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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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!

  • 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?

    Here's how to determine what's holding your deadlifts back, and how to fix it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Many new lifters fear the deadlift, but this important lift is one of the best for building total-body strength, size, and athleticism. Banish your fear and learn how to deadlift right here!

  • Your First Strength Phase: A Beginner's Guide To Getting Strong

    Prepare to increase all of your big lifts by 5-10 percent with this specialized 12-week approach to building strength for beginners!

  • Build Strength And Size With Powerbuilding!

    This hybrid program combines the best elements of strength and hypertrophy into a single 8-week program for incredible gains in strength and size!

  • Build More Muscle With These Advanced Strength Techniques!

    You don't always have to choose between training for size or strength. Instead, use these advanced strength-building techniques to maximize your size gains!

  • The Basics Of Training For Size Or Strength

    To build maximum size or strength, you need to know how to train for each goal. Check out this insider's guide to the basic principles that separate these foundational objectives!

  • Mind Over Muscle: Your One-Rep Max Mental Checklist

    Stepping up to the barbell for a new PR? Here's your 5-step mental checklist for crushing your one-rep max!

  • Build Strength From Your Feet

    Build a stronger squat and deadlift by focusing on your foot position. Here's an approach that will help you put your strongest foot forward!

  • 6 Ways To Build A Training Program With Purpose

    Complacency is a death sentence for any training program. Use these methods that create sustainable plans of action to lift, run, and live with purpose!

  • How To Hip Hinge For Ultimate Performance!

    Deadlift performance and lifelong functionality depend on a powerful, stable lower body. Build a stout hip hinge to handle heavy loads with this guide and program!

  • Compound And Conquer: The Case For Compound Over Isolation Exercises

    Too many lifters are trapped in isolation exile. Don't let your gains fall prey to your love of curls. Get in the game with compound movements!

  • Core Strength: Your Ultimate Guide To Core Training

    Stop complicating core stabilization with endless crunches and leg lifts. Start using basic lifts that build the foundation of strength and core training!

  • Slay The Dragon: 3 Strength Training Myths Exposed!

    Building strength is impossible if you fall prey to common training myths. Slay these three exercise dragons and use this plan to make real progress in the gym!

  • Training Your Tall Body

    Helping lengthy lifters overcome dangers and disadvantages can be a tall task. These steps simplify the problems and give towering trainees a guide to build muscle and strength!

  • 3 Rules Of Strength: Maximize Your Gains

    Don't overcomplicate strength training because a DVD said to. Harness the gains you seek with proven lifts and the principles of practice, efficiency, and intensity.

  • Skyrocket Your Strength And Muscle Gains In Two Workouts A Week!

    Training two days per week takes efficiency and intensity to another level. See how to defy mainstream lifting logic and become stronger and bigger with less time in the gym!

  • Locked And Loaded: Why And How To Use Weighted Carries

    Don't let the simplicity of weighted carries fool you. This movement has it all. See why you should pick up heavy weight and walk until your grip fails or your legs buckle!