Q: I read one of your articles where you said that, in your opinion, Zottman curls are the best exercise for beefing up one's upper arm. I have two questions:

1) On the eccentric part of the movement, does one have his wrist/hand in a neutral position (as in a hammer curl), or in a semi-pronated position (palms turned down)?

2) Does doing the Zottman curl on an incline bench take anything away from the effectiveness of the movement?

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Q: I recently saw on a news post about a "smart drug" called Hydergine and how top athletes were using it. Do you know anything about this drug, or can you suggest any alternatives?

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Q: Thanks for taking the time to answer my e-mail. My question is regarding the upper pecs. I have your book and have tried your dumbbell routine (varying the angle of the bench), but have a tuff time building my upper pecs. Your routine has helped, but only to a small degree. Are there any other exercises or routines that you can think of for the upper pecs?

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Q: Do you ever employ undulating loading patterns with your athletes? Tudor Bompa presented this concept in his book, "Serious Strength Training," as if it were one of the Ten Commandments of strength training. I've never heard of it and am curious if this is something that I should incorporate into my own training.

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Q: I know this question doesn't relate specifically to the magazine's focus, but I wonder if you could tell me if this device will help develop the vertical jump anymore efficiently than doing power cleans, plyometrics, and using the reverse hyper. I don't know if you have ever heard of this machine or not. It's called the VERTIMAX and they have a website at www.vertimax.com. Also, I know you work with a lot of hockey players and they can afford you, but what is your cost to design a program for a 12-week period if you know the specific goals of the client?

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Q: I just finished reading your book, "The Poliquin Principles," and loved it (worth every cent of the $73 Australian I paid for it).

I am just finding out the truth behind your statements; that my years at the University aren't going to teach me much about being a strength and conditioning coach (I'm currently studying for degrees in exercise science and nutrition). What are you favorite sources of information and what publications should a novice coach begin acquiring?

P.S. Where can I get more info on "Active Release Techniques" by Dr. Mike Leahy?

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Q: It's obvious that you like all great strength coaches are a big free weight advocate. Have any new developments been introduced in free weights other than the elliptical shaped handles I've seen?

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Q: I am about 1/4 way through a Deca and Sustanon 250 cycle, and with the help of your book "The Poliquin Principles" I've made some awesome gains. The problem now is that I want to get rid of all this fat. I am currently 96kg at 15% body fat and would like to be between 6-7%. If my calculations are right, it means I have to lose about 8-9 kg. I was thinking about dropping my calories to about 2400kcal a day. Is it possible to lose this in about 8-10 weeks without losing muscle? I don't really want to do cardio after what you said about it in your book.

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Q: I am 22 years old and have been working out for the past two years. I've hit a plateau, and actually lost some weight. My current procedure is eating at about 5:00, lifting at 7:30, followed by EAS Glutamine pills and a Myoplex Shake. I eat properly (not a lot of protein, though, and lift hard, but I still can't make any more gains. And my biggest problem is all the advertisements out there for mass building supplements. They all seem so tempting that I'm actually thinking about giving in (Xenadrine, or Met-rx's new form of creatine). After going through this web page and reading your thoughts, I really need the advice of someone of your caliber.

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Q: I was reviewing a number of your older articles (i.e. Loading Parameters of Strength Development, etc.) that applied to the training of athletes. I was curious as to whether you recommend that athletes train once every 5 days, on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday upper body / lower body split, or on an individual recovery basis. The reason I ask is because I've noticed that the volume you recommend is lower with your athletic programs in comparison to your current bodybuilding protocol. Do you have any tips in determining optimal frequency and whether an athlete is undertraining or overtraining?

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