Tag: lifestyle

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

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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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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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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Running: how to enjoy it

I concentrate a lot on weight training on this blog, because it’s what I know and what I’m passionate about.  But I’m equally interested to hear and learn about training philosophies in general: to make training a lifestyle you have to first find something you enjoy and then explore it. This is a guest article…
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The Top 10 ways to build muscle

For the volume of material that is and has been written about it, you might think that building muscle is a highly complicated process. Certainly when it comes to trying to eek out the last one percent of performance at a high level it can get quite scientific and complex. But for most of us…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 6

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 6: 90% of max (200 kgs) 3 sets of 2 rep Week 6, and we’ve finally climbed into the 200’s. As you might have noticed we’re tapering down again in volume for the final time before the last phase of the program where we go towards that…
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When I couldn’t do a pull-up

The first time I lifted a weight I was probably about 15.  The first time I did a pull-up?  Probably when I was about 10 or something, I really can’t remember. The point is it was a long time ago that I was a complete beginner to training.  And sometimes that makes it hard to…
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