STRENGTH TRAINING

Rule Out Running Pain

  During running, it is very common to experience pain in the knees and other areas throughout the legs. The majority of runners at some point or another will experience one or more of the following conditions. Commonly, they will do nothing about it, fear the worse or stop running...

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3 Exercises for Wide Shoulders

  Achieving wide shoulders is a goal for many fitness enthusiasts. Firstly, understanding the muscle that is culpable in creating wide shoulders is essential before choosing any exercises. Three muscles make up the aesthetics of the shoulder, the anterior (front), medial (middle) and the posterior (rear) (1). To create a broader look to the shoulder, developing the medial deltoid should...

Fix Rounded Shoulders

  One of the biggest postural issues is consistently having rounded shoulders and due to poor posture, muscle imbalances and lack of thoracic mobility being big causations of this posture (1), it becomes an increasingly harder task to fix. Habits can contribute to a lot of postural issues and with these being highly prevalent in modern society, reversing the effects...

Focus on Sleep to Optimise Your Results

  The Impact on Training Firstly, quality of sleep is getting enough of it at the right times and without it performance related factors such as concentration, mood and response time are affected (1). The issues don't remain just cognitive, but also translates directly into physiological issues such as the possibility of muscle strength decrements. In addition, good sleep quality...

Adding More Workout Volume

  The age old saying that ‘more isn’t always better’ can also be applied to your workout volume (weight x reps x sets), but with volume being widely known to be one of the key drivers of muscle growth (1) how does that saying apply? How Can This Apply To Volume? One factor that is commonly overlooked when volume is...

Should You Worry About Overtraining?

  Overtraining can be broken down into different sections (functional overreaching, nonfunctional overreaching and overtraining syndrome) and can be defined as an imbalance between training and recovery, leading to a decrease in training performance that lasts for several weeks to months (1). For the average gym user, overtraining should not be a worry and possibly applying more intensity to your...

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...

When Not to Static Stretch

  Performing a warm-up before exercise is essential. However, performing an effective warm-up that is suitable is not always undertaken. Static stretching is one of the most popular techniques, and the benefits of reducing tension and eliminating waste products cannot be overlooked (1). If your goal is to focus on strength or power within a workout, choosing static stretching to...

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...