Once you’ve been strength training a while, most “proper” programmes start to work on percentages of your one rep max. The theory is that you are able to do X reps and X sets at X percentage of your 1rm. Theory is great. Reality is different. Why? Here’s a few things to think about: What’s…

How fast should I be progressing? What should I be lifting? When should I put the weight up? And by how much? You know what? These are decent questions. They’re things that people who’ve been training a while can tend to do naturally, and don’t really think about any more. But, when you’re new, or…

Having started a lot of new clients in the last couple of weeks, I thought it’d be useful to put together some answers to the most frequent questions I’ve been getting.  Some of this stuff might not be useful to more seasoned lifters, but, like with anything, going back to basics might help even the…

Confession time: I was one of those idiot PTs, back before I had a kid, who was pretty dismissive of the difficulties of training around having kids. Well, dismissive probably isn’t the right word – I was maybe a little ‘how hard can it be, just get on with it’. Given I’ve now got four…

Why is it such a struggle to sometimes move to the next weight up? Obvious answer: more weight is heavier, and you’re probably not strong enough! But, within that, there’s a LOT more at play. Here’s some factors: Movements involving lots of small muscles Let’s use a barbell shoulder press as an example. There’s a…

If you’ve been training a while, even a new programme can start to feel like groundhog day. Hooray – broadly the same exercises with some different rep and set ranges, how terribly exciting! It gets to the point where you’ve kinda done most things. So, how can you keep the spark alive without inventing ‘one-legged-squats-with-curls-on-a-Bosu-ball’…

The world of female strength training has vastly changed since the days of Jane Fonda videos, but many of the old cliches and stereotypes live on. Will I end up looking like a female bodybuilder? Will I have to follow a strange diet? Will I have to train until it hurts? Will there be any…

We’re lucky that we get the chance to work with so many fitness newbies BEFORE they have tried to work it all out for themselves. It gives us a chance to instill all the “stuff that works” before they waste months – or years – and suffer unnecessary injuries working it all out for themselves….

Sometimes it seems the health and fitness world is obsessed with losing weight. Endless diet programs, top ten lists for losing those pounds, low-cal food in every supermarket aisle. And, to be fair, there’s a reason for that: we’re heading towards over 50% of the population being obese. That carries with it some hideous implications…

Honestly – we hear this a lot (and no, the featured pic is NOT our gym!). You’re at your local Pure Gym/Virgin/DL and it’s just too damn busy. But, it’s also convenient – it’s round the corner from work or home, and your work and family commitments mean it’s a struggle to go to a…

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