Tag: consistency

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

Respect your physicality

I turned twenty-nine a few days ago.  It’s a funny age, 29, because it’s the age just before the ‘big one’, and don’t people let you know it!  Suddenly that ‘thirty things to do before thirty’ list that keeps popping up on your newsfeed becomes a bit sharper in your focus, and you start revisiting…
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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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How to progress: make your extraordinary ordinary

I was speaking recently to someone about the concept of progress, or progression.  The notion of progress is evocative, and understandably so: it speaks to the part of everyone that wants to be better or improve, and in that way it’s closely connected to the idea of realising your dreams.  But the actual tangible process…
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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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The truth about training results

I’ve got good news and bad news for you.  If you’ve been training for a while, it might not actually be news for you, but it might be something you don’t want to hear. It’s something that has taken me a long time to realise and accept.  I’ve been in denial about it for a…
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Do what you hate, more

So, you’ve got over the initial hump of making the gym a habit.  You’ve been past the honeymoon period where lifting that first weight felt amazing, and you’ve got past the 2 month sticking point where most people give up (normally around the middle of February). You can call yourself a regular gym-goer and you’ve…
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I don’t care about training like I used to

I shut the car door, hands shivering slightly as I turned the ignition and then the heaters to full blast.  As the layer of ice on the windshield slowly began to thin, I shut my eyes for a few seconds, considering whether I wanted to do this. It was 1am.  The past 20 hours had…
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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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Why genetics are not that important

If you follow this blog you might have read my recent post called ‘Blame your parents‘.  If you’re new here or haven’t read it, please click on the link and have a look at it before you continue with this post.  It’s ok, we’ll all wait for you. … Finished? Hopefully the take-away message was…
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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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