A Manifesto: Starting Your Fitness Journey

Twenty years ago I was invited to join my workplace football.  This was nothing too serious, just an informal kick around, but by the time I was finished I was coughing up the air trying to gather precious breaths.  Yeah, I was never much of an athlete at school but I didn’t quite realise how … Continue reading A Manifesto: Starting Your Fitness Journey

Strength Standards: How Strong Should I Be?

According to some random Internet tough guy, the strength and fitness standard for being a real man is:  Overhead press x2 your body weight. Bench press x4 smoking hot, Instagram influencers. Squat the weight of a hippo. Deadlift a lorry (for reps). Be able to do more pull-ups than a bearded capuchin monkey on heat. Run a 3 minute mile … Continue reading Strength Standards: How Strong Should I Be?

Does Nobody Walk Anymore?

Then…  The sun was beating down just before the storm came.  I’d recently failed my driving test, and the last thing I wanted to do was have to walk home in the heavy rain  Dressed for the sun, where I lived was miles away, and my t-shirt was already drenched through.  I decided to bail … Continue reading Does Nobody Walk Anymore?

5 Tips to Make Your Home Workout Harder!

As highlighted in my first post in the #ukinlockdown series, one of my goals to maintain a sense of normality was to try and adapt my workouts so they are near enough to what I normally do at the gym. This business as usual approach, personally I think is the best approach to help with … Continue reading 5 Tips to Make Your Home Workout Harder!

The Battle…

The Battle... Life throws up challenges which you can either fight, endure or give up on. Dependent on the situation none of these options are necessarily a bad thing. The gym is a testing ground; it builds your character, and has been the foundation of my confidence, self-belief, determination, and persistence. I don’t know what … Continue reading The Battle…

Farmers walks: the underrated strength builder

Farmers walks: the underrated strength builder During my years in the gym I have seen many people benching, squatting and performing deadlifts, compound lifts to reach a range of muscles.One really underrated exercise I don't see many people perform is the farmers walk. What is it? A farmers walk is a compound lift which has … Continue reading Farmers walks: the underrated strength builder

120kg squat (Part 2)

Less than a week after I talked about my effort to do a  120kg squat, for one proper rep (i.e not cheating by quarter squatting)   I achieved it! It took months and much longer than expected but I did it! Despite going to the gym for over 15 years it was one of those moments where … Continue reading 120kg squat (Part 2)

120kg squat

Around the beginning of November last year I set myself the objective to be squat 120kg one rep max by the end of January 2018. My one rep max at the time was 105kg, which I would say I performed with a "faltering" form.  The pressure of my weight pushed my back and shoulders too far forward … Continue reading 120kg squat

The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Bench 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 … Continue reading The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Bench Press

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 to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

A common question asked at interviews is "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 … Continue reading How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

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?