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BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE is the digital version of HARDGAINER print magazine. It’s available for immediate downloading, for a fraction of the cost of the print issues.
Each volume contains five issues of HARDGAINER magazine.
The first two volumes are available now, with others to follow.
The volumes of BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE are ePubs, which are more versatile and user-friendly than PDFs.
The ePubs can be read on a desktop or laptop computer, on a hand-held eBook reader, and on some smart phones; they have indexes and hyperlinks that enable you to move instantly from article to article and chapter to chapter; and they have bookmarking.
The articles have been fine-tuned, re-formatted, and given an all-new layout for BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE. But the content is every bit as relevant, helpful and inspiring today as it was when first published as HARDGAINER print magazine.
Nearly all of the original photographs have been removed, and new pictures have been added. And although there were few ads in the print edition, all have been removed.
This is a special body of work. No other publication has ever focused so sharply on hard gainers, in such detail, with such care, and for so long.
It’s arguably the best ever magazine for instruction that works for drug-free bodybuilders and strength trainees.
Although the entire 1,100 articles will be published in 18 volumes, the articles can be read in any order whatsoever and still be tremendously helpful. The more volumes you read, the more expert you’ll become as your own personal trainer.
And it has no advertorials for food supplements, or any ads whatsoever, so it’s free of any vested interest with the food supplement industry.
But it’s jam-packed with training instruction that really works.
And it has inspirational photographs of terrific physiques (but none of the mass monsters).
Apply what BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE teaches, and you may no longer consider yourself a hard gainer.
The authors who made the largest number of contributions are among the most experienced and knowledgeable men in the entire world of drug-free bodybuilding and strength training. Each of them has decades of real-world, face-to-face experience of coaching trainees who have ordinary genetics yet want extraordinary achievements.
Follow the guidance of these coaches, to become an extraordinary success yourself.
Furthermore, the number of real-world success stories in BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE (and HARDGAINER) is unparalleled in any other publication.
The first volume of BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE covers HARDGAINER issues 31 to 35. That’s 5 issues of exceptional bodybuilding information—62 articles and about 300 pages.
The second volume covers issues 36 through 40. That’s a further 5 issues of exceptional bodybuilding information—68 articles and about 300 pages.
These are among the best value-for-money bodybuilding publications you’ll come across.
Issues 31 through 40 were the first to be re-formatted because only the issues from #31 onward were already in digital form, although without the formatting and style required for BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE.
Volume 3 is well underway—issues 41 through 45.
If you’re unfamiliar with HARDGAINER, just a single volume of BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE will be a revelation, and capable of transforming your progress.
But the entire collection of 1,100 articles constitutes an extraordinary treasury of instruction and information, and an amazing education in drug-free bodybuilding and strength training.
Super magazine! One of the few training magazines that provides honest information for the average non-drug-using trainee.
– Bill Starr, former strength and conditioning coach at Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA
HARDGAINER is the greatest physical culture magazine in history.
– Bob Whelan, Whelan Strength Training, Washington, DC (for 22 years), and now at Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
I guess I’m old enough now to talk about the “good ole days.” For me, the good ole days of my strength training youth occurred in the early 1990s when I was fortunate enough to stumble across HARDGAINER magazine. I was about 20 years old and had been doing just about everything wrong with my training. In a nutshell, I had been following the advice of the popular bodybuilding magazines of the time and had achieved very few results for my efforts. HARDGAINER set me straight in a hurry, with a formula for success that’s as relevant today as when Stuart introduced it over 20 years ago. He changed the focus from purely aesthetics to one that is easier to measure and more fun to pursue by introducing the 300/400/500 benchmarks for the squat, bench press, and deadlift.
By working toward achieving those numbers while also eating a healthy diet and not letting my body fat get out of control, I saw almost immediate improvement in my physique. What a concept! You mean, stronger muscles are actually bigger muscles? Wow! This was fun stuff. Needless to say, I was hooked, and for good reason . . . the training advice Stuart and his regular contributors offered worked. I found myself running to my mailbox in anticipation of each bimonthly issue, and not to make wholesale program changes as the muscle rags often advocated, but to reinforce the central theme of training on basic, compound movements with moderate to low volume and always with an eye toward adding more weight to the bar in good form.
Over the years I continued to progress with my training by working hard and consistently on simple programs. As my training weights climbed well beyond the 300/400/500 targets, I ventured into the sport of powerlifting and have competed successfully for nearly 20 years. On April 20, 2013, at age 43 and at a bodyweight of 216 pounds, I achieved my best powerlifting total to date—1,600 pounds—with a 600-pound squat, 380-pound bench press, and 620-pound deadlift. I made these lifts using no supportive gear other than a lifting belt.
I also evolved into my own version of the writers I so admired when I first picked up the magazine. I contributed about six articles in the late 1990s that remain some of my proudest accomplishments. Today, I write articles for other magazines and websites, and even coach at training clinics. It’s no exaggeration to say that the training success I enjoyed as a result of picking up that first copy of HARDGAINER helped shape my life. I had a burning desire as a little boy to be big and strong. I just didn’t know how to achieve this goal before HARDGAINER magazine.
I feel like Stuart let me in on a secret, and that it shouldn’t really be a secret. Everyone who wants to know how to transform their physique should have the knowledge to do so. I don’t know if HARDGAINER will do for you what it did for me, but I do know that if you consistently follow the advice on those pages you will be able to realize your potential for strength and muscle development.
– Chuck Miller, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
For several decades, Stuart McRobert has been the most rational, articulate, and compassionate leader in the bodybuilding and strength-training field. HARDGAINER offers an inspiring account of that story, told in a warm, friendly style. It includes the works of renowned trainers, who were influenced by Stuart, as were the rest of us. HARDGAINER is about getting each of us better, safely, whether using basement gyms or modern palaces. Stuart’s editorials alone are worth the price of the publication.
And now this can be had five issues at a time, rather than by eagerly awaiting one issue at a time as original subscribers did. The recommendations made in HARDGAINER are as valid today as they were from its inaugural issue.
No other authority has had as much impact on my own results, or the way I thought about the processes of training. All of that was made possible by the way Stuart has led from the front, in his books and HARDGAINER.
– Arty Conliffe, Bronx, New York, USA
I recently purchased a few copies of HARDGAINER, looking for a specific topic. Instantly I found myself reading every article in the issues. The magazines are dense with information and hardly any space is wasted with anything other than good solid information. This is in deep contrast to other muscle mags that feature only a few useful articles and the rest is nothing but fluff and advertising. I look forward to adding all copies of HARDGAINER to my Iron Game collection.
– Eric Ramos, El Paso, Texas, USA
HARDGAINER mag is something else. It’s loaded with real-life stuff. Every page contains useful and relevant information, cuts through the jargon, and is devoid of bs. The magazine is full of solid advise and real-life examples of everyday people working their asses off. HARDGAINER is the serious mag for serious training.
– Louis Tucci, Lodi, Jersey, USA
After reading Stuart’s classic bodybuilding book BEYOND BRAWN I finally came around to seeing the big picture and fully understanding the principles of productive weight training. Up until that point I was your average fitness enthusiast regularly scouring the internet for the newest “magic” muscle-building routines, and constantly under the impression that successful lifters were in possession of some little-known “secrets” that had somehow eluded me.
So, when I finally understood that I was just being duped by the myriad fitness products and sales pages out there, I decided to stop reading marketing-filled literature and instead find a new source that is honest to its customers, provides real-world success stories and practical training information, and skips all the fluff and gimmicks associated with the fitness industry.
Stuart’s HARDGAINER collection is exactly what I was looking for. Over the course of several months I purchased the entire collection, and it turned out to be the single best training-related investment I ever made.
Imagine having at your disposal a benevolent trainer who always gives you the truth straight up with no sugar-coating, steers you in the right direction when you stray off course, constantly motivates you to push to your limits, fires you up like nothing else, and fuels your desire to become the best you can be. Now, multiply that a hundred times, and you’ll get an idea what HARDGAINER is all about.
If you’re looking for tools to help you succeed in the Iron Game, you’ll be hard pressed to find any that are as useful, honest and filled to the brim with practical knowledge as HARDGAINER magazine is, and without any hidden agendas.
HARDGAINER is for the bodybuilder’s mind what the barbell is for his body: the fastest path to success.
– Emanuel Mihaiescu, Timisoara, Romania
The unique factor that differentiates HARDGAINER magazine, BRAWN, and Stuart’s other publications from the heap of usual photo-crammed, airbrushed, bottled-tan, supplement-catalog magazines on the retail rack is focus. I mean the deliberate, tight focus on a particular target population; specifically, the non-pharmaceutically-enhanced, genetically-average trainee desiring no less than the maximum realization of his or her inherent potential in muscular development, strength, health, and cardiorespiratory fitness. That’s it—a simple and straightforward mission statement, although prior to HARDGAINER, one that I personally had never encountered in 40 years of reading.
With HARDGAINER, quality is the guide word. Small in format, you say? Remove the advertisements, photo shoots, and pseudoscientific “research” from the bloated muscle magazines, and the usable information for the quintessential hard gainer would be a good deal less than he or she would find in HARDGAINER. HARDGAINER, unlike the other muscle mags, does not pretend to be all things to all people. But it is the linchpin, the keystone, the illuminated path, for drug-free, genetically-average trainees desiring the fulfillment of their physical potential while simultaneously enjoying a relatively balanced, rich and satisfying lifestyle.
– Rich Abbott, Santa Paula, CA, USA, 500-pound deadlifter at 65 years old and 164-pounds bodyweight
Years ago I was fortunate to discover an article in Ironman magazine, written by Stuart McRobert. At the end of the article he had an invitation to request a sample issue of a magazine he published called HARDGAINER. I sent in a request, along with a letter to him. And that request sparked a long-treasured friendship.
HARDGAINER was published with obvious passion for weight training and bodybuilding. But in that publication something was noticeably absent. And it was probably not something most devoted trainees would “miss.” There were no ads, there were no glossy photos of drug-built physiques, and there was certainly no hype. The information presented was simple, powerful and to the point. Exactly the type of training instruction I was searching for and wished I’d had access to when I started training as a teenager. I would have made much more progress, a whole lot faster, using the information in HARDGAINER, had I’d known much sooner about the principles the mag advocated.
Although Stuart stopped publishing the print version of HARDGAINER, the flipside for those reading this is that you now have the opportunity to make use of all the back issues of the magazine that helped countless people worldwide build strong, impressive, powerful physiques. And not only are the printed issues still available, but now there’s the reformatted, digital version that’s much cheaper and more convenient to obtain and read.
I discovered tons of training wisdom through the pages of HARDGAINER, and most of it I still incorporate into my training today. And not only that, I’ve passed that wisdom onto my children who’ve carved out great success stories with their efforts—better than I could have ever dreamed of before having found out about the HARDGAINER ways of training.
Fads and phases come and go, but there are many things that forever remain constant. And how to build solid muscle and power is one of those constants. I really can’t overemphasize the value of HARDGAINER, and if anyone ever asks me for advice on how to train and gain, I steer them to the magazine (as well as Stuart’s books). He’s laid out a rock-solid foundation of know-how in everything he’s published, but one of the greatest legacies he’s accomplished is the vault of knowledge stored away in the pages of HARDGAINER.
Trust me when I tell you that reading, grasping and applying that knowledge is a reliable path to achieving training heights of impressive levels—and in doing so, you’ll detour tons of nonsense and and years of wasted efforts . . . leaving all of it in the dust right where it belongs.
– John Leschinski, Connell, WA, USA
Your magazine is by far the greatest thing that has ever happened to my training. Words cannot express how important it has been to me. HARDGAINER is the greatest training resource anywhere! When I go to most gyms, I am usually the strongest guy there. I have you to thank for that. The group of writers in HARDGAINER are the best out there. If you want to get bigger and stronger, get this magazine.
Stuart, I would like to say thank you so much for all that you have done!
– Jeff Myers, Nashport, Ohio, USA
I’ve now completed my collection of HARDGAINER magazine. The quantity of worthwhile information for genetically normal trainees (about 90% of the population) is without compare. Stuart and all the other contributing authors have been in the training trenches, have mostly been misled by the popular muscle media and the training methods of the champions (and all of their deception and lies), and through trial and error have discovered sensible training methods for the average- to hard-gaining individual. Each issue is full of essential and meaningful information and guidance.
Although the training methods vary somewhat from author to author, the fundamentals are common to all, as are the goals. The methods presented in each issue will help anyone to reach his or her potential in strength and physical development. And there’s plenty of attention given to development of robust health, flexibility, agility, training for the older trainee, and improvement of the mind—it’s a true journal of physical culture. Even though you modified or changed some of your views over the years, most of even the earliest articles still stand the test of time and are as useful and relevant today as when first written.
I would encourage anyone who wants the very best in training guidance and information to own the complete collection of HARDGAINER, and read them over and over again. The only negative thing I have to say is that there are no brand new issues. But there’s now the digital edition, which makes the magazine available for a whole new readership. Thank you for publishing the very best physical culture magazine of all time.
– Peter Yates, Huntington, New York, USA
HARDGAINER magazine provides serious training information for drug-free trainees—no sugar coating, just honest information.
– Ted Lambrinides, Ph.D., former editor, HARD TRAINING newsletter, Cincinnati, OH, USA
For anyone involved in weight training (or considering taking it up) you need to familiarize yourself with HARDGAINER. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I spent almost four years of my life wasting so much time and energy on inappropriate training routines that were promoted in the mainstream bodybuilding magazines. HARDGAINER is not like your typical bodybuilding magazine. Instead, you’ll find real information in it on what it really takes to build an impressive physique. I only wish I’d come across it earlier in my training career.
– Luke Shackleton, New Farnley, Leeds, England
HARDGAINER magazine was a game changer. For 15 years, bodybuilders and strength seekers were supplied with information everyone could benefit from: small people, big people, and everyone in between. Little was required other than a barbell, a steady supply of decent food, and a bed.
Before 1989, a steady, reliable source of information about barbell exercise didn’t exist. The closest thing was Peary Rader’s Iron Man, and even that mixed real pearls with odd pebbles. Peary’s stated intention was to offer the whole spectrum of advice.
But Peary started publishing in the 1930s. By the 1960s, the period that another magazine termed “the Dianabol Decade,” it was possible for guys with the potential of Hercules to gain on routines nobody else could, now that they were on anabolic steroids—and ghost writers wrote up these routines and presented them as models for the rest of us.
What it did, of course, was create a market for food supplements. From the 1960s to now, most bodybuilding magazines evolved into glorified supplement catalogues, selling pills that the bodybuilding stars didn’t even take. (They had what they needed in the needle they got stuck with.)
Stuart McRobert suffered a disappointment similar to mine in the 1980s, after following high-intensity training as it was presented by Arthur Jones. It didn’t seem to work, even if the theory made sense. Stuart’s conclusion was borne out in his workouts. Rather than taking every set to utter failure, he began borrowing from the wisdom not of the very strong guys who worked out in their garages and cellars all over the world. One of the most important notions he began to use was intensity cycling.
And he gained! I remember reading his articles in Iron Man in the early 1980s. I treasured my magazines and took very good care of them. Despite that care, I underlined and put check marks in the margins of Stuart’s articles. I’d never done that with any other bodybuilding writer, and I haven’t done it since. That’s the chord he struck with those first articles.
I wasn’t alone. Stuart found out after he began publishing HARDGAINER that people in nations all over the world recognized sound advice when they read it.
I contributed some thoughts to the magazine over the years, along with five other bodybuilding magazines (and other publications). HARDGAINER remains the only one of those magazines I would classify as vital for the non-drug-using weight trainee to possess: possess and read and go back to.
If you don’t have the original print magazines, fear not: They’re now being published in digital form. I hope you send for them . . . and use them. As a bodybuilding resource, they’re pure gold.
– Steve Wedan, Franklin, Tennessee, USA
I have been a voracious reader of strength and bodybuilding publications over the last 25 years. I had at one time subscribed to seven different publications (and read far more). And out of all of them, HARDGAINER was my favorite.
In it I’d find the most sensible training advice mixed with some very inspirational stuff. Reading about other trainees making success without drugs on abbreviated, yet intense, training just constantly fired me up. I couldn’t get enough of it. The issues came every two months and I couldn’t wait to rip open the packaging to start reading when they came in.
Recently I wanted to read them all again. I had lost a bunch of issues and had others damaged due to water damage in my basement. I was ecstatic to find that Stuart McRobert still had nearly mint copies of all of them. I ordered around 70 HG magazines just the other day. They came shipped expertly and I received them quickly (considering that they had to come air mail). And re-reading (or reading for the first time, in some cases) the magazines brought back great memories and has me anxious for my next workout.
Anyone, and I mean anyone, would benefit from reading HARDGAINER.
– Craig K of Pittsburgh, PA, USA
I’m the founder and president of the Gibraltar Natural Bodybuilding Championship, and the founder and president of the Gibraltar Natural Strongman & Strongwoman Championships. During the first few years of my training I used to fail all the time. Then once I started following the guidance in HARDGAINER magazine, and the books BRAWN and BEYOND BRAWN, it made it all happen for me. I’m now getting ready for a natural bodybuilding championship. I’ll be purchasing the digital HARDGAINER.
– Shane Smith, Gibraltar (Europe)
HARDGAINER magazine is a marvelous resource for the average trainee not interested in using drugs or wasting years following unproductive programs. A practical, sensible methodology for gaining strength and muscle mass is detailed in this publication. The techniques presented here serve to help the trainee reduce the risk of injuries, maintain constant progress, and set sensible and achievable goals. This information will work for young trainees and the older trainee such as me.
The active ingredient in most food supplements and over-promising programs is hype. You will not find hype in HARDGAINER magazine. Most weight-training programs that are offered by the latest internet gurus, often at great expense to users, appear to be repackaging of the knowledge found in HARDGAINER magazine. This publication contains effective material proven by decades of reader results.
– Shawn Bjerke, Fargo, ND, USA
I’ve been a strength and fitness fanatic since the age of 15; and now, at 62 years young, I still strength train twice a week, practice American Combato three times a week, and work my heart and lungs hard twice a week. All of this is done in my backyard gym in Australia.
In the early 1970s I subscribed to Peary Rader’s Iron Man. I looked forward in anticipation to every copy that was mailed to me.
I enjoyed and learned so much from the articles written by Peary Rader, Bradley J. Steiner, Norman Zale, Dennis B. Weis, Fred R. Howell and, later on, Stuart McRobert.
It was a magazine that allowed the ordinary man who trained at home to offer his advice to others. When Peary Rader sold the magazine, I no longer subscribed.
I looked for something to continue my knowledge, and encourage me to keep going no matter what challenges life threw at me. I eventually found what I was looking for: Stuart’s first issue of HARDGAINER, which was “The specialist source for everyone of average genetic potential wanting physical superiority.”
I own the entire 89-issue collection. Although issue 89 was, unfortunately, the last to be printed in paper format, readers can now enjoy this wonderful publication in digital form.
Every second month I looked forward to my copy of HARDGAINER, with articles written by backyard strength and fitness trainees, and experts such as Stuart, Bill Starr, Dick Conner, Bob Whelan, John Christy, Bradley J. Steiner, David Horne, Brooks Kubik, Dr. Ken Leistner, and Dr. Gregory Steiner who wrote on trigger point therapy and rehabilitation. (I’ve been a sports and remedial massage therapist for 20 years.) And David Chapman, strength historian, wrote some excellent articles on the old-time strongmen, which I cherish.
I learned from everyone who wrote articles in the magazine.
“Knowledge is power,” I once read. With HARDGAINER on my bookshelf I have at my finger tips all the knowledge on bodybuilding, strength training, fitness, diet and mind strength I will ever need.
HARDGAINER magazine keeps me strong physically and, more importantly, mentally. I regularly reread its articles—a true library of strength training and bodybuilding.
– David Sedunary, Broken Hill, Australia
I first became aware of HARDGAINER magazine after reading Stuart’s BEYOND BRAWN book. I sent for a free trial copy, and after reading it cover to cover numerous times I decided to take out a subscription.
What is it that I find so interesting about the magazine? Firstly, the advice in HG is honest. There are no outlandish claims about gaining “20 pounds of muscle in a month” or “get a six-pack fast” like in the mainstream magazines. The articles and advice in HG are aimed at the genetically-average, drug-free person, and come from some of the most knowledgeable coaches and strength-training devotees in the business.
Let me be blunt here. You get bull-free advice that works, from guys who know what it takes for a hard gainer to reach his/her potential. You simply don’t get this elsewhere. Secondly, there’s no hidden agenda. The magazine is ad free (with the exception of the classified ads section). It’s refreshing to read a magazine that’s filled cover to cover with interesting and informative articles, rather than ads disguised as articles trying to sell the latest “wonder supplements.” Finally, I like the fact that Stuart encourages the readers to submit an article. Everybody has a story to tell, a piece of advice, or encouraging words that can spur others on. You have a forum to share your stories with other like-minded people.
If you’re truly committed to reaching your potential drug-free, then I feel that the magazine offers far more than anything you can find in your newsagents.
– Ian Gardiner, Isle of Wight, England
I am 55 years old and I have read at least 20 different bodybuilding magazines. HARDGAINER is easily the best. It focuses on the correct system for long-term gains. This magazine hits everything just right. You can count on it to give honest, realistic, effective and safe advice without pushing supplements or drugs. This is the magazine for you.
– Tom Fazzini, Loveland, Colorado, USA
In my teens, after struggling to make gains from the conventional advice provided by the most popular bodybuilding magazines, I came across an ad for Stuart’s book BRAWN, which led me to HARDGAINER.
Being a lifetime drug-free trainee, it dawned on me that, without drugs, I would never achieve the physique of a professional bodybuilder, and I would never make much progress by using the training routines of a professional bodybuilder. Both BRAWN and HARDGAINER opened my eyes to the need to use a radically different strategy—one that’s catered especially for drug-free bodybuilders and lifters.
I look back with fondness at how I anticipated the arrival of each issue of HARDGAINER, like it was Christmas. There was a good reason for that. HARDGAINER caters for those who have busy lives but who love to train and still want to develop terrific physiques and high levels of strength whilst living balanced lives. It’s jammed packed with great information that really works for everyday people, no matter from where they start.
HARDGAINER not only provides plenty of variety of training approaches, but also provides nutritional advice, chiropractic advice, and testimonials of success stories often written by the readers themselves. I still reread the issues for inspiration and advice.
When I started to read HARDGAINER I struggled to squat 210 pounds. Now I easily shoulder press a barbell of over that weight, and I’m always working to improve further. I’ve gained plenty of muscle, too. And I’ve done it while staying drug-free, and healthy.
Looking back, following the guidance of HARDGAINER has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
Stuart is a genuinely helpful and approachable guy. I’ve lost count of the number of times I called him in my early training years, when I was trying to make sense of it all. He never failed to answer my questions, even when he was very busy. Even now I sometimes shoot him an email and he always gets back to me.
– Nick Tangi, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England
HARDGAINER is a unique magazine written by and for drug-free trainees. Any drug-free trainee who has ever tried to follow one of the elite bodybuilders’ training programs will know that not only is it exhausting, you receive no gains despite all that hard work! HARDGAINER is written for strength trainees of average genetic make-up who want to gain strength and muscle without the use of drugs.
Since following the advice published in the magazine I’ve seen huge changes in my physique and have developed a program to suit my own ability to recover. Not only am I happier and more confident with my program, I can actual see it working!
The magazine is a delight to read.
The articles within tell you the truth (even if it hurts!) and exactly what you can expect from your training.
The routines and information are genuine and haven’t been corrupted by supplement companies trying to endorse their products.
The articles are packed with information and cover a wide range of topics from nutrition, exercise technique, training routines and injury prevention; and they keep you motivated month after month to train hard.
I thoroughly recommend this magazine.
– Rob Outram, Oxford, England
When I was growing up, the really good muscle magazines were York Barbell Company’s Strength & Health, Joe Weider’s Your Physique, and, the best of all, Peary Rader’s Iron Man. Your HARDGAINER is the only one that is equal to those. I have saved every copy. I was sad when you stopped publishing the print edition. I wish you could have continued. I highly recommend that anyone buy the available issues.
– Ben Mitcham, Anniston, Alabama, USA
I’ve been training with weights since I was 19 years old. I’m now approaching my 39th birthday and I’m still training. Not only am I still training, but I’m bigger and stronger than I have ever been in my life.
I’m convinced that if I’d not have found HARDGAINER and Stuart’s books, I would not be training today. I was plagued with injuries based on the incredible misinformation that I found in the mainstream.
Several years ago I stumbled across an ad for a free issue of HARDGAINER. When I received the magazine I couldn’t believe or understand the information. It took me almost a year to cut my training back from four times a week to three. I was that brainwashed by the mainstream. Training too much is like an addiction. It was another year before I went to weight training twice a week. I kept cutting back and I kept gaining. The HARDGAINER formula was working, and I couldn’t believe it. The aches and pains were almost completely gone. And I actually had energy to do other things in my life.
My life is now not controlled by bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is now a hobby that enhances my life, not controls it. I want to look like I spend a lot of time in the gym without actually doing that. HARDGAINER has the right answers, though you may not want to hear them. I personally would love to have a one-on-one conversation with the big-name trainers about all the bodies they have actually harmed.
– Glenn Nielsen, Austin, TX, USA
If Harvard ever decides to create a department of “Muscle and Might,” the main source of material for its students would have to be HARDGAINER magazine. I have a degree in physiology, and another in physical education, but nothing I’ve learned is more in-depth for real-life application than the material one finds in HARDGAINER (and Stuart’s books).
In my experience as a gym owner and strength coach, one thing is clear. HARDGAINER is not for everyone. It’s only for those who are willing to think about training. Many people don’t think about their training. HARDGAINER would benefit them, of course, but it’s not for them because they aren’t ready for it yet. HARDGAINER is like the Karate master who will teach you only when you are ready to learn.
The arrival of my HARDGAINER subscription used to be a highlight of my life.
I run two commercial gyms. I’ve used the array of knowledge from different schools of thought found in HARDGAINER to build my client base of over 4,000 people over the last 10 years. In this day and age, in which real substance often ranks behind marketing trickery, it’s difficult to sell “what is true,” as opposed to “what is sensational and thus marketable.” My persistence to survive in the gym business is not without challenge. But I know why I survive amongst the 24-hour gyms, the ladies-only franchise, and the “no-deadlift-allowed” gyms: The instruction in HARDGAINER works!
– Victor Tang, Fitnessland Gym, Northcote, Victoria, Australia
I’m in the military, and everywhere I go, exercising is a big deal. I hear all the time how, in order to “get big,” or “get hard,” you have to take all kinds of supplements and train every day. It’s all just a scam for supplement companies to make as much money as they can. Many of the supplements they talk about are hot for a while, and then disappear.
Everything I’ve read in CS Publishing’s books is followed up and proven in the HARDGAINER. I don’t want a magazine that has little but ads about the products that support the magazine itself. I don’t want a magazine that tells me that I need to not only purchase the magazine itself but also hundreds of dollars of supplements to go with it. I need a magazine that is to the point, tells it like it is, and is free of crap—HARDGAINER.
– Ken Holt, Ft. Bragg, NC, USA
When I started working out with weights in my youth, I was looking for training information. The only way for to get it was to buy muscle mags. After a while I knew every exercise that was performed by the current stars of the muscle scene. I knew every supplement available because the mags were full of advertisements. Along with that knowledge came despair, because with my minimal equipment in my home gym I could only perform some basic lifts, and I was not able to perform the machine exercises that were done by the muscle stars. I couldn’t afford supplements, because I wasn’t earning any money at the time. I worked out trying to mimic the workouts of the stars, with only minimal results. I didn’t think I could grow without machine exercises and without any supplements, so I quit.
Some years later, when I had monthly income, I could afford to work out in a gym and I could buy the supplements that were needed (I thought). But again, no big gains. Instead of that, I spent much time on working out and buying supplements. On top of that, I got a serious shoulder injury, from which I suffer until today. (I was performing dips in a manner that I was told from a muscle star.)
One day I read an article by Stuart McRobert, and what he said sounded very good, logical, and was totally different from everything I’d ever read concerning working out with weights. I ordered my first issue of HARDGAINER and I discovered the real world. Here were all the answers I was looking for.
The information in HARDGAINER is from guys who have often decades of experience—guys who work as trainers, doctors and gym owners. The information is practical and useful. There are no advertisements for useless products. Every issue is packed full of practical information on exercises, program design, food, injury prevention and all the other important factors for a successful training life.
Today I know why I damaged my shoulder, and why I wasn’t gaining in the past. Today I know that I wasted my best years, during my youth, and a lot of time and money. If I had the information back then that HARDGAINER gives, I would have saved all that waste. Today, 30 kilos [65 pounds] heavier, and much stronger, I’m working out at home again, with just the basic equipment, with just the basic exercises, and I’m feeling fine.
– Robin Dirksmeier, Geseke, Germany
I first sent away for McRobert’s book BRAWN, and I was right away taken by his honesty. It was not long after, that I sent away for HARDGAINER mag to see if it was anything like the book McRobert had written. The mag has not been a disappointment because the writers in it all give the same honest, straightforward advice. HARDGAINER doesn’t try to sell me any supplements. I found articles that had routines which even a home trainee in a small apartment or room can use. I especially liked the fact that in HARDGAINER the writers know it’s not necessary to train in the gym for hours on end.
– Jim Ryan, Brockville, Ontario, Canada
I discovered HARDGAINER magazine in 1993 and immediately recognized that it’s packed with training advice that’s practical and effective for “normal” individuals. So I gradually purchased all 89 print issues.
Over the years I’ve regularly referred back to my HARDGAINER library for fresh training ideas and inspiration, and direction for staying on the path of “basics, ‘breviated and best.” I’ve found over the past 20 years that, as my training goals and needs have changed, by revisiting articles I discovered previously hidden gems that may not have clicked with me when I was in my twenties, but which make a whole lot of sense now.
Although I already own the entire print edition of HARDGAINER, I’m very keen to purchase all the issues in digital format as well.
I certainly appreciate the guidance HARDGAINER has given me over the past 20 years, and I unreservedly recommend the publication to others.
– Mat Spiteri, Springwood, New South Wales, Australia
I came across this gem of a magazine after having read many of Stuart’s articles in Peary Rader’s beloved Iron Man magazine.
The main difference between Peary’s magazine and Stuart’s is that HARDGAINER is totally devoted to helping genetically “normal,” drug-free bodybuilders and strength trainees to improve their musculature and physical appearance. While Peary’s magazine catered to that “normal” audience, it also covered the routines and exploits of the top bodybuilders and lifters who, of course, were drug-assisted and genetically gifted (although that wasn’t made clear in the articles). So it was easy for readers get confused over what type of training instruction was best for them.
The approach taught by HARDGAINER is the only one that delivers results for 99% of drug-free trainees. HARDGAINER is filled with terrific articles written by reputable authors who have vast experience of coaching others. Some of those authors had also written for Peary.
Don’t hesitate to read HARDGAINER yourself. Follow its trustworthy guidance so that you don’t go the way of most trainees (including me) who wasted many years on useless training routines, and suffered from untold frustration and disappointment. Life is short. Don’t waste any of it.
– Fernando Vallejo, Pamplona, Spain
After publishing a series of very good books about bodybuilding and weight-loss, Stuart McRobert is back with a marvelous new project: the digital version of the wonderful HARDGAINER magazine.
If someone missed the original printed version, this is right time to read this special magazine, and grab every word of wisdom from some of the best ever bodybuilding and strength-training authors. It’s by far the best physical culture magazine ever published, in my view.
It produced a revolution in my own training career, after years of wasted efforts on Arnold-style routines. Gone were the silly isolation movements, the five or six workouts per week, the pumping, the aching joints, and the constant tiredness. Instead, I finally made terrific progress.
I was really sad when Stuart retired the printed edition. To me, it was like losing a long-time friend who was always there to help me with words of wisdom. And I was also worried that this treasure of training information that traced back to the pre-steroids era could be lost forever. So, I’m very excited to hear that Stuart has started to digitize HARDGAINER for downloading.
I recommend it to everyone who is interested in serious strength training and bodybuilding (but real bodybuilding, not the drug-bloated one of today). And the wonderful thing is, HARDGAINER is every bit as valid and helpful today as it was when first published in the printed edition.
– Bruno Govoni, Pontenure, Italy
I’m one of the original subscribers to the classic printed version of HARDGAINER. I felt fortunate right from the receipt of my very first issue. Prior to reading that first issue, I had trained pretty much conventional style. But I wasn’t making satisfactory gains.
My progress had plateaued until I read that first issue of HARDGAINER. Stuart wrote almost every article in that issue, and I couldn’t put it down. (He had also written many articles for Peary Rader’s Iron Man magazine.)
Within a few hours I had assimilated and analyzed the basic principles behind Stuart’s philosophy, but I knew he had a lot more to say, and that there was a lot of information for me to learn. And learn I did. Not only from Stuart, but from the other writers who contributed to HARDGAINER, which became an advertisement-free, labor of love for Stuart, in order to get the message out.
As a result, I nearly doubled my strength in most of the compound movements, and I put on slabs of muscle. (But keep in mind that I wasn’t a beginner when I started reading HARDGAINER, and that I’m drug-free and genetically average.) And I’m still going strong today, and improving, because I’ve never forgotten the lessons I learned from this terrific magazine.
I’m very excited that HARDGAINER will be immortalized through digitization, and made available anew, online, to provide an extraordinary source of instruction and information for a new generation of drug-free, genetically average individuals, so that they, too, can learn how to realize the limits of their genetic potential.
– Alvin Chu, Certified Personal Trainer, New Yok City, USA
I started lifting weights in my mid 20’s, but I really had no idea what I was doing. Consequently, I made little progress and eventually lost interest. It wasn’t until my early 50’s that I decided to make a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle, and regular exercise was to become a part of it. These days, there is so much information about exercise that one has to be careful. I felt that at my age, and with my overall lack of conditioning, I needed to be cautious about my exercise regimen, to avoid injuring myself.
That’s why I found the BRAWN and BEYOND BRAWN books, and HARDGAINER, so compelling. The information there is applicable to adults of all ages, not just youngsters.
Stuart McRobert’s whole approach to weight lifting addressed my goals and my concerns. The books discuss practical advice on how I should approach weight lifting to make gains and to prevent injury. HARDGAINER continues that discussion with articles written by many experts, and I can use that information and advice to build on my knowledge.
I’m now in my mid 50’s, and I have been putting this information into practice over the past year, and I am satisfied with the progress I have made. Using the concepts and advice I have learned from BRAWN, BEYOND BRAWN, and HARDGAINER, I have developed a weight lifting program that works best for me. As a result, I have made steady gains, and I now feel stronger and more confident in the gym. I look forward to making further gains in the coming year, and beyond.
– Jim Maioriello, New Jersey, USA
I subscribed to HARDGAINER when I was well into my journey as a strength trainee, and was most impressed right from the start. Lifting can be a lonely pursuit, and I felt a bond with many of the contributors.
A core of strength coaches provide articles filled with useful information and guidance, handed down like from father to son. HARDGAINER has no ego-filled hype, or commercialism. Instead, there’s wisdom, inspiration, helpfulness, humility and camaraderie throughout the magazine. And it has a respect for lifters who train for health, strength and vitality, rather than the extreme vanity that’s often the case today. And it has no time whatsoever for bodybuilding drugs.
Knowledge, simplicity, discipline and persistence are encouraged in the articles written by this wonderful group of lifters and bodybuilders, whose goal is to help others on their journey through the Iron Game. These qualities have inspired and helped me greatly—not just with my training, but in other areas of my life.
I encourage anyone who’s interested in strength training and bodybuilding to read this fantastic magazine, and apply what it teaches. I certainly wish I had read HARDGAINER sooner.
– Brian Gibbons, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
“In the knowledge of the superior man of ancient times, it was the extensiveness of that knowledge that was highly esteemed. And yet, to know exhaustively all things under heaven, merely means to understand principle.” – Chinese Proverb
There are 89 issues of HARDGAINER magazine. I have 73 of them. Within their pages is a wealth of wisdom on how to train effectively and creatively.
The articles are not just written by fitness industry professionals, doctors, bodybuilders, and competitive lifters. Many of the articles are written by individuals that have bad genetics, physical disabilities, and no desire whatsoever to compete. They just want improved size, strength, and health. They are people that have been on a journey through the nightmare of the fitness industry, wasted years of their lives and thousands of dollars, and then discovered HARDGAINER magazine and Stuart’s books (like BRAWN).
These discoveries led to their minds being deprogrammed and transformed. This allowed them to take a more balanced, healthy, and less obsessive approach to their training. And this is what led to their great progress. They are reaching out to you personally. They want you to become a success story. This is one of the elements that make HARDGAINER magazine very unique. You usually do not see these honest personal stories in the ridiculous glossy magazines you find at the newsstands and stores.
My HARDGAINER collection is one of my most cherished possessions. Whenever I need inspiration, new ideas, or a reminder to not follow the herd and slip back into old habits of overtraining and dangerous techniques, HARDGAINER is there. There are several issues that changed my life. Of course, the magazine made my training more effective, but I am also a better guitarist and teacher because of some of the critical thinking skills I learned that have manifested in every aspect of my life.
In addition to Stuart, some of my favorite authors are Christian Temple, Dave Maurice and Rich Rydin. They imparted eternal principles in a short, easy-to-digest context.
You might be wondering if reading articles from a few years ago is a good idea. You might be obsessed with only having the latest training ideas coming from “up to date, cutting edge research.” That misconception is what leads so many astray, and leaves them vulnerable to all the nonsense out there posing as “science.” Stuart’s books and magazine pull back the curtain and let you see “the man behind the controls.” Once your illusions have been destroyed, and you understand the basic principles of how to train effectively, you will be immune to all the absurdity. At that point you can experience the joy of gaining while spending a minimal amount of time in the gym.
Within the pages of HARDGAINER there are also many great articles on the history of weight training, and some of the personalities that have shaped how we all train today. Once you see how people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries achieved great physiques and amazing strength using limited equipment, no supplements, (and, of course, no steroids), you will be unfazed when someone tries to sell you on a trendy new approach using marketing buzzwords. You can just laugh and go about your training.
If you would like some guides to lead you out of the confusion and deception of the fitness industry, and into the mythical land of efficient, common-sense training, then order some issues of HARDGAINER. It is the greatest training magazine ever! A world of insight awaits you.
– Greg Vaughan, Temple of the Sacred String, San Diego, California, USA
HARDGAINER is basically a huge book broken down into 89 chapters, to yield a comprehensive library of all bodybuilding topics. It has training information only from the real world, beyond the distortion created by the most popular bodybuilding magazines. It covers everything about intensive and abridged training, and how to become stronger and grow bigger muscles. And it has detailed answers to questions for which one searches in vain in most of the forums or popular magazines. But it has no advertising for food supplements.
Exemplary coaches present their own interpretations of the HARDGAINER approach, to provide readers with many ideas and suggestions to apply to their own training. The combination of HARDGAINER magazine, Stuart’s books, and the HARDGAINER Round Table discussion forum offers an exhaustive guide for those who have found out that their path to success in bodybuilding is outside of the high-frequency, high-volume and multi-split-routines approach to training. This guide is everything you really need!
– Sebastian Braumann, Mannheim, Germany
From reading HARDGAINER one obtains that rare commodity in the 21st century: useful, prudent training information that can assist any determined weight trainee, and not just the genetically gifted.
I started reading HARDGAINER in 1989, and the magazines were extremely helpful for enabling me to develop the training routine that works best for me. Had the magazine existed in 1964, when I started training, I wouldn’t have wasted 25 years on inappropriate training routines.
– Leonard E., Austin, Texas, USA