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Home Workouts During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Working from home?   Gym shut?   Worried about losing your gains?   Let me help.   Disclaimer:It is your responsibility to prioritise the health of yourself and those close to you. Try to stay healthy, maintain your mental, and physical well-being, and reduce the risk of spreading this disease through social distancing, proper hygiene …

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Research Review – Back Versus Front Squats

Today’s quick overview if the scientific research covers… …𝘽𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙑 𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩 𝙎𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙩𝙨   Let’s take a look at what the study showed. 🆙The EMG data from this study in 2015 shows that the activation the quad muscles was greater in the front squat compared to back squats. ⚠️•Only the vastus medals reached statistical significance though. …

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7️⃣ 𝐒𝐈𝐆𝐍𝐒 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐁𝐔𝐈𝐋𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐂𝐋𝐄

How do you know that you are building muscle? – The problem with tracking muscle gain is that it’s a slow process. You cannot see the changes day to day. – You need metrics to track that can show you that you are actually building muscle. – I use 9 with my clients (go here …

7️⃣ 𝐒𝐈𝐆𝐍𝐒 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐁𝐔𝐈𝐋𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐂𝐋𝐄 Read More »

Lat Activation – Research Review

In this short post I’ll summarise the findings of a study which investigated…   …𝙇𝘼𝙏 𝘼𝘾𝙏𝙄𝙑𝘼𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉 – 𝙋𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙨 𝙑 𝙍𝙤𝙬𝙨 by @tommaccormick 🌎Everyone does wide grip lat pulldowns for lats, right? ❗️Well it seems everyone might be wrong. 👉This study is just another example of the fact that wide grip pulldowns might not be the lat builder …

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RIR – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Reps in Reserve (RIR) is an extremely powerful tool to optimise your training.   Like with anything powerful, having the skill and wisdom to use it effectively is critical to success.   Unfortunately, despite the potential benefits of RIR, research shows most people are not equipped to use it.   First Things First – What …

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Swapping Sessions – Flexibility Can Help Your Gains And I’m Not Talking About Stretching

Quite often a client will ask if they can switch the training session they are due to do that day for another. Or if they can reorganise their training days for the week.   In my earlier days, I’d have probably felt that their requests meant they weren’t following the program. That they would reduce …

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