The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Lunges

I continue my favourite top 10 weight exercises.  I have been giving my opinion on some of the best weight exercises that I feel should be  part of a gym staple for years to come.

The purpose here is to show the benefit of having a good foundation, like old friends these exercises are something you can rely on to deliver the goods.

This week is Number 7:

Lunges

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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 a plateau where you can’t seem to improve try this: Continue reading “How to Improve your pull-up power”

Gym Bitches

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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 weight as I focused all my time making the best impact in my graduate placement, hoping that they would decide to keep me.  As that never happened I was penniless, out-of-shape and feeling low. 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

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This might seem an obvious mistake, but at nearly every obstacle race I have seen someone do this. 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 looking at myself in the mirror and noticing I look fatter).

Surprisingly, not everyone shares these concerns about getting fat and the health implications that come with it.  In fact there are movements such as ‘fat acceptance’ and ‘body positive’ – where they embrace this increasingly worrying issue. Continue reading “The danger of Fat Acceptance”

Things I wish I knew when I first joined a gym

I have been going to the gym for a long time, along the way I have learnt a lot of things – some which took longer than others.

Here is a list of things that I wish I knew when I first joined the gym:

The Importance of Nutrition:

When I first joined the gym the aim was to lose weight while maintaining my unhealthy diet.  I did lose weight but I quickly plateaued.  From various ambitions such as getting rid of fat round my stomach or becoming stronger I never valued the importance of nutrition.

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Is the Seven Minute Workout Bullshit?

Through fitness blog browsing I came across a workout called:

“The Scientific 7-Minute Workout”

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Naturally my cynical brain thought that a workout that claims to have  be only seven minutes must be bullshit. Continue reading “Is the Seven Minute Workout Bullshit?”