Category: Beginners topics

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

How many days a week should you train?

One common question people who are new to training ask is: How many times a week do I NEED to be training? Can I get away with doing only 2 sessions a week? What if I’m already doing a lot of sports, can I just go once a week? I read that you need to…
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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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How to ACTUALLY get toned

If you went around a typical gym and took a survey of what people’s aesthetic goals were, the chances are you’d find this result: Men want to build muscle and be bigger Women want to be toned If the buzzword in men’s fitness is ‘size’, the equivalent for women is ‘tone’, at least when it…
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Why is it so hard to find a good gym?

When I move to  a new place the number 2 thing on my priority list after accommodation is finding a place to train. I’ve moved quite a few times in the last few years, and as a result I’ve checked out and trained in a lot of different gyms.  But it has always taken me…
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The best way to build muscle

How is muscle built? This might seem like a question that has an answer that can fill several books.  If you want to know the biology behind it then it probably does. Considering magazines can write articles about it week after week surely means that it is a complicated subject. It’s not really.  It’s just…
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Does a six-pack equal health?

Ripped. Shredded. Diced. Cut. No, I’m not describing the options control panel of an abattoir, these are all actually ways to compliment someone’s physique. What it means is that you have very low body fat to the point where you have a lot of definition, most noticeably in the stomach area: basically you have the…
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What type of training should I do to lose fat?

Everyone’s favourite fitness subject: how to lose fat and be lean. Number one, like building muscle, fat loss has its foundation in the kitchen: you could hire the most expensive personal trainers with the most cutting-edge gym and you wouldn’t lose fat if you were still eating cheeseburgers everyday. As everyone by now already knows,…
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The Deadlift explained

The deadlift is sometimes referred to as ‘the king of exercises’ (although that title is also given to the squat). This is because many see it as the most pure test of strength: the lifting of an inert heavy object off the floor is something that human beings have been doing since the dawn of…
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Muscle: 5 real facts

The word ‘muscle’ is quite evocative in the fitness media. Muscle is good, fat is bad.  Every fitness promise is built upon the guarantee to build, sculpt, tone, lengthen, strengthen it. The flexed bicep is a universal symbol for strength, power and vitality. From a biological and evolutionary perspective it makes sense that muscle is…
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9 things you see at every gym

You might not find the full 9 at your gym, but you’ll definitely tick off most of this list.  You might even be one of them… 1. People on their phones between sets This is the one on the list that is definitely 100% for every gym, in every country. I understand that Twitter and…
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