Category: General discussion

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

‘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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How long should I be training for each session?

What is the optimum length for a training session?  If I spend 2 hours in the gym am I spending too long in there?  Is 2 hours in the gym long enough, since I read in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography that he used to train for at least 3 hours? If you do a bit of…
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Does strength help in a fight?

“What is the point of being strong?” “What?” “What’s the point of all this training?  Who cares if you can lift 200 kgs or 100 kgs? In a fight it wouldn’t matter!” I get this, sometimes, along the lines of “why are you putting so much effort into getting stronger?  It’s all just vanity, because…
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Hype and reality don’t mix

The motto of this site is: debunking the myths and making fitness simple. Why do I focus on these two aspects when it comes to training?  Well, it’s because they are a direct counter to the two biggest reasons why so much time and money is wasted in the industry. Hype and gimmicks. I’m fully…
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The most important factor for progress

If you’ve come for a secret to training, I’m actually going to give you one. But it’s only a secret because it’s something people don’t consider when they approach their training.  It’s not a secret in the sense that it’s hidden or magic in any way. As I keep saying, no matter what anyone wants…
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Dealing with injuries

You only appreciate what you have when it’s gone, or so the saying goes. Everyone lucky enough to move about freely without pain or restriction takes it for granted. When you are someone who trains even more so, because you’re striving to be better than that- you want to do more than just move, you…
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Running: how to enjoy it

I concentrate a lot on weight training on this blog, because it’s what I know and what I’m passionate about.  But I’m equally interested to hear and learn about training philosophies in general: to make training a lifestyle you have to first find something you enjoy and then explore it. This is a guest article…
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Blame your parents

You know the old adage of as you get older you realise everything your parents told you was right? In the main, I’ve increasingly found it to be true: a lot of the stuff that had you rolling your eyes when you were a teenager turns out to be pretty spot on as you get…
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