RESISTANCE TRAINING

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...

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What is Resistance Training?

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...

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...

How Much Volume Do We Need to Build Muscle?

  The straightforward answer is that no one knows a specific amount of volume an individual should perform for muscle growth, but there is take away information that can be applied to being more productive when you workout! Volume in regards to exercise can be defined as the amount of sets, reps and volume load defined as sets, reps and...

Should I Buy Weightlifting Shoes To Improve My Squat?

Weightlifting shoes have become more popular with gym users within the last decade as a fashionable trend and not for their functional purpose. As the name implies, weightlifting shoes are to benefit an individual during the performance of a lift and became popular with the performance of technical explosive movements such as Olympic weightlifting many decades ago.    For those...

Arthritis Arthritis & Resistance Training
Arthritis & Resistance Training

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of a joint accompanied by limitation of motion, heat, pain or tenderness (1). Strength or Weight training or exercise, in general, has been previously associated with potentially accelerating conditions such as arthritis, but jumping to that conclusion could hold you back from the potential benefits (2). A challenge presented by having a condition such as...

Risks of Ultra Endurance

  Firstly, let’s not confuse the situation, exercise significantly improves cardiovascular health and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Recognised Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise People who exercise regularly have a greater average life expectancy of 7 years compared to those who are inactive (1,2,3) Reduced risk of obesity Reduced LDL cholesterol Improved insulin sensitivity Reduced psychological stress However, are there...