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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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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 best abdominal exercise

Among the most common fitness questions, alongside how to get a bigger bench press or slim toned legs is the one that most people get into exercising for: the flat or 6-pack stomach. There are a lot of guys who can be pretty muscular but still have a belly or an undefined mid-section.  Equally there…
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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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Athletics in ‘crisis’- why doping isn’t cheating

It’s dark, dark days for athletics. Suddenly even the big names are getting implicated with doping.  There seems to be a new Lance Armstrong-esque investigation into a household name every other week.  Chris Froome, Mo Farah and now the GB golden girl herself, Paula Radcliffe. We’ll see the same old statements and the strenuous denials,…
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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 can you actually achieve in 4 weeks?

“4 weeks to massive muscle program!” “Gain 10 lbs of muscle in 4 weeks!” “Get lean in 4 weeks” “How to lose 20 lbs in one month!” These are all genuine headlines I’ve pulled from fitness magazines and a quick Google.  I think we’re all familiar with the style: a quite big number (lbs of…
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