Our December issue takes a barbarian bent toward more muscle. We check in with Mike O’Hearn and his powerpacked animal workouts. It’s hard to believe this dude is all natural when he’s throwing around record poundages at every workout. Plus, he’s good looking. (Yeah, we kind of hate that too—but you can learn a lot from his takeno prisoners training style.) We’ll also have the Diet Doc, Joe Klemczewski, Ph.D., wrapping up his Max-Muscle Nutrition series—solid info to help you grow. And speaking of size, get ready to pack it on with an excerpt from Stuart McRobert’s new Brawn. Get it today!
TRAIN, EAT, GROW 158
Getting big fast isn’t all about lifting more weight; it’s about condensing your workload—density for immensity. Here’s how to do it, including the countdown to mass.
Check out Ryan Rogerson’s twig-to-big metamorphosis. He packed on 75 pounds, most of it ripped, rock-hard muscle!
METAL OF HONOR
David Young delves into Mike O’Hearn’s psyche and discovers the motivating spark that got him in the best shape of his life—inside-out shredded.
BIG ARMS BY THE NUMBERS
Roger Lockridge explains how you can bring new life and serious size to your guns with the classic 5-10-20 system. This one’s guaranteed to stretch your shirtsleeves.
10 KEYS TO GETTING SCARY STRONG
Ben Tatar gives you the full-on lowdown for driving up incredible poundages on the big lifts—periodize to powerize is one. Great stuff here, gang.
Joe Klemczewski, Ph.D., a.k.a. the Diet Doc, discusses meal spacing and how and when to chug that protein blend for off-the-chart muscle gains.
THE PROBLEM WITH CONVENTIONAL BODYBUILDING METHODS
Excerpt 1 from Stuart McRoberts’ New Brawn Series: Book 1, How to Build up to 50 Pounds of Muscle the Natural Way.
X-FIT: THE BLACKJACK METHOD
Shawn Bellon outlines a cluster workout based on rounds of 21. It could change your muscle-building luck.
A BODYBUILDER IS BORN: GENERATIONS
Contest are won in the off-season, says Ron Harris. Don’t slack off when the weather is cold—hit it hard to get the most muscle growth.
Sorcha Quinn is one gorgeous Irish rose whose beauty and talent bloom with challenges. Wow!
TRAIN TO GAIN
Unique move to blow up your delts, Joe Horrigan on shrugs, and Lee Labrada on how cardio can increase your vascularity.
EAT TO GROW
Medium-chain triglycerides, why macronutrient ratios matter and two fat-burning workhorses to rip you up faster.
Mr. Natural Olympia John Hansen talks bigger gaining and overtraining.
Workout architect Steve Holman lays out a Pre-Ex 3X size assault to get you big arms now.
Coach Charles Poliquin discusses how to boost your bench press.
Jerry Brainum looks at plants that can trigger muscle growth.
NEWS & VIEWS
Babes and babies—L.T. has all the latest scoops and inside info from the bodybuilding world.
Dave Goodin’s tips and tricks on revitalizing your skin, John Rowley’s motivation mantra and an over-40 transformation sensation.
Coach Bill Starr’s guide to a stronger middle back, in the gym with athletic Kacie Young and breathe deep to sleep.
Mass vs. class, Prime-Time expansion and walk-the-walk talk radio.