The Route to Peak Physical Fitness

Something that we can all agree on is that to be as physically fit as possible, you need to put a lot of work in. If you get to the right point with it psychologically, then all the work can actually be quite enjoyable, and not feel like work at all. But it is definitely true that if you want to be as fit as you can be, then you need to spend a lot of time and effort on getting to that point. If you are a regular reader of this website, then you will know that there are plenty of workout techniques and so on which can help you with that goal. But you also need to think about your whole life, your daily routines and how you treat your body. Are you doing everything you can to hasten your journey to fitness? Let’s take a look at some of the things you should be doing, if you aren’t already.

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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.

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.

The Amazing Physique Of A. Schwarzenegger & How He Developed It (1967 Article)

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Published in Iron Man Magazine in 1967 by Arnold’s friend Albert Busek, the following article details Arnold’s rise to fame alongside his working routine of the time. A fine biography and reminder that even during the 60s, people marvelled at the Austrian’s successes.

JUST a short year ago his name was still generally unknown, but on October 30, 1965, in Stuttgart, his meteoric rise to international fame began.

However, let us review his story from the very beginning. Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947, the son of police inspector Gustav Schwarzenegger and his wife, Aurelia. As a child he was taken along by his father to curling contests, and very soon the desire to emulate his father’s interest in sports awakened in him. At the same time he realised that that wouldn’t be a very easy thing to do, for his father was – and still is – an outstanding sportsman. Among other things, his father was the European title holder in distance curling, and several times he won awards as state champion in gymnastics and calisthenics. In his early efforts to achieve distinction in athletics, Arnold had to content himself with a merely average performance, and was very disappointed in this result. That happened in February, 1962, at the Graz City Championship in Distance Curling for Juniors. Arnold only won sixth place. For the son of a well-known sportsman that was naturally an unfortunate start, but Arnold was simply too weak to assert himself against the best performers. Thus, for the moment, his drive to reach the top came to a sudden halt.

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!