RESISTANCE TRAINING

Unilateral Training

If your goal is to grow muscle, get fit, reduce injury risk or to enhance your athletic ability, unilateral training is essential.  So what is Unilateral Training? Unilateral Training is the performance of exercises that are single-arm or single-leg movements. Whether you are advanced or new to training, Unilateral Training...

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Reduced Mobility - Exercise Tips

Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but for one reason or another you may have stopped exercising. A common reason with many individuals is lack of confidence due to having reduced mobility. This may have stemmed from an injury, weight gain or old age for example, but hopefully, after reading this, you will have a sense of hope...

Static Stretching During a Warm Up. Good or Bad?

Firstly the main type of stretching highlighted in this article is the use of static stretching within a warm up and specifically referring to static passive stretching.    Static passive stretching or relaxed stretching is simply when we perform a stretch with no movement at a joint and no activation at a muscle. Think of grabbing a post with your...

A 4 Step Progression for Bigger Stronger Legs

A 4 Step Progression for Bigger Stronger Legs    Back Squat, Front Squat, Leg Press, Deadlifts… You have probably already come across them when trying to find the most optimal leg exercises for muscular growth or strength and there is no doubting these are great exercises. However, a split stance movement can be a great exercise to add to your...

No Gym, No Problems

The gym is one of the main places we associate with getting fit. However, while going to the gym is great, it is also possible to achieve our fitness goals outside of a gym environment and in the comfort of your own home. Not being at the gym may seem hard to visualise but knowing where start will be the...

What is Resistance Training?

  Resistance Training or commonly known as weight lifting is a form of exercise that requires you to push, pull or resist against an external force or your own bodyweight. During the performance of exercise muscle contractions are needed to complete the movement and reap the benefits of the movement.    Resistance bands, bodyweight, cable machines and free weights such...

Leg Day Ladies?

  Is your goal to tone up and trim the fat off those hips and thighs? Stop and read this. If you are a lady who has this goal in mind and you’re doing some or all of these gym machines, then you’ll be waiting longer than wind erosion to achieve your goals. Swap them, and reach your goal in...

Working Out for Women Over 40

Resistance training, resistance training, resistance training! Unfortunately, from the age of 40 and beyond you really do "lose it" if you don't "use it." A study in 2012 (1) stated that inactive adults can experience a 3% to 8% loss of muscle mass per decade, a reduction in resting metabolic rate and more fat accumulation. The same study (1) showed...

3 Common Mistakes To Avoid As A New Gym User

Every gym user has once been new to the gym and at some point we have all made a mistake or two, however, it’s important to move on from the mistakes or avoid them completely. Below are 3 mistakes that if avoided can set you up for long term progress. Too Much Too Soon It's a common misconception that the...