Squatting – The Greatest Exercise You Can Do

Apr 22nd, 2012

Today’s post is about one of my all time favourite exercises (actually I like all the big compound exercises and my favourite will change amongst them frequently). Few other exercises come close to the squat in terms of recruiting muscle. Few exercises come close in helping you build functional muscle that has a direct impact on your enjoyment in life. Few other exercises are frankly this fun or will have you screaming so loudly to get out that last rep!

[Naomi Kutin is my squatting hero, she doesn't squat the most by any standard, but then she is only 9, and can squat more than most of the guys at my gym!] Read more…


How to Turn Fat into Muscle

Apr 20th, 2012

How to turn fat into muscle is a common question and one that has many answers depending on who you ask. It’s easy to see why, everyone has a different answer which is affected by their own experience, by their training and often by who is paying their salary. In Western countries we are facing an epidemic of obesity that is placing a huge burden on health systems that haven’t been able to cope with demand in quite some time. While being overweight is not necessarily a bad thing, obesity sends out all kinds of signals to other people about how little those who are obese are doing to care for their health.

[This is a great example of the kind of transformation you can get if you put in the time and energy, of course depending on your choices it can go both ways!] Read more…


My Current Diet and Training Program

Apr 18th, 2012

Recently a bunch of my friends have been asking for advice on various issues related to gaining muscle and losing fat. I thought I’d write up a quick blog post talking about what I do and why I think it’s successful. Both losing fat and gaining muscle are extremely easy if you find a plan that works and stick to it, but as often happens things can get in the way and you start wondering if what you’re doing is actually working.

[I'm so looking forward to this movie I just had to share a picture! I'm not quite sure if this or Batman will be my movie of the year but I think it'll be a close call for the moment.] Read more…


Never Too Old to Exercise

Jan 20th, 2012

I love looking out for examples of people pushing their limits when it comes to health and fitness. Getting past excuses is something that most people will never do. To me a 20-30 year old guy bench pressing 300lbs is not an impressive feat, it’s just a case of putting in the time at the gym and training in the right way by increasing poundage on the bar or the number of reps on each trip. Sooner or later that target will be reached.

[I found this pic yesterday, it features Jean deadlifting 153lbs at 82 years of age. She doesn't seem like the kind of person to make excuses when it comes to her health.] Read more…


Product Review: Eat Stop Eat, the Diet of a Non-Dieter

Jan 18th, 2012

One of the common themes I try to portray on this blog is that everything within the human body is linked in some way. Not only is the mind linked symbiotically with the body but all the underlying processes are too. Hormones are linked to emotions, the digestive system is linked to the immune system, the muscles are linked to your happiness.

What is Eat Stop Eat?Eat Stop Eat

Eat Stop Eat is a diet plan created by Brad pilon which has an emphasis on something called "intermittent fasting". Intermittent fasting means that twice per week you don’t eat anything for 24 hours. "Wait… What…. 24 hours? There’s no way I can go that long!". It’s true many people believe that they simply can’t go for more than a few hours without eating. Well that’s true in most cases because most people have never tried to fast, and when they didn’t eat for a few hours they got hungry because they were so focused on where their next meal was coming from that they drove themselves hungry. Read more…


How to Get Muscles Fast

Jan 17th, 2012

A lot of people, especially around this time of year (how are those New Year’s resolutions going?) set out to change their body image. One thing that comes up time and time again is that they want to LOOK lean and muscular, if they’re not actually that strong they don’t really care. The goal of looking lean and muscular is great… if it’s a longer term goal just don’t set out thinking that you’re going to completely change your body in 4 weeks of intense exercise.

[This picture reminds me of when I went to stay with friends in Tunisia. We went to this place where water heated naturally under the ground came streaming out down a cliff into the sea where we were sat waiting.... very refreshing!] Read more…