Posts by: Steve Holman, Iron Man Editor in Chief

Massive Muscle Gains Without Joint Pain

Q: I am loving the 4X Mass program. When I am done with it, should I, at my young age … continue reading

Building Your Muscles from Underneath

Sometimes to build more mass you have to go deep; that is, you have to build the muscles underneath. Here … continue reading

High-End Hypertrophy Progression

Q: I got The Ultimate Power-Density Mass Workout 2.0 and was motivated by [Mr. America] Doug Brignole’s interview and how … continue reading

Remember Fanny Packs?

Back in the day a fanny pack was a waist belt with a pouch on it to hold your stuff … continue reading

Tension-Overload Training

You know those times when you walk into the gym and just aren’t feeling it? Don’t turn around and walk … continue reading

Muscle Mastery Pt 2

This time abs and arms get the one-best-exercise treatment—but first let’s hit Doug up about his current diet philosophy.

Heavy Duty Rest/Pause

Back in my younger days I was a Mike Mentzer fan, reading, absorbing and applying everything he wrote about his … continue reading

A Bodybuilder’s Physique Training Three Days a Week?

Q: I’m in my early 40s and have limited time to train—three days a week max. I can get to … continue reading

Aging With Muscle

If you see someone with a big, round, bloated belly, what’s the first thing you think? Too much Budweiser? Dessert … continue reading

Triceps: Unconventional Combo to Grow

I recently received a note from a trainee who was having elbow pain training triceps. Heavy skull crushers, or lying … continue reading

Triple-Threat Mass-Building Sets

Q: I’ve been training for about 20 years (I’m 44), and I’m getting my 14-year-old son into it. He’s been … continue reading

Rounder-Delt Pounder

In the January ’14 issue I sang the praises of one-arm cable laterals as being one of the best exercise … continue reading

Fast Reps, Faster Mass Gains?

Q: In The Ultimate Super Size Crash Course you talk about how doing a speed [or X-celeration] set immediately after … continue reading

Supersets vs. Drop Sets

Trainees often ask which is better, supersetting two different exercise for the same muscle or simply grabbing a lighter weight … continue reading

Do Three Quick Sets for Major Muscle Mass

Q: At your training blog [at X-Rep.com] I notice that you often do Downward-Progression 4X with only three sets instead … continue reading

Two New Ways to Grow

Q: I’m reading your new e-book, Super-Size Crash Course. Your guinea pig Jordon Williamson’s 18-pound muscle gain is inspiring and … continue reading

The No-Calorie Lie

Lots of people do it—and believe it. They suck down multiple diet sodas every day, thinking they are not getting … continue reading

Calf Combustion

Sometimes it takes your favorite machine to be broken to discover an exercise that can trigger new growth. In my … continue reading

Think Back for a Happy Attack

According to the December ’13 Reader’s Digest, “Longing for the past can help you fight loneliness and anxiety by bringing … continue reading

Blast Off Belly Fat

• Many people avoid dairy, even yogurt, because they think it will make them fat, but they may be missing … continue reading

Cables vs. Dumbbells

Lateral raises remain one of the best exercises for capping off the shoulders. They target the medial head directly to … continue reading

X-centric Sets Will Get You Bigger and Leaner

Q: I’ve seen you mention X-centric training and how it can help build muscle and burn fat. How is it … continue reading

How to Detox Your Liver for Faster Fat Loss

Most bodybuilders know that one reason oral anabolic steroids are dangerous is that they must pass through the liver. Can … continue reading

From Stressed to Depressed

Each year about four times as many men as women commit suicide, which experts believe is related to undiagnosed depression. … continue reading

Modified Preexhaustion With a TORQ Edge

Q: I do four-week phases of different workouts from your various e-books. That strategy works great. I’ve gained 10 pounds … continue reading

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