Our September issue starts with get-big info from a guy who packed on 60 pounds of muscle in only one year. His friends didn’t recognize him as he went from a skinny Stan to muscleman before age 20. Then Ruth Silverman scores an in-depth interview with Matt Christianer, a.k.a. Matt Swoll. This dude’s physique is beach-body dynamite—proportion and size for plenty of sighs. We’ll give you his complete Swoll workout and diet. Plus, the 4X mass method, TORQ and Vince Del Monte’s new Q&A column Twig to Big are on our list.
Elias Daou took his bodyfat down almost 20 percent in less than a year—and added plenty of muscle.
TRAIN, EAT, GROW 167
The TEG men explain downward-progression 4X for an upward infusion of new mass.
For Matt Christianer, a.k.a. Matt Swole, it’s mission accomplished—again and again and again…
THE ULTIMATE LAT EXERCISE
Mr. America Doug Brignole takes his kinesiological know-how and applies it to the latissimus dorsi—with surprising results.
METABOLIC DAMAGE PANDEMIC!
Joe Klemczewski, Ph.D., a.k.a. the Diet Doc, explores the possibility that low-calorie diets grind metabolism to a halt and sky-rocket fat gains.
Cory Crow looks at how IFBB pro Dan Decker packs on muscle to improve his rear view. It’s a double-decker back attack.
THE 500-REP ARM ASSAULT
Roger Lockridge says you need to volumize for more size on your bi’s and tri’s. Here’s a blockbuster routine to bust your shirt seams.
A BODYBUILDER IS BORN: GENERATIONS
Ron Harris asks the question, What will you get from bodybuilding? Some obvious—and not-so-obvious—benefits may surprise you.
Cornell Hunt outlines the barbell complex, a routine to spike your muscle size and short-circuit a bodyfat rise.
PACK ON 50 POUNDS OF USDA MUSCLE
David Young interviews Spencer Neveux and learns exactly how he jacked up his physique in about a year. Talk about a muscular transformation sensation!
Steve Holman on the legendary 8×8 and how you can use it to add more muscle weight—variations included.
Elle Foxx DeLallo shows how weights can sculpt sexy shapes. Amazing physique here, gang—whew!
TRAIN TO GAIN
Cardio for contest cuts simplified. Plus, muscle shaping.
EAT TO GROW
Is protein overrated for hypertrophy? Jerry Brainum has the answer. Also, why it’s time to kill the RDAs, by Jose Antonio, Ph.D.
MHP MUSCLE AND POWER
IFBB pro Ben White looks at order in the workout.
Coach Charles Poliquin reveals Russian power secrets.
Mr. Natural Olympia John Hansen lays out mass programs for beginning and intermediate trainees.
TWIG TO BIG
Vince Del Monte on the myth and mysteries of overtraining.
Jerry Brainum discusses the disgusting act of injecting muscles.
NEWS & VIEWS
L.T.’s live from the ’13 West Coast Classic—the physiques, the fans, the fun!
Why you need to get more protein as you age—and how to do it. Plus, more-frequent muscle hits to make you massive and ripped.
Dips: The neglected upper-body exercise, from Coach Bill Starr. Also, fruit for fat loss and why we fart—ass-gas facts.
Forgotten freakiness, exotic exercises and murderer with mass.