Tag: Training tips

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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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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 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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8 Gym equipment items you (might) need: Part 1

With the annual bout of rampant consumerism already upon us, it might be time when you are thinking of getting some equipment for yourself or as a gift for your closest exercise buddy. As you might expect gym equipment suffers from the same malaise as supplements in the fitness industry, in that they are always…
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Train to success, not failure

Picture training and you often get a Rocky Balboa style montage in your head, going 100 miles an hour, running till you drop, never say die untill you make it to the top of those stairs.  But is this actually how you should train to get results? ‘Train hard and smart, and you’ll see the…
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Free weights vs Machine weights

What’s the difference?  Which one is more effective?  In this post I’m going to outline the pros and cons of each one and where they have their place. What are free weights? As the name implies free weights are weights that are not fixed.  This includes barbells, dumbells, weight plates, kettlebells etc.  These are the…
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