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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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    The Real “Core” Exercise

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

  • Abs
  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.