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Hardcore Lunge

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com The lunge is one of the best exercises you can do in the gym. Unfortunately, the performance of the “lunge” by your average gym-goer is about as baffling as nipples on men. Some things just don’t add up. Whether your goal is improved performance, wheels of steel, or a bigger total, […]

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Push-Ups, Face Pulls, and Shrugs

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Screw the Rotator Cuff! That’s right, screw it. Seriously, it’s about as over-hyped as Kevin Federline’s big “debut.” We think the rotator cuff gets way too much attention. Whenever shoulder pain creeps up, what’s the first thing that everyone brings up? The rotator cuff, of course. (Or for those of you […]

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The Smartest Man In Fitness?

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com “Bill Hartman is the smartest man I know,” Alwyn Cosgrove said recently at a seminar. I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty esteemed praise, especially from someone like Alwyn who’s considered one of the foremost minds in the performance enhancement industry. Here’s some more Hartman praise from another respected coach: […]

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On The Go Nutrition

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com Remember when Chris Farley used to talk about living in that van? You know, the one down by the river? That’s me, except it’s not a van and it’s not down by the river. But yeah, I basically live in my car. You see, I’m a trainer who goes to people’s […]

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Modified 5×5 Squat Program

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com The Perfect Program? I’m going to get my ass kicked for writing this article. Dave Tate, Jim Wendler, Eric Cressey… I can just see the hate mail pouring in. Not just that, but Louie Simmons only lives three hours from me. He might just drive over to Indianapolis and kick my […]

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18 Tips for Bulletproof Knees

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Having a bum knee sucks, so I decided to come up with a bulletproof plan to get your knees feeling healthy and working as well as humanly possible. Wait! Were you about to X out of this article already? Maybe go check and see if any new hotties have posted their […]

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High Performance Core Training

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com You’ve been training your abs incorrectly forever. That’s right, forever. But how? Have all of us T-Nation writers missed the “core training” boat? While we as authors hopefully know a little bit about this stuff, the fact of the matter is there’s a paradigm shift going on with regards to the […]

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28 Things I’m Learning

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com In four months I’ll be a whopping 28 years old. I know a thing or two about training and all that goes into it, but I also respect the fact that there’s a hell of a lot I don’t know enough about, and other topics I need to know something about […]

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Core Training For Smart Folks

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Bodybuilders and Powerlifters Unite A few weekends ago, I had the privilege of presenting a full-day seminar on how posture relates to performance at the Poliquin Performance Center in Chicago. I was glad to learn that not only were people more cognizant of how important posture was, but that posture actually […]

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Functional Anatomy For Bad-Asses- Part I

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Okay, tough guy, so you want to write your own training programs, eh? You think you’ve got what it takes? I went over a lot of the basics in a previous article, Program Design 101, which covered topics such as sets and reps, time under tension, rest periods, and other training […]

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Functional Anatomy For Bad-Asses- Part II

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com In Part I of this series, I went over the basics of the anatomical position, planes of movement, how muscles work, and the muscles that are active in most upper-body movements. In Part II, we’ll discuss muscles of the torso and lower extremity, along with my tips to help you write […]

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6 Keys to Killer Workouts

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com One Of Those Days Ever had one of those days where you just couldn’t get into the flow of your workout? Or worse yet, you don’t even make it to the gym? It’s happened to all of us before. The mind is willing, but the body just isn’t ready (or vice […]

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Overcoming Lousy Leverages, Part I

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com “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 […]

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Overcoming Lousy Leverages, Part II

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com 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 […]

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Hardcore Stretching, Part I

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com If you aren’t making stretching an emphasis in your training right now, you’ll probably have an injury some day that could have easily been prevented. I know, no one likes to hear that. And I’ll bet even the word “stretching” in the title of this article scared off a few people. […]

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