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."
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.