Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw
Quick Stats
Steve Shaw is an experienced raw masters powerlifter with over 31 years of iron game experience. His best competition lifts are a 602.5 pound squat, a 672.5 pound deadlift, and a 382.5 pound bench press. Steve is also known as a powerbuilder. His goal is to help others build as much muscle and strength as humanly possible.

Steve Shaw is an experienced raw masters powerlifter with over 31 years of iron game experience. His best competition lifts are a 602.5 pound squat, a 672.5 pound deadlift, and a 382.5 pound bench press. Steve is also known as a powerbuilder. His goal is to help others build as much muscle and strength as humanly possible.

After reaching a body weight of 346 pounds as a powerlifter, Steve Shaw underwent a dramatic body transformation. He lost over 100 pounds.

During his 10 years in the health and fitness industry as a writer and editor, he has written three books and hundreds on articles. Steve Shaw also runs the popular Massive Iron YouTube channel.

Steve Shaw's Content

18 Freaky, Scary-Shredded Physiques From Instagram
Instead of eating candy this Halloween, motivate yourself and increase gains by looking at some of the most amazing and shredded physiques on Instagram.
52.5K Reads 9 Comments
Who Is The Greatest Mr. Olympia Of All Time?
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Weider's Mr. Olympia. Join Muscle & Strength as we crunch numbers and try to determine which bodybuilder is the greatest of all time.
110.2K Reads 16 Comments
Bodybuilder double bicep flex
Welcome to the gun show! Want to know how the best biceps in the history of lifting were developed? Look no further! This feature contains 35 amazing biceps along with workouts.
241.4K Reads 13 Comments
Man Pumped Muscle Dumbbell Row
The research is in and muscle pumps are legit. Find out just how much they can help you improve muscle gains. This feature includes a complete pump-inducing workout plan.
82.9K Reads 22 Comments
Mike Rashid Motivation: Are You Alpha?
Mike Rashid is the CEO and founder of IMSOALPHA 1X3 supplements, a former professional boxer, gym owner and author of the "Overtraining" series of e-books.
104.8K Reads 3 Comments
Top 9 CT Fletcher Workout Videos Of 2014
#ISYMFS! Here are CT Fletcher's top 9 ranking workout videos from 2014. They are pulled from content created only during the current year and are listed in terms of video views.
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20 Rep Quad & Hamstring Shock Workout
Can you handle the leg day pain? Let's find out. This is a no holds barred hardcore workout that will forge your budding twigs into mammoth tree trunks, if you dare try it.
76.6K Reads 16 Comments
Fireworks Show: 14 Explosive Instagram Physiques
Ignite your daily motivation by following the most popular male and female physiques on Instagram. These 14 amazing fitness stars have some of the best bodies in the world.
34.7K Reads 4 Comments
Leg Carnage: Superset Quad & Hamstring Workout
Shock your legs with this brutal and growth-inducing workout designed by Steve Shaw. Featured exercises include paused squats, dumbbell stiff leg deadlifts & reverse hacks.
101K Reads 9 Comments
18 Week Bench Press Peaking Cycle
Unsatisfied with your bench press numbers? This effective peaking cycle ramps up the intensity week in and week out, providing you with plenty of bench-building volume.
58.4K Reads 15 Comments
Spicy Garlic Bok Choy
Bok what? Bok choy! If you've never tried this high protein veggie you're in for a real treat. This recipe is so good you'll find yourself rushing to the store to buy more.
11.2K Reads 1 Comment
73 Horrible Workout & Diet Tips
Weed through all the bad advice and misguided information tossed around gyms and the Internet. These tips help you to remove the confusion and improve results.
41.2K Reads 18 Comments
8 Workout Tips To Build A Beefy Upper Body
Improve your results and build a more massive and aesthetic upper body with these 8 training tips, including bonus tips for each major body part.
79.9K Reads 16 Comments
5 Potent Tips To Beef Up Your Biceps And Triceps
Most arm training workouts are inefficient and stuffed with too much volume. Learn how to improve your bicep and tricep sessions with these 5 easy to understand arm building tips.
57.1K Reads 10 Comments
Strong man doing standing dumbbell press
Stop worrying about finding the perfect workout and start maximizing your current program. Learn the 5 pillars that create gym success regardless of your program choice.
33.2K Reads 16 Comments
Double Down Training
This upper/lower split allows you to maximize your bodybuilding efforts by pushing for progressive overload using auto-regulation and a myriad of rep ranges and weights.
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Massive Blitz: 4 Week High Rep Muscle Building Cycles
Looking to "switch up" your training? This workout system focuses on four week blocks that hammer muscle groups into growth using high reps and limited rest.
28.2K Reads 4 Comments
7 Legit Reasons You Should Never Squat
Just say NO to squats. Learn why you should avoid this "king" of all exercises, and how you can build more muscle using the Smith machine, quarter squats & leg extensions.
155.1K Reads 62 Comments
10 Essential Muscle Building Protein Foods
Improve your bodybuilding diet with these 10 nutrition-packed protein foods. Article includes 50 tips on how to incorporate each muscle building choice into your eating plan.
83.1K Reads 18 Comments
Upper/Lower 4 Day Bodybuilding Workout
Reach your muscle building goals with this balanced 4 day training split that mixes heavy compound exercises, machines, cables and incorporates 3 second negatives.
4.7M Reads 540 Comments
Pros & Cons Of Home And Gym Training
This article takes a look at the pros and cons of both home and commercial gym training and helps you to determine which workout environment is right for you.
22.7K Reads 13 Comments
Run The Stack: Build Muscle Using Machines
Maximize your machine training and build more mass with this intense rest-pause protocol. Exercises focus on 5 reps sets and rapidly build to max weight & muscle failure.
14.6K Reads 3 Comments
Massive Bench Press 16 Week Block Training Cycle
Get your bench press moving in the right direction with this 2 phase program. Lifters spend 8 weeks building muscle, and 8 weeks peaking towards a new one rep max.
123.5K Reads 14 Comments
5 Things You May Not Know About Building Muscle
What does it really take to build muscle? This article by Steve Shaw presents you with a list of five things you may not have known about the bodybuilding process.
45.5K Reads 12 Comments
Big Traps: 2 Day Trapezius Building Workout
This 2 day per week specialization workout is designed to target lagging traps using unique and demanding exercise variations. A sample 4 day muscle building split is provided.
114.6K Reads 5 Comments
Volume, Cluster & Strength Back Workout
Build a beefy back using 3 distinct and powerful cycles. Lift rotation focuses on heavy strength building exercises, muscle building volume work and pump-inducing cluster sets.
65.8K Reads 11 Comments
20 Things To Know Before Barbell Squatting
Maximize your leg size and strength, improve your lift form and work to stave off common injuries with these 20 barbell squat tips.
193.8K Reads 40 Comments
Man home muscle building workout with dumbbell
This 4 day "Drop 5" split is designed for the home trainee. This program is an upper/lower split that utilizes only dumbbell, barbell and bodyweight exercises.
262.6K Reads 17 Comments
Building Bigger Pecs: 4 Workouts For Improved Size
It's time for a change. These four unique chest workouts provide you with effective, intense and fun training options that will help to increase your pec size and strength.
379.2K Reads 80 Comments
Drop 5 System: 4 Day Mass Building Workout Split
Blast your body with this potent muscle building workout by Steve Shaw. This four day plan is an upper/lower training split which cycles intensity over a 3 week period.
326.3K Reads 55 Comments
M&S model running on treadmill in gym.
This complete fat loss guide includes detailed information on diet, resistance training and cardio, along with motivational transformation stories, articles and interviews.
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M&S 2014 Muscle Building Transformation Guide
This complete muscle building guide includes detailed nutrition advice, workouts and training tips, along with motivational transformation stories, articles and interviews.
36.3K Reads 1 Comment
Paused Squats: A Leg Size & Strength Alternative
Paused squats are a brutally effective variation that might just give 20 rep squats a run for their money. Learn how to incorporate paused squats for added size & strength.
119.6K Reads 26 Comments
M&S Presents: The 10 Best Articles From 2013
These articles are the best of the best. Lose fat, build a big bench press, choose the right form of cardio, set reasonable goals and finally build the body you are after.
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Ranking The Best Muscle Building Exercises
It's time to sort through your muscle building workout routine and see if your exercise selection suck. This article will rate movements from beast to least.
211.2K Reads 29 Comments
Squatting And Posterior Tilt: A Look At Butt Wink
What causes butt wink, and is it something to be concerned about? Learn how to improve your squat form and reduce likelihood of injury by minimizing pelvic rotation.
24.4K Reads 3 Comments
8 Back Blasting Tips To Improve Size & Strength
Forget bench press Monday. It's time for titanic traps and monster back Tuesday. These 8 back workout tips will help you bring up your lats, traps, rear delts and more.
104.1K Reads 8 Comments
Muscle & Strength Full Body Workout Routine
This M&S mass building routine is perfect for lifters who want to give full body workouts a try. All major muscle groups are trained, and the program includes a 20 rep set of squats.
4.8M Reads 438 Comments
10 Week Chest Size & Bench Press Strength Workout
This ten week training cycle is designed to not only boost your barbell bench press prowess but also pack on slabs of muscle mass to your upper and lower chest.
345.1K Reads 62 Comments
8 Week Chest And Back Workout Routine
This back and chest specialization workout is performed 2 days per week and combines a day of heavy compound movements along with a second rest-pause day.
757K Reads 66 Comments
963 Workout System For Muscle Size And Strength
The 963 training system is an upper/lower workout split that helps you to build both size and strength by cycling main lifts between 3 different levels of weight intensity.
218.9K Reads 47 Comments
12 Bodybuilding Lies That Won't Die
We've each been given advice from well-meaning lifters that we later find out to be untrue. This article explores false muscle building beliefs that continue to be passed around.
161.8K Reads 49 Comments
Build The Perfect Body: A Pocket Guide For Men
This reference guide provides quick answers on how to build the physique of your dreams. Learn how to build muscle, lost fat, get in shape and improve your health.
166.2K Reads 9 Comments
Arnold Terminator
Who has the best body in the history of Hollywood: Schwarzenegger, Stallone, The Rock, Bruce Lee? Take a look at these 38 amazing bodies and decide for yourself.
430.6K Reads 64 Comments
How To Gain Muscle & Strength In Just 1-2 Workouts A Week
Limited time to workout? No problem. Don't quit the gym and destroy your momentum. This article shows you how to make gains in only 1-2 hours each week.
118.4K Reads 21 Comments
Muscular man doing barbell biecp curls in gym.
This no holds barred article contains uncensored opinions on strength training, muscle building, diet and nutrition from many of the lifting industry's top names.
861.4K Reads 8 Comments
50 Reasons Not To Skip Your Workout Today
Lost your motivation and need a good kick in the pants? This article gives you fifty quality reasons to drop the junk food, get off the couch and head to the gym.
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2 Day Squat Workout For Improved Size & Strength
No more weak and small legs. This squat specialization program will have you hammering your wheels twice a week, bringing up both your leg size and squat strength.
235K Reads 26 Comments
41 Things You Should Never Do At A Commercial Gym
Yo, bro! It's time to clean up your act in the gym. These 41 tips might not help you become a better lifter, but they will help you gain respect and maybe even make a few friends.
137.1K Reads 72 Comments
7 Ways To Build Muscle Faster
Not building muscle fast enough? Stop looking for complicated solutions and get back to the basics. These 7 tips will turn you from a "no gainer" into a huge gainer.
57.3K Reads 24 Comments


Kevin Brunetti
Posted on: Thu, 10/12/2023 - 01:59

Good morning Steve,
I am on my 5th week of your 4-day split routine. One question, do I work each exercise for all reps/sets or do I work each exercise once and repeat 3x?

M&S Team Badge
Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2023 - 11:54

Hi, Kevin. Steve had moved on since he wrote this, but I can tell you that you do all sets and reps of one exercise before moving to the next one.

Roy Reyes
Posted on: Thu, 04/20/2023 - 16:28

Steve, I'm 45 with little time to work out. I've always been a gym rat but lately, job, kids,'s been about almost a year since i worked-out. This is my last go'round and I just want to pack on some mass before my gym routine has to naturally start changing. What can I do for an overall routine to pack on some muscle? I typically deadlift, squat, leg extension/curl, dumbbell bench/incline, dips/pulldowns/pushdowns, dumbbell/ez-bar curl, arnold-press. I do calves with squats...I know that's not enough but with time constraints it's the best I can do....

I'd appreciate ANY advice you can offer. I take HC1 creatine and AMP protein.

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Posted on: Sat, 04/22/2023 - 14:01

Hi, Roy. Steve is no longer with M&S. He now works on his own channel, Massive Iron. You can reach him there. Now, if you would like for me to chime in on this, let me know and I will be glad to.

Posted on: Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:18

Steve I’m now entering week 3 of the Bulldozer program and ever since the beginning my body feels like it got massaged by an elephant. This really works!! Couple of questions; when I’m about to experience failure on the next rep, do I reduce the weight or take a short breath and continue? Also do you have any other “bulldozer” programs to try out?

Posted on: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:00

Steve - I’m using this program coming back from major cancer battle. Do you require any “warm up” sets on the ancillary exercises or just jump into the sets required. Thanks.