The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Shoulder Press

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 you have experience of weight training you have probably heard of most of my list.  I take the view to be the master of these 10 weight exercises, rather than do a new routine everyweek.

This week is Number 5:

Shoulder Press

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The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Triceps extension

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 you have experience of weight training you have probably heard of most of my list.  I take the view to be the master of these 10 weight exercises, rather than do a new routine everyweek.

This week is Number 6:

Triceps extension

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The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Push Press

I continue my series where I count down my top 10 weight exercises, giving my opinion on some of my favourite exercises that have been a staple of my gym routine for many years.

The purpose of this weekly series is for me to share with you the reader my favourite workout exercises.  I don’t tell you how to do it – so whether you are doing it for power, body building or endurance – you will just see why I like these exercises, it’s up to you how heavy you go.

If you have experience of weight training you have probably heard of most of my list.  Although I can appreciate a number of exercises, I take the view it is best to be a master of a small number of routines.  These 10 weight exercises are what I focus on week-in, week out.

This week is Number 8:

Push Press

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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 you have experience of weight training you have probably heard of most of my list.  I take the view to be the master of these 10 weight exercises, rather than do a new routine everyweek.

This week is Number 9:

Lateral Raise

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The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: The Bent-over row

I have had many years going to the gym.  Many times I have tried various gimmicky exercises, which I usually picked up from some fitness magazine or website.  Sometimes it has been some gym bro extending his “knowledge”

As I have got older I realised that sometimes it is better to stick to the basics rather than trying to imitate some crazy routine seen on YouTube.

So here are (in my opinion) the best 10 free weight exercises to do in the gym

This week I start with Number 10:

Bent Over Barbell Row

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Just what the doctor ordered

I walked in to see my GP a gibbering wreck.  Despite knowing I needed to do this, there was a reluctance to what I was about to do.

Despite being at my peak of fitness I doddered over to my seat like an 80 year old.

I sat down and swallowed, my nerves made me very tense as I clung to my chair.  The doctor patiently waited for me to share my aliments.  Realising I wasn’t going to say anything he opened up. Continue reading

Sketch Dashboard: Race Schedule 2015

Thanks to @tisquirrel whose sketch noting work inspired me to display my training ambitions and race schedule for 2015 in this fun way.

plan15

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Stop running for a month

Last year when I listed my post new year resolutions, I did not want to add anything.  However around that time I was broken down with injuries – particularly around my feet and ankles.  So I decided to not run for a month

The last thing I wanted was another objective, but by not running I was not having to dedicate additional time.

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Dreaming about the obstacles

I am running in the Spartan race.

My friend Tom is chasing strong.

I have been getting cocky because I have always been the stronger runner, but today he is keeping up with me. Continue reading

What should I bring to an Obstacle Race?

What should I bring to an Obstacle race? You’ve come up with training circuits in the gym, you’ve run – a lot and you’ve even taken part in boot camps.  What else can you do?

On Saturday I will be taking part in Badass Mudder.  It seems so long since my first Obstacle Race – Spartan Yorkshire.  However I forgot one part to that story, the aftermath – kit wise I prepared very poorly. Continue reading