The Tao of Iron

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Leaders, warriors, real men. There’s a growing call to see more of each in today’s society. As our world becomes more materialistic, our identities become intertwined with our Facebook profiles, we begin to lose the values that develop these leaders, warriors, and real men. Alas, the gym, that secluded fortress of iron, becomes a place […]

The Muscle Building Meal Guide

I was a tad skinny as a kid. You could say that I was the runt of a litter of one. And that didn’t change for a long time – I stayed skinny until my mid-twenties. Being skinny isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it isn’t the best thing either. And isn’t that […]

The 3 Steps to Building the Ideal Body

The ideal male body… Da Vinci broke it down to its ratios, the David was Michelangelo’s personification of the idea, and antiquity spoke to us about Achilles’ perfection. In more modern times, however, this ideal has become an odd, misguided obsession. Guys spend as much time in the gym as they do working and reading. […]

How Bulking Can Ruin Your Lean Gains

When a young guy decides he’s tired of being scrawny he usually looks to the bodybuilding industry both as his ideal, and for advice. The bodybuilding community has done a lot of good over the years in helping guys become stronger, more confident men, however, one thing they did give us that isn’t helping guys become stronger, more […]

How to Get Confident, Be More Manly, & Rule the World

I’ve walked in to job interviews standing strong, confident, and purposeful. And I’ve walked into job interviews timid. I’ve gone on dates where I was more nervous than a hooker at church. And I’ve gone on dates comfortable, confident, and as unapologetically me as I could possibly be. I’ve had periods in my life where […]

The Legendary Man

Legendary Man

If you make yourself more than just a man. If you devote yourself to an ideal. And if they can’t stop you. Then you become something else entirely… A Legend, Mr. Wayne. The Legendary Man The fight to become a Legendary Man is an arduous one. It’s multifaceted. There’s the physical and the physique, the mind, and […]

The Only Bodybuilder You Should Listen To


The Only Bodybuilder You Should Listen To. I struggled… When I was 15 I picked up my first dumbbell. In hopes of building muscle to become a better athlete, I walked into my high school weight room and began lifting weights. I had no mentors at the time, no one keeping an eye on me, […]

7 Things You Need To Do Every Morning to Build Lean Muscle

Muscle Building Morning Routine

Muscle Building Morning Routine A successful morning usually means a successful day. If we are productive from the word go. The rest of our day is surely to follow. In the world of building lean muscle this is no different. So why, then, do we start our day with no rhyme or reason? We wake […]

Time is Limited. Take Action.


The day we were born is the day we started dying. It’s kind of weird to think of it like that. But it puts things into perspective. It puts time into perspective. Today we have a guest article. I rarely approve guest articles on the site – if you haven’t noticed – but Keith was both […]

My 5 Favorite Weird Exercises


  There’s so much weird shit happening in gyms these days just for the sake of being weird. Not for any health or performance benefit. Much of the time it’s an attempt by the trainer to feel superior. To make their client feel as if they’re learning something new and exciting when something much more […]

The Iron Guru

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Vince Gironda seen spotting the guy on the bench press. Vince Gironda was a man who was way before his time. He’s known as the “Iron Guru”, but also as the greatest personal trainer and muscle-building expert ever to live. He was a guy that believed steroid users were cheaters. A guy who believed in simplicity […]

Realism is for Losers

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It’s 1:31 am and I’ve had a great day. I’ve done a lot of work, I’ve had fun with friends, and now I’m back writing. The day was filled with ups and downs. Great ideas and points of high energy, then stagnant moments and points of low energy. Like any day it was a microcosm […]

How to Get in Great Shape and Still Enjoy The ‘Finer Things’ in Life

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Do you need to deprive yourself of everything that is tasty, and enjoyable in order to build an awesome body and get in great shape? That’s what most people struggle with, myself included early on in my training. We think that you have to deprive ourselves. That building lean muscle, and getting a six-pack is […]

How to Help Your Body, Help You Build Lean Muscle

Build Lean Muscle

I gained 32 pounds of lean muscle in 32 weeks. Here are a few things I did to get there. If you’re a naturally skinny guy like myself – or an ectomorph (bodytype) – then you need to have everything going your way if you’re going to build the body you want. And, if you’re […]