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Make Your Shaker Bottle Not Smell Like Sh!t

November 25th, 2015

There’s more evidence that protein, particularly whey, has value for building muscle and helping you lose fat than any other supplement you’ll see on the shelves at a GNC. That’s why I’ve always recommended protein supps and hardly ever recommended any other kinds of supplements.   The catch with drinking protein shakes is what happens […]

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How To Always Do The Right Thing

November 2nd, 2015

I probably get about a dozen emails a week from people I don’t know and have never worked with who reach out to ask me for fitness advice. Most of the time I have no problem with this and am happy to help, but here’s an example of the type of email I rarely reply […]

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The Deadlift That Doesn’t Break Your Back

October 6th, 2015

Everybody wants to deadlift, but most probably shouldn’t. I’ve seen more successful pick-ups in gyms than I’ve seen properly performed deadlifts, and most of those ended less painfully, too.   There’s nothing inherently wrong with the conventional deadlift. If you can perform it correctly, particularly when the weight gets heavy, more power to you: it’s […]

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How I’ve Been Training Since Life Started Sucking

September 23rd, 2015

I hurt my shoulder. No, it wasn’t from benching or setting a new PR with five, 10, or 20 more pounds than I should have been using. It was while doing a Turkish getup (and, as my friend Ben Bruno said when I told him, “it serves you right for doing Turkish getups”).   Ironically, […]

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Fit All Your Favorite Lifts In 3 Days

September 14th, 2015

Most powerlifting workout programs call for 4 days of training per week. Bodybuilding routines often require 5 or even 6 days of workouts. The general thinking is that, to build muscle and strength, you need to do a lot of exercises—especially the squat, bench, deadlift, and overhead press—and you need at least 4 training days […]

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