Category: Training tips

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Roll with the tide

A question I often ask myself is: When is it ok to miss a training session? No matter how much you like to do something, we’re all only human.  There will be days when you just don’t feel like it. Maybe you didn’t get much sleep the night before, or you’ve been particularly busy at…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 2

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 2: 80% of max (176 kgs rounded up to 180 kgs) 4 sets of 3 reps As in Week 1 at this early stage of the build-up to a new max I’m going for speed and form to try and build up my base level of strength.…
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What type of training should I do to lose fat?

Everyone’s favourite fitness subject: how to lose fat and be lean. Number one, like building muscle, fat loss has its foundation in the kitchen: you could hire the most expensive personal trainers with the most cutting-edge gym and you wouldn’t lose fat if you were still eating cheeseburgers everyday. As everyone by now already knows,…
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Do it for the right reasons

You hear it, far away, like you’re under water.  It’s the alarm on your phone.  Your bed feels warm; it still feels like the middle of the night.  With irritation, you roll onto your back and get accustomed to the dark pattern of the ceiling, your annoyance growing that there’s not even enough light from…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 1

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 1: 75% of max (165 kgs) 4 sets of 5 reps The build-up to a new max in ten weeks starts here. This is the lightest weight I’ll be using during this training cycle: as I go on I’ll be reducing the number of sets and reps…
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The Bodyweight Training Template 1: No Equipment Needed

Bodyweight training comes in two forms: with and without equipment. Pure bodyweight training would be a situation you could find yourself in when at home, or not able to access any kind of apparatus: there is nothing for you to hang off of or push against, it is purely how you can use your body…
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The Deadlift explained

The deadlift is sometimes referred to as ‘the king of exercises’ (although that title is also given to the squat). This is because many see it as the most pure test of strength: the lifting of an inert heavy object off the floor is something that human beings have been doing since the dawn of…
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What sort of physique can I get?

Naturally when people train, an underlying or even principle factor in doing so is for appearance: how can I get a good physique?  Or if I train in a certain way what sort of physique can I obtain?  Can I look like celebrity X or model Y? Do you even need to be in the…
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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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8 things all fit people do

If you want to get into shape and make 2015 the year where you start to get the body or performance you want you have to change your habits. Long-term health, fitness and performance comes from following a lifestyle and acting in a certain way, not from following fads, ‘transformation’ programs or looking for the…
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