercising more isn't going to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat. Here's the smart way to blast those love handles and saddlebags.

    From 0 to 100: Know Your Percentages!

    Each training percentage, from zero to 100% of your 1RM, has a distinct effect on speed, power, and hypertrophy. Here’s how to use that info wisely.

    Powerlifting: The Good, Bad and Ugly

    The sport of powerlifting is awesome, except for all the not-so-awesome parts. Here are the pros and cons you need to know.

    Full-Body Workouts of the Legends

    The full-body routines of guys like Gironda and Schwarzenegger work as well today as they did 40 or 50 years ago.

    Ab Training Made Simple

    You only need two or three exercises to build your abs. The trick is to choose the right exercises and breathe correctly while doing them. Here's how.

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  • A CrossFit Apology

    Christian Thibaudeau used to make fun of CrossFit athletes, but since he began coaching them, they've taught him a few valuable things... along with earning his respect.

    Cardio Kills

    Endurance training may make you leaner, but it'll eat up muscle, damage your cardiovascular system, elevate cortisol, put you in an acidic state, and might just kill you.

    The Simple Deadlift Program

    This once-per-week deadlift program will give you a 20-50 pound increase in 1RM over a 16-week period.

    20-Minute Muscle Builder

    All you need is a bar, a bench, and 20 spare minutes to build a strong and muscular body. Want to lean up too? Add 4 minutes.

    Steroids: The Birth of a Demon

    The real story you've never heard behind the demonization of steroids, from Ben Johnson and Lyle Alzado to Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong.