Category: Myths debunked

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How many sit-ups should I do to lose fat around my waist?

On a list of common fitness questions I think this would be in the top ten, maybe even the top five. To be honest I’m not sure exactly where the origins of the sit-ups = six pack and washboard stomach even are, though undoubtedly you’ll be able to trace it back to some company selling…
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Is overtraining real?

Training is a process of applying stress to your body that breaks it down; you improve because in the following days after your workout the body adapts to prepare itself if such a stress is applied again. So if for example you are training for muscle size you actually micro tear the target muscle tissue…
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Lance Armstrong should have kept his titles

It is certainly the most infamous event in cycling history, and it probably has a claim to be the most infamous in sports full stop. I’m sure everyone even without an interest in sports was aware of the sensational scandal when Lance Armstrong, winner of a record 7 Tour de France’s, testicular cancer survivor, founder…
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You should never go on a diet

Going on a diet. Has there ever been a more often used phrase when it comes to conversations about fitness and exercise?  It’s the go to response to prepare for your wedding day, your summer holiday, after the festive season, as a New Year’s resolution, or for no other reason other than you have just…
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Embrace your body type

We live in an age where, rightly, equality is a keyword and a concept that is more and more embedded in the social conciousness.  It is evidently questionable to what extent it exists, one only has to have a quick look at the increasing wealth gap between the top and bottom 1% of the world…
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How to look like Hercules? It’s all about eating…

I’m sure that you have all heard about, and maybe seen Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s new movie, Hercules.  There was a pretty long and extensive marketing campaign to drum up interest before release, including Johnson himself posting regular training videos, Instagram photos and tweets showing his preparation for the role. Now I was a fan of…
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How much muscle can you gain naturally? Disclaimer: may be upsetting for some

“So I’m going to start lifting weights,” “Ok, great what are your goals? Get in shape, for a sport…?” “Just to be in shape. Don’t want to get too big though…” I’ve had this conversation a few times, normally when talking to a friend or someone I have met in the gym. I take it…
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Women and weight training

One of the major myths or beliefs out there is the idea that men and women have to approach training differently. Just like colouring toys for boys in blue and girls in pink there is a clear separation of how the advertising world targets its two markets. Just a quick glance at the headlines of…
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Crossfit is good…?

Chances are, as someone reading this you know what it is or have at least heard of it. Chances are you’ve heard the full spectrum of opinion, from those who think it is the new Christianity to those that label it as useful for real results as doing 1000 crunches a day whilst eating a…
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What is a good strength level?

The concept of ‘strength’ can be quite subjective. Considering someone to be strong can often depend on your own strength. For example to a person who has never touched a weight in their lives picking up 100kgs may seem impressive, but to an experienced lifter it could be barely a warm up. Similarly you might…
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