Tag: Gym

The Sig Klein Challenge

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Face it.

Every now and then you want to try something new in the gym. A new lift, a new rep range or an entirely new style of training. The mind gets bored of monotony, something which the lifters of yore were all too acquainted with. Today’s post on the Sig Klein challenge will not only help reinvigorate your training, it’ll provide a test of your overall strength. Not bad for something new huh?

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Guest Post: Compression Clothing: Will It Really Improve Your Workout?

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You’ve probably seen some form of compression sportswear in your gym or on the TV. Numerous NBA athletes use it, footballers use it and it seems like compression clothing really plays an important role when it comes to performance. If that wasn’t the case, why would all these professionals wear it? Compression sportswear ranges from socks and sleeves to underpants, shorts and shirts. And the main goal of compression clothing is to boost your performance. However, many doubt whether compression clothing really does improve an athlete’s performance. Let’s take a look at a few arguments that could help us decide for ourselves.

Bigger Faster Stronger: The Mr. Olympia

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Bodybuilders, like most other professional athletes in the last four decades, have undergone an unprecedented change. Whereas the first Mr. Olympia weighed in at just over 200 lbs, the modern champion is more likely to be sixty pounds heavier and leaner as well.

While the reasons for this, at least in bodybuilding, are clear, it is still interesting to reflect upon this change. Today’s short post discusses the average weight for the overall Mr. Olympia since it’s inception and shows how and when ‘the mass monsters’ gained a foothold in the sport.

The Controversial History of ZMA

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One of the unquestioned staples of bodybuilding supplementation, ZMA is often up there with creatine and protein in terms of popularity. Rumoured to increase testosterone, muscle mass and your chance of bizarre dreams, ZMA is promoted as a cheap and effective supplement for the average gym goer.

In my own brief training experience, it’s something I’ve used on a regular basis not because of its observable benefits, but because people talk about it so damn much. So my own conformity aside, it’s important to note that ZMA’s history and effectiveness is far more suspect than we might consider. That’s putting it mildly.

Mike Mentzer – Nutritional Reality (1993)

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The following excerpt comes from Mike Mentzer’s 1993 nutritional work, Heavy Duty Nutrition. A keen follower of Arthur Jones’s Heavy Duty training system, Mike was the poster child of an alternative and oftentimes radical form of bodybuilding. It should come as no surprise then that his nutritional advice also tended against the norm. 

In the following weeks, more chapters from Mike’s book will be shared on bulking, cutting and general good health. Enjoy!

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.