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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.

    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?

    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.

    15 Things I Thought I Knew

    Mike used to like Functional Training. He used to think Mike Mentzer was kind of a bonehead. Now he's not so sure about the former or the latter, along with a whole lot of other things. If his current rate of "unlearning" continues, he soon won't know anything!

    Fast to Big

    Everyone thought mixing peanut butter with chocolate was crazy, but it turned out it was more than right. Now, Chad wants to mix light load training with heavy training because it's the quickest way to pack on muscle. Genius, or just another peanut-butter cup wannabe? You decide.

    Motivate Lagging Muscles

    Thibs lists five reasons why you're not growing (not including the fact that your workout consists of 5 minutes on the Thigh Master you found in your mom's closet). Oh yeah, he also gives some pretty cool quick fixes.

    Naturally Diesel

    Jimmy Smith attempts to bring logic, practicality, and good sense to the discipline of bodybuilding. No, really. We're not kidding. This lump actually thinks he can offset years of obfuscation. Oh well, whadda' ya' say we give him a chance?

    Stimulate More Muscle Growth

    If you understand your opponent, you can manipulate him and win the battle. Similarly, if you understand why weight lifting builds muscles, you can control those babies and make them do your bidding. Muscle Master Christian tells you how.

    The 9 Keys to Productive Training

    So you spend maybe 5 or 6 hours a week in the gym. How much of that time is spent snapping towels or playing the soap dish game in the locker room? If you plan just a little and cut out the wasted time, you might actually build a decent physique.