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An Interview with Casey Butt, Part 1
Dr. Casey Butt addresses natural muscle mass potential, and the surprising truths and myths surrounding the use of full body weight training routines.
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Aesthetic Bodybuilding Shoulder Workout with Chris Bumstead
We finish off our training series with MHP Athlete Chris Bumstead's Shoulder Workout at the Muscle & Strength Gym. See how the 21 y/o trains shoulders!
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Routine Design for Dummies: Build Your Own Custom Workout
Last time you designed your own workout routine you ended up curling 7 days a week. It's time to program the smart way using these tips and template.
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Bodybuilding Contest Prep - The 3 Biggest Mistakes
Present the best possible package on stage by avoiding these contest prep mistakes. Article includes information on sodium, carb and water loading.
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Arm Yourself with These 7 Bicep Blasters
Want bigger biceps? Try these 7 training techniques and tactics. They won't disappoint!
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Extreme Powerbuilding: The Hepburn Method
Doug Hepburn was one of the biggest and strongest natural lifters in the history of the sport. Discover how Doug trained.
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Train Legs & Arms at the Same Time!
Most lifters love training arms & hate training legs. Get the best of both worlds with this full body circuit that utilizes leg exercises for rest periods!
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Wondering how to choose your next workout program? Confused about when to take deload weeks? We're answering those questions and more! Train smarter, not harder.
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Fitness athlete shirtless in the gym
Improve your gains and motivation with some interesting new approaches: single leg presses, liver tabs, cable pullovers, slow negatives and more!
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The Often Forgotten Exercise: The Dumbbell Pullover!
The dumbbell pullover has fallen into obscurity. Bodybuilder Joseph Ohrablo explains proper form, and the benefits of performing dumbbell pullovers.
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Stuck at home with limited weights but still want to be challenged? These 7 strategies will take your workouts to the next level without adding sets, reps, and weight.
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Muscle & Strength Bodybuilding Glossary
The most comprehensive bodybuilding glossary on the web. Includes a huge list of bodybuilding acronyms. This page is always growing so check back!
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4 Glute Exercises to Build a Strong & Sexy Booty
From Instagram to magazines, these days it's all about the butt. Dr. John Rusin shares 4 new-to-you exercises that will help you build strong, sexy glutes.
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Modern Bodybuilding & Fitness Acronyms
HIIT, DOMS, BCAAs and PRs? You've seen these acronyms everywhere, now find out what they mean. Each term includes a definition and example of common usage.
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Power. Rep Range. Shock. Time to Grow Without Plateau
Bodybuilder Eric Broser explains the power, rep range, shock training system, and provides workout examples.
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Complete Guide To Supramaximal Interval Training (S.M.I.T.)
Learn the difference between two highly-effective interval training methods, get answers to some FAQs, and set-up your own interval training program.
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How to Increase Your PRs with Explosive Warm Ups
If you're looking for a surefire way to increase your personal records on the big 3 lifts, these 9 explosive warm ups are exactly what you need to be doing.
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Top 5 Exercises That Increase Athletic Performance
Need help boosting your athleticism? Check out Coach Loren Landow's top 5 exercises that will increase your performance during athletic competition.
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Ask Joe The Pro Vol. 9 - The Scoop On MAX-OT Training
How can you make a HIT advocate gag? Is the MAX-OT routine a sensible training approach? Can you gain strength after a severe injury?
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The Ultimate Guide to Face Pulls: How, When, & Why to Perform Them
When it comes to posture, upper back strength, and completing the rounded caps of the deltoid, the face pull is the exercise for you. Read on to learn more.
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How To Build A Great Abdominal Foundation
Fitness model and writer Bry Jensen helps you to achieve that dream six pack through the use of clean eating and the practice of engaging your abs in the gym.
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CT Fletcher is Bringing Back the Strict Curl
The strict curl used to be the fourth "big" lift in powerlifting. The ultimate test of bicep strength is reviving it's popularity thanks to CT Fletcher!
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A Look At Popular Bodybuilding Workouts
Joe Ohrablo discusses many popular training systems: Doggcrapp training, Heavy Duty, FST-7, AGS-10, Blood and Guts, and Non-Linear Periodization.
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13 Teen Muscle Building Mistakes
Teens: maximize your muscle building gains by avoiding these 13 common weight training mistakes.
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Beginner's Guide to Power: 5 Exercises for Explosive Strength
Who said beginner's couldn't train explosively? If you want power, check out this beginner's guide with explosive exercises you should add to your workouts.
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6 Common Warm Up Mistakes You're Still Making
Are you guilty of one of these 6 common workout mistakes? Find out what they are, the appropriate way to fix them, & the perfect warm up regimen to follow!
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Pocket Guide to Warm-ups, Pre-hab, Foam Rolling
Bolster your workout performance and gym results with the use of pre-workout cardio, proper warmups, foam rolling, static stretching and proper CNS activation.
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10 Best Chest Building Exercises of All Time
Build your chest the right way by incorporating any of these exercises into your chest workouts. There's a reason they're considered in the top 10 list.
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An Inside Look At The 60-Minute Workout Myth
Training longer than an hour makes you catabolic, right? Wrong! Find out why cortisol may not be the big bad muscle destroying villain you thought it was.
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EZ Bar Vs Straight Bar Curl: Which is Better For Building Biceps?
BSN athlete Scott Herman breaks down the differences between the EZ Bar Curl and the Straight Bar Curl. Which one should be in your arm workout routine?
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6 Exercises Beginners Should Focus On in the Gym
There's a lot of misinformation out there on where beginners should start with their training. These 6 basic movements are solid adds to any beginner program!
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The Science Behind the Drop Set & Muscle Growth
Drop sets are an excellent intensity technique to incorporate into your workouts, especially when you're in a time crunch. Read on to learn about drop sets!
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Redefining Strength: How Strong is Strong Enough?
Do you find yourself trying to go heavier and heavier each and every workout just to nail a new PR? Turns out, it might not be necessary. Learn more!
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The Top 5 Exercises For Killer Abs
Build thick and shredded abs with the top 5 abs exercises: bicycle crunches, vertical leg raises, the ab wheel, clothespins and flutter kicks.
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5 Challenging Plank Variations (& Tips to Help You Master Them)
Ditch the marathon sets and step your planking game up the right way with any of these 5 challenging plank variations. Your core will reap the benefits!
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BPI Sports Supplements
Out with the old, in with the new. If you want to know what it takes to build muscle, balance your training, and stay in shape for life then it's time to adopt the new commandments of lifting.
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5 Romanian Deadlift Cues to Shift Tension from Your Back to Your Lower Body
Don't wreck your back trying to give your hamstrings a heavy workout. Implement these 5 cues when performing Romanian Deadlifts and build huge hamstrings!
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Everything You’ve Never Been Told About the Pullup
There are a lot of myths out there about the pros & cons of the pullup. Read this article to learn everything you've never been told about the pullup.
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A Complete Guide to The Zercher Squat
The Zercher squat is a unique squat variation that could take your leg gainz to new heights. Learn the reasons for how and why you'd use this exercise.
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Understanding Core Training: Maximizing Results With Minimal Risk
Save your spine some wear and tear and strengthen your abs and lower back by working with these four primary functions of your core musculature.
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Jay Cutler's Training Tips: DB Bench Press
4x Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler, visited the Muscle & Strength gym to give his fans pointers on certain exercises. Check out how he does dumbbell bench press!
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Deadlift Domination: 5 Tips for 5 Plates
Grip and rip it may have worked for John Daly but if you're interested in longevity in the iron game, you better get your deadlift right before you take a trip to snap city.
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6 Steps To A 405 Pound Bench Press
A 405 bench press seems impossible, right? Powerlifter Josh Mac once thought so too. Learn how to stop wasting time and improve your bench progress now.
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Greasing The Groove For Bigger Arms
Spent some time working with deadlift, squats, dips and chin ups? Dramatically increase your strength and arm size by Greasing The Groove.
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A Complete Guide to Using TRX Suspension Training
The TRX Is a unique muscle building tool that is underutilized due to a lot of people not really knowing how to use it. Learn the basics with this article.
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Think you can't have a great leg day from home with just your bodyweight? Think again! Check out these 9 underrated leg exercises that require no equipment.
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Why Do My Joints Hurt? How to Diagnose and Work Around Lifting Injuries
Cranky elbows and creaky knees? Turns out it could be due a variety of issues but first and foremost you need to address biomechanics and programming - here's how.
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How I Got Big: The 3 Secrets
These three "secrets" transformed me from scrawny hardgainer into a massive, muscular natural bodybuilder.
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Bodybuilder thinking while sitting on a bench in the gym
You may only bench on Mondays but it's time to consider if you should be benching at all. Listen up bro...
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Man sleeping in bed.
Sleep is essential both in and out of the weight room. Learn how to maximize your zzzz's and improve your recovery time, workout performance, and muscle growth.
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