Monday, 29 September 2014

Squat Deep to Jump High

If you want to dominate your competition, improve your vertical jump. While this is obvious for some sports such as volleyball and basketball, vertical jump is also a great indicator of lower body power which is important for all athletes. When it comes to enhancing performance, the squat has long been hailed as a great exercise to take your game to the next level. This begs the question, how low do you go? While some would say you should squat deep, others suggest a shallow squat because it is more sport-specific to what a vertical jump looks like. This begs the question - who is right?

Monday, 22 September 2014

Whole Body vs. Split Routines

What are you working today? For years gyms have been filled with people asking this question to fellow gym-goers. Since 70’s, split routines have become the norm and jokes like “Monday is International Chest Day” flood the internet. One of the most common questions my weight training students ask me is, “Should I do train all my muscles the same workout or split things up?” As with any good training question, the answer to this question is, “it depends”. Here are some questions to ask yourself and some considerations to help you lay out your best weekly training plan.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Should You Bulk or Cut First?

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Many people would like to gain some muscle and lose some fat. If this is you, it leaves you with the question, “Should I focus on gaining muscle first or losing body fat first?” Unless someone is quite lean already, I almost always recommend to lose fat first. Here is why…

Monday, 8 September 2014

Never Eat Past 7PM?

When it comes to the diet and fitness industry, there is never a shortage of rules. Rules of always do this, and never do that are everywhere! One common rule is to never eat past 7pm. Is this a solid principle or a silly tradition? Is this a good idea for you to be following? The answer of course is – it depends. Here are some things for you to consider:

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Truth About Muscle Soreness Part 2

Last time in Part 1 of the this post, we looked at things you do in the gym that cause muscle soreness and what is going on inside of your muscles that creates this soreness. Now, it is time to answer the big question: do I want to be sore? The answer to this and every other good training question is – “it depends”. Let’s look at what it depends on so you can answer this for yourself.

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Truth About Muscle Soreness Part 1

You just finished your first session of a new training program. Over the next day or so, you start to feel the soreness building up in your muscles. Wow, what a great workout! Or was it? We have all experienced this DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). However, it begs a few important questions: What causes it? Is it helpful for making gains? And, should I be seeking it or avoiding it? It is time you know the truth about muscle soreness.

Monday, 18 August 2014

The Best Ab Exercise for Fat Loss and Great Abs

In my previous post on The Solution for Great Look Abs, I explained what it really takes to improve your mid-section.  Once you are following these guidelines, you can add some direct ab exercises and that can further help get you to your goals – IF you pick the right ones.