Tag: mentality

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

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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Running a half-marathon: how NOT to do it

I don’t really like running.  I don’t hate it, but unless it’s running after something, like a ball, then I find that I lose interest quite quickly. Subsequently not a lot of my training time goes into it, and I find one of the only ways I can get any done is by signing up…
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The Deadlift Challenge: Week 2

Max as tested on 10/01/2015- 220 kgs Week 2: 80% of max (176 kgs rounded up to 180 kgs) 4 sets of 3 reps As in Week 1 at this early stage of the build-up to a new max I’m going for speed and form to try and build up my base level of strength.…
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Do it for the right reasons

You hear it, far away, like you’re under water.  It’s the alarm on your phone.  Your bed feels warm; it still feels like the middle of the night.  With irritation, you roll onto your back and get accustomed to the dark pattern of the ceiling, your annoyance growing that there’s not even enough light from…
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The Deadlift challenge: Testing my max

I love the deadlift.  It’s probably the most taxing exercise, but that means the rewards are great too. Plus you get to move a lot of weight around.  What’s not to like? As I keep saying unless you have a serious pre-existing back condition, no matter who you are, male or female, you should be…
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The REAL short-cut to fitness results

I was a about 12 when I first realised I liked fitness.   At my school we used to have Wednesday afternoons dedicated to what we called ‘games’; you basically got the whole afternoon off to play sports. I didn’t really appreciate it back then but I know now that at school, if you’re no…
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8 things all fit people do

If you want to get into shape and make 2015 the year where you start to get the body or performance you want you have to change your habits. Long-term health, fitness and performance comes from following a lifestyle and acting in a certain way, not from following fads, ‘transformation’ programs or looking for the…
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New Year’s resolution mistakes

Even if you’re not really one to make resolutions, January 1st is always a significant date: you can’t help but feel that you are turning a fresh page, opening a new book or writing on a new sheet of paper. The idea of a resolution can be quite seductive, and I think it’s human nature…
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What do I know anyway?

As you might have seen in my About page, I’m not a fitness professional and I don’t have any ‘pieces of paper’ to back up what I’m saying. So, where is the visual evidence of my results? To be honest when I started this blog I deliberately tried to avoid having to post pictures of myself…
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