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Get Shredded with Barbell, Kettlebell, and Dumbbell Complexes

If you’ve been looking for a different training technique to break out of a rut, eliminate the boredom, and bring on new results, “complexes” may be just what you’ve been looking for. If you’ve never heard of “complexes” before, the basic concept is that instead of repeating the same exercise for multiple reps to complete […]

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The Ultimate Hard-Body Exercise

As you may have already discovered, the squat is at the top of the heap (along with deadlifts) as one of the most effective overall exercises for stimulating body composition changes (muscle gain and fat loss). This is because exercises like squats and deadlifts use more muscle groups under a heavy load than almost any […]

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Deadlifts

  The lifting of dead (without inertia) weight… It is one of the the oldest exercises there is, and in ancient times the deadlift was performed as a test of strength. Men lifted the largest rock they could find from the floor to waist height, exactly how a deadlift is carried out today is with […]

Isolation vs Complex Movements in Strength Training

Isolation vs Complex Movements in Strength Training

  When you attempt to ‘isolate’ muscles by performing single-joint exercises, you are actually creating a body that is non-functional and will be more prone to injury. Essentially, you are creating a body that is a compilation of body parts, instead of a powerful, functional unit that works together. Now if you really want to […]

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Steady state vs Interval Cardio

  It is common to hear fitness professionals and medical doctors prescribe low to moderate intensity aerobic training (cardio) to people who are trying to prevent heart disease or lose weight. Most often, the recommendations constitute something along the lines of “perform 30-60 minutes of steady pace cardio 3-5 times per week maintaining your heart […]

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Cables

Cable machines are so good for one reason: because they’re functional. Used properly, they allow you to do exercises that you could mimic in everyday life, such as twisting, lifting, bending, and reaching. Much like the movements of life, exercises done with a cable machine require more core stability than do traditional weightlifting routines. These […]

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Breaking Plateaus

Your programs should be planned, periodised and follow specific training principles to allow continued progression, constant overload and promote adaptation. Usually programs should consist of a 4 week cycle where stability, strength and power are addressed and target different muscular adaptations depending on your goals. Generally these would include neural (strength), morphological (shape and size) […]

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TRX – Suspension Training

The trend of the new millennium in sports programming is in-arguably functional training. This trend has had tremendous impact not only in how we go about training but in the modalities we are using to achieve our goals. With this departure from isolated action, there has been an increased demand for exercise modalities that are […]

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Fear. It’s the number one barrier to living confidently.

You experience it everyday in small and large doses. You don’t do something you want to do because you are afraid. You do something you don’t want to do because you are afraid. Fear is the little demon that sits on our shoulders, holding us back from growth, success, fulfillment and happiness. In our modern […]

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Making it functional & exercise prescription.

The primal movement patterns 1. Squat 2. Lunge / Step 3. Bend 4. Push 5. Pull 6. Twist   It’s all in your head! What do I mean by this?…well all patterns of movement are stored in the Central Nervous System (CNS). Whenever we want to do something, the CNS directs our muscles and joints. […]