Exercise Selection for Long Limbed Lifters – Respect Your Structure and Pick YOUR Big 3

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Exercise selection is a key element in getting the most from your training.   First you must train in a manner specific to your goals. Then you must make sure it gets harder over time. That means you adhering to the principles of progressive overload. After that you can begin to fine tune things.   Once you have established your …

Book Review: The Purposeful Primitive – From Fat and Flaccid to Lean and Powerful

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If you are interested in weight training then, this is a must read. The author, Marty Gallagher has done a phenomenal job!   It provides a unique insight into the training of some of the legends of the iron game. The book provides you behind the scenes access to the training methodologies of many all-time greats that Gallagher has trained …

Failure Training Progression Over a Mesocycle for Hypertrophy

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If you have read my stuff then, you’ve probably heard about progressive overload.   Progressive overload is fundamental to you seeing results from your training.   It is one of the basic principles of sport science/athletic performance training.   It is also pretty simple…   It has two components:   Your training should represent an overload It should be progressive …

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Book Review & Detailed Notes

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I first heard about this book when I was reading an interview of Jonny Wilkinson in the newspaper. He was asked what he takes with him when he travels and his answer was books. He then name-checked The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari (he also mentioned the Alchemist which I will do a review of in future). I remember thinking, ‘If …

Life as a Hardgainer Does Have Some Benefits (5 to be precise)

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I was always skinny growing up. I was so scrawny that during the warm-up before a rugby match, on a windy day one of my coaches actually said, “Quick! Someone hold Tom down before he blows away!” You’re probably thinking, ‘yeah but loads of kids are skinny until they hit puberty then they fill out.” True, but the sad fact …

59 Seconds – Think a Little, Change a Lot (My Review and Detailed Notes)

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59 seconds is a self-help book with a difference.  Most are full of waffle and regurgitated advice, based on little (often no) scientific or psychological evidence. 59 seconds is different. In it, Professor Wiseman suggests only strategies and tactics which are supported by research. Even better the key take home messages can be explained and understood in under a minute. …

My Morning Routine

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Do you have a morning routine?   Hitting snooze 5 times before mainlining coffee doesn’t count!   If you don’t have a morning routine then, you should.   From personal experience, I can vouch for the fact that I am more energetic, efficient, focused, motivated, and productive when I follow my morning routine.   Yet, I don’t always get it …