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Coach Baz Wakelin at Strong Lean Fit gym in Loughborough, United Kingdom   One thing I have certainly noticed through this long fitness journey is this almost firm and staunch commitment to the ''big lifts.'' Many gym goers with a po ...
  The shoulder is one of the most frequently injured joints among gym rats. The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body. Due to its extremely wide range of mobility, it can often be placed in compromised positions which increase ...
Routines are essential for sustainable success, but sometimes your plan blows up. When this happens you must remember that exercise is too important to concede defeat. Sure, missing one day’s plan isn’t the end of the world, but it sacrifices ...
A successful training programshould be built around a core group of key exercises which you rotate through several phases of training. Your exercise variation shouldn’t be random, haphazard, based on the latest fitness fad, or left to guesswork. Ins ...
Someone younger is bound to look at someone older and think, they don't have a clue. Someone older is bound to look at someone younger and think, you don't the half of it. The fact is that we all need support, young and old, but as you get older p ...
  There are 6 tutorial videos in the Kettelbell Basics Tutorial Series here. They will cover all the fundamentals of movement that you need to begin, reshape, or refresh your kettlebell practice. The videos are free but do require you to register to ...
I have worked with many different athletes over the years. For each one that presents with persistent back pain or injury it usually comes down to missing one element of core training. Everyone knows the exercises. I’m not here to teach you a new ty ...
  Consider the egg—a raw one may have a hard exterior but we all know what happens when the outer shell is compromised. Unless we reinforce the inside first, by cooking it, an egg might look hard and solid when, in fact, it's fragile and f ...
  During a recent session, the lovely Jen (let's call her Jen) told me she was almost at her target weight. As we'd been working together for months and I didn't even know she had such a goal, her session came to an abrupt halt. The targ ...
Training for size isn’t as simple as hitting the gym and blasting a muscle group. You need to provide an appropriate signal to the body to force it to adapt. The signal should be of an appropriate magnitude and delivered at an optimal frequency. &nb ...
Training frequency is one of the most important variables to consider for hypertrophy. In this instance training frequency relates to how often a given muscle is trained rather than how often you train in the gym.   Science gives us some useful insig ...
With the growing popularity of CrossFit, many people over age 35 have discovered a passion for competition. Today’s over-forty population is not interested in growing old gracefully, and like their younger counterparts, once introduced to sport, the ...
12-Week Fitness Program for Older Athletes: Week 1 - 6 Week Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 1 Bodyweight Strength and Endurance Circuit #1 Conditioning Workout #1 Bodyweight Strength and Endurance Circuit #2 2 Conditioning Workout #2 Bodyweight Strength and En ...
This strength cycle should help you prioritize overall squat, pull and press strength. The final week will be a test week of sorts, some lifts you will be allowed to max, others you will be given a set rep number to achieve at heavier weight.   If yo ...
Is it just me, or does it seem like all of the talk about fat-loss for the over 40 population is all about pills, powders, and potions? Why doesn’t anybody want to talk about good old-fashioned training and proper, balanced eating? It’s much m ...
Is all this twisting and folding really necessary?   When we warm up, either by stretching or performing a moderated version of the activity to come, we're preparing our bodies in several different ways—three of which are crucial to our per ...
  A long time ago a bloke with a funny accent said, “The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That's what most people lack, having the guts t ...