Posts by: Steve Holman, Iron Man Editor in Chief

Cavities Are Contagious

• According to the May ’13 Bottom Line Health, “Bacteria in the mouth can cause cavities, [so] cavities and gum … continue reading

Take Charge

Clarence “Ripped” Bass’ new book, Take Charge—Fitness at the Edge of Science, is mostly a collection and analysis of recent … continue reading

One-Day Quick Blast

Q: I see at your X-Training Blog [at X-Rep.com] that you will go off your program for one day, not … continue reading

Part-time Vegan: Odd Diet for Dropping Bodyfat

The headline in the ’13 Prevention was catchy: “Eat Like This, Never Diet Again.” Hmm. An all-vegetable meal plan? Not … continue reading

Open Sesame

According to the March ’13 Reader’s Digest, a recent study found that “when people with high levels of LDL cholesterol … continue reading

More Frequent Muscle Hits

Q: I’m using 4X, TORQ and Super TORQ exclusively—no heavy training. I’ve already added about six pounds of new muscle … continue reading

Squeeze to Please

Could the key to a monogamous relationship for men be arms? No, not building them, hugging with them. According to … continue reading

Clogging Carbs

According to the November/December ’12 Well Being Journal, “Not all LDL cholesterol is bad. Good or bad depends on particle … continue reading

Fast or Slow to Grow?

Q: Thanks for revising Size Surge to include 4X training. I’m 45 with a lot of joint damage from heavy … continue reading

Memory, Coregasms and Happiness

• According to the September ’12 Health, walking outside can improve your memory and attention span by 20 percent. That’s … continue reading

Pullover Positioning

I’ve mentioned that pullovers are classified in Positions of Flexion as a stretch-position exercise for lats; however, they also have … continue reading

Stress Hormones, Rip-offs and Assertiveness

• According to the December ’12 Prevention, a study by the American Chemical Society found that eating 1.4 ounces of … continue reading

Tips For Getting Awesome Abs

Everybody wants etched abs. But to score your core takes more than a few sets of crunches at the end … continue reading

The Art of Anger

When you’re boiling mad, what do you do? Stomp around the house yelling? Punch the stuffing out of a throw pillow? Maybe … continue reading

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

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