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The History of the Squat
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The History of the Squat

The so-called king of exercises has a long and fascinating history reaching back into the 1800s, and encompassing some of the biggest names in iron history. Get informed and then get strong! March 24, 2020 6 min read
The Definitive Guide to Medicine Ball Slams
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The Definitive Guide to Medicine Ball Slams

Something about a medicine ball just begs to be hurled into the floor. But are you doing this explosive move correctly? Here's everything you need to know, plus enough variations to keep you slamming all year! January 29, 2020 7 min read
Jim Stoppani's Secrets of Strength: Go Light to Get Strong
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Jim Stoppani's Secrets of Strength: Go Light to Get Strong

Your strength workouts shouldn't be all heavy all the time. Here's the surprising way light, easy workouts actually can build max strength. January 13, 2020 7 min read
5 Big Problems with Popular Lifts, Solved
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5 Big Problems with Popular Lifts, Solved

It's easy to tell someone to practice the fundamentals, but what about when the fundamentals feel awkward and even painful? Here are five easy ways to put valuable moves back in your arsenal with no downside! January 10, 2020 4 min read
Your Biggest Squat Complaints (and Excuses) Solved
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Your Biggest Squat Complaints (and Excuses) Solved

Pain during squats making you hate life? Believe it or not, you have options beyond giving up or grinding through. Give these solutions from bodybuilding and strength coach Paul Carter a go, so you can get back under the bar! January 07, 2020 7 min read
The Top 5 Calisthenics Supersets for Strength and Muscle
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The Top 5 Calisthenics Supersets for Strength and Muscle

The right supersets can take a decent bodyweight workout and make it kickass. Boost your strength and muscle growth, and do more work in less time, with these handpicked pairings from Danny Kavadlo. January 03, 2020 5 min read
Ask the Ageless Lifter: Can I Skip Deadlifts?
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Ask the Ageless Lifter: Can I Skip Deadlifts?

Does the prospect of picking up a barbell off the ground at your age (no matter what that age is) feel daunting? Luckily for you, there are plenty of other strength-building options at your disposal! December 19, 2019 2 min read
Scott Mathison's Ultimate Moves to Make your Pecs Pop
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Scott Mathison's Ultimate Moves to Make your Pecs Pop

This three-move workout will absolutely light up your chest, with very little equipment needed. Power and strength, pumps, and the seriously good kind of soreness? Check, check, and check. December 12, 2019 4 min read
3 Tips to Pull Heavy without Getting Destroyed
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3 Tips to Pull Heavy without Getting Destroyed

The deadlift can deliver full-body strength like almost nothing else. But if you're not careful, it can make you pay the price! Here are an elite physical therapist and strength coach's tips for big deads! August 23, 2019 4 min read
Two Accessories to Level Up Your Bodyweight Training
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Two Accessories to Level Up Your Bodyweight Training

What would you say to more muscle, strength, and core power? You'd say thanks! The key to getting them may be doing the moves you know and love on a slightly different (and humbling) pair of implements. Here's what you need to know! August 21, 2019 3 min read
6 Instant Workout Upgrades
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6 Instant Workout Upgrades

Is your training plan due for a renovation? These tips and techniques will upgrade your gym game and kick-start your gains. August 14, 2019 6 min read
The 10 Best Single-Leg Exercises You've Probably Never Tried
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The 10 Best Single-Leg Exercises You've Probably Never Tried

Growing sexy and strong legs and glutes is a slow race, but don't make it slower by neglecting single-leg exercises. And, yes, you have more options than just lunges. August 06, 2019 4 min read
Think You're a Badass? These 6 Moves Will Show You Where You're Weak
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Think You're a Badass? These 6 Moves Will Show You Where You're Weak

You know what they say about your comfort zone: it's never a good place to be if you want to actually grow. Check your ego at the door with six exercises that are bound to test your true skills in the gym. June 19, 2019 5 min read
5 Cable Exercises Better Than the Dumbbell Versions
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5 Cable Exercises Better Than the Dumbbell Versions

Dumbbells are great for many things, but in some cases there's a better tool for the job. Head over to the cable stack before your next cable workout, and craft the details of your upper body the right way! May 29, 2019 5 min read
Variety with Purpose:
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Variety with Purpose: "Drumline" Strength-Building Kettlebell Workouts

Training doesn't have to be precise or complicated to work. In fact, it can feel random! Try these three routines and build serious strength while dialing in picture-perfect form. May 20, 2019 6 min read
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5 "Shortcut to Shred" Exercise Swaps

Don't let equipment limitations (or any other excuse) keep you from completing your workout. These are my five exercise alternatives for when barriers arise in training! May 20, 2019 6 min read
7 Old-School Strength Treasures You Wish Your Gym Had
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7 Old-School Strength Treasures You Wish Your Gym Had

No, you probably can't find these unique machines and weights at your local gym. But you can dream about them and use our suggested substitutes on your quest to build your own golden-age physique! May 16, 2019 5 min read
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The Sumo Deadlift from the Ground Up with Stefi Cohen
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The Sumo Deadlift from the Ground Up with Stefi Cohen

The deadlifting sensation, All-Time World Record holder, and one of the strongest powerlifters in the game breaks down the whys and hows of the sumo deadlift to help you lift heavier and more efficiently. May 01, 2019 2 min read
Ultimate Beginner's Guide to the L-Sit
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Ultimate Beginner's Guide to the L-Sit

L-sits may look fairly simple, but they require tremendous strength and flexibility. Work through the correct progression, and you'll nail the full thing and get its big-time benefits! April 11, 2019 4 min read
12 Exercises For Bigger Powerlifts
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12 Exercises For Bigger Powerlifts

The options are endless when it comes to choosing accessory movements and variations in training for competitive powerlifting. We turned to Team Bodybuilding.com members and veterans in the sport to find out what they think we should be doing for building a bigger total. April 08, 2019 6 min read
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5 "Shortcut to Size" Exercise Swaps

Get the same results when you're short on equipment or hampered by injury with these simple replacement moves. March 28, 2019 6 min read
7 Exercises to Build Your Foundation of Strength and Power
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7 Exercises to Build Your Foundation of Strength and Power

Looking to be as strong and capable as possible, with as little pain as possible? You should be. And you can make it happen by prioritizing these lifts in your training, starting right now! March 25, 2019 6 min read
The Quad Guy's Guide To The Leg Extension
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The Quad Guy's Guide To The Leg Extension

The leg extension machine receives a lot of bad press, but Julian Smith thinks that's a lot of bunk. Here are his dos and don'ts when using this popular, yet widely botched, machine in your workouts. January 10, 2019 3 min read
One Trick to Transform Your Lateral Raise
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One Trick to Transform Your Lateral Raise

Breathe new life into your lateral raise and boost your shoulder caps with this one delt-building trick. December 13, 2018 2 min read
The Best Face-Pull Variation You're Not Doing
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The Best Face-Pull Variation You're Not Doing

Look ma, no hands! With one simple technique tweak, be prepared to feel this shoulder move work its magic like never before. November 30, 2018 3 min read
Ask The Super Strong Guy: Is Leg Drive Important For A Good Bench Press?
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Ask The Super Strong Guy: Is Leg Drive Important For A Good Bench Press?

The hardest part of a bench press is raising the bar off your chest. Good leg drive helps you move the bar until your strong pressing muscles can take over. Put together a leg drive bench press and prepare to break some old PRs. October 12, 2018 3 min read
Calf Raise Death Set: This Is How To End Leg Day
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Calf Raise Death Set: This Is How To End Leg Day

Lifters usually take one of two approaches to calves: go HAM with weight or volume, or skip it entirely. Here's a simple yet sinister protocol that is perfect for adding size, and can even improve your squat! October 02, 2018 4 min read
3 Exercise Tweaks That Can Save You From An Agonizing Spine Injury
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3 Exercise Tweaks That Can Save You From An Agonizing Spine Injury

If you wake up the morning after a workout with back pain, you may well be on the road to back-injury hell. These simple exercise-form adjustments are your off-ramp. September 26, 2018 2 min read
3 Popular Exercises That Can Hurt Your Knees and How to Modify Them
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3 Popular Exercises That Can Hurt Your Knees and How to Modify Them

Done incorrectly, squats, walking lunges, and box jumps can make your knees as squeaky as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. You can't exactly grease these joints into shape, but you can help them stay healthy. September 21, 2018 3 min read
2019 Bodybuilding.com Awards: Workout Accessory of the Year
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2019 Bodybuilding.com Awards: Workout Accessory of the Year

Some accessories are nice to have, but not totally necessary. But these ones are game-changers that enable better, more effective workouts. September 17, 2018 2 min read
5 Ways to Spice Up Your Lateral Raises
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5 Ways to Spice Up Your Lateral Raises

Don't just trust that the same old way of doing things will pay off forever. Go to school on this staple movement with a full semester's worth of new variations! August 29, 2018 5 min read
Mark Bell Teaches NFL Prospects How to Bench Press
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Mark Bell Teaches NFL Prospects How to Bench Press

Pro powerlifter and gym owner Mark Bell gives NFL hopefuls the inside track on getting major gains with overloaded bench presses, and he doesn't mince words doing it. August 20, 2018 1 min read
The 3 Rules of Upper Body Training for Tall Guys
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The 3 Rules of Upper Body Training for Tall Guys

Above 6 feet, the rules change! Here are three essential guidelines that need to steer strength work for big guys for safety and maximum muscle gain. August 16, 2018 4 min read
Don't Diss The Goblet Squat Until You've Survived This Workout
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Don't Diss The Goblet Squat Until You've Survived This Workout

The goblet squat can be every bit as hard as any other lower-body move, if you program it right. Use this video protocol to test your lower-body strength, and then take it to a new level! August 13, 2018 4 min read
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Julian Smith's 5 Signature Moves for a Crowded Gym
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Julian Smith's 5 Signature Moves for a Crowded Gym

By learning these five variations on exercise mainstays, you'll stimulate your muscles in new ways and have more choices when there's lots of competition for equipment. August 10, 2018 4 min read
The Biomechanics of a Safe, Strong Bench Press
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The Biomechanics of a Safe, Strong Bench Press

Jim Stoppani shows you how to get the most from this fundamental lift, guiding you through the most powerful grip and hand placement, the best way to position your body, and the proper way to move the bar. August 03, 2018 5 min read
Are Pistol Squats Dangerous?
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Are Pistol Squats Dangerous?

Is the classic single-leg bodyweight squat worth having in your wheelhouse? Calisthenics expert Al Kavadlo breaks down the pros and cons. July 05, 2018 3 min read
3 Simple Secrets To Overcoming Knee Pain
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3 Simple Secrets To Overcoming Knee Pain

Spend just a few minutes each week doing these three things, and you'll be rewarded with stronger, more resilient knees. But the benefits definitely won't end there. June 28, 2018 4 min read
Put Your Ball Chair to Good Use With These Workday
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Put Your Ball Chair to Good Use With These Workday "Movement Breaks"

If you're ahead of the game, you're already using a ball chair. But you can do more with it than just sit! Use these two movements throughout the day to combat your sitting posture and add muscle and strength you can use anytime! June 14, 2018 3 min read
Conventional vs. Sumo: What's the Best Way to Deadlift?
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Conventional vs. Sumo: What's the Best Way to Deadlift?

The deadlift is a classic muscle builder, but how best to perform it? Jim Stoppani, Ph.D., breaks down two versions and shows you how to do them correctly, how they're different, and when to practice one instead of the other. June 06, 2018 3 min read
Erin Stern's 4 Favorite Supersets
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Erin Stern's 4 Favorite Supersets

Two-time Ms. Figure Olympia Erin Stern shares her four favorite supersets for developing stage-worthy legs. June 01, 2018 3 min read
Unlock Shoulder Growth With This One Move
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Unlock Shoulder Growth With This One Move

Shoulders that are both "show" and "go" can be yours via the standing barbell push press, a classic but underrated exercise. May 21, 2018 3 min read
Ask The Super Strong Guy: Are Touch-And-Go Deadlifts Right For Me?
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Ask The Super Strong Guy: Are Touch-And-Go Deadlifts Right For Me?

There are a million ways to skin a cat, and at least three ways to perform a deadlift. The technique you use depends on your goals, but here are four ways the touch-and-go method can help your lift. May 14, 2018 2 min read
Save Your Back With Dumbbell Deadlifts
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Save Your Back With Dumbbell Deadlifts

Swap out some of those standard deadlift reps for dumbbell deadlifts. You'll still get the gains, and your back will thank you 10 years from now. May 08, 2018 3 min read
Battle Rope Leg Waves: The Ultimate In Lower-Body Power And Pump
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Battle Rope Leg Waves: The Ultimate In Lower-Body Power And Pump

You may think you know the ropes, but not like this! Strap in, kick off, and be prepared for one of the most challenging lower-body movements of your life. May 04, 2018 5 min read
Skyrocket Your Squat PR With Conjugate Training
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Skyrocket Your Squat PR With Conjugate Training

Squat more than you thought possible, protect your joints, and keep squat day fresh and new with Louis Simmons' time-tested approach to training. The trick is to take many paths to get to the same destination. April 26, 2018 5 min read
The Fourth Powerlift: Your Gateway To Massive Gains
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The Fourth Powerlift: Your Gateway To Massive Gains

The bent-over row was the number-one way to break powerlifting records until it fell out of fashion. Now, it's time to bring it back to its rightful place alongside squats, deadlifts, and benches. April 17, 2018 4 min read
The 6 Grittiest Trap Exercises You're Not Doing
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The 6 Grittiest Trap Exercises You're Not Doing

Dumbbell and barbell shrugs are great, but they're not where the story of trap development ends. Use these variations to rediscover the good kind of soreness and add some size above your shoulders! April 17, 2018 5 min read
Strengthen Your Core, Save Your Back
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Strengthen Your Core, Save Your Back

The sun's out, and chances are you're already thinking about reclaiming your beach body. But before you start grinding away at ab exercises, make sure you're doing the right ones, the right way. April 06, 2018 3 min read
4 Ways To Advance Your Ab Training
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4 Ways To Advance Your Ab Training

Crunches are great for beginners, but you're not a beginner anymore. Step up the intensity and try more challenging ab exercises to carve out a six-pack. April 05, 2018 3 min read
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