Tag: work ethic

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I was wrong

Sometimes, you have to admit you were wrong.  Sometimes that can be quite hard to do, sometimes it means you have to swallow your pride and face up to it.  Sometimes, however, you can be happy to be wrong. I am happy to admit I was wrong. If you have read a few of my…
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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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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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Back to basics.

I think everyone should write.  Or type.  It doesn’t necessarily need to be something that others would find worth reading, although that’s obviously a positive, it could just be a list, or a few lines, or just some disjointed jottings on your laptop or a piece of paper you have next to your bed. I…
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The truth about training results

I’ve got good news and bad news for you.  If you’ve been training for a while, it might not actually be news for you, but it might be something you don’t want to hear. It’s something that has taken me a long time to realise and accept.  I’ve been in denial about it for a…
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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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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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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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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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You should never go on a diet

Going on a diet. Has there ever been a more often used phrase when it comes to conversations about fitness and exercise?  It’s the go to response to prepare for your wedding day, your summer holiday, after the festive season, as a New Year’s resolution, or for no other reason other than you have just…
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