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The Reversal of Sports : From 'Aspirational' to 'Pure'

I love sports, always have. Strength, team, motor and so on. Anything and everything. Still, there's a significant change on the way; a subtle shift in how some sporting events are viewed. Let me explain.


How Many Calories Do I Need?

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 : Nice one.


The Future of Fitness : Predictions for 2014

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.


Transformation Techniques V - Nutritional Basics 1 - Energy Requirements

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. cheers, Scott

Transformation
Transformation.
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.


The Future of Fitness : Virtual Training Partners

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.


Transformation Techniques IV - Myths 2

Transformation
Transformation.
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.


Transformation Techniques III - Myths

Transformation
Transformation.
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.


Transformation Techniques II - Mental Strength

Transformation
Transformation.
This week : the change in character. The mental transformation.


Transformation Techniques - Definitions

Transformation
Transformation.
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.


The Ultimate Self-Defense Workout

High Kick
High Kick. Photo by Umberto Salvagnin.
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.


Sandbag Training Protocols

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.


From the Fitness Shelves : Goodreads


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.


The Future of Workout Clothing

Under Armour E39 Compression Shirt
Under Armour E39 Compression Shirt. Image via Wired Magazine.
Over the past couple of years we've seen a number of unusual ideas in the 'workout clothing' space; some of them a little more promising than others. The obvious question : where's it all going?


Conor's Corner : Hockey Training with the Overloaded Trap Bar Deadlift

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott





Conor's Corner : Trap Bar Deadlifts

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott





Conor's Corner : Sport Specific Exercises

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott





Conor's Corner : Importance of Hip and Thoracic Spine Mobility For Hockey

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott





Conor's Corner : Training Outside of Your Comfort Zone

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott





Conor's Corner : Dynamic Stretching Before A Workout

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott





Light Exercise After Meal Lowers Post Prandial Triglycerides, Study Finds

Hiking Woman
Hiking Woman.
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

Conor's Corner : Instability Training

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott





How Eating Breakfast Helps You Lose Fat

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.


What is More Effective for Building Muscle Mass: Intensity or Volume?

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."



Conor's Corner : Hockey Conditioning Drill

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott





Conor's Corner : Hockey Speed Drill

A Quick Introduction :

This is a series of brief weekly videos by Personal Trainer Conor Doherty looking at various aspects of Performance Training for Hockey. For an in-depth discussion of this subject check out Gymchat 194, and of course Star Factory Fitness. Great site.

cheers,

Scott