Our April issue will shower you with inspiration for muscle stimulation, starting with sizzling Hardbody photos of new IFBB figure pro Ava Cowan. In the training-inspiration department, we have Eric Broser’s ultimate pec-pounding tutorial and Brian Yersky’s formula for a big-back attack. Time to get wide. The TEG men continue their quest for more mass with the latest size-surge workouts, and Jerry Brainum takes on organic eating—is it the healthier way to grow? Find the April IRON MAN on newsstands the first week of March.
70 TRAIN, EAT, GROW 126
Big exercises, basic workouts, great gains.
104 THE HERCULES WORKOUT
From the Bodybuilding.com archives, Ben Black helps you plan a full-body mass attack.
116 THE ORGANIC TRUTH
Jerry Brainum explores the research, facts and fiction on eating organic for more muscle and good health.
130 STEP-BY-STEP BIG-BACK PREP
Cory Crow gets a blow-by-blow script of bodybuilder Brian Yersky’s back-building secrets.
Ruth Silverman chats with sultry figure siren Ava Cowan.
158 HEAVY DUTY
More of John Little’s review of Mike Mentzer’s Heavy Duty principles.
170 PEC TUTORIAL
Eric Broser’s top five puny-pecs pitfalls—and how to avoid them to get your best chest ever!
196 JUSTIN BROOKS: METAMORPHOSIS
Rod Labbe gets the lowdown on the symmetry seeker’s retirement from the bodybuilding stage and how he stays big and ripped today.
210 PROTEIN POWER
Researchers Jacob and Gabriel Wilson take a hard look at how to optimize your aminos for muscle size.
234 MUSCLE BEACH TIME CAPSULES
Joe Wheatley, the keeper of Muscle Beach, recently buried a pair of bodybuilding time capsules amid ceremonious circumstances. Check it out.
238 PROFILES IN MUSCLE: EARSKIN PRESLEY
How the up-and-coming national-level bodybuilder lives the muscle lifestyle—his complete training routine and diet included.
248 FEMME PHYSIQUE
Steve Wennerstrom, IFBB women’s historian, looks back at top flexer Lynn Conkwright’s attempt to conquer the Superstars competition in 1982.
266 ONLY THE STRONG SHALL SURVIVE
Strength coach Bill Starr has the info you need to amass dead-on size and strength. Hint: You gotta pull heavy iron off the floor.
38 TRAIN TO GAIN
The size-exercise shuffle, rep tempo to grow—plus, Joe Horrigan’s Sportsmedicine.
52 SMART TRAINING
Coach Charles Poliquin explains how to undulate to invigorate gains.
58 EAT TO GROW
The All-New Atkins Advantage and vitamin C, the master recovery agent.
82 NATURALLY HUGE
John Hansen on how to bulk without blubber.
92 SHREDDED MUSCLE
Drug-free pro Dave Goodin reveals how to maintain thin, youthful skin to magnify muscle.
98 CRITICAL MASS
Steve Holman outlines the postactivation size surge. Plus, a row-to-grow analysis.
192 MUSCLE “IN” SITES
Eric Broser surfs to David Henry’s TooPumped.net and reviews Melvin Anthony’s DVD.
224 NEWS & VIEWS
Lonnie Teper takes you around the world of bodybuilding. Plus, Teper’s Rising Stars.
242 PUMP & CIRCUMSTANCE
Ruth Silverman checks in with the fab females of physiquedom—a fantastic-photo feast.
256 BODYBUILDING PHARMACOLOGY
Jerry Brainum looks at anabolic steroids and skin.
276 MIND/BODY CONNECTION
MANformation leadership strategies, hangover helper, random acts of kindness, adding years to your life and a review of Sports: Is It All B.S.?
288 READERS WRITE
Hatin’ O’Hearn, commonsense sizzle, strongman Snee and livin’ large and lean.