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Weight training and olympic lifting courses for beginners in London

» by September 6th, 2013 at 12:40 pm » Comments (27)

I run regular weight training and olympic lifting courses through my company Strength Ambassadors. I have a number of courses coming up in the remainder of 2013 in central London, UK. If you want to improve your strength or even start from scratch, there could be a course for you! Read on to find out what’s available. 1. […]



Improve your weight lifting

» by April 28th, 2013 at 7:54 pm » Comments (7)

Improve your weight lifting by following these simple tips. Improve squat, deadlift, pull up, snatch, clean and jerk and many more. Get stronger, banish your weaknesses!



Four weight training concepts every beginner should understand

» by February 24th, 2013 at 6:15 pm » Comments (19)

The four most important concepts in weight training for beginners to understand are: progressive resistance; movements not muscles; tempo; and high intensity weight training.



To stretch or not to stretch?

» by August 26th, 2012 at 7:46 pm » Comments (15)

Is stretching necessary in a workout and what type of stretching should you do?



10 bodyweight strength goals for women

» by July 17th, 2012 at 10:48 am » Comments (20)

There’s something magical about being able to chuck your own bodyweight or its equivalent around in a variety of ways! It makes you feel strong, able, agile and athletic. If you can push, pull and otherwise move your body around, you’re self sufficient in movement. So if you are looking for a goal or you just […]



More WonderBar! workshops announced

» by June 12th, 2012 at 2:55 pm » Comments (1)

Due to the great success of the first WonderBar women’s strength training workshop, we now have three more dates in the diary – and three different workshops for you to expand your strength skills! For those of you who missed the last one, WonderBar is a joint venture between my Gubernatrix/Ladies Who Lift projects and Crossfit London. […]



WonderBar! Strength training masterclass for women

» by April 25th, 2012 at 10:16 pm » Comments (4)

WonderBar! is a women-only masterclass on real strength training – by women, for women. I’ve been asked to help instruct the afternoon, along with female trainers from Crossfit London. I can’t wait to meet a new host of women wanting to get into strength training! The class is on Saturday 19th May in London. This […]



Sharing the squat rack (or ‘peace and love, man’)

» by June 14th, 2011 at 11:17 pm » Comments (4)

Once again the issue of too many people wanting to use the only squat rack in the gym rears its head on an internet forum. This old chestnut crops up time and again but I was inspired to write about it because it reveals an example of what I think is one of the great pleasures of strength […]



How to learn from the best

» by May 15th, 2011 at 11:29 pm » Comments (5)

How to get inspired and motivated by looking beyond the comfy confines of your local gym. What are the best doing?



Are you fit to train?

» by March 7th, 2011 at 11:01 pm » Comments (7)

Strength athletes often underestimate the importance of being ‘fit to train’. Here are the essential warning signs that you may need to improve your training fitness.