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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. […]

Assistance exercises

» by October 3rd, 2009 at 1:50 am » Comments (19)

If you are doing squats, deadlifts, cleans and so on you are already way ahead of the game. But perhaps your progress has stalled or you are not satisfied just doing the basics. Maybe you have become aware of some of your weak areas but don’t know how to starting improving them. If so, you […]

Review: Strength Rituals DVD

» by August 6th, 2009 at 10:51 am » Comments (16)

Gushing reviews are not, I hope, what you have come to expect on this website. I like to think my style is measured and discerning. Well I’m sorry folks you are going to have to put up with a bit of girly gush because I love this DVD!! I’ve never seen anything that has made […]

Quick and dirty push ups

» by August 4th, 2009 at 11:12 pm » Comments (4)

What happened to summer?! Here in the UK we’re into August and still hardly any sunshine. I usually train outdoors but even the hardiest of fitness fanatics would have been discouraged by the downpoars we have been experiencing recently. So I got in a quick workout indoors in my tiny flat and I thought I […]

Turbo charge your fitness with a simple deck of cards

» by July 21st, 2009 at 12:35 am » Comments (7)

There are many short, sharp workouts which are brilliant if you are pressed for time and need a 10 or 20-minute gutbuster to keep your fitness levels up. However, I also like to work out for a longer period of time, especially when my aim is to train for endurance. My problem is that I […]

Fitness on a budget

» by April 14th, 2009 at 10:40 am » Comments (20)

I don’t know about you but I have been feeling the credit crunch bite recently. It got me thinking about how you can cut down on your fitness expenses. Gym membership, expensive clothing, shiny new kit, supplements – they all cost money. But there are many ways to get fit, look great and stay strong […]

Speed work

» by February 16th, 2009 at 6:16 pm » Comments (7)

Since the beginning of 2009 I have been incorporating speed work into my training and it has brought a valuable new dimension to my powerlifting. Speed work has been around for many years and has been popular in the powerlifting world since it was so enthusiastically utilised by Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell. However I […]

The wisdom of Dan John

» by September 24th, 2008 at 8:16 pm » Comments (4)

Who is this man who has such a suitably evocative name? ‘Dan’ conjures images of a deadly judo master; ‘John’ is reminiscent of the prophets. Even T-Nation calls him “Yoda”… Dan John is one of the few strength pundits who is both teacher and pupil. He has a clear, engaging prose style and everything he […]

Interval timers

» by September 21st, 2008 at 8:39 pm » Comments (5)

An interval timer is a great bit of kit for the fitness fanatic. The brand that I use is Gymboss. Many watches now have an interval timing function too. You can set the timer to go off at regular intervals, such as every minute. This allows you, for example, to do a circuit that involved […]

Planning your training

» by September 18th, 2008 at 10:22 pm » Comments (6)

Now that summer is over (did it ever really begin?) I am planning my autumn/winter training. This is a process that starts with ideas and goal-setting and ends up with a weekly training schedule. Because I am involved in so many sports and activities, this process can take quite a lot of mulling as I attempt […]