We've talked about caloric requirements many, many times over the years. Fascinating area.
The latest episode of the 'Brain Stuff' podcast has shared a great video which explains the basics well. If you've ever wondered 'How Many Calories Do I Need?', take a look :
We've looked at the possible future of both health & fitness many times over the years - Workout Clothing, Virtual Training Partners, various medical discoveries and of course the Gymchats. Particularly #224.
Continuing those thoughts, here are a few items that may make an appearance over the next year or so. Health & Fitness Predictions for 2014.
We received some fantastic feedback following Jason's Gymchat (#207), cheers. Much appreciated.
Jason's kindly agreed to contribute a series of articles looking at this fascinating area in even more detail. This week's is below.
Want to know how to eat anything you want and still watch your body change (for the better)?
It doesn't matter what your goal is either.
After you've made your mind up to make a change, it becomes all about nutrition.
In Gymchat 224 - The Future of Fitness, the panel discussed my concept of Virtual Training Partners. The passage below further illustrates the idea, as well as combining it with a couple of points Chas raised during the Gymchat.
Note that this is a completely fictional - but possible - scenario; I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Getting your dream physique is a lot of hard work. But it gets a whole lot easier when you have the right plan in place. Today we're going to begin where we left off last time and go over 5 more common myths that put road blocks in front of our goals and derail our success.
Each week, I'll cover a different aspect of the transformation process: What it is, How to do it, plus a bunch of other tips, tricks, techniques and workout ideas to make the the process as quick and straight forward as possible.
A transformation will mean different things to different people. Some will want to lose the love handles, belly, or man boobs. Others will want a bigger chest, bigger arms, or get toned legs and butt. We'll cover all that.
By the end of the series, you'll know everything you need to transform your physique and get the body you want and deserve.
Have you ever wondered if it was possible to get ripped and learn how to defend yourself against dangerous criminals all at the same time? Good news folks, we've put together the ultimate self-defense workout for those of you who hate crime, but love getting buff.
Although you can use a sandbag as an alternative to most free weights, there are certain
exercises and activities that itʼs better suited to. And to get the very best from this training
tool youʼre going to want to make sure you choose the most effective approach. Below
youʼll ﬁnd 2 of the most successful ways to utilise sandbag training as part of your overall
strength and conditioning program.
As part of a 'moving to the cloud' project, I've spent a little time recently adding books to Goodreads. This article details the what, why and how when it comes to cataloguing your library.NB : You'll notice that I'm cataloguing all of my books, not just the training-related ones. If you see other works on areas you're interested in personally, feel free to delve a little deeper - check out the ratings, read the reviews. In particular there's a lot on photography, travel and futurism. There's also quite a bit of science-fiction there - love the stuff.
Recently, scientists from Kyoto, Japan, discovered one more way exercise helps us live a healthier and longer life. Performing a light workout that combines aerobic activity and resistance exercise 1 hour after you have your lunch or dinner will reduce the concentration of triglycerides in your blood
Food is more satiating when you eat it early in the day. Eating breakfast helps you avoid the late afternoon binge eating. Skipping breakfast, on the other hand, makes you vulnerable to impulsive eating later through the day, and reduces control over what you eat.
If you ask a personal trainer, bodybuilder, or fitness expert, chances are they will tell you that intensity (lifting heavy weights for low reps) is key to stimulating muscle growth, while volume (lifting light weights for high reps) is required for definition. It's commonly accepted that low-intensity, long-duration aerobic exercise generally cannot result in significant muscle gains, if any at all. Wikipedia echoes this widespread belief:
"It is generally believed that if more than 15 repetitions per set are possible, the weight is too light to stimulate maximal growth."
Matt Palfrey.UPDATE (5 Mar 2014) :
Unfortunately a connectivity issue got in the way of this one, so we've rescheduled it for Monday (full details below). Apologies for that.
If you've been involved with the fitness industry for any length of time, chances are you've thought about setting up your own gym. Perhaps you've already got one.
Either way - how do you promote it? Attract new customers? Learn about what works, and what doesn't?
This week we'll be discussing this area in detail, answering all of the above and a whole lot more. Joining us is Strength & Conditioning Coach Matt Palfrey, together with Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
NB : We'd love to hear your questions and comments. If there's a particular subject you'd like Matt and Josh to address, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat (during the discussion itself) and jump in the Q&A.
And if you'd like to point your friends/colleagues to the discussion, just use the 'share' button at the top of that page. The more the merrier.
Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 237 - Old-Time Strongman Training [with 'Physical Culture Renaissance Man' Logan Christopher, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett] - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.
Logan Christopher.Old-Time Strongman Training - Phonebook Tearing, Frying Pan Rolling, Kettlebell Juggling and a whole lot more. Love it.
They're certainly uncommon areas: how do you train for them? What are the benefits of these approaches? What sorts of equipment is involved?
This week we'll be discussing the entire field of Old-Time Strength in obsessive detail. Joining us is 'Physical Culture Renaissance Man' Logan Christopher, together with Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett. Fantastic.
If you've got questions/comments for Logan or Josh, just swing by the event page for this Gymchat. And if you'd like to point your friends/colleagues to the discussion, just use the 'share' button at the top of that page. The more the merrier.
Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 236 - Programming for Strength vs Hypertrophy [with Strength Coach Jason Paris, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett] - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.
Görner the Mighty.This is one of the books that Logan mentioned in the Gymchat last week - Görner the Mighty. Good stuff.
Although I was lucky enough to read the original book many years ago, I'm extremely keen to dive in to this version - the 2012 reprint - as soon as possible. I suspect that things will look quite different now; after training for a number of years.
Görner the Mighty.
If you ever wake up with that 'just run over by a truck' feeling, you need a copy of Tim Hull's Functional Correction Manual. Not only will it help you to locate and repair the problem, it'll help prevent it happening in the future.
When it comes to body transformation - whether that's an increase in strength, packing on a bit of muscle or losing a bit of excess fat - this is the perfect place to start. Dr Berardi's Precision Nutrition.
If you've ever watched a Bruce Lee film and marveled at his strength, speed, agility, endurance, flexibility or muscularity, this book should take pride of place in your collection. Unlike many other writings covering everything from Lee's training methods to nutrition, this book is based not on the recollections of people around him; but on Lee's own notes. Brilliant.
For a full list of what we're reading and watching at the moment, just head over to the Recommended Books & DVDs page. See you there.