Todd Bumgardner


Todd Bumgardner, MS, CSCS, is a strength coach, nutrition coach, and manual therapist in the new York City area.

Todd earned his master's degree in exercise science from California University Pennsylvania. As an athlete, he played college football and competed in powerlifting and North American Strongman. He started working as a strength and conditioning coach at age 20 and has been in the industry since. Todd also contributes to T-Nation, Men's Health and Men's Fitness.

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  • Cook Up A Perfect Batch Of Motivation

    Are you struggling to reach your goals, or even just to make it to the gym? Here's a killer recipe for recharging your motivation!

  • Use Inefficiency To Burn More Calories!

    Nope, that's not a typo. When it comes to burning calories, inefficiency can sometimes be your best friend.

  • 5 Ways to Rise Above Your Next Training Plateau

    When your gains stall—and at some point, they will—you'll have to make changes in your training. Here's what works.

  • Get Strong: Follow This Program To Maximize Strength Gains

    If you want to focus on strength instead of size, it's time to rethink your workouts. Here's are 8 guidelines and a solid program to help you build all-over strength.

  • 3 Keys To Skyrocketing Your Powerlifts

    A weak core or grip can limit the raw strength of your big powerlifts. Learn to improve all 3 types of essential strength.

  • Unlock The Secret To A Perfect Deadlift

    To deadlift safely, you must first learn to hip hinge properly. Learn the mechanics of the move and why it's so important.

  • 3 Simple Steps To Get Stronger This Year!

    Before embarking on an ambitious strength program, follow these 3 simple steps, and you'll be far more likely to succeed!

  • Is StrongLifts 5x5 The Right Training Program For You?

    StrongLifts 5x5 is one of the most popular strength programs on the web, but is it right for your goals? A strength expert reviews the pros and cons of this wildly successful protocol!

  • 3 Ways To Build A Better Mind-Muscle Connection

    Easily distracted at the gym? You could be leaving gains on the table! Utilize cues, goals, and resets to maintain your training focus and get the most out of every workout!

  • 4 Moves To Solve A Stalled Bench

    Don't suffer through another subpar bench day wondering what's going wrong. Use these easy methods to target weak links and power up your bench-press strength.

  • What's Wrong With Your Deadlift?

    When your deadlift strength plateaus, the problem might be technique or a certain type of weakness. Here's how to determine what's holding you back, and how to fix it.

  • The Very Best Deadlift Alternatives!

    Don't despair if you can't perform a full-range conventional deadlift. Practice these alternative exercises and hip mobility drills, and you'll bring your deadlift to life in no time!

  • The Efficient Way To Burn Fat Faster

    Sitting on your can between sets doesn't burn calories. When fat loss is the goal, use your rest periods to improve mobility and perform low-intensity strength work. Here's how!

  • 3 Squats Variations Better Than Your Bad Back Squat

    Too often, people try to pretend they can back squat. Unfortunately, their backs, knees, and shoulders end up bearing the brunt of the work. Here's what they should be doing instead!

  • How To Overhead Press: A Beginner's Guide

    The overhead press is a fantastic strength-and-muscle builder for the entire upper body and core. Learn how to tackle this compound lift safely and effectively!

  • Boost Your Barbell Strength With Unilateral Training

    Just because you measure your strength on a barbell doesn't mean you should do everything with two hands on the bar and two feet on the ground. Unilateral training can benefit all strength athletes, as long as you approach it correctly.

  • The Surefire Way To Finally Get Super-Strong!

    Getting Hulk strong doesn't happen by accident. To continue making gains in strength, you've need a plan. Here's how to devise one that works.

  • The 5 Biggest Beginner Strength-Training Mistakes

    Strength coach Todd Bumgardner has seen every training mistake in the book—and made a few throughout his own lifting career as well. Don't let these common training errors stall your own strength gains!

  • A Beginner's Guide To Getting Strong, Phase 2

    Pile on more weight as we show you the best way to phase in doubles and singles and attack weak points in your strength workout.

  • How To Deadlift: A Beginner's Guide

    This important lift is one of the best for building total-body strength, size, and athleticism. Learn to own the deadlift right here.