Author: Conor Heffernan

Conor is currently researching Ireland's physical culture movement as a PhD student at University College Dublin. When not in the library or the gym, he likes to try his hand at writing....with mixed results.

Avoiding Fitness Faux Pas

Millions of people start new fitness plans every week. While they can life-changing moments for some, the vast majority fail to reach their goals. In most cases, though, it isn’t through a lack of effort. Instead, it’s due to the simple pitfalls.

Those mistakes can be very damaging on the road to fitness success. Here are three that you must look out for, along with what can be done to avoid those traps.

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The History of the Preacher Curl

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A piece of equipment ubiquitous across the gym floor, the Preacher Curl is a go to exercise for gym bros and dedicated trainees alike seeking to build their biceps. Combined with the EZ Bar, whose history is covered here, the Preacher Curl is likely an exercise we’ve all turned to in need of arm development.

When did this piece of equipment enter the gym zeitgeist, what was its original purpose and how did it become so popular? Furthermore, how does one perform the exercise correctly? Well strap in folks as we take another trip down memory lane…

The History of the Low-Carb Diet

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Ah the low-carbohydrate diet, a form of eating that has become so ingrained in 21st century culture that you could be forgiven for thinking it was a relatively new idea. The truth is that low-carb diets have existed since the 19th century, when an Englishman named William Banting began promoting a low-carb way of life. Although clinical obesity is a relatively new phenomenon (it only really came to the fore in the 20th century), people for centuries have dealt with weight issues. William Banting was one such man, who so impressed with the result’s of his diet, began to market the low-carb way of living.

So who was William Banting and how did he discover this diet?

Weight Training – The 5 Stages of Power Development

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When trying to up your game you should always be prepared to plan ahead, and in order to get the best possible result, you might wanna read this article as we will break down on what you need to work on to get more power.  Here, we will give you the best advice, but, if you still need some help to improve your performance, we spoke to Steroids Evolution, and they shared some pretty good ideas of their own.

The beauty of using these stages is that great bodybuilders like Serge Nubret (the Black Panther) relied on them to excel in the 1960s and 70s. Likewise Francesco Columbu (Franco) who scooped many bodybuilding awards in the 70s relied on such as approach. The five stages of power development was and still is, the bodybuilding anthem for most successful bodybuilders of all time.

So, below are the golden stages you need to develop power as a bodybuilder.

Joe Weider’s Power and Bulk Routine

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Controversies aside, it’s far to say Joe Weider’s was one of the most influential men bodybuilding has ever encountered. In the course of his long career as a trainer, promoter and media mogul, Weider came across everyone from Arnie to Ronnie.

Who better to learn from then the man known as ‘The Trainer of Champions’. Today’s post look’s at Weider’s classic Power and Bulk Routine, first published in 1954. It’s simple but without doubt effective.

Fitness in the Classical Age

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Were people as concerned with being fit and healthy two thousand years ago?

The need to be fit isn’t a new phenomenon. In fact two thousand years ago, the the ability to run fast, lift heavy things and punch hard was arguably much more important than it is today. For many civilisations it was matter of life and death. Take for example the ancient Greeks who prioritized health and fitness. For the Greeks being in tip-top shape was a necessity for the sake of their Empires. Back then, fitness was a backbone of military strength.

Training Thoughts…The Importance of Diversity in a Solid Workout Routine

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Are you trying to lose some weight? Do you want to get your muscles toned? Or perhaps you just want to fit in that new outfit you bought and look fine doing it. No matter what drove you to a workout routine, it’s important that you understand the necessity of diversity. Being versatile in the type of exercises that you do will earn you a lot during your training. Before we get into what kind of difference you could implement, let’s take a look at what it means to have or not have diversity in a workout routine.

Forgotten Exercises: Barbell Kickbacks

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Let’s face it, very few people in the business of muscle building seem to respect the Tricep Kickback. Indeed a cursory glance online sees it described as pointless, useless and ineffective. Strong words for a relatively simplistic exercise. From my own observations, it is interesting to note in my own gym that women tend to gravitate towards Dumbbell kickbacks while men use the cable machine. Speaking to this with some friends recently, I was told that men don’t want to be seen with brightly coloured or small dumbbells working on there arms. A matter for an entirely different post…

In any case, the dumbbell kickback has served countless champion bodybuilders over the years, including but not limited to Frank Zane, Ronnie Coleman and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Maybe that will improve their street credibility, or maybe not. Now in any case, in a futile attempt to discover the inventor of the Tricep Kickback exercise, I stumbled across an interesting variation promoted by the first, and two-time, Mr. Olympia, Larry Scott. That being the Barbell Kickback, the subject of today’s post.

Guest Post: Common Sleep Disorders and Their Solutions

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Our latest post comes from the wonderful and talented Samantha Olivier from Ripped.me. We’re delighted to have Samantha featured on the site again and know you’ll enjoy her latest piece

Sleep disorders are numerous, with more than eighty different types affecting people of all ages, genders, and sizes around the world. In the USA alone, more than 70 million people suffer from various forms of sleep disorders that hinder their daytime performance and can lead to serious long-term illnesses if not treated properly.

Guest Post: What “dieting” meant to people in the 1900s

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Dieting in the 1900s

The concept of “dieting” has been around for a very, very long time. If historical data is to be believed, people have been convinced about the power of dieting for as long as 500 years now. Can people control their body weight and composition by controlling what they eat, when they eat and how they eat it? Most certainly!

Today, we have a number of facilities and fitness equipment like roman chairs, treadmills, and dedicated trainers to help us with our fitness goals. Back in the day? Diets were more sought-after. A lot of diets have been introduced and experimented with over the years. Some of them have been failures, some have been quite weird, and others have been recycled, given fancier names, and exist in the current scenario. Let’s take a look at a few of these: