Posts by: Stuart McRobert

What muscles does the deadlift train?

/ Posted 12.13.2014

Q: What muscles does the deadlift train? A: There are four main forms of the deadlift. Done properly, they are among the … continue reading

Q&A: The Best Advice for Bodybuilding Neophytes

/ Posted 10.02.2014

Q: I’m 19 years old and just starting out as a bodybuilder. What’s the best advice you can give me? … continue reading

Q&A: Muscle-Shape Tweaks and Pressing Techniques

/ Posted 09.03.2014

Q: Can I change the shape of my pecs? A: It depends on what you mean by “shape.” If you … continue reading

Advantages of the Dumbbell Bench Press

/ Posted 08.06.2014

Q: I can barbell bench-press 260 pounds for six reps. What should I be able to handle for the same … continue reading

Calf Quest

/ Posted 08.04.2014

Q: I’m confused. How many muscles are in the calves? Can you explain the different calf muscles and the best … continue reading

Q&A: Envious Stares and Roman Chairs

/ Posted 07.07.2014

Q: I stare at the physique of Phil Heath. I’m awestruck. It’s as if he’s not human. Sometimes it inspires … continue reading

Q&A: Dips, Grips and Rep-Speed Tips

/ Posted 05.30.2014

Q: My training partner says that the parallel-bar dip has done far more for building his terrific pecs than the … continue reading

Q&A: Forging Freaky Forearms

/ Posted 05.10.2014

Q: The pros seem to have fantastic forearms, yet rarely do I read about them doing specialized forearm work. Why is … continue reading

Q&A: Train Like Zane, and 21s for Big Guns

/ Posted 02.17.2014

Q: Were you a fan of Frank Zane’s when you were young? A: Zane was my favorite bodybuilder when I was … continue reading

The Correct Way to Stretch

/ Posted 12.31.2013

Q: A few issues ago you urged readers to stretch, “but only if it’s done safely.” How do you recommend that … continue reading

Q&A: Are Side Bends Worthless?

/ Posted 12.26.2013

Q: Do you recommend side bends? I can’t recall seeing a photo of a professional bodybuilder performing them. A: Just because you … continue reading

Q: Is it essential to stretch?

/ Posted 10.25.2013

Q: Is it essential to stretch? I’ve never read of Arnold and the bodybuilders of his era stretching. A: Essential? … continue reading

Q: What is the Rader chest pull?

/ Posted 10.17.2013

Q: What is the Rader chest pull? A: In the last installment of this column, one of the questions I … continue reading

Q&A: The Greatest Arms of All Time?

/ Posted 10.10.2013

Q: Who do you think has—or had—the greatest arm development? A: Although the arms of some of today’s pros are … continue reading

Best Chest Routine for Beginning Bodybuilders

/ Posted 09.26.2013

Q: I’m 17 years old and a bodybuilding beginner. How do I build a really big chest? A: Use training methods appropriate for … continue reading

Q: Did Bertil Fox influence your early training?

/ Posted 09.23.2013

Q: Did Bertil Fox influence your early training? A: Yes. He trained in a harder, briefer, heavier way than did most … continue reading

Q: Did Reg Park have an influence on you?

/ Posted 08.26.2013

Q: Did Reg Park have an influence on you? A: My introduction to Reg (1928– 2007) came from the equipment … continue reading

Q: Do twists with a light unloaded bar help trim the waist?

/ Posted 08.15.2013

Q: I often see guys doing twists with a light, unloaded bar across their shoulders. I’ve been told that they are … continue reading

Q: Should I lean far forward while doing seated low-pulley rows?

/ Posted 08.11.2013

Q: I’ve seen guys at the gym doing seated low-pulley rows as if they are in a boat race—leaning far … continue reading

Q&A: Barbells vs. Dumbbells

/ Posted 07.15.2013

Q: For exercises that can be performed with dumbbells or a barbell, which is the best choice? A: That largely … continue reading

Q: How much water should I drink when I’m in or out of the gym?

/ Posted 07.10.2013

Q: How much water should I drink when I work out, and how much should I drink when I’m out … continue reading

Should You Do Bent-Over Laterals?

/ Posted 07.09.2013

If you’re a beginner or even an intermediate bodybuilder, you don’t need to do bent-over laterals. If you include some … continue reading

Q: What other muscles are in the abdominal wall besides the six-pack muscle?

/ Posted 06.18.2013

Q: What other muscles are in the abdominal wall besides the six-pack muscle? A: There are four parts to the … continue reading

Q: What do you think of preacher curls?

/ Posted 06.15.2013

Q: What do you think of preacher curls? A: The popularity of the preacher curl owes much to Larry Scott. … continue reading

Q&A: Your Back Muscles and How They Work

/ Posted 05.09.2013

Q: I’m confused about the different muscles of the back. Would you briefly explain the back musculature? A: The back … continue reading

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