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Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide

» by February 10th, 2008 at 1:40 am » Comments (62)

This is the first article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting Out 6. Create your own programme Why lift weights? Women are often not encouraged to lift weights, or at least to lift heavy. […]



Types of weight training

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This is the second article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Most commercial gyms have a combination of free weights and resistance machines. This guide deals with free […]



Starting out

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This is the third article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Starting Out Most people structure their routines around some or all of the big lifts from powerlifting […]



Exercise technique

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This is the fourth article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Exercise Technique To maximise the benefits from weight training and stay injury-free, it is important to use […]



Training programmes

» by February 10th, 2008 at 1:39 am » Comments (3)

This is the fifth article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Training programmes A training programme arranges exercises into individual gym sessions or routines, so that you know […]



Create your own programme

» by February 10th, 2008 at 1:39 am » Comments (9)

This is the sixth article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Create your own programme Creating your own programme is very do-able even if you are new to […]



Ring training: getting started

» by January 23rd, 2008 at 8:56 pm » Comments (22)

You don’t have to be able to do muscle-ups and front levers to benefit from training with rings. They make even old favourites like push-ups and dips more challenging because you have to work to stabilise them. You’ll probably be surprised at how much more difficult an exercise can be on the rings – I […]



New links page now live

» by January 19th, 2008 at 3:20 am » Comments (2)

I have added an extensive links page to the site, with loads of great material from around the web. All strength topics are covered, from Anatomy to Zercher squats . The material includes individual articles, websites and blogs, videos and e-books. I will be regularly adding to these links with more resources as I find […]



Strength training books: 6 of the best

» by December 15th, 2007 at 3:59 pm » Comments (33)

There’s a lot of useful information on the internet, but sometimes it’s hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. If you want to get serious about your strength training, it’s a good idea to get a decent book on the subject. Which to choose though? Well, like a maitre’d helping you to choose your […]