Monday, 20 October 2014

A Simple Way to Focus Your Training for Better Results

A wise person once said, “The internet is both the best and the worst thing that has happened to the fitness industry.” When it comes to training, you now have too many options. While all these countless options might keep your workouts fun and entertaining, they can often pull you away from the very things that you need to get the best and fastest possible results. While it is nice to enjoy the training journey, let us not forget the purpose of the journey is to get you to where you want to go. Here is a simple exercise that will help you increase your training focus and help you get way better results.

Monday, 13 October 2014

How to Gain Muscle Without Getting Fat Part 2: The Training

Whether you want to build muscle to look on the beach or to enhance your sports performance, you want to do it without getting fat in the process. In part 1 of this post, I gave you some tips about how to eat for lean gains. Now, it is time to look at what to do from the training side of things…

Monday, 6 October 2014

How to Gain Muscle Without Getting Fat Part 1: The Eating

Bulking is dead. Gone are the days of getting fat to build muscle. Not only is getting fat not necessary, it is also not desirable, healthy or even really effective. If you are an athlete, you only want to gain good weight that is usable, functional muscle. If you are training to for aesthetic reasons, then you don’t want to cover-up your hard-earned muscle with a layer of fat. You don’t have to get fat to gain muscle. Here is how you can make lean gains. 
Not as fun as burgers and pizza, but perfect for lean mass gains

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: