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Back to McGill: A New Interview with Dr. Stuart McGill

A few people have had such a profound impact on the world of health and human performance that they deserve a second go-round. Stuart McGill is one such individual. Continue Reading...
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7 Reasons You’re a Weakling

Over a year ago, a poll on the T-Nation forum asked the readers what their primary goal was. The responses were as follows: 20% wanted to lose fat. 18% wanted to perform better athletically. 37% wanted to build muscle. 23% wanted to get stronger. Unfortunately, 100% of responders were pissed off that they apparently weren't "allowed" to have all those goals at once! Well, I just so happen to think that you can – and it all revolves around building strength. Here's why: Continue Reading...
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6 Lost Lifters

I'm normally somewhat of a bookworm and science geek, although – to blow a little sunshine up my own butt – I have to say, I'm getting better at reading people. T-Nation has been great for me in this regard. Your ordinary trainer might be exposed to 20 different clients in a week, and a typical collegiate strength coach might encounter 100 to 150 athletes over the course of a week. Like many others in this biz, I've been fortunate to experience both of those realms. Continue Reading...
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10 Training Program Pitfalls

I get emails all the time from T-Nation readers who want to know why I don't write programs for the masses. About the only answer I can muster up is: "Because I have a conscience." And because there's no such thing as a successful program for the masses, I'm not sure I'm comfortable trying to write one. Continue Reading...
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Periodize Your Diet

In this article I'll detail how my training, nutrition, and supplementation are all closely interrelated. This program serves as a starting point for athletes in the off-season and anyone who simply wants to improve relative strength to avoid the "all show and no go" phenomenon that plagues the world's gyms today. Continue Reading...
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10 Uses for a Smith Machine

The Smith machine is the equipment parallel to High Intensity Training. On one hand, it's been called more dirty names than Madonna on a trip to the Vatican. On the other hand, there are those who vehemently adhere to it in spite of the fact that it's an inferior way to train. I'm about as anti-machine a guy as you'll ever meet, but I'm also open-minded enough to realize that as is the case with most things in life, the answer rests somewhere in the middle. Continue Reading
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Overcoming Lousy Leverages: Part II

In Part I, we discussed how your body type can hinder you on certain lifts while making you an absolute stud on others. We also covered how your body type can influence the way you should be training to maximize your performance in the squat. Here in Part II, our goal is to take the guesswork out of bench and deadlift training and, in the process, take your total to an all-time high! Continue Reading...
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Overcoming Lousy Leverages: Part I

"I suck at squatting because I'm too skinny!" "My bench is weak because of my long arms!" "My deadlift will never go up. I'm just not built to pull heavy!" Ever hear a training partner utter one of these lines? Or, worse yet, have you ever said these things yourself? If so, we're here to give you a fresh outlook on ways to improve your lifts. Biomechanics buffs like us are always looking for scientifically applicable ways to improve our lifting. In this article, we're going to give you some new insights as to possible areas of weakness, as well as ways to address these weaknesses to take you to newfound levels of strength and performance!
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5 Relative Strength Myths

Just being strong isn't enough; you need to be strong for your size, too. Make no mistake about it, training for strength without markedly increasing body weight is a lot more challenging than just focusing on absolute strength. Continue Reading... Sign up for our FREE Newsletter today and and receive this deadlift technique video!
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Meet the Press: An Interview with Strength Coach Eric Cressey

Ten years ago, most people who trained with weights had never heard of a "strength coach." Oh sure, there were sports coaches who worked with athletes on performance. And there were famous bodybuilders who theorized on hypertrophy methods in the magazines. There were even personal trainers and fitness instructors, but a strength coach? An expert who specialized in all things iron? A guy who could help you increase your vertical, build your biceps, and add 50 pounds to your bench press? Not many gym-goers had heard of such an animal. Then along came Charles Poliquin, one of the first notable gurus that appealed to a broad spectrum of athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness freaks. Poliquin is still at the top of his game, but a whole new crop of strength coaches have sprung from the seeds he planted way back when TC first introduced him to the Muscle Media 2000 audience. These new guys are young, hyper-educated and viciously smart. We know because most of them are already writing for T-Nation! Eric Cressey is one of those young guns. We caught up with 23-year old Cressey just days after he got his master's degree. We think you'll agree that the future of strength and conditioning is bright. Continue Reading...
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