Posts in “Anabolism”


A Day In The Life of a PT | Anabolism | Building Muscle | Catabolic | Exercise | Fitness | High protein | Lifestyle | Nutrition | Squat | Training | Uncategorized

Interview with Ian Fisher, Yorkshire CCC Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach

Something a bit different for my blog. This week I had a chance to sit down with Ian Fisher, Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. I asked him a couple question, mostly exercise, fitness and health related – but also some fun ones in there as well. From a personal training […]

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Anabolism | Building Muscle | Exercise | Fitness | Personal Training | Training | Uncategorized

How To Master Your First Pull Up

Who here has pull ups in their regular gym programme? Anyone? No one? And why would you, they’re hard! Too hard in fact, that’s why you don’t do them. But you’d like to do them. Because, well they look cool. Pull ups also build great upper body strength and give you that sexy back you’re […]

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A Day In The Life of a PT | Abdominal muscle | Anabolism | Building Muscle | Catabolic | Exercise | Fitness | Personal Training

Olympic Weightlifting Workout

The next stage of my UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) accreditation is a workshop on weightlifting, this is not just lifting any weights however you want but is the term used to cover the two specific movements – the Clean and Jerk and the Snatch. Both have been shown to increase power at the […]

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Anabolism | Building Muscle | Catabolic | Diet | Exercise | Fitness | High protein | Low Fat | Nutrition | Uncategorized

Food Trackers – Good or Bad?

Up until about a month ago I had always tried to eat healthy but never counted my calorie intake. If I was eating mostly proteins, good carbohydrates and good fats – whilst limiting the ‘crap’ foods I would be happy. To be completely honest that worked well for me, considering how active I am I […]

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Abdominal muscle | Anabolism | Building Muscle | Catabolic | Exercise | Fitness | High protein | Personal Training | Squat | Training

Reps? Sets? Strength & Hypertrophy Training – What You Need To Know

In today’s world of social media, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (just to name a few) it is so easy to think you know what you are doing in the gym. Truthfully, I think people may still be a little confused about how to reach their goal and how to progress their training in a logical […]

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Split Squat or Back Squat – Which Should I Do?

Recently I have been loving listening to my podcasts. I am a massive badger when it comes strength and conditioning (S&C) and personal training books, podcasts, blogs or anytime of information source. Out of all the podcasts I have listened to recently one has most certainly stuck in the memory. The theme of the podcast […]

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Abdominal muscle | Anabolism | Building Muscle | Exercise | Fitness | Training

Hybrid Shoulder and Core Workout

Because of my background in strength and conditioning and sport science, I am usually against ‘body-builder’ type workouts. I always recommend to my clients to train their whole body every workout. Firstly, it is much more functional and relateable to everyday life (when would you ever just use your biceps and triceps?). Secondly, it allows […]

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Olympic Lifting Variations

Before we look at the Olympic lifting variations, I thought I’d give you a brief history of Olympic lifting. Olympic weightlifting has been included in the Olympics since the first Modern Olympics in 1896 and is now a permanent feature in the games since. When we talk about Weightlifting as a sport we are referring […]

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Anabolism | Building Muscle | Exercise

Understanding Anabolic Steroids – Part 2

Following on from last week’s blog, this article continues to look at understanding anabolic steroids and will cover the physiological and psychological side effects, the stereotypical profile of a steroid user, and some “real life” motives for the use of steroids. There are many proposed and perceived side effects of steroids, many of which are […]

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Understanding Anabolic Steroids – Part One!

The use of anabolic steroids is often a taboo subject in the health and fitness industry, with many not wanting to discuss it because of it’s seedy and immoral nature. For me, this is part of the reason so many individuals will misuse these substances and cause themselves unnecessary harm due to a lack of […]

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What is Calisthenics?

You may have heard this term, calisthenics, being used. It is becoming more and more popular but to be honest, if you grew up in the Jane Fonda era it was popular then! In simple terms calisthenics a form of exercise that utilises body weight as a resistance to movement. The word stems from the Greek, kallos, meaning beauty, […]

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Anabolism | Catabolic | Diet | Exercise | Fitness | High protein | Lifestyle | Low Fat | Nutrition | Training

How to Keep Your Metabolism High At Work

A large percentage of the population have sedentary jobs. That’s not to say those people don’t work hard, it’s just that they are stationary for a large proportion of their working day. Whilst we know that our metabolism doesn’t ever stop and that we still burn calories whilst we are sat down, is there any […]

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German Volume Training Workout

Get Some GVT In Your Life! Looking to bulk up over Christmas before the big Summer shred comes along? Give this German Volume Training (GVT) workout a go. GVT , German Volume Training, is a high volume training method as the name suggest. This high deal of stress on the muscles groups results in muscle […]

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Motive8 North Gym Jargon Buster

I once covered a training session for another Motive8 Personal Trainer. I had a session plan so I knew what exercises the clients needed to work through. One of these exercises was called “Humphrey Squat”. What?! I had never heard of it! I even searched the internet for a Humphrey squat – and funnily enough […]

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Could Alcohol Be Ruining Your Hypertrophy Dreams?

Building muscle mass (hypertrophy) is hard work, I mean hard work. So many factors can affect the efficiency and speed at which you build muscle, one of the main one being… the parents that you picked! Others include, your nutrition, how much sleep you are getting and the quality of this sleep, how frequently you […]

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