Q: I see people in the gym using different techniques on lateral raises. Some keep their arms straight and lower to their sides, while others bend the elbows at 90 degrees and lower the arms in front of their body. ...Read More »
Q: What is preexhaustion and postexhaustion? Are they good for muscle growth? A: For preexhaustion y...
Last month I described a beginning program for the light, heavy and medium system. After athletes ha...
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Q: I recently saw an episode of the Web series “NYBB Blue.” It’s a great series, but the whole episode was about you backing out of a powerlifting challenge. What’s up with that? Are you done with powerlifting? A: Dude, ...Read More »
For the uninitiated, the “in-for-out, out-for-in” rule for biceps is that an inward grip for biceps exercises, like close-grip curls or concentration curls, emphasizes the outer head--which is the "peak" head…Read More »
Q: What is the optimum number of sets for each bodypart? I’ve been doing 16 sets for chest and back and want to increase it to 20. For arms I’ve been doing 10 sets and want to increase it to ...Read More »
Q: What do you think is the fastest way to build muscle without gaining excess fat? A: Two words: cyclical bulking, my number-one nutrition strategy for bulking without getting fat! Some time back I did a great deal of research ...Read More »
As regular IRON MAN readers know, the so-called stretch position is one of the most critically important in any muscle’s range of motion. Therefore, it’s also critically important that you do everything you can in terms of position to maximize ...Read More »
Q: I really enjoyed the chapter on [Mr. Olympia] Ronnie Coleman’s training in your e-book Beyond X-rep Muscle Building. From all I’ve heard, I thought he used mostly powerlifting, heavy weights and low reps. Has he ever commented on what ...Read More »
Q: My training partner says that the parallel-bar dip has done far more for building his terrific pecs than the bench press. I tried dips, but all I get is irritated shoulders. What am I doing wrong? A: It may be ...Read More »
Photographed at Gold’s Gym, Venice, California by Jerry Fredrick Age: 37 Weight: 135 Height: 5’4” Sample workout: I’m a fan of using a lot of drop sets, supersets and giant sets. For example, I will do alternating biceps curls while seated. I ...Read More »
One of my favorite entrees at the Cheesecake Factory is the Factory Chopped Salad. It comes in two versions—regular and SkinnyLicious®. I have created my own, more healthful take on this favorite salad and wanted to share it. It’s a ...Read More »
Sometimes it takes your favorite machine to be broken to discover an exercise that can trigger new growth. In my case it was the standing calf machine. At first I tried to mimic the exercise on the Smith machine. Using ...Read More »
I was first introduced to Terry Robinson by Bill Pearl and Leo Stern in the late 1960’s and I was immediately impressed by his appearance and friendly demeanor. His enthusiasm and zest for life was infectious and his jovial personality ...Read More »
Q: I’ve read that you are a proponent of “timing” the macronutrients to help bring about a certain physiological effect within the body, depending on when you work out and what the specific goal is at the time. Very simply, ...Read More »
Although low-carbohydrate dieting is one of the most popular approaches today, it’s nothing new to bodybuilders, who have used it since the early ’60s. Vince Gironda, perhaps the premier trainer of that era and owner of the fabled Vince’s Gym ...Read More »
I’ve often talked about the importance of maintaining a balance of strength among the various muscle groups. That means paying attention to how all the muscles in your body are responding to the exercises in your program. This article deals ...Read More »