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How to Improve Your Fitness Literacy

More wisdom about life and lifting from Testosterone Nation's sage.

Are You Doing Stupid Stuff in the Gym?

A little analysis is always good. But there's a point at which more won't make you stronger, and may lead to a lot of wasted gym time. Here's why.

The Hierarchy of Fat Loss

Strapped for time? That doesn't mean you can't lose fat. Prioritize your training to burn fat rapidly. Here's how.

Question of Strength 38

The real Master Blaster explains the right way to do step ups, how to develop a powerful neck, and the correct rep range for building up the hamstrings, in addition to introducing wild and wooly "shock effect" training.

7 Exercises From Thib's Toolbox

Nothing beats the basic compound movements, but sometimes you need specialize or work around a problem. These exercises will help you out.

Why Periodization Doesn't Work

Unfortunately, your old "what do ya wanna work today?" spur of the moment type training works a whole lot better than anything the Soviet Ministry Of Sport managed to cook up behind the Iron Curtain back in the 50's and 60's. Charles Staley explains why.

Strength Exercises That Work Your Core

Real "core" training - not that Bosu Ball crap - with cool videos. What else do ya' need?

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  • 7 Simple Analogies

    Eric Cressey is like a Swiss cheese in a sea of Gorgonzola... oh, forget it. We were trying to come up with an analogy that was at least half as good as the training analogies Eric uses in this article, but we failed. Luckily, Eric was spot on.

    Hips Don't Lie

    With smart training, not only should your lifts go up, but your posture should improve as well. Here’s how to make it happen.

    Make it Harder

    The Atomic Dog's out in the nuclear doghouse. (He chewed up Tim Patterson's favorite workout shirt.) As such, TC wrote a plain ol' regular training article instead of his usual hallucinogenic-mushroom fueled rant.

    Perfecting the Romanian Deadlift

    The RDL is getting popular. Good! Read this and make sure you’re avoiding the common mistakes.

    Ribcage Expansion: Fact or Fiction?

    Didn't it seem that the bodybuilders of yesteryear had bigger chests? (We're talking chest circumference here and not pec size, mind you.) Ellington thinks so and he knows why - it was all due to the all-but-lost art of ribcage expansion.

    The 10 Rules of Corrective Lifting

    Sure, this article is about a sometimes boring, often unsexy topic: injury prevention. But unlike most articles on the subject, this one contains plenty of info that'll help any lifter, regardless of whether his joints are bulletproof or not.

    A Lesson in CNS Intensive Training

    The central nervous system - it's been called it the "last frontier of weight training." Regardless of whether it's the last frontier or not, it's mucho important. Knowing how to manipulate it can accelerate your progress almost beyond belief, regardless of whether you're a competitive athlete or a bodybuilder.

    Destroying Fat

    It takes more than just “eating less and exercising more” to reach single-digit body fat. Check out these advanced fat loss strategies.

    Muscles for Athletes - Part 1

    Is it possible to build muscle and improve your athletic performance at the same time? Yes. Here's how it's done.

    Going Deep With EDT

    How many reps can you do for two alternating exercises in 15 minutes? This is just a taste of how escalating density training works. It’s a brutal, but fun way to build muscle and improve conditioning.

    EPDS: 7 Causes and Cures

    Extreme Performance Decline Syndrome (EPDS) sounds like a new social disease, but it really has to do with mid-set fatigue. Ever wonder why you can pump out 12 reps on the first set but then have trouble hitting 6 or 7 reps on the fifth set? Luckily, Joel Marion knows how to boost your performance.

    Essential Waterbury

    We were going to send Chad to your house, but we couldn't find a shipping container big enough. So, we did the next best thing. This article will allow you to easily construct your very own Waterbury program. Read up, muscle up!

    25 Years, 25 Mistakes

    Coach Boyle's been dragging his calloused butt through the weighlifting business for 25 years. During that time he's made a few mistakes, but luckily for you whippersnappers, he wants to save you from making those same mistakes.

    Two-Day Workout

    Between working 40-60 hours per week, carting the kids around, or being forced to take those swing dancing lessons you promised your girlfriend (we've all been there), the last thing on the "to do list" is going to the gym. Mr. G has the answer: the Two-Day Workout.

    The Training Strategy Handbook

    Let’s tackle several different training approaches and explain why they work and when they're optimal to use.

    The Philosophy of Physical Capital

    Why do so many lifters follow programs that fail to fit any of their equipment needs, exercise issues, volume or intensity issues, or personality? Dan John calls it the "Cinderella's Stepsister Syndrome." In other words, the shoe don't fit! Here's how to find the right shoe for you. Hopefully, it doesn't have a 6-inch clear plastic heel, you tramp, you.

    Question of Strength 37

    The true Master Blaster explains the one truly effective way to do shrugs, the only safe way to do upright rows, and the best way to do Smith Machine squats (if you really, really have to). Other topics include Charles' list of truly stupid exercises and how women can build a rear end that's so tasty it turns every man's head, along with quite a few women's heads, too.

    The Full Throttle Program

    Most conditioning programs for MMA involve equipment that just isn't that practical. Not so with this! Here’s a realistic way to whip yourself into shape.