Category: Training tips

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New Year’s resolution mistakes

Even if you’re not really one to make resolutions, January 1st is always a significant date: you can’t help but feel that you are turning a fresh page, opening a new book or writing on a new sheet of paper. The idea of a resolution can be quite seductive, and I think it’s human nature…
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Advanced Template 1: Using Percentages

Experience level: 4-5 years + Frequency: 3-5 days per week depending on goals Type of training: 10-16 week cycles, building strength As I have mentioned before the definition of advanced is not necessarily the amount of time spent training. If you have spent the last 5 years doing bicep curls and playing on your phone…
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Why your goal should be strength, not muscle

After you have been training consistently for more than 4 to 5 years you will find that progress comes a lot slower.  The days when you could keep putting 5kgs more on the bar each time are long gone. No matter what you do your weight in terms of lean muscle mass won’t go up.…
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How to pick a Gym for 2015

The January gym membership.  Never has so much money been exchanged by so many for so little in the way of results.  It is precisely this time of year where gyms around the world will be sharpening their marketing campaigns, revamping their facilities and designing special offers to draw in the ‘resolutions’ crowd. For them,…
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8 Gym equipment items you (might) need: Part 2

(Click here to see numbers 1-4 in Part 1) This is a continuation of the list of useful (but by no means essential) things to use at the gym to help you make progress. There are million gimmicky gym kit ‘essentials’ out there, but I’ve selected a few that I both think could help you…
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Train while you sleep!

I have some good news for you.  Sleeping builds muscle and helps you lose fat! The adverts were right: you can actually make progress by just lying down and closing your eyes! Sleeping: the forgotten piece of the puzzle Sleeping and downtime get a pretty bad press these days when it comes to being a…
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Finding motivation

motivation 1 A reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way 1.1 [MASS NOUN] Desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm For me, motivation is the key to everything in life; you want something, you go get it. Motivation can overcome incredible obstacles and barriers, and you will never come across someone who has…
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Train to success, not failure

Picture training and you often get a Rocky Balboa style montage in your head, going 100 miles an hour, running till you drop, never say die untill you make it to the top of those stairs.  But is this actually how you should train to get results? ‘Train hard and smart, and you’ll see the…
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Do this and be better at sports

Weight training and training in general is not the goal for most people (unless you do Crossfit, where exercise is the goal). Most likely you train because you want to be better at another activity you run because you want to do better in your next race, you lift weights specifically  because you want to…
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Free weights vs Machine weights

What’s the difference?  Which one is more effective?  In this post I’m going to outline the pros and cons of each one and where they have their place. What are free weights? As the name implies free weights are weights that are not fixed.  This includes barbells, dumbells, weight plates, kettlebells etc.  These are the…
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