Tag: compound movements

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

6 unnecessary popular exercises

If you follow my site you know that I believe there are 5 essential exercises you should be doing, no matter what your goal is, and you can find them here: Related article: the 5 core exercises On the other side of the coin I’ve been asked what I think are the least useful and…
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Will deadlifting give me a thick waist?

As you might have realised by now if you follow this blog,  I really like the deadlift.  If I speak to anyone about training I’ll always be the first to wax lyrical about its myriad benefits, and why if you have any fitness goals at all you should be doing them. I don’t mean everyone…
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Why you don’t need a hundred ways to train your abdominals

I personally find long and convoluted ab workouts quite tedious and unnecessary.  As I keep repeating doing more crunches or reps will not get you looking ripped any faster, or indeed at all. It really is mostly diet and bodyfat. The important thing to remember is that when you train your abdominals you’re not training…
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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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Does strength help in a fight?

“What is the point of being strong?” “What?” “What’s the point of all this training?  Who cares if you can lift 200 kgs or 100 kgs? In a fight it wouldn’t matter!” I get this, sometimes, along the lines of “why are you putting so much effort into getting stronger?  It’s all just vanity, because…
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Why you don’t need to bench press

There are actually three certainties in life: 1. Death 2. Taxes 3. You’ll always be waiting to use the bench press on Mondays Monday is IBD- International Bench press Day.  If you look like you go to the gym, or it comes up in conversation even with people who don’t lift, the first question is…
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A revolutionary new training system?

One thing I used to do a lot, and still do sometimes, is Google search a particular fitness topic I happen to be interested in at the time. For example I used to be overly concerned with improving my bench press, so I would type phrases like “how to improve your bench press” and “best…
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Beginner Weight Training Template 2: Adding exercises

Experience level: 0-1 years Frequency: 3 days a week Type of Template: Alternative compound movements, introduction of accessory movements, linear progression You can use this template in two ways: You have been using the Beginners Weight Training Template 1  (BWTT1) for a few months and are looking to change it up and learn some new…
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Beginner Weight Training Template 1

Experience Level: 0-1 year Frequency: 3 days a week, 1 hour each session Type of template: Full body, compound movements This template is for the complete beginner, or those coming back to training after a long time off and looking to get back into it. You are in the gym three times a week, with…
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