Category: Myths debunked

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

6 unnecessary popular exercises

If you follow my site you know that I believe there are 5 essential exercises you should be doing, no matter what your goal is, and you can find them here: Related article: the 5 core exercises On the other side of the coin I’ve been asked what I think are the least useful and…
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The Complete Guide to Training Nutrition

The subject of nutrition is confusing, mainly because you seem to get a lot of differing opinions of what, how much and when depending on what you read or hear.  The diet/nutrition industry is also worth big bucks, which automatically means there are plenty of shysters out there who will swear that black is white…
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Will deadlifting give me a thick waist?

As you might have realised by now if you follow this blog,  I really like the deadlift.  If I speak to anyone about training I’ll always be the first to wax lyrical about its myriad benefits, and why if you have any fitness goals at all you should be doing them. I don’t mean everyone…
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Athletics in ‘crisis’- why doping isn’t cheating

It’s dark, dark days for athletics. Suddenly even the big names are getting implicated with doping.  There seems to be a new Lance Armstrong-esque investigation into a household name every other week.  Chris Froome, Mo Farah and now the GB golden girl herself, Paula Radcliffe. We’ll see the same old statements and the strenuous denials,…
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The truth about training results

I’ve got good news and bad news for you.  If you’ve been training for a while, it might not actually be news for you, but it might be something you don’t want to hear. It’s something that has taken me a long time to realise and accept.  I’ve been in denial about it for a…
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It’s not all about hard work

The world of professional sports has recently been very kind to the media industry, in that there seems to be plenty of scandal to write about. Specifically, the question of doping and performance enhancement. There has been the ongoing saga of Justin Gatlin’s ‘moral’ eligibility to compete after serving two drug bans, exacerbated by his…
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I don’t care about training like I used to

I shut the car door, hands shivering slightly as I turned the ignition and then the heaters to full blast.  As the layer of ice on the windshield slowly began to thin, I shut my eyes for a few seconds, considering whether I wanted to do this. It was 1am.  The past 20 hours had…
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I’m losing my gains!

If there is one take away message the fitness and especially the supplement industry wants you to digest, store and tattoo onto the inside of your eyelids, it’s the fear of losing your gains. This can be applied to any form of training where progressive improvement is involved, but it’s particularly prevalent in the Narnia-esque…
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What can you actually achieve in 4 weeks?

“4 weeks to massive muscle program!” “Gain 10 lbs of muscle in 4 weeks!” “Get lean in 4 weeks” “How to lose 20 lbs in one month!” These are all genuine headlines I’ve pulled from fitness magazines and a quick Google.  I think we’re all familiar with the style: a quite big number (lbs of…
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Hollywood movie transformations: what you should know

Thanks to the older members of The Expendables crew the image of the muscle-bound action hero has become emblazoned across our collective conciousness: in this genre of film (and others) a huge portion of marketing hype is actually built on the ‘transformation’ of actors into someone with a physique worthy of the title ‘hero’. Some…
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