Category Archives for General Training

| Mental Toughness – Think Yourself Stronger |

Mental toughness is an aspect of fitness that’s often overlooked – yet may hold the secret to keeping you on track towards your goals and smashing through training plateaus.  Let’s dig deeper into the world of mental toughness.  Everything seemed to go according to plan. You followed the program, hit all the numbers and were consistent […]

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farmers walk builds postural strength and core stability

| Loaded Carries – Walk Your Way to Gains |

Loaded carries may be the missing link in your training; they are the way to building the ultimate, strongest version of yourself.  Simply grab a weight and walk. Here’s why. Quick Navigation Set the SceneWHAT?Simple StrengthLoaded Carries Are What’s MissingMovement ArchetypesFrom Birth to Upright Walk This Way…Talk This Way Learn from the Best using Loaded CarriesWHY?The Role of […]

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10 Reasons Why Absolutely Everyone Should Dead Bug

Set the SceneStruggling to decide what core exercise is worth your time? Kath felt like she tried everything to get her towards her goal of bringing up her squat. No matter what assistance exercises she implemented, she just couldn’t seem to get the knack of it. The squat had always been her least favourite lift; constantly […]

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| Isolation Exercises to Max Out Your Strength |

There’s still a debate raging about isolation exercises vs compound. Which is the most effective for strength development and when/where are they appropriate? As is often the case, the answer is: it depends. It’s time to shed some light on the situation. Quick Navigation Set the SceneWHAT?Seven Seas Principle – There’s Only One MusclePre-Programmed MotionWHY?Isolation Exercises […]

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The De-Load – Guide to Recovery

Quick Navigation WHAT?Should I De-load?What Has Happened?What is a De-Load?What is Over-Training?De-Load to Prevent FatigueOver-trained from Training StressChronic StressWHY?Two Branches of the Same TreeSympathetic HormonesTwo Sides of the Same CoinLifestyle FactorsHOW?Drop the IntensityLimitationsDrop the Volume – A.K.A TaperLimitationsParasympathetic ExerciseLow Intensity Aerobic ExerciseYogaBreathing & MeditationThe Bar vs. The MatSummaryREFERENCE LIST WHAT?Should I De-load? Everything was going well […]

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Issues with Corrective Exercise – What do you do?

Quick Navigation WHAT?Danger Danger!WHY?Stick with the EssentialsPrescriptionAvoiding DifficultyHOW?The Bottoms Up ApproachGym vs. HospitalsTake A Top Down Approach1) Foot Pronation/Ankle Collapse2) Instability/Poor Knee Control During the Squat3) Lumbar Lordosis/Posterior Pelvic Tilt/Butt WinkWait, Wait…Hang on a Minute…SummaryReference List: WHAT?Learn the topic. Corrective exercise is becoming an increasingly popular buzz-word, almost along the lines of “functional training”. But […]

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When is the Best Time to Exercise? – Morning vs. Night

WHAT? When is the best time to exercise? This question is asked all too often and can create a lot of confusion. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you have more energy in the morning? But what if you haven’t eaten before training? Does it make a difference at all? Well, […]

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Don’t Stop Moving – Your Approach to Workout Injury

WHAT? With the number of injuries and ailments I’ve encountered not only with members of the public but with myself, I’d have to be an idiot to not spot some trends in the process of getting hurt and how people fix a workout injury. You may have (or have had) a workout injury, whether it’s […]

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Move First – The 1st Step in Functional Training

WHAT? Without a doubt one of the most common phrases I hear thrown around by most trainers and gym goers. The idea of functional training. “I don’t train my arms, they’re not functional.” – Whatever the hell that means? “Do squats on a bosu ball, it’s more functional.” – I won’t even begin to elaborate. […]

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Staying Motivated – Performance and Appearance

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Let’s face it, this new year you’ve probably given some thought to your health and more specifically the way you look. Without delving into the sociological reasons why, society is becoming more and more conscious of the way our bodies appear, but no focus is ever placed on your exercise performance. […]

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