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“300” workout

» by November 6th, 2007 at 10:55 pm » Comments (6)

There’s been a lot of noise this year about the training methods used by the cast and crew of the Frank Miller film “300” to get super-fit. They trained at Gym Jones, which specialises in functional strength and conditioning. The workouts are characterised by high intensity, high reps and the use of a variety of […]

Pull-ups – example of good form

» by November 6th, 2007 at 5:34 pm » Comments (0)

Fun with press-ups!

» by November 5th, 2007 at 6:37 pm » Comments (16)

Watch the press-ups video clip on youtube! The press-up (or push-up) is one of the most versatile exercises out there. A lot of people are put off them because they think they are boring or they associate them with army seargants shouting in your ear. But the simple press-up deserves another look. Abs/core exercise Press-ups are […]

Choosing the right exercises

» by November 5th, 2007 at 4:14 pm » Comments (0)

I was moved to write this post by something that happened over at another site message board I regularly visit. The members are predominantly men but there are a few women who post regularly. One of the women, who has just completed a 3-month weight training programme put together by a professional PT, asked for […]

How I got started with free weights

» by November 5th, 2007 at 2:11 pm » Comments (2)

Like most people, when I first joined a gym (almost ten years ago) I was given a programme that included some aerobic and some resistance work, mostly on machines or with pink dumbbells. The free weights were a complete mystery to me and I took no notice of them. After a while, I started going […]

Deadlift – the complete exercise

» by November 2nd, 2007 at 1:14 am » Comments (11)

Deadlift is my favourite lift at the moment and I am aiming really to increase it over the next few months. Here’s a clip of me doing some light deadlifts, trying to maintain good form throughout. The deadlift is probably the simplest concept there is: pick a big weight up off the floor. I don’t […]

Your first time in the free weights room

» by November 1st, 2007 at 12:27 pm » Comments (0)

It can be rather intimidating to start using the free weights room, especially if you are the skinny guy in a room full of gorillas or the only female in a room of iron-toting men. But there really is nothing to fear once you get used to it. So I’ve put together some tips to […]

Best exercises for core

» by November 1st, 2007 at 11:58 am » Comments (4)

I have abs of steel but I am a sit-up free zone. I don’t think sit-ups are useless, but I do think there are better exercises out there so I don’t bother with sit-ups in my own workouts. So what are these better exercises? Well, anything that involves working to maintain your balance is brilliant […]