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John Hansen

John Hansen is the first Mr. Natural Olympia and a 3-time Natural Mr. Universe winner. He is the author of the book “Natural Bodybuilding” and his 25 year career in bodybuilding competitions have provided him with an incredible amount of experience and knowledge.

  • Building Delts With Muscle Splits

    Q: How can I set up a muscle split that has me training four days a week—Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday?...

    LatestJohn HansenMarch 27, 2016
  • Building Up the Legs

    You don’t have to go to absolute failure to build your legs. The main thing is to do more than you...

    BodypartJohn HansenMarch 26, 2016
  • Strategies for Building A Massive Chest

    Q: I’m 32 years old and have been training properly only about nine months. I have seen a little development and...

    BodypartJohn HansenMarch 4, 2016
  • Switch It Up for Strength and Size

      Q: In your new MP6 training program, do you go to absolute failure on every set? I love training to...

    Complete WorkoutsJohn HansenMarch 1, 2016
  • How to Get Your Shoulders to Progress

      Q: I’ve been using the workout you suggested, and it’s working really well. I’m doing chest and arms on Monday,...

    BodypartJohn HansenFebruary 24, 2016
  • Arnold and Training Duration

    Q: I know that Arnold trained four hours daily. Why do experts now recommend only 45-minute workouts for naturals? A: Back...

    ArnoldJohn HansenJune 19, 2015
  • Preventing Injuries While Training Heavy

    Q: I have a question about preventing injuries. I’m trying to train with as much intensity as possible, but I’m concerned...

    Injury & PreventionJohn HansenMay 29, 2015
  • Recovery and Overtraining

    Q: I started training for kickboxing about seven months ago and fell in love with weightlifting, powerlifting and bodybuilding. I have...

    Beginning BodybuildingJohn HansenApril 23, 2015
  • Water Manipulation for Cuts and Striations

    I’m often asked how to manipulate water prior to a contest or photo shoot to get as ripped and hard-looking as...

    Contest PrepJohn HansenFebruary 17, 2015
  • Genetics and Muscle Gains

    Q: I’m Ahmed from Egypt. I’m 16 years old,  and I’ve just started training. My height is 5’8 1/2”, and my...

    LatestJohn HansenJanuary 15, 2015
  • Get Ripped Without Losing Muscle Mass

    Q: How did you go about cutting down while keeping size as a natty? I’m about to go on a cut,...

    LatestJohn HansenDecember 20, 2014
  • Curls for Complete Forearm Development

    Q: Are hammer curls and barbell wrist curls enough for complete forearm development, or do I need to include reverse wrist...

    LatestJohn HansenNovember 26, 2014
  • Staying Motivated for Competition

    Q: I’ve just started to learn about natural bodybuilding, and after being a tad disappointed when coming across a lot of...

    Beginning BodybuildingJohn HansenNovember 21, 2014
  • Low Reps for Leg Mass?

    Q: I’ve been reading a lot about natural bodybuilding and really enjoying your articles and the info that you share. When...

    LatestJohn HansenJuly 15, 2014
  • Train for Fat Loss and Muscle Gain

    Q: I was surfing at and I came across one of your articles in which a guy asked you about...

    LatestJohn HansenJuly 9, 2014