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An Extra Dose of Muscle Mass
Written By Scott Bird

MassChad Waterbury sets up a great trio of mass-building articles on T-Nation this week, with the lines :

Raise your hand if you don’t want more muscle mass. Anybody?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.

If you find yourself nodding sagely (whilst keeping your arms firmly by your sides), here’s a bit of reading for you :
The 30 Day Mass Plan
by Chad Waterbury
This is more than a simple ‘squats and milk‘ article, as Chad discusses recent discoveries in the muscle-building world and how he’s currently implementing them in routines for his clients.
6 New Exercises For New Muscle!
by Christian Thibaudeau
Christian looks at 6 great mass-building moves that deserve more than a casual glance. In addition to the big 3, these exercises are definitely worthy of consideration.
Double Trouble Hypertrophy
by Joel Marion
Joel discusses that staple of high-frequency training – the ‘twice daily‘ approach. If you’ve got a bit of time on your hands and a gym nearby, this one’s for you.

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Written By Scott Bird
Scott is a long-time fitness enthusiast (Jan 2004!), writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. If you share the passion for spending a bit of time under a bar, welcome. Love hearing how everyone else trains. You can connect via Twitter, Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
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