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  This is a set of interviews with some of the leading minds and thought leaders working in the industry today. I am your host, Tom MacCormick, a personal trainer and online coach. A few things make these podcasts unique, and I hope enjoyable and in ...
To build a balanced, strong, injury-proof physique you need to do some unilateral training. Unilateral training is when you train one limb at a time—examples could be the pistol or Bulgarian split squats. Unilateral training helps you to maintain ev ...
I definitely want to give credit where credit is due for this exercise. I didn’t invent it but I did learn it from Kassem Hanson. It is a phenomenal triceps builder. When I saw him demo the exercise I thought, “That’s brilliant! Why didn ...
As a hardgainer who coaches other hardgainers, I like efficiency in the gym. Doing too much training and failing to spend enough time recovering is one of our biggest stumbling blocks. As such, I try to program exercises that get the most muscle building ...
The trap bar deadlift is an incredibly effective exercise. It is a kind of squat/deadlift hybrid lift. Obviously, you deadlift the bar off the floor with it in your hands but the movement pattern is closer to a squat. This allows you to create a deeper kn ...
The back squat is a great exercise, but it’s not great for everyone. In many cases, the front squat is a better choice for most tall lifters. Having the bar front loaded allows you to maintain a more upright torso position and sit deeper into the li ...
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 ...