Tag: consistency

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How important is your diet really?

What is the most difficult part of getting in shape, or meeting a training goal?  For most people, once they get into a training routine they enjoy, the hard part is not actually going to the gym or hitting the streets for a run. It’s eating properly. This is because while training might be 3…
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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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The most important factor for progress

If you’ve come for a secret to training, I’m actually going to give you one. But it’s only a secret because it’s something people don’t consider when they approach their training.  It’s not a secret in the sense that it’s hidden or magic in any way. As I keep saying, no matter what anyone wants…
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Body transformations: the truth

Advertising loves the word transformation.  It’s evocative and inspiring: it makes you think of fresh new pages, leaves turned over and new possibilities. If you search fitness articles, websites and YouTube channels a large emphasis is placed on this word.  It’s a hook, along with the well-worn before and after photos. Sometimes even I can’t…
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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: keeping the momentum

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 7: 85% of max (190 kgs) 3 sets of 5 reps So, straight up, this workout basically did not happen. Having got back from travelling the day before I went to the gym to try and bust out this workout but I could tell it wasn’t going…
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Muscle confusion: is it useful?

A big buzzword in fitness in recent times has been the theory of muscle confusion. Some of the fastest growing fitness followings such as Crossfit are built on the idea that doing traditional programs that focus on the development of the body through repetition and practice are not the optimum way in which to achieve…
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What is natural, anyway?

A term I’ve used a lot is natural.  Someone is natural or training natural. What do I mean exactly?  Evidently it means no drugs are involved, of the performance-enhancing variety.  But what about supplements like protein powders, pre-workout caffeine drinks?  What about creatine supplements, that are apparently meant to be ‘cycled-on and off’? Can you…
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The best way to build muscle

How is muscle built? This might seem like a question that has an answer that can fill several books.  If you want to know the biology behind it then it probably does. Considering magazines can write articles about it week after week surely means that it is a complicated subject. It’s not really.  It’s just…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 4

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 4: 80% of max (180 kgs) 3 sets of 5 reps Week 4 is the start of the second cycle, which means that we are dropping the weight down a little but increasing the reps. So last week I did 190 kgs for 4 sets of 2,…
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