From the monthly archives: April 2013
We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'April 2013'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.
Read the rest of entry »
Exercise of the Month
Another friend of mine, Kurt, asked me for a good exercise that could add some mass to his legs whilst preserving his lower back. He was finding that the regular barbell back squat was hurting his lower lumbar spine which in turn was hindering his progress.
I actually experienced something similar with the barbell squat in that my very strong lower back takes over along with hips flexors and glutes with my quads not doing enough of the work.
My way of overcoming this was by squatting in the Smith Machine with your feet about shoulder width apart and placed directly under your hips as well as toes turned out at about 45 degrees. When performing the movement try to stay as vertical as possible by keeping your chest up whilst focusing on your form and looking straight ahead in the mirror.
Read the rest of entry »
Bodybuilding for me is not just a sport, it is a way of life that some people just don't understand. It has always been an avenue for me try and improve the way I look and feel but more importantly, in recent years, I have simply just enjoyed the physical act of training in the gym. No different to the way a jogger likes to run 10km or a golfer likes to hit balls on a driving range or a footballer attends a training session in the evening. All of these activities can result in some form of self-improvement if we persist. This gives us that passion and purpose we all need to keep evolving and developing personally. And of course those wonderful brain chemicals that are released during vigorous exercise induce a very pleasant euphoric feeling that is again necessary sometimes to help us deal with stress and clear our heads. I find that when I am in the gym and getting stuck into a workout I am able to live in the moment and push any worries of past, present or future to one side. Try to think of your training session as an appointment and time out for you. Even if you are time poor you can make great gains from only 3 or 4 sessions in the gym per week. And these need not be longer than 45-60 minutes each. Most of you would know by now, as I have outlined in previous blogs, that my low volume High Intensity Training certainly lends itself well to a busy lifestyle and allows you fit it all in.