Tag: misdirection

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Will deadlifting give me a thick waist?

As you might have realised by now if you follow this blog,  I really like the deadlift.  If I speak to anyone about training I’ll always be the first to wax lyrical about its myriad benefits, and why if you have any fitness goals at all you should be doing them. I don’t mean everyone…
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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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I don’t care about training like I used to

I shut the car door, hands shivering slightly as I turned the ignition and then the heaters to full blast.  As the layer of ice on the windshield slowly began to thin, I shut my eyes for a few seconds, considering whether I wanted to do this. It was 1am.  The past 20 hours had…
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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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Hype and reality don’t mix

The motto of this site is: debunking the myths and making fitness simple. Why do I focus on these two aspects when it comes to training?  Well, it’s because they are a direct counter to the two biggest reasons why so much time and money is wasted in the industry. Hype and gimmicks. I’m fully…
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6 myths about Squats

As those of you who follow this site know, I’m a big fan of squats.  I truly believe that they have a part to play in everyones routines, regardless of your goals. I don’t mean everyone should be low-bar powerlifting as much as they can handle but the movement is such a fundamental ingredient of…
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Creatine: does it work?

Before I begin let me just state that this is my opinion, based on my own experience of it and using it on and off over the years.  In case you didn’t know, creatine is one of the most talked about and debated supplements in recent times, with dividing views on both ends of the…
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Why is it so hard to find a good gym?

When I move to  a new place the number 2 thing on my priority list after accommodation is finding a place to train. I’ve moved quite a few times in the last few years, and as a result I’ve checked out and trained in a lot of different gyms.  But it has always taken me…
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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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