Tag: drugs

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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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Hollywood movie transformations: what you should know

Thanks to the older members of The Expendables crew the image of the muscle-bound action hero has become emblazoned across our collective conciousness: in this genre of film (and others) a huge portion of marketing hype is actually built on the ‘transformation’ of actors into someone with a physique worthy of the title ‘hero’. Some…
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Why I would do steroids

You might have heard that world athletics is in ‘crisis’ according to the IAAF chief, Lamine Diack following a German documentary which claimed that the ‘majority of Russian athletes dope’ along with allegations that the IAAF itself have covered up or not reported positive tests. Since steroids were introduced into the public consciousness via Ben…
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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 origins of ‘Do you even lift?’

“Do you even lift?” If you’ve dabbled at all in the fitness world, read any fitness forums or read the comments of any fitness-related YouTube videos you have probably heard this now famous phrase. For those that haven’t it’s basically meant to be an insult- you’re questioning someone’s legitimacy in giving their opinion on fitness…
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Why would they lie to you?

For me, an amusing part of the Christmas run-in was, and is always, the explosion of perfume adverts. Basically if you have no idea of what’s going on but there is a montage of an attractive man/woman jumping off a cliff or clicking their fingers in a suit, you’re probably watching a perfume advert. How…
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Nutrition Part 3: Bulking and cutting diets are not for you

This is the final part of a 3 part series dedicated to discussing nutrition and training.  Read Part 1 and Part 2. If you have taken even a passing interest in bodybuilding, weight training or strength sports such as rugby two words you will come across sooner rather than later are ‘bulking’ and ‘cutting’. These…
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Is overtraining real?

Training is a process of applying stress to your body that breaks it down; you improve because in the following days after your workout the body adapts to prepare itself if such a stress is applied again. So if for example you are training for muscle size you actually micro tear the target muscle tissue…
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How to look like Hercules? It’s all about eating…

I’m sure that you have all heard about, and maybe seen Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s new movie, Hercules.  There was a pretty long and extensive marketing campaign to drum up interest before release, including Johnson himself posting regular training videos, Instagram photos and tweets showing his preparation for the role. Now I was a fan of…
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How much muscle can you gain naturally? Disclaimer: may be upsetting for some

“So I’m going to start lifting weights,” “Ok, great what are your goals? Get in shape, for a sport…?” “Just to be in shape. Don’t want to get too big though…” I’ve had this conversation a few times, normally when talking to a friend or someone I have met in the gym. I take it…
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