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…

Anyone who’s spent some time training will, at some point, have had a “shoulder issue”. The shoulder joint, and muscular support around it, is the most complicated joint in nature. When it works, it’s a thing of wonder – but, as with all complicated things, the fix when it goes wrong isn’t easy. This article…

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’…

To people outside of gyms, it’s often a source of amazement that people pay a personal trainer. “I wouldn’t pay someone to count for me” “Just teach yourself on YouTube” “It’s lazy getting someone else to do the work for you” Unsurprisingly, we think all those statements are pretty ignorant. As usual, the loudest critics…

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…

Why do you see us using the trap bar with clients, and sometimes when training ourselves? If you’ve been a user of conventional deadlifts in your program, along with barbell squats and an almost exclusive barbell ridden program; you might see yourself as a bit of barbell purist. A lot of weight lifters and powerlifters…

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