Author: Jimmy Smith

In the quest for more muscle, we often get caught up in the craziest approaches to training, all for another pound of muscle or a few extra reps. Think about it; I know you’ve tried some of the crazy techniques, like the twenty four-hour arm training program or the one-set-to-failure method. Heck, why wouldn’t you? Anything that is different from the normal routine can help you to grow. The problems start when we get too far away from the basic premises that dictate how much we can grow. Before looking at any intensity technique, you must ask yourself a few questions: Are you getting...

I remember the days of hardcore bodybuilding diets, the 80s and 90s of pure protein, little carbs, and zero fat - I'm talking plain chicken and broccoli five meals per day that were popularized by ripped dudes like Sly Stallone. (In fact, I remember reading an article about how Stallone got shredded for Rocky 4. His diet? "Nothing but tuna and water.") But just because we remember something doesn't mean it's necessarily good. I mean, I remember getting the chicken pox, and that sucked. So I guess the question I really want to ask is, did those diets work? I'm a bit torn....

So Much Confusion This article couldn’t have come out at a better time. While no one has begun dieting yet, everyone is starting to think more and more about warm weather. Where there is warm weather there is less clothing and less chance to hide all that “muscle” you added during your previous bulk, which lasted from September to March. It seems the majority of the population gets fat loss crazy at the same time every year. Everyone wants to drop fat to show off their mid-section - people want abs. Unfortunately this article doesn’t apply to those people. While the majority...

Editors Note: This article was written with the beginner in mind. It is for someone who has not grasped the fundamental concepts of exercise and how to apply them. If you truly want to learn how to create a better body you must start by understanding what the basic exercise variables are in a strength program and how they can be changed to suit the needs of your body. I encourage you to read the article over and then print it off. There is hean old saying that states, “A house is only as strong as its foundation”. This statement can...