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Developing the Overhead Press

In case you guys missed it, I had a new article thrown up over at T-Nation a week or so ago on the overhead press. Here’s the link: Long Live the Overhead Press The premise of the article is simple: I like the overhead press and I know people enjoy training it, but it’s not […]

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Q&A: Designer Athletes

Hey Mike, Keep up the great podcast! One question for ya; your Designer Athletes article was one of the first articles I ever read on T-Nation. Still think it’s awesome, but I know it’s been 6 years or so since you published it- what changes would you make now based on what you’ve learned over […]

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The Kettlebell Windmill

One of my favorite kettlebell exercises is the KB windmill.  I’m sure if Brett Jones is reading this he’s getting a laugh out of it.  Here’s the 1-minute story. I wrote an article for Dragon Door a while back about how powerlifters can benefit from using kettlebells in their programming.  I put a picture of […]

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The Corrective Strawman

It’s easy for someone with little to no experience working with real people to say that “corrective” exercise doesn’t work. It’s also easy to do this if you’ve never seen it in action, or if you’ve seen it executed by the wrong practitioner. Naysayers will tell you that corrective exercise is nothing more than some […]

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Old-School Article of the Week 3

In this edition of “Old-School Article of the Week”, we have what I feel is one of my better articles. 5 Guaranteed Ways to Break Through Plateaus originally ran at T-Nation several years ago.� If I wrote it again I might cover the two-factor model of fitness and fatigue versus solely supercompensation, but the majority […]

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Complete Core Training

Originally published at T-Nation.com Complete Core Training Getting Bigger and Better From Your Center by Mike Robertson The best exercises don’t have to be “new” to be effective. I think we can all agree that big, basic exercises like squats, deads, and pull-ups should be the cornerstone of any program. One of the great things […]

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Mike Rants: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Originally published at FLzine.com You’d think that with me being a “mobility guy,” I’d lead this off with a quote alluding to the fact that mobility is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I’d then write an entire article supporting that fact, and follow it up with a slick sales pitch to make some extra […]

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Mike Rants: Corrective Exercise

Originally published at FLzine.com If I hear the term “corrective exercise” used in a disparaging sense one more time, I’m going to take up sword swallowing as a part time hobby. I guess I get fed up with the term because people try to use it in a negative fashion to bash my colleagues or […]

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Foundational Fat Loss

Originally published at FigureAthlete.com Foundational Fat Loss by Mike Robertson Let me tell you a nasty little secret: People want to make fat loss a controversial topic. In fact, the more secretive and confusing people make it, the more likely they are to get you to pay exorbitant amounts of money on the latest diet, […]

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Developing Divine Delts

Originally published at FigureAthlete.com Developing Divine Delts by Mike Robertson Even if your goal isn’t to win the next Figure Olympia, an arsenal of solid exercises will aid you in developing the physique you really want. Whether you aim to put on a little size or to simply refine what you have, your shoulders are […]

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Yoga is Overrated

Originally published at FigureAthlete.com Yoga is Overrated by Mike Robertson Yoga is overrated. Yep, you heard that right. I don’t care what your GP, best friend’s niece, or US magazine told you. It just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Is it bad? Absolutely not. In fact, I’ve done yoga myself in the past […]

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Defending the Bench Press

This article was originally publisehd at EliteFTS.com Defending the Bench Press By Mike Robertson For www.EliteFTS.com The bench press is a great lift. Whether your goal is to develop a powerful overall physique or a barrel chest or just get brutally strong, the bench press can help you get there. Before we go any further, […]

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Squatting 101

“The squat is the king of all exercises.” If you’ve trained long enough, chances are you’ve heard that before. And for good reason; the squat may be the single best lift you can perform in the weight room. Unfortunately, many people have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to squatting. Not to mention […]

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The Cardio Conundrum

Long duration, low intensity cardio. High intensity interval training (HIIT). Thirty to sixty minutes of moderate intensity work. With all the options and opinions out there, is it any wonder that people are confused as to how they should incorporate cardio into their workouts? Let me begin by saying that I hate the word cardio. […]

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Guide to Metabolic Training

It’s that time of year again — the time when people get back in the gym with that New Year’s Resolution of getting back into shape, getting lean, or just flat out getting thei sexy back. The bad news? Most people have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to their program design! I […]

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