Month: February 2015

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

Muscle confusion: is it useful?

A big buzzword in fitness in recent times has been the theory of muscle confusion. Some of the fastest growing fitness followings such as Crossfit are built on the idea that doing traditional programs that focus on the development of the body through repetition and practice are not the optimum way in which to achieve…
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The Top 10 ways to build muscle

For the volume of material that is and has been written about it, you might think that building muscle is a highly complicated process. Certainly when it comes to trying to eek out the last one percent of performance at a high level it can get quite scientific and complex. But for most of us…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 6

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 6: 90% of max (200 kgs) 3 sets of 2 rep Week 6, and we’ve finally climbed into the 200’s. As you might have noticed we’re tapering down again in volume for the final time before the last phase of the program where we go towards that…
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Why I would do steroids

You might have heard that world athletics is in ‘crisis’ according to the IAAF chief, Lamine Diack following a German documentary which claimed that the ‘majority of Russian athletes dope’ along with allegations that the IAAF itself have covered up or not reported positive tests. Since steroids were introduced into the public consciousness via Ben…
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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 hardest muscles to train

If you ask anyone involved in weight training about what they find to be the hardest muscles to train, the chances are you’ll get the same answer: calves and forearms. Out of all the muscles, calves in particular seem to get an indecent amount of attention and focus, with many dedicated gym-goers practically obsessing over…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Halfway (Week 5)

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 5: 85% of max (190 kgs) 3 sets of 3 reps We’re halfway to a new maximum effort. As a recap, my all-time PR is 230 kgs (506 lbs), with my max tested 5 weeks ago at 220 kgs. After spending the first three weeks doing 4-5…
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What is natural, anyway?

A term I’ve used a lot is natural.  Someone is natural or training natural. What do I mean exactly?  Evidently it means no drugs are involved, of the performance-enhancing variety.  But what about supplements like protein powders, pre-workout caffeine drinks?  What about creatine supplements, that are apparently meant to be ‘cycled-on and off’? Can you…
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When I couldn’t do a pull-up

The first time I lifted a weight I was probably about 15.  The first time I did a pull-up?  Probably when I was about 10 or something, I really can’t remember. The point is it was a long time ago that I was a complete beginner to training.  And sometimes that makes it hard to…
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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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