Top features include: Alpha Male Shoulders, a high volume plan to help you build impressive delts and The Perfect Solution, a modernized peripheral heart action circuit training routine that builds muscle, improves heart markers and fits seamlessly into any program. Need help with lagging body parts? Get workouts for the top 6 most difficult physique challenges. Plus! Exquisite Former WWE Diva turned fitness entrepreneur, Celeste Braun, is the total package of sexy and savvy. We’re in love! The April issue of Iron Man hits newsstands April 1.
62 ALPHA MALE SHOULDERS
Hard to grow and easy to damage, a nice set of shoulders sets you apart from the crowd. Dial in your delt game with this well-rounded workout.
70 LOOKING FOR TROUBLE
Stubborn chest? Narrow lats? You’re not alone. It’s time to troubleshoot your physique. We looked at the six most commonly lagging bodyparts and wrote a prescription for size.
78 THE GRAMIES
The first annual Iron Man Protein Bar Awards are here. Find out which bars won a coveted GRAMie across six different categories.
86 THE PERFECT SOLUTION
Better than HIIT and smarter than circuit training, Peripheral Heart Action can make you leaner, stronger, and healthier without confounding your current program.
16 TRAIN TO GAIN
Hamstring are the new triceps. Our strength expert gives his favorite exercises to develop the back of your legs. Also, we pick the coolest, most versatile fitness hoodies
24 TWIG TO BIG
Whether you like it or not, marijuana is gradually becoming more accepted by society and among fitness enthusiasts. But will it hamper your gains?
28 FAT LOSS RESEARCH
A collection of cutting-edge discoveries that support you in the fight against fat.
30 MUSCLE RESEARCH
Science you can use when it comes to developing a full and muscular physique.
32 EAT TO GROW
Our nutrition PhD reviews 10 different types of caffeine and explains when to use which one for the best results, from mental sharpness to physical power.
40 NUTRITION RESEARCH
The latest information on how to use food and supplements to lift harder, look better, and live longer.
46 GO PRO
Professional bodybuilder Martae Ruelas explains the mindset you must have to love life as a dedicated and successful pro athlete.
94 EXTREME TRAINING
You’ve probably been bench pressing for years, but how much do you really know about the father of upper-body lifts? It’s time to learn.
98 HYBRID TRAINING
Are you ready for the longest two minutes of your life? The sadistic minds at Metroflex LBC have created a conditioning drill that is as effective as it is painful.
100 NEWS & VIEWS
Lonnie Teper catches up with the first-ever Fitness Olympia champion as well as some of the superstars of bodybuilding. Check out the winners of the Iron Man Naturally and other contests from the LA FitExpo.
104 LA FITEXPO RECAP
With over 60,000 attendees, 700 vendors, and dozens of pro athletes, the Los Angeles incarnation of the FitExpo had the biggest turnout in its history.
A 26-year-old professional trainer and strength coach attends an anti-aging seminar and fills his cup with knowledge and wisdom from a group of elite experts.
112 THE FINAL WORD
Our readers have the final say.