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You’re not exercising unless you are doing bicep curls (?)

People are very fond of bicep curls.  It's understandable, as a bulging bicep has been the standard image for strength for generations.  And there is nothing wrong with having "big guns"...but curls are given waaaaaaaaaay too much importance!

I see people doing them all day every day.  And when i ask what their actual goals are in the gym, the most common answers are

"to lose some weight and get a bit fitter".

2009-08-28

The “right” and “wrong” ways to do an exercise.

I was taking a client round the gym yesterday, and he asked me a common question... "whats the right way to do a situp?" The short answer to this is "there isn't one"...the long answer is:

There is probably a million different ways to do a situp or crunch, and none of them are right, and none of them are wrong...they are just different.  Some versions will be:

2009-08-28

What I look for in exercise workouts.

I've done a fair few workouts, and seen even more, but these things are always included in the best...

2009-08-24

Why exercise is like shoes....(?)

Forgive me for the rambling nature of this post...it's early and I'm still half asleep. I did a very quick and un-scientific survey in work over the weekend.

"Why do you actually do exercise?"

2009-08-24

It’s not what you got, it’s the way you use it!

Fancy new, shiny machines and equipment will not improve your weight/strength/tone/fitness etc. You do that by moving your body with speed, vigor, intensity and variety.  And to do that takes the right attitude, not something you buy from a tv advert. Save your money and do some burpees instead :)

2009-08-22

Fundamental mistakes in the gym

Spent all day in work at the gym helping out people where i could, and noticed i was telling the same things to almost everybody. These are just a few of the fundamental mistakes made in the gym.  If you can correct these, you will be well on your way to a better workout!

2009-08-22

Weight Training: toning, size, endurance & strength

1.  Using weights is NOT bodybuilding

There is a common misconception that if you so much as look at a weight, you will turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger.  This is not true.  Using weights in different ways will have vastly different effects on your body.  Weights are commonly used for:

2009-08-14

Good Eating: Simple rules to live by

What do I need to eat?

There are 6 basic parts that are essential to a healthy diet.  These are:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Water

But we will look mainly at the first three:

2009-08-14