Impressive, but necessary for non-Olympic weightlifting athletes?
As a sprinter, I see a lot of funny things go on in other athletes’ training regimes. Without wanting to offend too many folks, a lot of sprinting coaches in the UK simply don’t have a clue what they’re doing when it comes to strength training in the gym.
In particular, I see far too many professional sports coaches prescribe the Olympic lifts to their athletes – the power clean and the power snatch – in an effort to make them more powerful on the track or on the playing field.
Here I’m going to explain why that’s not only a waste of time, but even worse – a waste of central nervous system reserves that could be used for their sports-specific training. Continue Reading
I wanted to make a new version of the guide I wrote last year about muscle growth, because looking back on it, I think there are too many things I want to add to merely make a load of updates to the article.
In addition, I think I really needed to improve on the quality of the guide. Not that it was necessarily bad, but I want you guys to have the best information at your disposal to grow your muscles, and hopefully this article provides it.
There won’t be any specific workouts here for you to adopt, because my desire with this article is to equip you with the basic knowledge you need to make your own workouts, which I believe is a far more powerful idea.
The truth is, achieving muscle growth doesn’t need to be too difficult or complex, and in this article I’m giving you the exact same advice here that I would give to a personal training client whose main goal was muscle growth. Continue Reading
A food’s glycemic index (GI) is the measure by which it raises the level of glucose in your blood stream. If you’re trying to lose bodyfat while trying to maintain as much lean body mass as possible, it’s generally best to limit your intake of medium and high GI foods.
This is because continually eating high GI foods will overall lower your body’s insulin sensitivity, making it harder for your body to avoid storing digested foods as fat in your body. You could then loosely say that high GI foods are more “fattening”, although this is not strictly true. Continue Reading
Alright guys, I know that some of you probably have New Year’s resolutions. And I’ll bet that more than a few of those resolutions involve getting leaner and getting that awesome ripped body you always wanted.
So I decided to help you guys out, by giving you the methods that I personally use to stay lean year-round, for free. Continue Reading
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I used to have a real hard time improving my upper body strength in the last year up until this October. My bench press was stuck at a pitiful 85kg one rep max, and I’m not even going to tell you what my overhead press maximum was – it was just embarrassingly small.
While my deadlift went up and up on a consistent basis due to my naturally strong hips, my upper body pressing strength came to a really frustrating sticking point.
I know for a fact that I wasn’t alone in this, and I also know that the majority of you reading this have experienced a bench press sticking point at some point in your lifting career, if you’re not already experiencing it right now. Continue Reading
People often ask what the secret to success is, what the secret ingredients to amazing performance gains are in sport and bodybuilding. There are only two secrets to my knowledge: hard work and not getting injured!
These are both things completely under your control, although the latter may seem more up to chance than it really is. You can’t predict or always avoid that dangerous bone-crunching football tackle, or that hidden pot-hole that makes you twist your ankle. But there are several ways we can actively work to minimise any risk of injury.
Most people and trainers are walking injuries waiting to happen, and anyone, top-flight athletes or top-flight athletes-to-be, can benefit from taking a few simple steps. Continue Reading
What is ‘core training’? It’s a fluidly-defined yet often-touted form of exercise preached as gospel by personal trainers and among the online community.
It refers mainly to strengthening the stability of the abdominal region, and it usually involves one-legged planks, balancing on big bouncy balls, and other gimmicky nonsense. Continue Reading
The chin-up is one of those eternal lifts that sits within the consciousness of all gym-goers and exercisers out there. It’s a simple movement that we can trace back to our roots as apes – pulling yourself up onto a higher platform.
All lifters should be able to eventually do at least one chin-up, and be able to comfortably handle their own bodyweight when hanging from a bar.
Improving your chin-up brings obvious benefits to bicep and lat strength, but it can also have great benefits for bodybuilders looking for that V-taper. Hanging there on the chin-up bar exerts constant tension across all the muscle groups involved – absolutely fantastic for muscle hypertrophy. Continue Reading