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The Most Hated Machine in the Gym -- Paul Carter, T-Nation


The fitness world finally seems to be headed toward a place where blanket statements are no longer useful. Not everyone has to squat the same way. Not everyone has to eat "clean" to reach his goals. Not everyone has to stay away from cardio in fear of losing his gainz. But we still turn our collective noses up at certain exercises, and while many machine exercises have taken some flack, no machine has taken more flack than the Smith machine.

Just like making a blanket statement that no one should do a specific exercise (upright rows, anyone?), making a blanket statement that no one should use the Smith machine seems short-sighted. Want to isolate a muscle group without taxing the secondary and tertiary muscles involved in a lift? There's probably a Smith machine exercise for that. Want to strengthen a specific muscle without being limited by a weakness elsewhere? There's probably a Smith machine exercise for that. This week, Paul Carter argues that the Smith is useful in the right context -- just like any other tool at our disposal in the gym -- and he walks us through the logic behind using the Smith in 8 highly effective ways.

General Health

How to Write Great Articles in the Fitness & Conditioning Field: 10 Tips -- Nick Tumminello, Shredded by Science

The Dumb Figure Coach -- Christian Thibaudeau, T-Nation

How to Teach Complex Movements with Layering -- Dean Somerset

Coaching Cues to Make Your Strength and Conditioning Programs More Effective - Installment 14 -- Eric Cressey

Big Rock Cues That Work For Pretty Much Everyone -- Tony Gentilcore

Strength Training

Maybe You Shouldn't Deadlift From The Floor -- Dean Somerset

How to Fix Hip Shift in the Squat -- Andrew Heming

Advanced Deadlift Tip for Increasing Speed/Strength Off the Floor -- Adam Pine

How Does Progressive Overload Work and How Do I Use It? -- James Harris

Why Tension is The Missing Ingredient for Maximum Gains -- Jorden Pagel, Roman Fitness Systems


How to Eat If You Have PCOS -- Dr. Brooke Kalanick, Girls Gone Strong

Periodized Carbohydrate Strategies -- Ryan Jackson and Jacob Linn, JTS Strength

Why Low Carb Diets Don't Work for Long Term Goals -- Mike Gorski, DrJohnRusin.com

The Death of Bulking -- Garrett Hayden

The Problem & Solution to 'IIFYM' -- Steve Hall


How We Grow: Anabolic Signaling Mechanisms, Part 1 -- Adam Tzur, Strengtheory

How to Grow Killer Quads: Three Rare Exercises You Need -- Peter Baker

Three Effective, Underused Exercises -- Alex Mullan, Elitefts

Relentless Hypertrophy Protocol: How Sequencing and Repetition Stimulate Growth -- Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes, Elitefts

Full Body Training: Getting More Bang for Your Buck -- Lawrence Judd, Shredded by Science

Fat Loss

The Ketogenic Diet -- Brad Dieter

How To Create A Caloric Deficit To Lose Weight (Understanding BMR, NEAT, and TDEE) -- JC Deen

6 Secrets Personal Trainers Should Steal from Weight Watchers -- Craig Ballantyne, PTPower.com

Simple Guide to Reading Nutrition Labels -- Joey Percia

10 Simple Nutrition Commandments to get You Shredded -- SJ Fitness, JMax Fitness