If you're trying to lose weight, it can be tempting to weigh yourself lots to see if what you're doing is working. There are positives and negatives to this.
Do you struggle to train when you're in a busy gym? Not sure what to do when virtually all of the equipment is being used?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
“I always train much harder with you than when I train by myself”. This is a phrase I hear all the time from my personal training clients.
One of the main benefits of personal training is that your program is designed in advance with your goals in mind, ensuring optimal results.
You may have your training program all worked out but it's not always possible to follow the plan exactly. In these instances, it is important that you are able to adapt it accordingly.
Due to our demographic of client I often have to write programs for people that travel a lot on business. Often this means that clients will not be able to follow the original program I have set out for them, due to hotel gyms having under par or simply different equipment.
In this article I have outlined a few techniques I use in order to maximise muscle growth with my personal training clients. The techniques serve to extend the time under tension of a given muscle once Maximum Voluntary Contraction (MVC) has taken place.
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!
It's impossible to stay motivated to exercise year round. Even the most avid exercise fan will have times when they just can't be bothered. This is completely normal. It’s how do you deal with these lulls that will separate those that get results and those that drift back into old habits. In this article, I give you my top 5 tips to get motivated to go to the gym.
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.
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.
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.
Time is of the essence, these days we work longer and have less spare time to do the things we enjoy. If that means missing a workout then it can be the first step on the path to getting out of your exercise routine.
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.
“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.
In this article I address what I feel are the main reasons why even the most motivated females can struggle to get the results they desire from their training.
Using super sets and tri-sets are two methods I use with my personal training clients to stimulate a lot of lactic acid and therefore growth hormone, which is a pre-cursor to dropping body fat.
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.
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.
In this article I am going to look at how you can use hotel gyms that aren’t quite as well equipped as your normal gym, or our Personal Training Gym in Shoreditch.
There are few men on earth who would say no to the chance of having bigger arms. With that in mind, here's my top 5 tips...
The Modified Hepburn Method is a training program that has absolutely nothing to do with the late great Audrey, but everything to do with the late great Doug.