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An Interview with the Blond Bomber

Dave Draper, the best bodybuilder to never win Mr. Olympia, expounds on the agony and ecstasy of a life spent lifting.

Go Barefoot to Get Stronger

To get bigger and stronger, you may need to kick off the shoes and start from the ground up.

4 Ways to Ramp Up Your Workout

Stagnation is unacceptable. Revive your workouts and watch your muscle mass increase while your body fat decreases.

Mythbusters 1

The first installment of our new series demolishes old ideas about getting bigger and stronger, addressing imbalances, and preventing injuries.

Is Sport-Specific Training a Myth?

Coach Mike explains why the exercises an athlete doesn't perform can have the biggest impact on his success in a training program.

The Best Exercises for Size and Strength

Squats or leg presses? Barbell or Hammer machine? The right answer depends on what you want to get out of your workouts.

Complete Core Training

An ab training article for people who do more than take mirror selfies.

  • Abs
  • Rebuild Yourself with Complexes

    For a fat burning hit, a massive conditioning bang, and some appreciable muscle, do complexes. Here’s how.

    Exercises You've Never Tried 19

    Need some change in your exercise selection? Give these unusual but effective movements a shot.

    Lifts I Never Did, Used to Do, or Just Started Doing Again

    A veteran strength coach riffs on deadlifts, squats, rollouts, and why he'd rather not have to explain why his athletes get so many strange bruises.

    An Interview with Dave Tate

    The powerlifter and entrepreneur talks about bodybuilding, success, injuries, and what we can learn from kindergartners.

    Intro to Mechanical Drop Sets

    Christian shows you how to blast your biceps into oblivion, damaging the muscle fibers so much that they either grow or die!

    The Cardio Conundrum

    With all the cardio options out there, it's no wonder we're confused about the best way to incorporate it into our workouts! Coach Robertson summarizes the pros and cons of each variation and helps us with fat-burning program design.

    How Strong Are Your Abs, Really?

    Think your core strength is pretty good? Now's the time to find out. These two tests will tell you if your abs are strong or if they're a weak link.

  • Abs
  • Seven Keys to a Successful Body Transformation

    There are lots of ways to go from lumpy to lean, or skinny to studly, but all muscle makeovers have these common traits.

    What I Learned in 2008

    Cressey's 2008 lessons-learned include how to stay lean without really trying, loving the goniometer, how alcohol kills soft tissue quality, and lots more.

    Joint-Friendly Training

    Coach Nick has new ways to build strength and size for the lifter with wounded knees, shell-shocked shoulders, or a balky back.

    Heavier Weight, Less Time

    It's not how many reps you do, or how heavy the load is that matters. What matters is how long the sets last.

    Kettlebells Put to the Test

    What happens when a barbell guy devotes himself to kettlebells for eight weeks? More than he expected.

    Counting Your Reps for More Muscle

    Three exercises, 25 total reps with a 4-6RM. Don’t worry about sets, rest periods, or even reps per round. Do it. Here’s how and why.

    Overload Your Delts for Explosive Growth

    Overload is the training stress the body must adapt to. It’s the driving force of muscle growth. Get it in your training to make gains.

    The Right Way to Stretch the Pecs

    Stretches to ensure chest/shoulder stability, health, AND performance. Check ‘em out.

    Question of Strength 48

    Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches.

    How to Warm Up for a One-Rep Max

    Ready to go for a new PR in the bench press, squat, or deadlift? How you warm up could make or break your max. Follow these guidelines.

    Hacking Your Strength Training

    Cut your time in the gym without compromising your results? It's a smarter and more effective approach to training.