Tag: adaptation

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

I was wrong

Sometimes, you have to admit you were wrong.  Sometimes that can be quite hard to do, sometimes it means you have to swallow your pride and face up to it.  Sometimes, however, you can be happy to be wrong. I am happy to admit I was wrong. If you have read a few of my…
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How many days a week should you train?

One common question people who are new to training ask is: How many times a week do I NEED to be training? Can I get away with doing only 2 sessions a week? What if I’m already doing a lot of sports, can I just go once a week? I read that you need to…
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Bruce Lee: 5 great quotes for training

It’s obviously no secret that Bruce Lee holds a pretty high status not just among martial arts aficionados but millions of people the world over, based largely on his near-mythic athletic exploits. I have just started to read more into him , and while there seems to be a fair amount of the expected hubris…
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Relative or absolute strength?

Strength-to-weight ratio refers to the amount of weight you can lift proportional to your bodyweight. Much like calling someone the best ‘pound-for-pound’ boxer it means that despite the myriad different body types, shapes and sizes we can still have a meaningful method for comparing each others strength. So for example the heaviest deadlift ever is…
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I’m losing my gains!

If there is one take away message the fitness and especially the supplement industry wants you to digest, store and tattoo onto the inside of your eyelids, it’s the fear of losing your gains. This can be applied to any form of training where progressive improvement is involved, but it’s particularly prevalent in the Narnia-esque…
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What rep range should you use?

If you read a magazine or ask a trainer about the number of reps you should be doing for your sets you’ll probably get the following breakdown: If you want tone/endurance, do high reps i.e. 15-20 If you want the combination of strength and size then do medium to high reps i.e. 8-12 If you…
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A ‘trick’ to increase your lifts

Everyone knows about the power of the mind.  Mental attitude and belief are fundamental ingredients when it comes to making things happen, and although obviously there are physical limits, you’ll probably never get near them because you don’t believe that you can. I’m not saying that ‘if you believe it you can do it’ because…
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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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What sort of physique can I get?

Naturally when people train, an underlying or even principle factor in doing so is for appearance: how can I get a good physique?  Or if I train in a certain way what sort of physique can I obtain?  Can I look like celebrity X or model Y? Do you even need to be in the…
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