Tag: empowerment

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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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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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Back to basics.

I think everyone should write.  Or type.  It doesn’t necessarily need to be something that others would find worth reading, although that’s obviously a positive, it could just be a list, or a few lines, or just some disjointed jottings on your laptop or a piece of paper you have next to your bed. I…
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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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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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10 things to tell yourself when you don’t feel like training

Everyone struggles for motivation sometimes.  Here are some of the things I have found myself thinking about when I’m walking to the gym that always help me get in the mood to make a potentially lacklustre session into a positive one. 1. Live in the present I always find it a bit cheesy when people…
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‘Fit-shaming’: Can it get more ridiculous?

If you live in the UK you’ll doubtless have heard of a certain advert on the London Underground which has recently sparked minor uproar, including an actual protest in Hyde Park. If you don’t and you haven’t try and guess what this advert displayed, to cause such an outrage. More images of the Prophet Mohammed?…
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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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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 importance of knowing what’s possible

“Shoot for the moon, and you’ll land among the stars” It’s a nice saying.  Aim high and you’ll get further than you thought. But it’s equally pretty important to aim realistic, as well as high.  Shooting for one of Jupiter’s moons is not really a goal, because you’re never going to get near it. How…
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