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Gym wardrobe malfunctions

» by June 2nd, 2011 at 8:16 pm » Comments (11)

Win a £50 voucher to spend at active wear retailer simplysweat.com. Find out how below. When kit goes wrong Ever had an embarrassing ‘wardrobe malfunction’ while at the gym? Or tried to shield your eyes because you’ve just seen one and it’s putting you off your workout? Here are my top gym wardrobe malfunctions and how […]



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.



How to have an awesome time at the gym

» by January 11th, 2011 at 8:17 pm » Comments (15)

Your lifesaving guide to returning to the gym. With these tips, this time you’ll stick to it!



Callus care and why gloves are for sissies

» by December 6th, 2010 at 10:01 pm » Comments (25)

How to take care of weight training calluses to prevent rips and blisters and why wearing gloves is not recommended for most trainees.



Why muscle building should be your top priority, whoever you are

» by November 28th, 2010 at 8:06 pm » Comments (19)

Most people assume that muscle hypertrophy is not for them. But since muscle mass declines with age, muscle building needs to be at the top of everyone’s agenda, to stay strong and in shape.



How do I know it’s working?

» by November 5th, 2010 at 10:24 pm » Comments (7)

I often hear in the gym or read on forums about people who are not sure how to work hard at weight training. They don’t know why they don’t sweat as much or feel as exhausted as they do when they do their ‘cardio’. They feel like they are not getting as much out of […]



Why you shouldn’t train in front of a mirror

» by October 28th, 2010 at 12:00 am » Comments (18)

Two important reasons why training in front of a mirror will hurt your lifting.



Hard work beats raw talent

» by September 19th, 2010 at 10:46 pm » Comments (16)

When you take up a new sport later in life as an adult, it can be disheartening to see other people, perhaps younger than yourself, pick up the skills and make progress much faster than you.  Or to see people who have received the top of their sport at an unbelievably young age. How is […]



Femininity and muscle

» by July 11th, 2010 at 6:57 pm » Comments (40)

Let’s break the false link between building muscle and becoming less feminine. Women have muscles, it’s a physiological fact, and if we want to do anything useful or impressive with them and look sexy to boot, we’d better start training them! Here is an incident that happened to me recently. I was talking to a […]



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?