Wooden VS Plastic Gymnastics Rings – Which to buy?

Gymnastic rings were once specialist and you never saw them in gyms unless you found yourself in a gymnastics centre. Fast forward 10-15 years and the rings are very much in. If you’re not already sold on Gymnastics rings, read this post: What EVERY gym SHOULD have. That post will outline what’s so cool about…

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”…

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?”…

LEG DEVELOPMENT: Barbells VS bodyweight exercises – THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN

Frank Medrano’s viral video ‘Superhuman Bodyweight Workout Domination’ has, as I write this, 34,948,864 views. Go watch the video. It’s timeless. Now scroll down to the comments section. How long is it before you see a ‘never skip leg day’ comment? A couple of scrolls? And it got me thinking, is Frank Medrano actually skipping…

What EVERY gym SHOULD have

It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking ultra big gym corporations like Planet Fitness in the US, or Virgin Active in the UK, or, if we’re talking private man caves (garage home gyms) and everything in between, all should have this essential piece of equipment. Gymnastics rings.  I’ve long since sung the benefits of bodyweight and…

Try THIS overlooked calisthenics move!

Here comes another ‘all-in-one’ movement straight from the world of calisthenics!  Want any of the following?  – Grip strength – Core strength – Coordination – Enhanced shoulder mobility and stability – Increased kinesthenic awareness – Something with great carry-over to the ‘pinnacles’ of the calisthenic world; muscle ups (especially strict ones), front lever, back lever…

1 exercise for healthier shoulders

The shoulder is a complex area; there’s just so much going on, so much potential movement and so much potential dysfunction. I have a personal favourite movement/exercise/tool to assess, on a very basic level, where someone’s shoulder mobility is. I’ve used this movement daily whilst working towards a better overhead press. Because to put it…

A simple, old school & fun way to build a monster grip!

Grip strength is a sign of masculinity. What’s the first thing you notice about someone when you shake hands with them? The firmness of their handshake.  If we’re talking in terms of overall performance, grip strength is often the biggest limiting factor. During pulling exercises, the first thing to tire is your grip/forearms. Deadlifts, just…

Overlooked movements: Split squats & lunge variations

A new instalment of the Overlooked Movement series has been a long time coming. This is a series where I do my utmost to revive certain exercises and movements in the eyes of today’s gym-goers. Previously highlighted movements: Overhead Press Dips Walking Push up variations and progressions The Front Squat We’ve seen plenty of upper…

Overlooked movements: Front squat

“Shut up and squat!” If there’s one movement pattern that never gets any hate – and I mean any at all………it’s the squat. While you’ll hear differing opinions on most other movements; bench pressing destroys shoulders, upright rows are bad for the shoulders too? Deadlifts even stir up some controversy among a few respectable authorities….

Overlooked movements: Dips

The long awaited next installment of the overlooked movement series is here! A series where I remind you of classic movements that just aren’t being exploited like they once were. Movements that were the ‘meat and potatoes’ of many seriously strong people’s training.. Today with have another upper body compound with a huge degree of…

Overlooked movements: Walking

We’ve seen the turn of the overhead press. We’ve seen the pushup’s time to shine. Today we get even simpler, even more basic. Now comes a segment dedicated to an activity that nearly everyone can partake in!  Walking. Whereas the overhead press and pushup are very prevalent movement patterns in history, they are also technically…