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Tied up with technique?

» by June 21st, 2010 at 12:11 am » Comments (10)

Are you more concerned with how good your technique is than how much you are lifting?



Open source or shaolin temple?

» by May 18th, 2010 at 11:15 pm » Comments (6)

There are different philosophies of what a training community looks like. Which do you prefer and why?



Women’s Strength Symposium – here on 8th March

» by March 2nd, 2010 at 12:06 am » Comments (3)

Enter the symposium here. Symposium – a meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations Gubernatrix is hosting an online symposium on women and strength training on March 8th, 2010, which is also International Women’s Day. You can access the symposium […]



Functional fitness in a transitional world

» by February 12th, 2010 at 4:28 pm » Comments (16)

Photo by Takver “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems” – Mahatma Gandhi Getting stronger and fitter is an immensely powerful and rewarding process on a personal level. We can take that energy and ability and use it for even […]



Your thoughts: performance enhancing drugs

» by August 20th, 2009 at 1:03 am » Comments (23)

Yes I know it’s another hoary old chestnut but there’s a reason why: it’s a fascinating, annoying, intriguing, frustrating, astonishing, awkward and curious topic. The issue of performance enhancing drugs has popped up again because of the World Athletics Championships (which I have been glued to all week since I am off work), but it […]



How competitive are you?

» by July 31st, 2009 at 12:57 pm » Comments (12)

Are you competitive in your training? Join in the discussion!



Specific vs general training

» by July 28th, 2009 at 9:57 pm » Comments (3)

Specific vs general is a popular argument in fitness circles and can often get quite technical. But I think that for anyone who isn’t a professional athlete, it doesn’t matter terribly whether you train for something specific or for general fitness. Which mode you choose depends on your personality. Some people respond to the challenge […]



How to be a better version of yourself

» by July 5th, 2009 at 10:19 pm » Comments (32)

It is a fact of life that some people are born with unusual physical beauty, in the same way that some people are born with a talent for writing or playing the violin. Someone else’s abilities on the violin have absolutely no bearing on yours, so why should someone else’s physical appearance have any bearing […]



Are you self conscious?

» by June 26th, 2009 at 10:16 pm » Comments (9)

Some of you may be really gung-ho about your training. Fit and proud, you revel in being the ‘weird one in the corner’ doing crazy stuff. You couldn’t give a toss what people think about kipping pull ups and you certainly don’t give a monkeys what you look like, puffing, heaving and sweating your way […]



What is functional fitness?

» by May 18th, 2009 at 5:14 pm » Comments (34)

 Many people including myself and many readers of this site would say we do ‘functional fitness’. We use the phrase almost without thinking, but most people have never heard of it and it must sound very odd. This thought struck me as I was watching a climbing film, Alistair Lee’s Onsight where one interviewee comments that […]