Category: Resources

Who Invented the EZ bar?

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A piece of equipment so commonplace on the gym floor that we often take its very existence for granted. That, at least, is my impression of the E-Z Bar. Having previously discussed the history of barbells, the ancient origins of the dumbbell and even the Swiss Ball for God’s sake, it’s somewhat shameful that the E-Z Bar’s history has been neglected. Especially after it helped me to rehab my elbows following an overzealous few months doing triceps extensions with a straight barbell (Not the smartest in hindsight).

So who do we credit for the EZ Bar and when exactly did this handy piece of equipment come into being?

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Is Cardio Necessary?

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It’s a question many hardcore gym goers will ask themselves from time to time, is cardio necessary? A lot of people view cardio as the antithesis of gaining strength and taking valuable time away from compound exercises that will do more for your physique and strength than any half hour session on the treadmill would be capable of. While a lot of people have heard that abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym, there are lots of bodybuilders that take part in mild bouts of cardio just to get a couple of percentage points down on their overall body fat. Is it something that we need as part of our overall workout routine?

The Essential Guide To Getting Stronger

It’s not just body builders and weight lifter that want to be stronger. It’s dads that want to lift their kids up in the air and be able to swing them around without hurting themselves. Or single ladies that want to be able to carry their own groceries without asking for help from the door man. Luckily it’s not just weightlifters and bodybuilders that can build muscle either, but we can learn from them the most effective ways of doing this. Read on to find out more.

Dave Draper and the Monkees

I think every lifter has a story about the first time they became fascinated with weightlifting. For Arnold it was pictures of Reg Park as Hercules. For most young lifters nowadays chances are movies or social media are the sources of inspiration.

Oddly enough, despite being born in the 90s, the first recollection I have of weightlifting and physical culture came from a 1960s TV show! Sat in front of old and somewhat kitchy selection of reruns, my young mind encountered The Monkees, the 1960s American TV show featuring as you may have guessed, The Monkees musical group.

Guest post: Nike’s waffle shoes or how inspiration comes from the unexpected

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Running shoes do not have too long of a history, with the first pair being developed around 200 years ago. They were initially made from leather and each decade brought a number of changes, such as the rubber soles and spikes. Companies began manufacturing sneakers in the 1930s, with running shoes being used by athletes from all over the world and in major competitions, including the Olympics. In the 1970s, Bill Bowerman, the co-founder of Nike, one of the major names in the industry, changed the world of the running shoe forever. And it all started with a waffle iron.

Guest Post: Becoming Fit to Lose Weight

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So, you’ve decided you want to get fit to help with your weight loss, but you don’t know where to start. There is an almost terrifying amount of information out there about what you should do to gain muscle or achieve definition but when it comes to the other end of the scale, starting off, there isn’t much in the way of guidance.

The good news is you’ve already made the decision to become fit. Fitness is an important part of losing weight in a healthy manner, and alongside a balanced, healthy diet, will help you maintain your weight. You might find the gym intimidating just yet, but there are plenty of ways to get a good basis for fitness and to lose a little weight without even leaving your house. This will give you the starting point you need if you wish to take you fitness further!

Here are 10 simple exercises to start off that you can do from the comfort of your own home.