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Should you be doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is extremely popular these days, so should you be doing it? In this article I’m going to look at the pros and cons of HIIT so that you can decide whether or not to include it as part of your exercise regime, as well as giving you a couple of routines to try at home if you think it could be for you.

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Barbell routine for a busy gym

Barbell routine for a busy gym

Sometimes when the gym is really busy, it can be hard to try and get an effective workout in. When all the equipment is being used it can be hard to do what you need to do, meaning you end up having to do a workout that is ineffective, or worse still, just leave the gym because it’s so frustrating!

When this happens, I like to give my clients this routine, as it means they can get the workout they need. It’s a really effective fat loss routine (when combined with an appropriate nutritional plan) that will really challenge you. 

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Intermediate Fat Loss Training Program

Intermediate Fat Loss Training Program

Last month I posted a beginner program for you guys to follow. Hopefully you’ve stuck to the program and managed to get some great results! In this article I want to give you something a little more advanced, that’s going to test you and ensure that you keep progressing towards your targets.

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Time To Fire Up Your Glutes

Time To Fire Up Your Glutes

Strong well-rounded sets of glutes are both functionally and aesthetically very desirable. From a strength perspective there is a lot of carryover to better running mechanics, faster sprinting and an ability to jump higher, which all in one way or another can benefit sporting performance.

For the non-athlete strong glutes will mean you are less likely to suffer from back injuries as you are more structurally balanced. Lastly, from a purely aesthetic point of view most of us could do with a little more junk in the trunk.

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Why Women Should Use Weight Training: De-Bunking The Myths

Why Women Should Use Weight Training: De-Bunking The Myths

“But I don’t want to get too big, will weight training make me bulky?” and “Will I look like a bodybuilder if I use weights?”

Two questions I and every other Personal Trainer will have heard an innumerable amount of times. The female form has an indoctrinated view that lifting weights will make you big and bulky, at least, that used to be the case.

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Boost Fat Loss With The Minute Rule

Boost Fat Loss With The Minute Rule

For fat loss, I love using finishers with my personal training clients at the end of a session. When used effectively, finishers will be a lactic acid and growth hormone inducing way to complete a training session and ensure that your body is in a great position to shed body fat. With that in mind allow me to introduce The Minute Rule.

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Best Exercises For a Pert Bum

More Junk In The Trunk: Best Exercises For a Pert Bum

I certainly do not have all the answers when it comes to understanding the female form. However, given that I am married, have a lot of female friends in my social circle and have trained many women in my career as a Personal Trainer, I’m going to put it out there that I’m in a pretty good position to say I understand what women want when it comes to their physique and the way they want to look. A pert derriere is almost always top of the list.

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The Split Squat

The Back Squat is labelled as the king of lower body exercises for good reason, when applied correctly it is unrivalled at producing size and strength of the lower body. Despite all this, it’s not for everyone. Why?

Well a lot of us simply do not have the ability to squat properly. This may be due to a lack of mobility, pain caused when squatting or issues from past injuries. You might be sitting there thinking “I have back pain” or “My hips hurt when I squat” if this is you then you need an alternative to effectively work your lower body….

... enter the Split Squat!

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How to grow your chest

I’m yet to train a bloke who doesn’t want more definition or size in their pecs. In this article, I’m going to give you 3 key variables for enhancing your chest and ensuring your moobs are left behind for good.

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Beginner Fat Loss Workout

Beginner Fat Loss Workout

The German Body Comp system is a fat loss workout invented by world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin. I learnt the system many years ago and have used it to great effect on countless personal training clients who are looking to get in shape quickly. Over the years I have tweaked the formula slightly to suit my own client base, but have always kept the basic principles the same.

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Training Effectively - It's In The Execution

Training Effectively - It's In The Execution

I could give a training plan to 100 different people and it will be executed in 100 different ways. Some will get great results from the program whilst some may not. The key to success often lies in how you go about what you do, rather than the actual specifics of a program.

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Advanced Fat Loss Routine - Death Circuits

Advanced Fat Loss Routine - Death Circuits

The sun is shining here in London. Which can only mean one thing, Summer is just around the corner (hopefully). If you have been grafting away in the gym all winter ready to unleash your abs on the world, then good for you. If however you are still carrying some of the excess “Winter Insulation” then it may be time to step it up a gear!

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The Biggest Mistakes Men Make In The Gym

The Biggest Mistakes Men Make In The Gym

Most guys will think they know what they are doing in the gym. At least their ego will probably let them believe that they know what they are doing. However, no matter what gym I step in to, I will invariably see lots of things that could be filmed and turned into a blooper reel for YouTube.

Here are a few of the most common mistakes I see blokes making in the gym and the ways in which you can correct them, and in the process go from zero to hero...

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Pre-Fatigue Arms Training Routine

Pre-Fatigue Arms Routine

The pre-fatigue method is another I learnt from world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin. It is perfect for those that have hit a plateau with their arm development, as it will add size to your arms fast when incorporated with the correct nutrition and recovery methods.

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Giant Sets

Giant Sets

The “Giant Sets” concept is something I was formally introduced to a few years back whilst on a strength and conditioning course in the United States, however, if I look back at my early training it was something I was doing without really knowing the technical term for it!

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