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Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

Nutrition Part 2: Supplements should profit you, not the industry

(This is part 2 of a 3 part series on nutrition and training.  Read part 1 here) If you read Part 1 on the basics of nutrition and how it shouldn’t be complicated I mentioned that I don’t believe supplements to be a complete waste of time. However I do believe they should be understood…
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Is overtraining real?

Training is a process of applying stress to your body that breaks it down; you improve because in the following days after your workout the body adapts to prepare itself if such a stress is applied again. So if for example you are training for muscle size you actually micro tear the target muscle tissue…
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Lance Armstrong should have kept his titles

It is certainly the most infamous event in cycling history, and it probably has a claim to be the most infamous in sports full stop. I’m sure everyone even without an interest in sports was aware of the sensational scandal when Lance Armstrong, winner of a record 7 Tour de France’s, testicular cancer survivor, founder…
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Embrace your body type

We live in an age where, rightly, equality is a keyword and a concept that is more and more embedded in the social conciousness.  It is evidently questionable to what extent it exists, one only has to have a quick look at the increasing wealth gap between the top and bottom 1% of the world…
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How much muscle can you gain naturally? Disclaimer: may be upsetting for some

“So I’m going to start lifting weights,” “Ok, great what are your goals? Get in shape, for a sport…?” “Just to be in shape. Don’t want to get too big though…” I’ve had this conversation a few times, normally when talking to a friend or someone I have met in the gym. I take it…
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The mind-muscle connection & strength

One key element of training that is often overlooked is the development of the mind-muscle connection. Being aware of this and making an active effort to train it can help you get more results in both the strength and mass department. Of course, I’m not talking about huge leaps but it can tangibly make your…
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What is a good strength level?

The concept of ‘strength’ can be quite subjective. Considering someone to be strong can often depend on your own strength. For example to a person who has never touched a weight in their lives picking up 100kgs may seem impressive, but to an experienced lifter it could be barely a warm up. Similarly you might…
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Natural vs Enhanced lifting

‘Natural’ or ‘natty’ is a term often heard in bodybuilding and weightlifting circles. Broadly speaking it applies to a lifter who is not using external hormonal assistance (i.e. steroids) to allow him to go beyond his body’s natural limits. The term steroids is a complicated subject in itself, with a large range of different compounds…
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The 5 core exercises

Out of the thousands of different variations of exercise out there, this is my list of exercises that you need. Your whole routine should be based around these 6, and if your goal is to create a powerful and strong functional physique then these will all do that. In fact no matter your goal these…
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