Category: Training

A Brief History of the Barbell

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Whether you bodybuild, power lift, cross fit or simply keep fit, there’s no denying the importance of the barbell to your training. Easily adjustable, stable under enormous weights and challenging to the nth degree, barbells are a time honoured means of building muscle and strength.

Yet despite the barbell’s unrivalled popularity amongst the current gym going population, we tend to know very little about its short history. Borrowing from the work’s of historians such as Jan Todd, today’s article seeks to present a brief history of the gym-goers favourite device.

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The Squat …For Everything?

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Written by Peary Rader in Ironman magazine in 1971, the following article details the great man’s love of the heavy squat as a means of hypertrophy. Despite his own opinion on squat mechanics (see our ‘Magic Circle‘ article), Rader was unwavering in his claim that heavy squatting was the most effective training for all. An interesting read and timely rallying call for effective training!

I want to dwell on a topic which I feel is of great importance of every reader of this article, whether his interest be in big muscles, great strength or superb condition and health. We want to dwell more at length on the latter though we wish to emphasize the others as well.

6 Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries

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When it comes to sports and fitness, it’s essential to respect your body and not abuse it. A lot of the time injuries can’t be helped, but there are ways to avoid them, which any serious sports enthusiast should know about. You need your body to run like a well oiled machine if you want to perform well. Keep these tips in mind for next time you train.

Guest Post: Carb Loading – The Truths And Myths Of Loading Carbohydrates Before An Endurance Race

The following post comes from the hugely talented Cara Haley from  Comforthacks.com and Fitaholicgear.com. An excellent read for both endurance athletes and bodybuilders seeking to manipulate their carbohydrates before a strenuous session, the article will no doubt be of interest…Enjoy!

If you are a runner, you have probably heard and are doing your carb loading before a marathon or another endurance race, but the question is – are you doing it properly?

Carbohydrate loading is crucial for the proper preparation for any endurance running test, but it is important to understand what it actually should consist of so that you make sure that your body has been properly fueled to complete the marathon or other race you are preparing for.

Car loading is not just eating a big pasta dish on the night before the race, it is more of a lengthier and systematic carb loading practice which you should practice for a few weeks while preparing for a marathon or ultra-marathon. This is important so that your muscles get maximum glycogen storage so necessary for the race.

Expensive Equipment Isn’t Needed for a Good Workout

When we think about going to the gym it’s usually accompanied by thoughts of money. For example, how much money does a gym subscription cost, how many months do you plan to go for, is it sustainable, or would it be better to get your own gym equipment? Unless you’re loaded with money and you have the room to support a home gym, then chances are you’re probably thinking about giving it up because you simply don’t have the funds to support your fitness goals.

This is simply a defeatist attitude. Let’s face it, you’re not buying expensive equipment just to get a good workout, you’re getting it for the sake of convenience and to have an investment that will motivate you. When you spend hundreds on something like a treadmill and you don’t use it, you’re going to be constantly reminded of the hefty amount of money you paid for it and you’re more likely to use it based on that fact alone.

The History of the Burpee

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An exercise loved and loathed across classrooms, the Burpee can be found in P.E. classes, conditioning circuits and anywhere where trainees are searching to shed pounds and increase definition.

As simple as it is difficult, the exercise is often engaged in with relative unenthusiasm. In fact, I have yet to meet anyone who genuinely enjoys it! Nevertheless it is done. And for that reason alone, it’s interesting to explore its relatively recent history.

The History of the Burpee

Abe Goldberg (1951) Article -Low Back Power

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Written in the 1950s but containing information relevant to the modern gym goer, the following article by Abe Goldberg will be sure to interest both those seeking to bring up their squat numbers and bend over without significant discomfort. A nice follow on from our article on the reverse hyperextension, Goldberg’s exercises will hit your posterior chain like nothing else.

Enjoy!

Why Aren’t People Doing The “Old” Exercises Anymore?

As time goes on, there are more and more “ways” to exercise. If you look in the gym the next time you go, how many different variations are there on what are the core exercises each time? From boxercise to funky pump, insanity to CrossFit, we are being exposed to so much more different types of exercises than 20 years ago. On top of that, we have so many different diets to choose from that we are just plain confused about which one is best for us. Does the paleo diet work better because of the lack of carbs, or does it just make you plain tired because you haven’t replenished your glycogen stores? When it comes down to it, the basics have always been there, and they worked for everyone, from Eugen Sandow to Arnold Schwarzenegger, or from Nikki Fuller to Bev Francis. They never spoke of isolating one small muscle and working that until they were blue in the face. It always came from the basics of biomechanics and “old fashioned” weight training programs.

Are You Getting The Most Out Of The Gym?

Are you a fitness fanatic? Or have you started 2017 with the aim of getting in shape? Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced gym-goer, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re getting the most out of the gym. If you tend to follow the same routine, and you restrict yourself to the same machines every time, it’s time to branch out, and see how much more you could you achieve if you’re open to trying new things. Here are some tips to ensure you’re getting more for your membership fee.

Why Crossfit Is Here To Stay

We’re not going to be starting a war on which system is better and why it is. The simple fact is that CrossFit has made a big impact and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere too soon. There are a lot of people who have been getting into exercise through this particularly high-intensity system and that’s only a good thing, so long as they’re responsible about it. So instead, we’re going to look here at why CrossFit has made such an impact and why it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

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