Month: January 2015

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

The Deadlift Challenge: Week 3

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 3: 85% of max (190 kgs) 4 sets of 2 reps   Starting to get into the bigger weights now, and the sessions are getting more intense. The reps are down, but as I get closer to my old max the need to focus and concentrate on…
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Running a half-marathon: how NOT to do it

I don’t really like running.  I don’t hate it, but unless it’s running after something, like a ball, then I find that I lose interest quite quickly. Subsequently not a lot of my training time goes into it, and I find one of the only ways I can get any done is by signing up…
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Roll with the tide

A question I often ask myself is: When is it ok to miss a training session? No matter how much you like to do something, we’re all only human.  There will be days when you just don’t feel like it. Maybe you didn’t get much sleep the night before, or you’ve been particularly busy at…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 2

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 2: 80% of max (176 kgs rounded up to 180 kgs) 4 sets of 3 reps As in Week 1 at this early stage of the build-up to a new max I’m going for speed and form to try and build up my base level of strength.…
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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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Do it for the right reasons

You hear it, far away, like you’re under water.  It’s the alarm on your phone.  Your bed feels warm; it still feels like the middle of the night.  With irritation, you roll onto your back and get accustomed to the dark pattern of the ceiling, your annoyance growing that there’s not even enough light from…
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Beginner Weight Training Template 2: Adding exercises

Experience level: 0-1 years Frequency: 3 days a week Type of Template: Alternative compound movements, introduction of accessory movements, linear progression You can use this template in two ways: You have been using the Beginners Weight Training Template 1  (BWTT1) for a few months and are looking to change it up and learn some new…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 1

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 1: 75% of max (165 kgs) 4 sets of 5 reps The build-up to a new max in ten weeks starts here. This is the lightest weight I’ll be using during this training cycle: as I go on I’ll be reducing the number of sets and reps…
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Why would they lie to you?

For me, an amusing part of the Christmas run-in was, and is always, the explosion of perfume adverts. Basically if you have no idea of what’s going on but there is a montage of an attractive man/woman jumping off a cliff or clicking their fingers in a suit, you’re probably watching a perfume advert. How…
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The Bodyweight Training Template 1: No Equipment Needed

Bodyweight training comes in two forms: with and without equipment. Pure bodyweight training would be a situation you could find yourself in when at home, or not able to access any kind of apparatus: there is nothing for you to hang off of or push against, it is purely how you can use your body…
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