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Bodybuilding Articles

3 Mass Building Shoulder Workout Finishers


Are your shoulders one of your better body parts? For most of us, the answer to that question is no.

Shoulder workouts are like the red-headed step child of the muscle building split. Few lifters get excited about shoulder day. They usually save… Read more

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Easy To Make 1000 Calorie Homemade Weight Gainer Shake


One of the top weight gaining powders on the market, Monster Mass, currently costs about $2.50 per serving. For that price, you get 610 calories and a pretty decent tasting product.

While these shakes are convenient, I want to give you a more … Read more

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General Articles

Consistency: The Cornerstone Of Muscle And Strength Building Progress


Are you missing workouts?

To build muscle and strength you must remain consistent. Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many lifters miss multiple workouts a month (for many, more like multiple workouts each week).

There is… Read more

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General Articles

What is the Best Workout System?


Let me just start by saying that I don’t believe in magic training programs.

You’ve come here looking for the best workout system, but instead I am going to give you something better. I am going to provide you with a set or rules that… Read more

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General Articles

Two Squat Tips That Will Fix Most Bad Beginner Squats


In my day squatting was easier. You put the barbell on your back and squatted until you hit parallel.

These days things are far more complicated. You have 259 different experts providing you with 7,154 different form tips to remember. While … Read more

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Strength Building Workouts

5×3 Bench Press Program: Increase Your Strength With This Workout


This is an auto-regulating workout routine designed specifically to help you bring your bench press numbers up.

  • Training Level: Intermediate
  • Goal: Increase Strength
  • Split: 4 Day Upper/Lower
  • Duration: Repeatable

You can continue to run… Read more

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A Complete Guide To 10×10 GVT – German Volume Training


It is said that the German Volume Training (GVT) method, or the use of a 10 set x 10 rep scheme, was popularized by German national weight lifting coach Rolf Feser. It was used as an off-season method, with a two-fold goal:

  1. Assist lifters with building
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