Tag: truth

Fitness. Diving. Lifestyle.

It’s not all about hard work

The world of professional sports has recently been very kind to the media industry, in that there seems to be plenty of scandal to write about. Specifically, the question of doping and performance enhancement. There has been the ongoing saga of Justin Gatlin’s ‘moral’ eligibility to compete after serving two drug bans, exacerbated by his…
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Why you don’t need a hundred ways to train your abdominals

I personally find long and convoluted ab workouts quite tedious and unnecessary.  As I keep repeating doing more crunches or reps will not get you looking ripped any faster, or indeed at all. It really is mostly diet and bodyfat. The important thing to remember is that when you train your abdominals you’re not training…
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Who’s right??

The internet could rightly claim it’s place as one of, if not the most, useful and game-changing inventions in human history. I was talking about this with someone the other day.  As an individual today with access to the internet the opportunities open to you are literally endless- no where in the world is too…
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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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I’m losing my gains!

If there is one take away message the fitness and especially the supplement industry wants you to digest, store and tattoo onto the inside of your eyelids, it’s the fear of losing your gains. This can be applied to any form of training where progressive improvement is involved, but it’s particularly prevalent in the Narnia-esque…
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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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Can we ban the smith machine already?

There are not a lot of things in this world that are completely useless.   Even chocolate teapots can be both edible and presumably delicious. The smith machine however doesn’t even fall into this hallowed category.  It’s actually a step below it; not only does it have no discernible utility it actually does more harm than…
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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 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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How long should I be training for each session?

What is the optimum length for a training session?  If I spend 2 hours in the gym am I spending too long in there?  Is 2 hours in the gym long enough, since I read in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography that he used to train for at least 3 hours? If you do a bit of…
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