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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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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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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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Single Leg Supplements

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com In your quest for developing legs that are bigger, stronger, and more powerful, chances are you’ve already read dozens of articles on the basic exercises. Any decent strength training routine will put emphasis on the big lifts like squats and deadlifts. While I’m not saying these exercises aren’t important, a lot […]

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Neanderthal No More, Part IV: With Eric Cressey

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com After reading Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, you’ve probably come to grips with the fact that you have a greater resemblance to Cro-Magnon man than you previously thought. Now, what are you going to do about it? The program outlined below is designed to keep your current strength levels […]

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Neanderthal No More, Part V: With Eric Cressey

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com It’s been a while since Part IV so those of you following this program are probably chomping at the bit for the conclusion. Chomp no more, because this is it! The program contained in this article is designed to reintroduce more of the traditional exercises that you’ve grown to love while […]

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Program Design 101

Program Design 101 Screw the Gurus! Make Your Own Training Programs! by Mike Robertson Do-It-Yourself Program Design If you started training at a young age, chances are you never followed a structured program. Instead you just had some simple goals in mind. Whether it was to squat three wheels or bench two bills, you wanted […]

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Back On Track

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com How many Mondays have you been to the gym, anxiously awaiting your chest workout, only to find that you have to wait 45 minutes just to get on a bench? It seems that every guy in the gym trains his chest on Monday; it’s a foregone conclusion. Not only do they […]

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The Intermediate Deadlift Cycle

originally posted on www.elitefitnesssystems.com The deadlift may be the purest test of strength in the iron game. Heavy weight. On the floor. Must pick it up. In the beginning, you can follow just about any routine and make decent progress. Heavy sets of five have worked for more than a few lifters. However, once you […]

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Vixen Liftin’: The Comprehensive Program

Originally Posted at www.figureathlete.com I’m asked all the time about a solid training program for women. What does it look like? Should women train differently than their grunting, crotch-scratchin’ counterparts? The fact of the matter is that women don’t need to train all that differently from men with regards to sets, reps, etc. Generally, women […]

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The Quest for Size And Strength

“A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Confucius The Quest for Size and Strength In other articles, I’ve written at length about functional anatomy, exercises to try and the like, but I wanted to write an article that summarizes the kind of training I’m all about. Some might call me […]

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Exercise Progressions for Bigger Pulls

Exercise Progressions for Bigger Pulls by Mike Robertson I’m not sure if it’s just my generation, but I’ve noticed the guys in my gym are impatient bastards, me included. While we understand we can’t build the “perfect” body in just a few days, nearly all of us overestimate our exercise abilities, learn new techniques (or […]

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