Posts by: Steve Holman, Iron Man Editor in Chief

Testosterone, Fear and Fat Loss

•According to the January ’13 Bottom Line Health, big T, as in testosterone, is linked to honesty. “Men given testosterone … continue reading

7-Up Your Metabolism

When you go on a diet, your metabolism begins to slow down to conserve energy. Your body thinks it could … continue reading

Before-After Photos: 4X Muscle-Mass Gains

Q: I’ve just started using the 4X mass method. Feels awesome. My aching shoulder already feels like it’s healing and the pumps are super huge. But should I try to use some heavy weights on exercises I can do without pain? I just want to make sure I get bigger. Will 4X alone do it?

Potassium for Muscle Gain, Fat Loss and Health

There’s been a lot of talk about high-sodium diets and how too much salt can damage health. It’s hidden in … continue reading

Stop the Presses?

I have a love-hate relationship with overhead presses—especially since I am over 50. There’s no doubt that heavy overhead presses … continue reading

4 Optimistic Characteristics

Positive people tend to be happier and live longer—so say recent studies. So what are the characteristics of an optimist? … continue reading

Eat More Beets

According to the March ’13 Reader’s Digest, beets are nutrient packed and help produce nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels … continue reading

4 Key Foods to Help you Live Longer

One of the secrets of longevity, aside from having good genetics, is to eat a variety of colorful fruits and … continue reading

Q: Should I do drops on the last round of TORQ?

Q: I am already growing with your TORQ [tension-overload repetition quantity]. You’ve talked about Mr. America Doug Brignole and his … continue reading

Old School, New Muscle

At some point in your life you will no longer be able to train heavy. Or maybe you’ll just be … continue reading

At-Ease Squeeze

According to the March ’13 Reader’s Digest, you can squeeze yourself out of a stressful situation and improve performance—like lifting … continue reading

Milk: Does a Body Good—or Not so Good?

You’ve seen the arguments about milk and other dairy products. While they’re full of protein, the cows they come from … continue reading

3 Steps to a Ripped Beach Physique

Q: Okay, I’m ready to get to it and get ripped. I need more muscle too. What type of program … continue reading

Hunger Hacker

An item in the November ’12 Better Nutrition suggests that the supplement 5-hydroxytryptophan can reduce cravings and curb appetite. In … continue reading

Q: Can I use a lat-contracted move as my first exercise in a modified preexhaustion routine for lats?

Q: In one of the new chapters in 4X Mass Workout 2.0 you say that the V-handle cable row is … continue reading

No Need to Lift Heavy for More Muscle and Youthfulness

Heavy weights are not necessary or even desirable when it comes to getting all the benefits of resistance workouts—and that … continue reading

Grow More Muscle With Heavy/Light

Q: You’ve really opened my eyes to new ways to grow muscle. Your explanation of the myofibrils (force generation) and … continue reading

D Can Up Your T

According to the November/December ’12 Well Being Journal, you can boost your testosterone by going outside. No, you don’t have to … continue reading

Anti-Aging Mineral

Telomres, according to an article in the August ’12 Whole Health Insider, are the end-caps on chromosomes that prevent the … continue reading

Q: Do I need warmup sets to build mass?

Q: I never see you writing about warmup sets anymore. Do I need to do them? I’m interested in building … continue reading

How to Banish Belly Fat

The eating basics for getting rid of a bulging belly are simple (unless you’re pregnant, in which case you’ll have … continue reading

Wheat Whacker

According to the May/June ’10 Well Being Journal, whole grains contain a substance called phytic acid that combines with iron, … continue reading

Double Duty Mass Moves

Q: In Positions-of-Flexion mass training you classify the one-arm cable lateral as a stretch-position exercise for the medial-delt head. But … continue reading

Curb Your Urge to Binge

When you begin a fat-loss diet, it’s not so bad—if you make your calorie reductions gradual. Even so, appetite starts … continue reading

Beat Monday Blues

More than 75 percent of workers confess that Mondays make them miserable, according to the December ’11 Prevention. Solution? Alex … continue reading

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