Category: Myths debunked

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Why I would do steroids

You might have heard that world athletics is in ‘crisis’ according to the IAAF chief, Lamine Diack following a German documentary which claimed that the ‘majority of Russian athletes dope’ along with allegations that the IAAF itself have covered up or not reported positive tests. Since steroids were introduced into the public consciousness via Ben…
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Why is it so hard to find a good gym?

When I move to  a new place the number 2 thing on my priority list after accommodation is finding a place to train. I’ve moved quite a few times in the last few years, and as a result I’ve checked out and trained in a lot of different gyms.  But it has always taken me…
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The hardest muscles to train

If you ask anyone involved in weight training about what they find to be the hardest muscles to train, the chances are you’ll get the same answer: calves and forearms. Out of all the muscles, calves in particular seem to get an indecent amount of attention and focus, with many dedicated gym-goers practically obsessing over…
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What is natural, anyway?

A term I’ve used a lot is natural.  Someone is natural or training natural. What do I mean exactly?  Evidently it means no drugs are involved, of the performance-enhancing variety.  But what about supplements like protein powders, pre-workout caffeine drinks?  What about creatine supplements, that are apparently meant to be ‘cycled-on and off’? Can you…
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The origins of ‘Do you even lift?’

“Do you even lift?” If you’ve dabbled at all in the fitness world, read any fitness forums or read the comments of any fitness-related YouTube videos you have probably heard this now famous phrase. For those that haven’t it’s basically meant to be an insult- you’re questioning someone’s legitimacy in giving their opinion on fitness…
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Does a six-pack equal health?

Ripped. Shredded. Diced. Cut. No, I’m not describing the options control panel of an abattoir, these are all actually ways to compliment someone’s physique. What it means is that you have very low body fat to the point where you have a lot of definition, most noticeably in the stomach area: basically you have the…
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Why would they lie to you?

For me, an amusing part of the Christmas run-in was, and is always, the explosion of perfume adverts. Basically if you have no idea of what’s going on but there is a montage of an attractive man/woman jumping off a cliff or clicking their fingers in a suit, you’re probably watching a perfume advert. How…
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Muscle: 5 real facts

The word ‘muscle’ is quite evocative in the fitness media. Muscle is good, fat is bad.  Every fitness promise is built upon the guarantee to build, sculpt, tone, lengthen, strengthen it. The flexed bicep is a universal symbol for strength, power and vitality. From a biological and evolutionary perspective it makes sense that muscle is…
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9 things you see at every gym

You might not find the full 9 at your gym, but you’ll definitely tick off most of this list.  You might even be one of them… 1. People on their phones between sets This is the one on the list that is definitely 100% for every gym, in every country. I understand that Twitter and…
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The REAL short-cut to fitness results

I was a about 12 when I first realised I liked fitness.   At my school we used to have Wednesday afternoons dedicated to what we called ‘games’; you basically got the whole afternoon off to play sports. I didn’t really appreciate it back then but I know now that at school, if you’re no…
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