The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Side Raises

Please see a continuation of my top 10 weight exercises: where I give my opinion on some of my favourite exercises that have been a staple of my gym routine for many years. I have a very traditional and basic attitude to weight training - you won't see gimmicky exercises or "Wolverine Workouts" here.  If … Continue reading The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Side Raises

How much do you bench?

How much do you bench? That is a question that always makes me cringe.  If we ignore the basic functionality of the bench press (how often do you lift a heavy item off your chest) - it usually illustrates to me that the person asking the question: Lacks gym/weight lifting experience - non-regular gym goers … Continue reading How much do you bench?

Workout to eat

A small trap to get into when working out is that desire to eat more. You will either feel that you have 'earned' the right to eat more just because you have worked out or your metabolism goes crazy and your blood sugar is low, so the temptation is to grab anything in sight.  I … Continue reading Workout to eat

The 3 Most Important Pull up exercises

Following on from my post on How to improve your pull up power, I thought it was worth sharing this video from Calisthenic Movement to answer the question "I can't do any pull ups - how do I get started?" Please see there video below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnWrvWZDJTo Although points 2 and 3 may be a bit … Continue reading The 3 Most Important Pull up exercises

How to Improve your pull-up power

There was a time at the gym I could not do pull-ups and because of this I neglected to even try doing this. Then I came across some advice on how to do more pull-ups and I was able to achieve more than mypathetic two pull-ups.  So whether you were hopeless like me or on … Continue reading How to Improve your pull-up power

15 years of the gym

I realised the other day that I have been going to the gym for over 15 years. It all started when my dad started encouraging me to join the gym he was going to.  I was a shy, quiet, overweight Eighteen year old.  I knew if I didn't take action I was going to get fatter. … Continue reading 15 years of the gym

Gym Fails

I was browsing fitness videos on YouTube yesterday and I came across this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FT0Qi-vWBY If you don't have time to watch, basically it is a guy making sarcastic and amusing comments of people working out - doing stupid routines, dropping weights, etc, etc. I am not sure if I should laugh, because if you are … Continue reading Gym Fails

Sweating over weight loss

When I woke up and realised that I had gained a lot of weight, I knew it wasn't going to be easy - I didn't have that same motivation or self-control and I certainly wasn't as fit as I used to be. I had gone up to 14 stone 6 lbs (91.4 kg).   This … Continue reading Sweating over weight loss

That gym exhaustion feeling

It's been a hard few weeks at the gym. I feel that I have really improved over the last few week and as an added bonus it has been good to start have a consistent weight loss. I have gone from doing sessions where I was struggling to last more than an hour, to getting … Continue reading That gym exhaustion feeling

Gym Bitches

Following on from my post about fearing the gym, I thought I would share this story of when I did experience the thoughts of sheep. I had recently finished a graduate placement - because of the recession the market for jobs in the sector I was looking for had dried up. I had put on … Continue reading Gym Bitches

Race Day Mistakes

From my experience of racing (i.e. running and obstacle races) I have noted a number of mistakes.  Because I am not perfect, I have even done a few myself: Drinking the night before This might seem an obvious mistake, but at nearly every obstacle race I have seen someone do this. I find this surprising … Continue reading Race Day Mistakes

The danger of Fat Acceptance

With my weight gain, it made me realise how it easy to lose control and gain wait.  More worryingly I could neglect this or have an accident that stops my ability to exercise more than I consume.  Fortunately I have that level of control where I think enough is enough and do something about (usually … Continue reading The danger of Fat Acceptance