Tag: weight training

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Respect your physicality

I turned twenty-nine a few days ago.  It’s a funny age, 29, because it’s the age just before the ‘big one’, and don’t people let you know it!  Suddenly that ‘thirty things to do before thirty’ list that keeps popping up on your newsfeed becomes a bit sharper in your focus, and you start revisiting…
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Challenge the Training Template

With this post, I’m going to hit a small milestone: 150 posts.  A question I got, and get, quite a lot is: how is there so much you can write about training?  The answer is somewhat related to the amount of bullshit printed by mainstream fitness media:  if Men’s Health magazine can basically write the…
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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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6 unnecessary popular exercises

If you follow my site you know that I believe there are 5 essential exercises you should be doing, no matter what your goal is, and you can find them here: Related article: the 5 core exercises On the other side of the coin I’ve been asked what I think are the least useful and…
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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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Should everyone lift weights?

As human beings, we like to think that we’re special.  Not just in an individual way but collectively as a species living on planet earth we are definitely unique when we look at every other living thing around us. We are special because we are by far the most intelligent organic things that have ever…
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Do what you hate, more

So, you’ve got over the initial hump of making the gym a habit.  You’ve been past the honeymoon period where lifting that first weight felt amazing, and you’ve got past the 2 month sticking point where most people give up (normally around the middle of February). You can call yourself a regular gym-goer and you’ve…
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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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Relative or absolute strength?

Strength-to-weight ratio refers to the amount of weight you can lift proportional to your bodyweight. Much like calling someone the best ‘pound-for-pound’ boxer it means that despite the myriad different body types, shapes and sizes we can still have a meaningful method for comparing each others strength. So for example the heaviest deadlift ever is…
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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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