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Challenge the Training Template

With this post, I’m going to hit a small milestone: 150 posts.  A question I got, and get, quite a lot is: how is there so much you can write about training?  The answer is somewhat related to the amount of bullshit printed by mainstream fitness media:  if Men’s Health magazine can basically write the…
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The KEY to results: the importance of now…

Bear with me for this.  I know this is a training blog, not a life-coaching seminar but I want to share some beliefs I have that apply equally to life as much as they do to training, in my humble opinion. Besides if this was part of a life-coaching seminar you’d be paying a lot…
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10 things to tell yourself when you don’t feel like training

Everyone struggles for motivation sometimes.  Here are some of the things I have found myself thinking about when I’m walking to the gym that always help me get in the mood to make a potentially lacklustre session into a positive one. 1. Live in the present I always find it a bit cheesy when people…
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ALL-time PR: The Deadlift Challenge

Max as tested 10/01/2015 : 220 kgs (495 lbs) Goal: Beat my tested max, and attempt to beat my all-time personal record of 230 kgs (506 lbs) Program: 10 week cycle utilising percentages of current max to progressively build strength and conditioning the Central Nervous System (CNS) by increasing weight but lowering volume to a…
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The Deadlift Challenge: New PR?

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs So as I said a couple of weeks ago I would be taking a bit of time off from the Deadlift Challenge due to picking up an injury and generally feeling a bit burned out. Initially I set out a 10 week program to a new PR, but…
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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: 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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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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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 2

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 2: 80% of max (176 kgs rounded up to 180 kgs) 4 sets of 3 reps As in Week 1 at this early stage of the build-up to a new max I’m going for speed and form to try and build up my base level of strength.…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 1

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 1: 75% of max (165 kgs) 4 sets of 5 reps The build-up to a new max in ten weeks starts here. This is the lightest weight I’ll be using during this training cycle: as I go on I’ll be reducing the number of sets and reps…
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