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Improve your weight lifting

» by April 28th, 2013 at 7:54 pm » Comments (9)

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!

Dieting at work

» by September 16th, 2012 at 2:38 pm » Comments (21)

I often talk to clients and friends about the difficulties of maintaining a good diet in the workplace. Is it acceptable to break open the tupperware box and start eating chicken during a board meeting? Can you have a protein shake when everyone else is having coffee and cake? Can you refuse to go to […]

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?

Interval training for fitness and fat loss

» by July 14th, 2012 at 12:51 pm » Comments (2)

This post was inspired by a friend of mine who wanted to know what he could usefully do on a crosstrainer apart from watching the news on its screen. Interval training is the best way to use any cardio machine, whether it’s a treadmill, a crosstrainer or a rower, for improving fitness and losing fat. […]

Controlling your competition nerves

» by February 22nd, 2012 at 5:25 pm » Comments (7)

This is a guest post from Giles Greenwood, weightlifting Commonwealth Games gold medalist, now coach at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club. Giles runs a REPS-accredited weightlifting instructors course aimed at fitness professionals who want to perform and teach the olympic lifts. I have been coached by Giles for the last few years, and during that time he has […]

Coping with negative comments about your diet

» by January 24th, 2012 at 2:43 pm » Comments (35)

Strategies to deal with negative comments about your healthy diet

Keys to success: learn, aspire, believe

» by January 8th, 2012 at 7:06 pm » Comments (5)

For me, the key to success in changing your life can be summed up as: learn, aspire, believe. Learn If you want to be slimmer, fitter, stronger and healthier, learn how to do it. What else in life did you achieve without any learning? You had to learn to read, drive your car, play your […]

Be different

» by October 10th, 2011 at 10:27 pm » Comments (20)

If you are reading this article, on this website, you are already craving something more than a run-of-the-mill training experience. Being different is a good thing, but that is often one of the hardest things to convince people when they start training. There’s an interesting assumption that what everyone else is doing is right – […]

Should I use protein shakes?

» by June 29th, 2011 at 4:06 pm » Comments (18)

Confused about protein? Read this brief overview of protein shakes and their uses, helping you to decide whether you need them to achieve your health and fitness goals.

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 […]