Category: General discussion

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

The best way to build muscle

How is muscle built? This might seem like a question that has an answer that can fill several books.  If you want to know the biology behind it then it probably does. Considering magazines can write articles about it week after week surely means that it is a complicated subject. It’s not really.  It’s just…
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The origins of ‘Do you even lift?’

“Do you even lift?” If you’ve dabbled at all in the fitness world, read any fitness forums or read the comments of any fitness-related YouTube videos you have probably heard this now famous phrase. For those that haven’t it’s basically meant to be an insult- you’re questioning someone’s legitimacy in giving their opinion on fitness…
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Does a six-pack equal health?

Ripped. Shredded. Diced. Cut. No, I’m not describing the options control panel of an abattoir, these are all actually ways to compliment someone’s physique. What it means is that you have very low body fat to the point where you have a lot of definition, most noticeably in the stomach area: basically you have the…
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Running a half-marathon: how NOT to do it

I don’t really like running.  I don’t hate it, but unless it’s running after something, like a ball, then I find that I lose interest quite quickly. Subsequently not a lot of my training time goes into it, and I find one of the only ways I can get any done is by signing up…
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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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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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Why would they lie to you?

For me, an amusing part of the Christmas run-in was, and is always, the explosion of perfume adverts. Basically if you have no idea of what’s going on but there is a montage of an attractive man/woman jumping off a cliff or clicking their fingers in a suit, you’re probably watching a perfume advert. How…
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Muscle: 5 real facts

The word ‘muscle’ is quite evocative in the fitness media. Muscle is good, fat is bad.  Every fitness promise is built upon the guarantee to build, sculpt, tone, lengthen, strengthen it. The flexed bicep is a universal symbol for strength, power and vitality. From a biological and evolutionary perspective it makes sense that muscle is…
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9 things you see at every gym

You might not find the full 9 at your gym, but you’ll definitely tick off most of this list.  You might even be one of them… 1. People on their phones between sets This is the one on the list that is definitely 100% for every gym, in every country. I understand that Twitter and…
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