Is the ‘REST DAY’ really necessary??

Ask anyone what their least favourite day of the week is, and if they’re not into the gym or exercise, it’s probably Monday. Ask someone who is into exercise and the answer will be their dreaded rest day. “You mean to tell me I have to do something other than train today?!” “Fine. I’ll think…

Muscle mass VS movement?

Size versus movement is a common war in many mainstream gyms; size is number one priority over movement. In Layman’s terms: it doesn’t matter if you can’t move well as long as you’re carrying loads of mass. Now I’m not here to tell anyone they should train using a style they don’t want to, but…

How good are Calisthenic Movement’s programs? (A REVIEW)

A review of my experience with Calisthenic Movement’s level 4 intermediate program – covering everything from value for money, to effectiveness, to user friendliness, to level of detailed explanation and whether or not I’d recommend it to others. Back in late September I was looking for a calisthenics based program to guide me towards some…

ANOTHER move for healthier shoulders

The shoulder joint is notorious for being one of the most complex in the body. Basic study/knowledge of anatomy will tell you just how much movement is available at the shoulder – we have flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, internal and external rotation along with circumduction. The argument could be made that to have truly “healthy”…

THE PERSONAL TRAINER TEST – HOW DOES YOURS FARE?

Personal training has become more of a circus than a process lately. Loads of you who work with trainers really couldn’t tell whether you’re there for entertainment or for genuine progress. A personal trainer is someone who can guide you to your physical goals (whatever they may be) and rewire your thought process and approach…

The best pull up tip EVER

I first wrote about the pull up when I was a new born among the blogosphere. I won’t share that post with you here, instead I’ll let you go to the trouble of looking it up if you would really like to see it. Embarrassment is too strong. I kid. Suffice to say, I shared my affection…

Staying in shape on the trip of a lifetime (Vegas, baby!)

Ask anyone for their ultimate list of global destinations and see if you can find someone who doesn’t place Las Vegas somewhere on the list!  With its scorching summer heat of 100 degrees Fahrenheit plus, and its casinos, clubs, bars and of course, the infamous Las Vegas Strip. If that’s not enough to occupy you, how about…

How to get more out of The Kettlebell Swing

Helping you get more out of one of the most popular exercises on the planet Show a newbie to the gym for the first time and they’ll likely struggle to identify most pieces of equipment. Believe it or not though, show them a kettlebell and they’ll ask…..”is that what you do the ‘swing things’ with?”…

My interview with published author & calisthenics expert Ashley Kalym

I love bodyweight exercise. I love books. I love interviewing inspirational people. Imagine my delight when I get to combine all three! Complete Calisthenics is a book I purchased many months ago now, and it’s a bible of sorts – especially regarding bodyweight exercise progressions, variety and even regressions. The man behind the book is…

Planking: Why not add weight?!

8 hours is a standard work day, and it’s been brought to my attention that the new plank world record stands at 8 hours and 1 minute. This is an increase of 2.5 hours on the old record. And I guess that’s how it should be; try your utmost to make that record as difficult…

Fixing ‘gorilla posture’ – the DEFINITIVE guide

Let’s see if we can fix the epidemic of ‘gorilla posture’ in my usual explicitly detailed style.  Don’t let the title fool you – you don’t need to be ‘gorilla big’ in order to receive the benefit of what’s about to follow. You can be a pencil neck and still take as much away from…

7 great workout finishers just for YOU

‘Conditioning’ is definitely the new ‘cardio’. Not only does it sound better, but its implications are better; when you think cardio, you’re seeing endurance, time investment and plenty of repetition. When you think conditioning, you see intensity, cool exercises (which are often functional), lean physiques and athletic muscle. No contest. The mere mention of cardiovascular work opens…