Month: December 2014

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

FREE T-shirt!

I’m proud to announce that in the quest to spread the message of no nonsense, real information The Training Template will soon be selling merchandise. I’m starting off with a muscle-building supplement and a branded medicine ball… I’m kidding.  But as a way of saying thanks to those of you reading this now who have…
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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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What do I know anyway?

As you might have seen in my About page, I’m not a fitness professional and I don’t have any ‘pieces of paper’ to back up what I’m saying. So, where is the visual evidence of my results? To be honest when I started this blog I deliberately tried to avoid having to post pictures of myself…
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Training for the 80

Firstly, for those of you that celebrate it I would like to wish you Merry Christmas! For anyone who has taken the time to read any of my posts, for those of you who have subscribed and messaged me in support I truly thank you for inspiring me through these early days of the blog.…
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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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Click for the SECRET to SUCCEED at training and life!!

If you’re reading this then firstly: thanks for coming.  Secondly: I apologise for the use of caps lock and a promise to make you click, it was a cheap move. Thirdly: I’ve lied to you, there is no secret. Wait, before you hit the X button I do actually have a real message. There is…
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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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How to stay in shape over the holiday season

(NB this is not another obvious article about trimming fat from the turkey or not skipping your workouts to stay in shape over Christmas) For many people lucky enough to eat and drink plentifully when they want the Christmas season is one of those times of year when it is perfectly legitimate to ‘let your…
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