Category: Training

Balance Boards and Swiss Balls

/ Posted 01.21.2015

All fields are subject to fads and promotion. Weight training and fitness are no exceptions. The use of balance boards … continue reading

Women, Lifting and Big, Masculine Muscles

/ Posted 01.18.2015

Q: My boyfriend wants me to start bodybuilding, but I don’t want to develop big muscles. How can I get fit, lean and … continue reading

Advanced Training: Barbell Complexes

/ Posted 01.17.2015

This month’s column is all about introducing you to another of my favorite advanced-training techniques—another one that you may not … continue reading

Genetics and Muscle Gains

/ Posted 01.15.2015

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 … continue reading

Continuous Hypertrophy?

/ Posted 01.15.2015

Since my column was cleverly named Grow Without Plateau (by my good friend  IM editor in chief Steve Holman), I … continue reading

Brignole’s Best Exercises for Training Legs

/ Posted 01.14.2015

Last month Brignole discussed his strategies for working the shoulders. In this final installment he identifies the best exercises for … continue reading

In for Out, Out for In

The “in-for-out, out-for-in” rule for biceps is that an inward grip, as you’d use on close-grip curls or concentration curls, … continue reading

The Importance of Stretching

/ Posted 01.09.2015

Q: How important is stretching to a weightlifter? A: To some extent it depends on the individual, a statement that … continue reading

Manipulating Rep Speed

/ Posted 01.08.2015

Q: Should I use plyometric-type “speed” sets to get as big as possible? I am most interested in bodybuilding, but … continue reading

Functional Hypertrophy Clusters

/ Posted 01.06.2015

Q: How can I increase my strength while also gaining some muscle mass? Is there some special method that accomplishes … continue reading

Dumbbell Palm Presses

/ Posted 01.04.2015

If you want wider shoulders, you must work your side delts; however, the staple exercises like barbell and dumbbell presses, … continue reading

Workouts Too Draining?

Q: I’ve been supermotivated the past few months and really hitting it hard in the gym using a full Positions-of-Flexion … continue reading

One-Arm Lever Deadlifts

/ Posted 01.01.2015

Want to improve your big lifts fast? Improve your core strength. The deep muscles of the core—the obliques and transverse … continue reading

2 Quick Ways to Jack Up Mass Gains

Q: I am reading the e-book Beyond X-Rep Muscle Building, and I noticed that you have a section on X-centric … continue reading

Avoid these 6 Bench Pressing Errors

/ Posted 12.28.2014

Q: When I bench-press, I lower the bar to a point near my collarbones. I feel more stretch in my pecs that way, … continue reading

How Many Forced Reps?

/ Posted 12.24.2014

Q: I love to finish off a lot of my sets with forced reps, but how many is too many? … continue reading

Building Monster-sized Forearms

/ Posted 12.21.2014

Q: One of my goals is to build monster-sized forearms because I almost always wear polo shirts that stop at … continue reading

Get Ripped Without Losing Muscle Mass

/ Posted 12.20.2014

Q: How did you go about cutting down while keeping size as a natty? I’m about to go on a … continue reading

Stronger Wrists and Forearms

/ Posted 12.17.2014

Having strong wrists and forearms is extremely valuable in many sports. Wrestling heads the list, of course, but also baseball, … continue reading

Destroy Plateaus With Isometronics

/ Posted 12.16.2014

In the past few columns I’ve been sharing with you some of the best but little-known advanced techniques that can … continue reading

Build Size and Power With Deadlifts

/ Posted 12.14.2014

Q: You are known as a pretty good deadlifter. Are there any points on technique you can give that will … continue reading

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

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

The Peaking Axis Pt 2

/ Posted 12.11.2014

In Part 1 of this discussion I explained the carb-water dynamic. You may want to review that and the illustrations … continue reading

Burning Fat and Keeping Muscle

/ Posted 12.10.2014

Q: Right now my main goal is to burn bodyfat while keeping as much of the muscle I built over … continue reading

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