Month: March 2015

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

Dealing with injuries

You only appreciate what you have when it’s gone, or so the saying goes. Everyone lucky enough to move about freely without pain or restriction takes it for granted. When you are someone who trains even more so, because you’re striving to be better than that- you want to do more than just move, you…
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6 myths about Squats

As those of you who follow this site know, I’m a big fan of squats.  I truly believe that they have a part to play in everyones routines, regardless of your goals. I don’t mean everyone should be low-bar powerlifting as much as they can handle but the movement is such a fundamental ingredient of…
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Running: how to enjoy it

I concentrate a lot on weight training on this blog, because it’s what I know and what I’m passionate about.  But I’m equally interested to hear and learn about training philosophies in general: to make training a lifestyle you have to first find something you enjoy and then explore it. This is a guest article…
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Blame your parents

You know the old adage of as you get older you realise everything your parents told you was right? In the main, I’ve increasingly found it to be true: a lot of the stuff that had you rolling your eyes when you were a teenager turns out to be pretty spot on as you get…
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How to ACTUALLY get toned

If you went around a typical gym and took a survey of what people’s aesthetic goals were, the chances are you’d find this result: Men want to build muscle and be bigger Women want to be toned If the buzzword in men’s fitness is ‘size’, the equivalent for women is ‘tone’, at least when it…
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Body transformations: the truth

Advertising loves the word transformation.  It’s evocative and inspiring: it makes you think of fresh new pages, leaves turned over and new possibilities. If you search fitness articles, websites and YouTube channels a large emphasis is placed on this word.  It’s a hook, along with the well-worn before and after photos. Sometimes even I can’t…
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The importance of knowing what’s possible

“Shoot for the moon, and you’ll land among the stars” It’s a nice saying.  Aim high and you’ll get further than you thought. But it’s equally pretty important to aim realistic, as well as high.  Shooting for one of Jupiter’s moons is not really a goal, because you’re never going to get near it. How…
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You get out what you put in: The Deadlift Challenge

Just like with anything in life, you can set your plans but they don’t always go the way you want every time. With training, when you’re pushing yourself you can find the sessions don’t always go to plan. Whether you are trying to put some numbers on your lifts, trying to get a personal best…
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Creatine: does it work?

Before I begin let me just state that this is my opinion, based on my own experience of it and using it on and off over the years.  In case you didn’t know, creatine is one of the most talked about and debated supplements in recent times, with dividing views on both ends of the…
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The Deadlift Challenge: keeping the momentum

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 7: 85% of max (190 kgs) 3 sets of 5 reps So, straight up, this workout basically did not happen. Having got back from travelling the day before I went to the gym to try and bust out this workout but I could tell it wasn’t going…
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