Category: Beginners topics

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

What sort of physique can I get?

Naturally when people train, an underlying or even principle factor in doing so is for appearance: how can I get a good physique?  Or if I train in a certain way what sort of physique can I obtain?  Can I look like celebrity X or model Y? Do you even need to be in the…
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The REAL short-cut to fitness results

I was a about 12 when I first realised I liked fitness.   At my school we used to have Wednesday afternoons dedicated to what we called ‘games’; you basically got the whole afternoon off to play sports. I didn’t really appreciate it back then but I know now that at school, if you’re no…
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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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4 myths the fitness industry wants you to believe

Heading into the festive season, and more pertinently the New Year’s resolution zone, marketing and media departments everywhere are going into overdrive to tap into that annual hysterical cocktail of consumption, commercialism and above all wildly over-optimistic aspiration and ‘self-renewal’ that occurs when one arbitrary number changes to another. We all know advertising is, let’s…
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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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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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Nutrition Part 3: Bulking and cutting diets are not for you

This is the final part of a 3 part series dedicated to discussing nutrition and training.  Read Part 1 and Part 2. If you have taken even a passing interest in bodybuilding, weight training or strength sports such as rugby two words you will come across sooner rather than later are ‘bulking’ and ‘cutting’. These…
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Nutrition Part 2: Supplements should profit you, not the industry

(This is part 2 of a 3 part series on nutrition and training.  Read part 1 here) If you read Part 1 on the basics of nutrition and how it shouldn’t be complicated I mentioned that I don’t believe supplements to be a complete waste of time. However I do believe they should be understood…
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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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