Month: November 2014

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

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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Nutrition Part 1: it’s not rocket science

This is part 1 of 3 posts focusing on Nutrition and how it applies to training.  Whether you’re new or familiar to the fitness game and the fitness industry one thing you will be aware of is nutrition. Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition.  It is a huge buzzword when it comes to fitness, and it is often…
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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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Is Usain Bolt clean?

Following up my Lance Armstrong post, I’ve had a few questions regarding my opinion of Usain Bolt. Let’s be clear: Bolt has never officially failed any drugs test, he has an absolutely clean slate right now with regards to any evidence of taking performance enhancing substances that are banned by the International Olympic Committee, or…
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I don’t have time to train

Something I hear a lot is, “I really want to train and get in shape, but I don’t have time”, or something along those lines. Now, I understand that everyone has different pressures and deadlines in their lives and I’m not going to try and pretend I know what any of your lives are like;…
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How many sit-ups should I do to lose fat around my waist?

On a list of common fitness questions I think this would be in the top ten, maybe even the top five. To be honest I’m not sure exactly where the origins of the sit-ups = six pack and washboard stomach even are, though undoubtedly you’ll be able to trace it back to some company selling…
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Is overtraining real?

Training is a process of applying stress to your body that breaks it down; you improve because in the following days after your workout the body adapts to prepare itself if such a stress is applied again. So if for example you are training for muscle size you actually micro tear the target muscle tissue…
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Lance Armstrong should have kept his titles

It is certainly the most infamous event in cycling history, and it probably has a claim to be the most infamous in sports full stop. I’m sure everyone even without an interest in sports was aware of the sensational scandal when Lance Armstrong, winner of a record 7 Tour de France’s, testicular cancer survivor, founder…
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You should never go on a diet

Going on a diet. Has there ever been a more often used phrase when it comes to conversations about fitness and exercise?  It’s the go to response to prepare for your wedding day, your summer holiday, after the festive season, as a New Year’s resolution, or for no other reason other than you have just…
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