“What is your strength and what is your weakness?”
I have heard a number of methods for answering this question and thought I would focus onthe second part of this question as usually people are quite good about talking about a particular area that they excel in.
The whole purpose on an interview is to sell yourself and show that you are the right candidate for the job. But this is what makes this question interesting because it is deliberately asking the candidate to say something negative about themselves. Here I talk through some potential answers to this question.Continue reading →
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 may ask this as they don’t know the name of any other exercises.
Shows the askers immaturity – if you don’t believe me, note how often the bench press is the first thing all teenage boys seem to do first when they hit the free weight area.
For some reason the bench press has developed a reputation of being the main measure of a persons strength, despite the fact that the bench press is focused on only working upper body strength.
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. Continue reading →
Writing this blog gives me a lot of opportunity to reflect on my life – I have referred to it many times as “free therapy” because just by writing through my problems, reflecting and explaining what I intended to do has helped me get through some tough times.
I sometimes come across unwanted reflection as I start to dig deeper and I get that horrible twitch in my head of when I have been truly wronged. Continue reading →
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?”
Ricky the temp is being his usual sassy self. I am in an adult job now, but his bitchy manner to me feels like bullying. All because I don’t want to divulge my sex life at work.
For some reason he uses this as an opportunity to have a dig at me at every opportunity. Normally a temp would get canned quickly if they got a bit too big for their boots. But Rick the prick was clever and charmed the management so he was the golden boy who could do no wrong.
But he was low on my list of problems – I had been stuck doing this job for the last four years. I felt I was destined destined for more, but whenever I tried to better myself I just got put back down. I had been snubbed for promotion twice in the last three months and had begun to question my future in the job. Continue reading →
A little known fact about me. I once featured in the Guardian website as part of a panel of experts for a Q & A discussing the benefits of postgraduate degrees to improve careers. This fact is so little known that I only remembered I did this the other day.