Challenge the Training Template

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Challenge the Training Template

With this post, I’m going to hit a small milestone: 150 posts.  A question I got, and get, quite a lot is: how is there so much you can write about training?  The answer is somewhat related to the amount of bullshit printed by mainstream fitness media:  if Men’s Health magazine can basically write the same ‘biceps-blasting secret routine to adding 10 inches to your arms without moving it’ week in and week out then I’ve got a long way to go before I’ll run out of stuff to write about.

As long as I keep seeing adverts on how to strip belly fat in weeks by standing on balance balls or people juiced to the gills talking about how their latest protein shake is the secret to ‘anabolic growth’ I’ll keep going.

As you know, the Training Template was started with two things in mind: to debunk the myths and make training simple.

I am aware that besides some of the training photos I post about myself you have no idea whether what I’m talking about is effective or true.  Where’s the evidence for the people I’ve trained?

First thing to do would be to search poledanceyoga if you’re on instagram (facebook page here): over the course of about a year and some of the basic routines you can find on here she’s gone from struggling to shoulder mount the pole to now starting to train pole dancers herself, changes that have come about from doing the fundamental compound movements well.  The things like deadlifts, squats, pull-ups and dips, or what the industry would like to label as ‘men’s stuff’.

Having reached 150 posts what I’m aware of is how much I’ve told you what I know works.  What I want to do now is try and show you.

So this is the start of a series: ‘Challenge the Training Template’.  Whether it’s documenting my own personal challenges or the training journey’s of people I’m training it’s going to demonstarte to you how getting fitter is not about complicated routines, anabolic windows, OCD nutrition and radioactive coloured supplements that ‘guarantee’ to give you a shortcut to results.

It’s simply about being consistent and following a good routine, and pushing yourself every session.  When it feels easy, move the pin up a notch.

That’s actually the easy part.  The hard bit is drowning out the maelstrom of fitness media, nutrition companies, instagram ‘gurus’ sponsored by said nutrition companies and even many personal trainers themselves telling you that you should be buying this or how quickly they’re going to whip you into shape with minimal effort.

Stay tuned for the first installment where we’ll see how a couple of my friends Tracey and Ana are getting along following a basic strength building program for girls* that can be found in the templates section of this website.


If you’re thinking of building strength then pick out the template and follow along.

*so this is a joke.  Male and female specific training doesn’t exist.  We can, and should all train the same way.


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