Wednesday, 23 April 2014

How to Train for Multiple Goals

How do your balance training
for multiple goals?
If you are like most people, you are not looking to set a world record in one particular event. Rather than being a specialist, you are looking to pursue a few different goals in your quest for a well-rounded physique and/or balanced performance. If I asked you about your goals, you might say things like: "I want to lose some fat, build some muscle, get stronger and being in decent shape." Or, perhaps you are a team-sport athlete who needs a balance of different performance qualities such as speed, power, strength and conditioning. While the idea of being a well-rounded athlete or fitness enthusiast is commendable and often necessary, most people go about pursing multiple goals in the wrong way and end up spinning their wheels. Here is how you can successfully train for multiple goals.

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Best Rep Range for Fat Loss

For years the fitness industry has preached, "heavy weights for bulk and light weights to tone and define." As a result many people who are trying to strip fat off their bodies mistakenly fall into the trap of using weights that are way too light and reps that are way too high. If you want a lean, athletic body in a time-efficient manner, you need to use the correct number of reps and in this case, the answer is not quite as simple as you have been lead to believe.

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Magic of Loaded Carries

When it comes to training, I'm always looking for ways to get the best possible results and to maximize training efficiency. With this objective in mind, I have come to embrace a simple yet very powerful group of movements known as loaded carries. If you are not currently adding some form of loaded carry to your training, you are missing out big-time! Here is why this movement is important.

Monday, 3 March 2014

My Top 20 Body Transformation Tips for Guys

So you want to lose some belly fat and gain some rock-hard muscle? Want to improve your athletic performance or just look and feel like an athlete? If so, you came to the right place. A few weeks back I posted My Top 20 Female Body Transformation Tips. Well, it is time we look at what the male body needs to look, feel and perform at its best. Guys, here are my top 20 body transformation tips for you.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Coaxing Your Weights Up to Big Gains

Effective training can be summed up with 3 simple steps: 1) pick a goal, 2) find the best exercises to get you to your goal and 3) get better at these exercises. While this seems simple enough, many people struggle with part 3. You can use the best exercises in the world, but if you do not get better at them (i.e. increase the weight you use for them), then you will not reach your goal. The problem is that most people either stay with the same weight all the time (and then complain about not getting results) or try to increase the weight too quickly and as a result get injured, make false gains or hit a dreaded plateau as the body can not adapt fast enough to keep up with the rapid weight increases. The secret to success it to patiently and as Stuart McRobert would say, steadily coax the weight up. Follow this simple strategy and you will be on the path to hitting your training goals!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Don't Workout - Train!

"How many days a week do you workout?" I'm always tempted to answer that question with, "None, I've never worked out a day in my life - but I train 4 days a week." Now, of course the terms "training" and "working out" can be used interchangeably, but they are two very distinct forms of exercise that I like to refer to as "training and "working out". You of course are free to call them whatever you want, but if you are serious about getting great results, you better exercise in a manner that I affectionately call training. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

My Top 20 Female Body Transformation Tips

As a trainer and strength coach, I have had the privilege of working with countless female clients, athletes and students. I have always enjoyed working with you ladies because you are so teach-able and coach-able. I also enjoy the opportunity to give ladies the truth about how to get them to their training goals. It breaks my heart to see so many women trying so hard to reach their goals, but going about it in all the wrong ways. You already know you need to watch what you eat and train hard. Here are the 20 tips you need to know so you can go about reaching your goals and transforming your body in the most efficient and effective way possible.