Accessory work: The importance of adding it to your main workout

Accessory work: the importance of adding it to your main workout If you’ve been going to the gym for a while and set your workouts out like an athlete then you’ll know what accessory work is. If you’ve heard of Westside Barbell then you’ll know what accessory work is. Personal trainers and strength and conditioning…

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The introverted lifter: Leave me alone I’m trying to get my workout in

The introverted lifter: Leave me alone I’m trying to get my workout in When you’re at the gym you encounter lots of different people, one could be the introverted lifter. Some want to talk and some don’t want to talk. Talking can be a very time consuming and annoying in the gym. You might be…

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What’s The Deal With Kipping CrossFit Pull Ups?

Continuing with my theme as the CrossFit Open is just around the corner, lets talk kipping. The growth of the “Sport of Fitness” is actually pretty ridiculous! Officially established in 2000, on the 20th of June, 2014, CrossFit hit 10,000 affiliates worldwide. With this new method of working out  taking the world by storm, the…

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What will your training look like when you are 120 years old?

What will your training programme look like when you are 120 years old?  It’s a great question.  I recently reached out to Anders Varner, a highly experienced S+C coach and gym owner from the United States.  More recently Anders co-hosts the internationally popular Barbell Shrugged podcast.  He has been there, done it and got the…

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My health and fitness is a priority but it’s not top of the list

Health and fitness is extremely important to me.  I am bound to say that as a personal trainer but hear me out.  Every day I make a conscious choice to do something that improves my fitness, and therefore my health, because I want to look and feel healthy and fit.  However, fitness is not the…

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Your Quick Guide to the CrossFit Open

If you’re into health and fitness and haven’t been living under a rock, the chances are you’ve heard of CrossFit. The fact that I personally bang on about it day to day is hard to miss! So you’ve heard of CrossFit and you may well have watched some of the videos of the CrossFit Games.…

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Healthy hydration: What can you do to stay hydrated and what happens if you’re dehydrated?

Healthy hydration: What can you do to stay hydrated and what happens if you’re dehydrated? Staying Hydrated Healthy hydration is part of day to day life to make sure that we can function and stay alive. If you don’t drink your body will start to malfunction. You are made up of 50-65% water and therefore…

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Small Sided Games For Youth Team Sport

Sport is fun, at least it should be. Think about your own personal journey through sport. I’m going to take a guess that you started playing “sports” or “games” at a young age? From here you may have excelled and moved up the levels as you got older, hopefully still having fun?! If not, you…

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You cannot download a quick fitness fix

You live in an age of technological efficiency.  Smartphones and ‘Apps’ make everything from shopping to making appointments something we do whilst laying in bed.  Life is speeding up.  Instant downloads, live streaming and one hour delivery slots mean you can live life in the fast lane.  But what about your health and fitness?  Can…

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4 Reasons You Need to Add Pause Reps Into Your Workout

Strength Training

Strength training is fast become a staple part of the regular gym goers routine. However, whilst initial improvements in strength can be rapid, you will most likely reach a plateau. This is often due to the fact you’re simply getting better at a skill. For example, within 4 weeks of introducing a barbell back squat,…

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