Category: General discussion

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How to pick a Gym for 2015

The January gym membership.  Never has so much money been exchanged by so many for so little in the way of results.  It is precisely this time of year where gyms around the world will be sharpening their marketing campaigns, revamping their facilities and designing special offers to draw in the ‘resolutions’ crowd. For them,…
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How to stay in shape over the holiday season

(NB this is not another obvious article about trimming fat from the turkey or not skipping your workouts to stay in shape over Christmas) For many people lucky enough to eat and drink plentifully when they want the Christmas season is one of those times of year when it is perfectly legitimate to ‘let your…
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8 Gym equipment items you (might) need: Part 2

(Click here to see numbers 1-4 in Part 1) This is a continuation of the list of useful (but by no means essential) things to use at the gym to help you make progress. There are million gimmicky gym kit ‘essentials’ out there, but I’ve selected a few that I both think could help you…
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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 while you sleep!

I have some good news for you.  Sleeping builds muscle and helps you lose fat! The adverts were right: you can actually make progress by just lying down and closing your eyes! Sleeping: the forgotten piece of the puzzle Sleeping and downtime get a pretty bad press these days when it comes to being a…
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Finding motivation

motivation 1 A reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way 1.1 [MASS NOUN] Desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm For me, motivation is the key to everything in life; you want something, you go get it. Motivation can overcome incredible obstacles and barriers, and you will never come across someone who has…
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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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What type of fitness consumer are you?

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Nutrition Part 3: Bulking and cutting diets are not for you

This is the final part of a 3 part series dedicated to discussing nutrition and training.  Read Part 1 and Part 2. If you have taken even a passing interest in bodybuilding, weight training or strength sports such as rugby two words you will come across sooner rather than later are ‘bulking’ and ‘cutting’. These…
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Nutrition Part 2: Supplements should profit you, not the industry

(This is part 2 of a 3 part series on nutrition and training.  Read part 1 here) If you read Part 1 on the basics of nutrition and how it shouldn’t be complicated I mentioned that I don’t believe supplements to be a complete waste of time. However I do believe they should be understood…
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