9 Signs Of Overtraining

Signs of overtraining

As an enthusiastic weight trainer for many decades I have seen my fair share of overtraining. Overtraining impedes progress and it is therefore important for trainees to know the signs of overtraining. If you look online today on many of the social media groups and bodybuilding sites, you will find trainees asking questions about for […]

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The Importance Of Magnesium

Importance of magnesium

Magnesium is often termed the “master mineral” and  is one of the six essential macro-minerals that comprise 99% of the body’s mineral content. Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional problems in the world today, yet it is the single most important mineral for maintaining electrical balance and metabolism in our bodily cells. […]

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Reflections On Training As An Older Athlete

training as an older athlete

  Training as an older athlete (or pretend athlete if I’m honest), I came to the realisation in recent years, after reflection and a rational chat with my ego, that I needed different training focuses than when I was younger. A change of priorities if you will. As an older athlete my recuperate powers have […]

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Beginners Bodybuilding Routine

Beginners Bodybuilding Routine

There are a number of people who have not formerly trained to any great extent on changing their body composition, but want to achieve their dream body. My initial response to their first foray into bodybuilding, is normally to point them in the direction of the excellent Rippetoe’s “Starting Strength” or “Stronglifts 5 x 5”. Granted […]

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The Importance Of Sleep

The importance of sleep

In order to facilitate optimal functioning, it is important that athletes and beginner trainees take on board the importance of sleep hygiene, and it’s impact on training and performance. Educating athletes on the importance of sleep should ideally be implimented by teachers of strength and conditioning as a matter of course, in order to optimise […]

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The 20 Minute Miracle Workout

Miracle workout

We live in a hectic 24/7 world. Working hours have increased as has the available entertainment and other distractions. If you are a regular at the gym, your time is limited, and your purpose is to put some decent muscle on your frame, then this twenty minute  Miracle Workout will do just that. You do […]

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Machine Training For Hypertrophy

Machine training

If you are an athlete and train to improve your performance, then becoming stronger in functional movement patterns will assist in this endeavour, and is the reason that athletes employ weight training. It doesn’t improve their technique or skill, as these attributes are trained by practicing their chosen discipline itself. However any discipline that would […]

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Apples Boost Muscular Strength?

Apples Boost Muscular Strength

  Apples Boost Muscular Strength and Combat Excess Fat We all know that many trainees and wanabee athletes are obsessed with protein. This is driven mainly by a very lucrative supplement market which targets those who want to gain muscle, increase muscular strength, and lose fat. We are all aware of course that an adequate […]

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Health And Strength Training

Health and strength

Training for health and strength Former athletes and older trainees over the age of forty, frequently wish to maintain a satisfactory level of strength and conditioning. Often however the reason for this is to enhance their quality of life outside of the gymnasium. We still want to look good, feel good and preserve our health […]

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The Importance Of Deadlifting

The Importance of deadlifting

Why is The Deadlift Important? Good question, which is frequently asked by trainees. Admittedly Deadlifts are not an absolute prerequisite to getting bigger and stronger, and certainly not everyone has to do heavy Deadifts. Those who can’t learn to perform the movement correctly, or have a back injury for example, shouldn’t do them. The importance […]

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