Month: April 2015

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

What rep range should you use?

If you read a magazine or ask a trainer about the number of reps you should be doing for your sets you’ll probably get the following breakdown: If you want tone/endurance, do high reps i.e. 15-20 If you want the combination of strength and size then do medium to high reps i.e. 8-12 If you…
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How long should I be training for each session?

What is the optimum length for a training session?  If I spend 2 hours in the gym am I spending too long in there?  Is 2 hours in the gym long enough, since I read in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography that he used to train for at least 3 hours? If you do a bit of…
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How important is your diet really?

What is the most difficult part of getting in shape, or meeting a training goal?  For most people, once they get into a training routine they enjoy, the hard part is not actually going to the gym or hitting the streets for a run. It’s eating properly. This is because while training might be 3…
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The Deadlift Challenge: New PR?

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs So as I said a couple of weeks ago I would be taking a bit of time off from the Deadlift Challenge due to picking up an injury and generally feeling a bit burned out. Initially I set out a 10 week program to a new PR, but…
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Does strength help in a fight?

“What is the point of being strong?” “What?” “What’s the point of all this training?  Who cares if you can lift 200 kgs or 100 kgs? In a fight it wouldn’t matter!” I get this, sometimes, along the lines of “why are you putting so much effort into getting stronger?  It’s all just vanity, because…
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Hype and reality don’t mix

The motto of this site is: debunking the myths and making fitness simple. Why do I focus on these two aspects when it comes to training?  Well, it’s because they are a direct counter to the two biggest reasons why so much time and money is wasted in the industry. Hype and gimmicks. I’m fully…
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The most important factor for progress

If you’ve come for a secret to training, I’m actually going to give you one. But it’s only a secret because it’s something people don’t consider when they approach their training.  It’s not a secret in the sense that it’s hidden or magic in any way. As I keep saying, no matter what anyone wants…
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Bench press alternatives and my routine

This is a continuation from the post Why you don’t need to bench press. In the post above I outlined the reason why despite its status as THE gym exercise you don’t actually need to bench press to get great results. Sure, you won’t be able to answer the ‘how much do you bench then?’…
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A ‘trick’ to increase your lifts

Everyone knows about the power of the mind.  Mental attitude and belief are fundamental ingredients when it comes to making things happen, and although obviously there are physical limits, you’ll probably never get near them because you don’t believe that you can. I’m not saying that ‘if you believe it you can do it’ because…
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Why you don’t need to bench press

There are actually three certainties in life: 1. Death 2. Taxes 3. You’ll always be waiting to use the bench press on Mondays Monday is IBD- International Bench press Day.  If you look like you go to the gym, or it comes up in conversation even with people who don’t lift, the first question is…
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