Tag: weight training

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6 myths about Squats

As those of you who follow this site know, I’m a big fan of squats.  I truly believe that they have a part to play in everyones routines, regardless of your goals. I don’t mean everyone should be low-bar powerlifting as much as they can handle but the movement is such a fundamental ingredient of…
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How to ACTUALLY get toned

If you went around a typical gym and took a survey of what people’s aesthetic goals were, the chances are you’d find this result: Men want to build muscle and be bigger Women want to be toned If the buzzword in men’s fitness is ‘size’, the equivalent for women is ‘tone’, at least when it…
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You get out what you put in: The Deadlift Challenge

Just like with anything in life, you can set your plans but they don’t always go the way you want every time. With training, when you’re pushing yourself you can find the sessions don’t always go to plan. Whether you are trying to put some numbers on your lifts, trying to get a personal best…
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The Deadlift Challenge: keeping the momentum

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 7: 85% of max (190 kgs) 3 sets of 5 reps So, straight up, this workout basically did not happen. Having got back from travelling the day before I went to the gym to try and bust out this workout but I could tell it wasn’t going…
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Muscle confusion: is it useful?

A big buzzword in fitness in recent times has been the theory of muscle confusion. Some of the fastest growing fitness followings such as Crossfit are built on the idea that doing traditional programs that focus on the development of the body through repetition and practice are not the optimum way in which to achieve…
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The Top 10 ways to build muscle

For the volume of material that is and has been written about it, you might think that building muscle is a highly complicated process. Certainly when it comes to trying to eek out the last one percent of performance at a high level it can get quite scientific and complex. But for most of us…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 6

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 6: 90% of max (200 kgs) 3 sets of 2 rep Week 6, and we’ve finally climbed into the 200’s. As you might have noticed we’re tapering down again in volume for the final time before the last phase of the program where we go towards that…
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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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When I couldn’t do a pull-up

The first time I lifted a weight I was probably about 15.  The first time I did a pull-up?  Probably when I was about 10 or something, I really can’t remember. The point is it was a long time ago that I was a complete beginner to training.  And sometimes that makes it hard to…
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