March 2010

Sure, you can always pick up unsolicited advice from your local locker room guru, but what are the chances of it actually being good advice? Unfortunately, the odds aren't in your favor. That's why we gave renowned nutritionist and successful bodybuilder Shelby Starnes his own column to answer your training and dieting questions. You see, unlike the big guy at your gym, Shelby has worked with hundreds of athletes who are looking for the same thing as you: a ripped, muscular physique. In this installment, Shelby shares his three biggest tips for gaining muscle and losing fat, as well as how to...

Welcome to the Gun Show I’ve heard that 90% of guys would like bigger arms. On the same note, I heard the other 10% are liars. In all seriousness, almost any way you go about it, guys want bigger arms. It is possibly the sole reason you first set foot in the gym. The baggy sleeves on that small T-shirt just weren’t doing it for you. What sexy lady wants to hang onto a skinny little arm? Arm training can be very simple for some of the genetically blessed gunslingers you see walking around your local gym. If you aren’t one of...

It’s obvious that strongman training is a great way to build mass, but this type of training is not commonly leveraged by bodybuilders or athletes looking for maximum hypertrophy. In fact, few programs exist that provide a comprehensive solution for those who are seeking a combination of aesthetic, power, volume, and speed work. The program described in this article is designed to be a highly effective protocol for athletes, strongmen, and bodybuilders alike. First, let’s take a look at the components of an effective hypertrophy program: volume, compound movements, good technique, overload, and recovery. We all know that strongman movements can build power,...

Power-lifting involves the relentless pursuit of all-out strength. In this sport, competitors pour all of their energies into moving the heaviest weight possible in a single, spleen-bursting, hernia-inducing effort. Their maximum successful poundage for the bench press, squat, and deadlift are added together to give the grand total. The highest total wins. Simple…well, apart from the spleen bit. Bodybuilding is exactly what it sounds like…the aim is to build the ‘perfect’ body as decided by contest judges on criteria such as muscle size, symmetry, proportion, and condition. Size and strength are both highly sought after byproducts of training…but so is looking good...