Tag: Gym

Steps To Push Your Passion For Fitness Into a Career

The old saying goes that if you love what you do for work, you will never work a day in your life. So if you are in a bit of a rut with your job at the moment, then it might be time to make a few changes and start a career that will show your love of fitness. If you are constantly in the gym working out, then why not be getting paid to show others how to do it too? Do you find that a lot of friends or family members turn to you for fitness or health advice? Are you always trying out new recipes or protein shakes after working out? If you eat, sleep, and breathe fitness, then maybe a change would be just right for you. Here are a few ways that you can turn your passion for fitness into a career.

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The History of the Zercher Squat

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Mentioned at various points on this particular site, the Zercher Squat has been described by many as one of the most effective but painful methods of building big quads. Uncomfortable to the nth degree, this lift isn’t exactly the most popular amongst gym goers. A point which leads us into today’s post. Why invent such a painful method of lifting? When did it come about and why has it remained with us today?

Muscle Building Without Weights: Is It Really Possible?

Most people keen on building up their muscle strength will use weights. This is why your local gym is filled with body building equipment such as dumbbells and barbells. For anybody serious about getting stronger, this is undeniably the best way to do it. But are weights compulsory? In short, the answer is no, and there are other ways to build muscle strength. However, it will be a slower process. You will be at a disadvantage compared to those people who do use weights, but it can still be done.

So if you don’t have the means or the inclination to get to a gym, here is how you can build your muscle strength without weights.

No More Wasted Time: Fitness in a Work Environment

Being in the gym is being at home.

Being at the gym 24/7, well as close to 24/7 with sufficient time allowed for sleep, would be the absolute dream. Sadly for those who are not professional bodybuilders, this dream is far from reality. Just as you must ensure your body has enough calories and nutrients for optimal muscle growth, so a bank balance has to be grown to ensure you can continue to buy the food, memberships and gear required to continue your passion. And so enters the job. For some, this may include physical labour and be a workout in itself – and kudos to you – but for many this means a sedentary office existence, diminishing gains even as they are earnt in after-work gym sessions.

This needn’t be entirely the case though and, with a little ingenuity, time spent in the office can help keep your fitness ticking over. Below are some tips to keeping your condition up, even as you spend your time lifting phones and not weights.

Fred Hatfield – A Brief Overview Of Herbalism (1999)

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“Herbalism is an ancient and venerable art that has thrived in all cultures of the world and in all historical periods, until the very recent past in the industrialized West. As a constant and vital thread in human life, it is alive and well and even in the western world there is a rediscovery of the value of herbal medicine. The rich and colorful history of herbalism is the history of humanity itself. As a branch of medicine it has occasionally found itself on the wrong side of the establishment, but this ebb & flow of acceptance is just an artifact of the changing fashions and opinions of medical and legal elites.”
The Herbalist by David Hoffman 

HISTORY OF HERBALISM 

Irvin Johnson’s Scientific Body Building and Nutrition Course (1951)

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Better known as Rheo H. Blair, Irvin Johnson was one of the foremost bodybuilding nutritionists of the 1950s and 60s. Producing one of the most sought after protein powders in the Iron Game, Blair was lauded for his nutritional knowhow and ability to achieve seemingly unbelievable weight gain amongst his clients.

Bearing that in mind, today’s short post details a sample eating plan from Johnson’s ‘Scientific Bodybuilding and Nutrition Course’, a mail order course produced in 1951 which promised to increase reader’s weight and muscle mass if followed correctly.

Similar to the ‘Get Big Drink‘ previously covered, the diet acts as a timely reminder that calories are needed for muscle gain. And that a systemised eating plan is often the easiest method of going about this. Enjoy!

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…

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.