Month: May 2015

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

What can you actually achieve in 4 weeks?

“4 weeks to massive muscle program!” “Gain 10 lbs of muscle in 4 weeks!” “Get lean in 4 weeks” “How to lose 20 lbs in one month!” These are all genuine headlines I’ve pulled from fitness magazines and a quick Google.  I think we’re all familiar with the style: a quite big number (lbs of…
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Can we ban the smith machine already?

There are not a lot of things in this world that are completely useless.   Even chocolate teapots can be both edible and presumably delicious. The smith machine however doesn’t even fall into this hallowed category.  It’s actually a step below it; not only does it have no discernible utility it actually does more harm than…
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10 things to tell yourself when you don’t feel like training

Everyone struggles for motivation sometimes.  Here are some of the things I have found myself thinking about when I’m walking to the gym that always help me get in the mood to make a potentially lacklustre session into a positive one. 1. Live in the present I always find it a bit cheesy when people…
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Training Tips: The Hourglass or the Pyramid?

In an earlier post I wrote about the benefits of using low reps AND high reps, if you are beyond the beginner stage. Here I’ll go a step further and describe how to do this effectively in one workout. To sum up quickly the principles for best muscular development are: Low reps with heavy weight…
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Hollywood movie transformations: what you should know

Thanks to the older members of The Expendables crew the image of the muscle-bound action hero has become emblazoned across our collective conciousness: in this genre of film (and others) a huge portion of marketing hype is actually built on the ‘transformation’ of actors into someone with a physique worthy of the title ‘hero’. Some…
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‘Fit-shaming’: Can it get more ridiculous?

If you live in the UK you’ll doubtless have heard of a certain advert on the London Underground which has recently sparked minor uproar, including an actual protest in Hyde Park. If you don’t and you haven’t try and guess what this advert displayed, to cause such an outrage. More images of the Prophet Mohammed?…
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Why genetics are not that important

If you follow this blog you might have read my recent post called ‘Blame your parents‘.  If you’re new here or haven’t read it, please click on the link and have a look at it before you continue with this post.  It’s ok, we’ll all wait for you. … Finished? Hopefully the take-away message was…
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Is the leg press useless?

Ah, the leg press machine.  The ultimate ego booster.  Struggling with your squat?  Putting a lot of effort in to only be able to put 10 kgs more on the bar? Like to move a lot of weight? Head over to the leg press and start loading plates! As you might have guessed, I’m not…
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ALL-time PR: The Deadlift Challenge

Max as tested 10/01/2015 : 220 kgs (495 lbs) Goal: Beat my tested max, and attempt to beat my all-time personal record of 230 kgs (506 lbs) Program: 10 week cycle utilising percentages of current max to progressively build strength and conditioning the Central Nervous System (CNS) by increasing weight but lowering volume to a…
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