Walking on fire, stepping on stage, triathlons and the Daily Mail – 2016 A Year In Review

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In many respects 2016 was a terrible year. Looking at the goings on in the wider world then it was what the Queen would call an annus horribilis. Celebrity deaths, Brexit and Trump getting elected are all events which caused great turmoil for many people. In my little bubble, however, 2016 was a good year. Not quite an annus mirabilis …

Deloads – Do Less Get More (Occasionally)

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Wanna make gainz and take name(z)? It’s all about going full beastmode bro. No days off! I’m kidding, of course. Sure, you need to lift heavy and often and keep on top of your nutrition but, constantly beating yourself up in the gym is actually one of the worst things you can do. Planned properly you really can get more …

The Daily Grind – 15th Edition

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Week 2 of overreaching and I felt it! Bench felt awful all week. On Friday I was shattered despite having a decent sleep. Energy levels were low all day and I had to resort to caffeine to push me through the day. By the end of the week I was really looking forward to a deload. I am still looking …

The Daily Grind – 14th Edition

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Week 1 of controlled overreaching. The aim over the next tow weeks is to really push the volume of sessions up to my MRV or even beyond and then take a well earned deload week before blitzing the final 3 weeks before Xmas. I will incorporate techniques such as drop sets and upper sets to boost the volume without extending …

The Daily Grind – 12th Edition

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More of the same this week. Nudging the volume up. A few more reps or a bit more weight on most exercises. I also added 1 set per bodypart to almost all sessions. Feeling good and will push the volume up a little more next week and see how I respond. My bodyweight is steadily climbing up. Gained just over …

The Daily Grind – 11th Edition

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Building the volume up… Last week saw me move to 5 days a week. The split was as follows: Mon – Upper Tues – Lower Wed – Shoulders & Arms Thurs – Lower Fri – Upper Monday and Tuesday were the two heavier days. The additional session on Wednesday allows me to hit my shoulder and arms a third time …

The Daily Grind – 10th Edition

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So after a couple of weeks off then a couple of low volume training it is time to gradually turn up the volume. This block of training is quite heavily influenced by Eric Helms & Layne Norton. Anyone familiar with their stuff will recognise some simialrities with the Intermediate & PHAT progs they have put out. Here is how week 1 …

Different strokes for different folks and different reps for different exercises…

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This article was inspired by something Greg Nuckols wrote a while back. I cannot remember the name of the article but, he mentioned how there wasn’t a perfect rep range for muscle gain. He also explained that different exercises lend themselves better to certain rep ranges. I couldn’t agree more. In my Muscle Specific Training series, I went in-depth about …