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I have had tight hamstrings and glutes ever since I can remember. This resulted in a lot of discomfort when I was doing, well, everything!! I love to deadlift. Lifting heavy things off the floor feels good for some reason. However, I used to suffer for a few days after. Over the years I have tried yoga, […]

12th April 2016

If you want to have a better understanding  of human movement then this book is for you. It highlights the importance of movement screening prior to prescribing exercise. Much like we screen an individuals health, with PARQ forms and BP assessment, Gray Cook urges that we also screen movement too.     I personally love the idea and it […]

11th April 2016

Long slow duration (LSD) training also known as: continuous training; steady state training; endurance training or aerobic training, involves working for an extended period of time (usually 10+ minutes) at a fairly low continuous intensity. The intensity of this type of training does not change throughout the session, unlike interval training.   LSD training for […]

4th November 2015

Fartlek is a Swedish term meaning ‘speed play’ and that is precisely what is done in Fartlek training – you play around with the speed of your training tempo!  Why use Fartlek Training? Fartlek training It is an unstructured form of interval training where work is performed continuously for a specific duration, but instead of […]

4th November 2015

In negative / eccentric training, the concentric phase of an exercise is all but removed and all the effort is applied to the eccentric portion of the movement. Potentially this means the client can be exposed to supramaximal loads in excess of their normal repetition maximum. Examples of negative reps include leg extensions where the […]

4th November 2015

To employ forced reps, the client performs as many reps on his/her own as they can until the point of failure is reached. At this point, the trainer provides a minimal amount of assistance to permit the performance of another rep. As the client fatigues further, the trainer will provide slightly more assistance each rep […]

4th November 2015

  These systems involve the use of isolation exercises to preferentially fatigue a muscle whilst eliminating synergistic muscle weaknesses. Consider the following example: In the bench press, the agonist is the pectoralis major, with the main synergist being the triceps brachii. In the majority of clients the triceps will fail before the stronger pectoral muscles. […]

4th November 2015

The multiple-set system, or ‘setting’ probably forms the basis of the majority of resistance-based workouts performed in gyms today. This system consists of an appropriate warm up followed by multiple sets of the same repetitions performed with a given weight. For example, 3 sets of 10 repetitions (3 x 10), or 5 sets of 5 […]

4th November 2015

This training method is one of the first training systems that most gym users are exposed to, generally in the form of “21s” for bicep curls. The matrix system can be utilised when performing most resistance exercises and involves breaking a set into three distinct phases: outer range, inner range, and full range. Each phase […]

4th November 2015

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