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Making Volcano Traps Erupt

Here’s the bad news: You can’t have great traps without them. Now for the good news: They’ll give you the thickest and highest traps possible. “Deads” are the perfect trapezius exercise, because they combine all total-mass principles for this fractious bodypart: maximum poundage, full range of motion, and intense stress on the traps through all dimensions and from top to bottom. As you start the lift, you’re bent over, which pulls your traps forward and stresses them over their entire area of mass, from bottom to top and side to side. As you raise your body, the stress moves progressively downward, from the top of your traps, across your rhomboids, pulling hard at the lateral extremities. At the top, you “lock out” the lift, shrugging your shoulders up and back, which serves as a peak contraction, especially for your upper traps. As you lower the weight, the entire process is reversed, but with the same beneficial effects. You can’t ask for more. Always do deads.

The 10 Best Ways to Build Your Back | T Nation

I'll even round the upper back (thoracic flexion) slightly at the bottom of the lift to accompany the spreading of the scapulae and then extend the t-spine at the top to accompany the adduction of the scapulae. Try this and see if you prefer it. Do 3 sets of 10 reps with 1/1/1/0 tempo. Typical loads are 60-100 pound dumbbells. – Bret Contreras

Tip: How to Make Trashcan Chili | T Nation

Toss in a handful of spinach (fresh or frozen), bell pepper strips, okra, squash, and damn near anything else. This is an easy way to sneak in more nutrition, even if you dislike veggies. It's also an easy way to clean out your fridge of odds and ends. Got a leftover carrot? It goes in. A quarter bag of frozen zucchini? Into the pot it goes. A slice of cold pizza? Yeah, don't use that.

Skinny Guy's Guide To Gaining Weight!

You must think outside the box and give up the excuse of being a "hard gainer." It is time to stop listening to all the naysayers who have told you that is impossible to gain weight because of your genetics. Regardless of what you have been led to believe, you do have the potential to build an impressive physique that turns heads and even intimidates!

IIFYM: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly | T Nation

The calories you get from protein actually make the body work to break them down. So eating a 400 calorie plate of fish is going to be dramatically different than eating a 400 calorie plate of pasta. A calorie is not just a calorie because of what happens to your body and your appetite as a result. And while most IIFYM dieters know the value of protein, this blows up the debate coming from people who say that a calorie is just a calorie.

The 4 Most Effective Supersets for Arms | T Nation

The biceps aren't just one muscle, but rather two muscle bellies that are located on the front side of the upper arm. But here's where everyone misses the mark – the long head of the triceps is another dual-joint muscle that crosses both the elbow and shoulder joints, meaning you must manipuilate the shoulder position in a biceps curl in order to target the strongest contraction and get the best activation possible.

Sticking Points

In this article, we detail ways to overcome a strength plateau for a specific lift, using the bench press as our example. Let’s say you want to set a new personal best for the bench press. Workout after workout, you pyramid up to 225 for six reps, but no matter how hard you struggle, you can’t do seven on your own, nor can you get six reps with more than 225. Sometimes you can get only four or five reps, but even on your best day, six is your limit. For both neuromuscular and psychological reasons, six is your Waterloo (orWeightloo). You’ve reached a roadblock. Here are seven routes for getting around it.

Create Massive Caps

Start your shoulder workout (when you are strongest and can go heavy) with multi-joint exercises, such as shoulder presses and upright rows to place greater overload on the muscles, specifically the middle and front heads, which can help to stimulate more growth. Then perform lateral raises, done for higher reps to place laserlike focus on the middle delts. Finish your workout with some rear delt raises.

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Tip: 3 Rep Ranges for Bigger Biceps | T Nation

If you always do 3 sets of 10 for biceps, you're missing out on some serious arm growth. Here's a better plan.

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Fiber!

Fiber's effect on satiety is usually attributed to two main factors: adding bulk to the diet and slowing down digestion. When you eat high-fiber foods, this increased bulk takes up more space in your stomach. This is directly related to fullness because your stomach is a "volume counter" rather than a "calorie counter." The more space you take up with food or fluids, the fuller you feel.[1]

Tip: The Two Fats That Boost Testosterone | T Nation

If you're an athlete who wants to increase testosterone levels, make coconut oil or olive oil your main source(s) of fat. Cook with either of these oils, add them to your protein shakes, drizzle olive oil over your cooked vegetables, add coconut oil to your coffee, or even eat a tablespoon of either in-between meals, which, in addition to allowing you to produce more testosterone, will also help quell hunger.

Muscle detailing: The ultimate routine to add definition to your arms

If you've managed to add some serious size to your arms, but want to hone in on the finer details—we're talking muscle definition that looks like it's carved from marble—these exercises are absolutely essential. They'll continue to build rock-solid muscle, but give you the subtleties that really stand out.

10 Best Muscle-Building Ab Exercises

Let's come clean from the start: We're not here to sell you on the single "best ab exercise ever." Too many organizations and authors have tried that, and the profusion of "winners" out there can make it confusing—especially because the studies backing them are always limited in one way or another. A few years ago, it was the bicycle crunch. Then it was the traditional crunch. Then it was the pike, the plank, the roll-out... We could go on.

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Live It, Love It

A great thing was the pace of my progress, and the time I allotted to it was of my own making. That’s what I urge each FLEX reader to do. Set your own goals, apportion the correct time to work for those goals and then enjoy! I can think of no better way to embrace life than to bodybuild. The act of building and strengthening one’s muscles through training and sound eating habits is an affirmation of the miracle of the human body itself. Ways to do that are abundant in the pages of FLEX. In this month’s issue, for instance, we have a feature on Mark Dugdale and Troy Alves training for a classic V-taper physique; an article on the lowdown on which supplements will boost the effects of a lowcarb diet; and the continuation of the Brute Strength Program and its radical approach to muscle and power gains.

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The top 15 pushup variations

From the pushup position, lift your hips as high as they can go while keeping your legs and back straight with the top of your head pointing downward (you want to make a triangle shape out of your body). Push your body up and down, activating your shoulders.

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Tip: A Good Diet Goes Goofy | T Nation

I tried paleo for almost a year. I didn't go full paleo, keeping workout nutrition supplements in the mix, but I bought into some of it. I lost a little fat at first, then gained it back. Why? Because my weight-trained muscles were screaming for carbs. I ignored them and packed in more paleo fats and proteins. Then my workouts suffered and my gains stagnated.

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Sagittarius Horoscope for Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - You can't wait to make the most of the upcoming weekend, whether you're spicing up your romantic life or singing karaoke with your best buds. Your heart is set on celebrating life's pleasures, but be aware that things you say in the heat of passion might weave webs which could trip you later. Pacing yourself is a smart strategy if you want the good times to last. The key to keeping your equilibrium is knowing when you've lost it. Counterbalance playtime with self-care to maintain optimum health.

Tip: Rethink the Dynamic Effort Method | T Nation

Usually people who suck at exploding won't be able to produce enough speed with a barbell when doing dynamic effort work. They'd need to use about 30% to be able to be somewhat explosive, but then the force production will be too slow to be of any benefit to strength. Those people need to learn to be explosive first by doing jumps and throws. Once they're better at exploding and have gained strength, then they might think about doing dynamic effort work.

The Timeless workout program: 5 routines where old school and new school collide

Timeless is for the guy that just wants to go to the gym and lift. Plain and simple. It's a program that will build muscle and burn fat the way the old-school guys would do it.

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Tip: Your PR Isn't That Important | T Nation

Nervous systems get fried, injuries are racked up, and once recovered, the typical behavior is to go right back to the lifts, rep ranges, and variations that caused the injury in the first place. What's the sense in trying to push strength PR's if it continues to leave you in a weakened, less capable, or hurt state?

Tip: Build Quads Without Knee Pain | T Nation

Got knee pain or recovering from an injury? You don't have to watch your quads or your leg strength dwindle away. Try these 3 moves.

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Tip: The Two Fats That Boost Testosterone | T Nation

If you're an athlete who wants to increase testosterone levels, make coconut oil or olive oil your main source(s) of fat. Cook with either of these oils, add them to your protein shakes, drizzle olive oil over your cooked vegetables, add coconut oil to your coffee, or even eat a tablespoon of either in-between meals, which, in addition to allowing you to produce more testosterone, will also help quell hunger.

Tip: Isolation Exercises vs. Big Lifts | T Nation

If you're wanting muscle growth, don't rely only on big compound exercises. Sure, compound multi-joint exercises offer the most bang-for-the-buck in terms of gaining usable strength, but that's not the main goal of someone wanting to build muscle. It's just a neat side effect of pursuing your main goal.

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The 10 best workout challenges to put your body to the test

Let's put whatever workout routines you're following to the side right now—it's time for a challenge or break from the typical grind. These one-off workouts will test your muscular strength and endurance, and push you past pain thresholds. Sound a little too intense? That's OK. Take on each workout at your pace, focus on your form, and gradually make progress. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or workout-lunatic we're got a challenge to fit your abilities.

KING-SIZED Workout: The Split

Steve takes you through each day of his workout.

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5 Worst Things to Do for Building Bigger Triceps

If I had a nickel for every time a person asked me to “make a muscle,” I would be one wealthy dude. The funny thing is, when I get that request I am always tempted to flex my back or calf since all they asked for was a muscle. Of course, however, I know what it is they want to see, and that is the biceps. But what most people don’t realize is that it is actually the triceps that create most of the arms’ mass, so when a lifter throws up an arm and puts on a gun show, they are actually gawking at more tri than bi.

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Tip: Master the Dip for a Big Chest | T Nation

Most people think the bench press builds the best pecs. Well, most people are wrong. The dip is better. And it can be a great triceps exercise as well, if you do it right.

Overtraining Prevents Muscle Gains

The answer is that you were overtrained. You never really thought it could happen to you, but it did. The lesson: Never, ever underestimate how truly diffcult it is to know when you’re training too frequently, performing too many sets for a body part, or, most importantly, are flat-out overtrained. While less-experienced lifters are the most vulnerable, even the most seasoned bodybuilders fall into this trap because it’s tough to let go of the twisted belief that more is better. So, before you get too caught up in adding more sets, more reps, or more frequent workouts with fewer days of, know that if you go that route, overtraining is just around the corner. It’s an unintentional form of self-inflicted bodybuilding suicide that all too easily goes unrecognized until suddenly it’s too late.

Continue to Bulk or Time to Cut? 21YO 5'10" 196lbs

I really appreciate the quick reply. Honestly I'm having an internal debate with myself. I want to continue to bulk and continue to add as much quality muscle as possible. But, I also really want to cut to see exactly where I'm at in terms of muscle vs fat. Is 250 even realistically attainable? Also, if I decide to compete. I want to make sure I have enough muscle when I cut down that low to not embarrass myself on stage and be competitive.

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6 Techniques to Build Your Dream Physique Fast

The biggest difference between how my amateur and pro clients use these multipliers is how many they employ in one workout. An amateur might use one of these techniques in a workout, but pros use several techniques in a workout, such as partials, negative reps, and flexing. For the average bodybuilder, I recommend using one multiplier per workout. Over the course of time, incorporate all six of these intensity multipliers in your training to make gains like a pro.

6 Best Shoulder-Saving Exercises

Take a lacrosse or tennis ball and position it between a wall and the back of your shoulder blade. From there, move. Keep the arm straight and it over your head (flexion), down (extension), towards the midline of the body (adduction), and out towards the wall (abduction). Fix the ball in place and see what kind of pain free range of motion you can muster. Get creative. You can even form a 90-degree angle in your elbow and internally and externally rotate the shoulder. After moving the joint through every manageable position, move the ball slightly and try it again. Search for hot spots, “floss” the areas that don’t feel great and get ready to feel and move better.

Blow Up Your Bench for a Massive Chest

Almost anyone who has stepped foot inside a gym has made the bench priority one at some point. After all, a big bench equals a big chest. And who doesn’t want a massive chest that’s the envy of all? So why has an exercise that was once an, ahem , benchmark for strength and size been kicked to the curb like yesterday’s outdated software? Most people will tell you that they steer clear of it for fear of a torn pec or rotator cuff injury. That’s too bad, because the bench press is still the big daddy of upper-body exercises — as long as it’s done the right way. That’s where we come in. On the following pages, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to performing this exercise for both monster chest growth and a jaw-dropping retort to the inevitable — and annoying — question, how much do you bench?

8 Ways to Build Shoulder Strength and Stability

Follow these tips to save your shoulders so you can keep going strong at the gym.

Hormone Control

A number of bodybuilders have e-mailed me requesting the same thing: “Can you check out my precontest diet?” Time and again, their approach to dieting is the same: no carbs. A no-carb or very-low-carb plan can be effective — it almost always means fewer calories, so that’s a plus. It also means insulin, a potentially fat-storing hormone, is controlled. But it doesn’t guarantee a ripped fat-free physique. Getting ripped is about controlling calories while simultaneously keeping hormones in balance. That’s what this article is about — providing the guidelines for a hormonal profile that will keep your metabolic rate humming to burn bodyfat. Here’s the data on six main hormones you need to know about.

The 10x10 shred extension workouts

Whether you've heard of it or not, German Volume Training, or GVT for short, has been around the weightlifting world since the 70s. The idea between GVT is to overload your muscles with extreme volume, but with fewer exercises. The traditional setup you'd see would most likely be three main, compound exercises performed for a total of 10 sets at 10 repetitions each. Between each set you'd see a modest amount of rest—roughly a minute or two. And, as expected, the amount of weight used would need to be on the lighter side or else you'll burn out early. On paper, it doesn't sound too bad, but you'll soon realize that 300 reps is a ton of reps, and even more so when they are big-boy exercises. You may also see a couple isolation exercises thrown in for 3 sets at 10 repetitions each. For this particular mini-plan, we've modified traditional GVT. It's somewhat of a mutant.

10 bodyweight abs exercises you’ve never tried

How to do it: Start in a high plank on your hands with your arms straight and feet shoulder-width apart. Bend one arm to bring the elbow and forearm to the floor. Bring the other arm down so you're in a low plank position with your forearms on the floor (elbows on the ground directly under your shoulders). When you bring your forearms to the floor, your elbows should be placed where your hand was previously. Push back up to the start position, placing each hand where your elbows were. Repeat this movement, alternating which side you lower first, for 1 minute.

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