How to do circuit training in a busy gym

How to do circuit training in a busy gym
Getting fit has become quite a popular pastime recently and the New Year’s Resolution crowd will be along shortly making your gym unbearably busy. As you’re probably aware, circuit training, particularly with weights, is one of the best ways of burning fat and pushing your fitness levels to new extremes. The purpose of this article ...

How to build strength on a tight budget

How to build strength on a tight budget
In today’s austere times where we’re constantly trying to save money, it can be hard to justify spending money on a gym membership. One of the benefits of gym membership, however, is having access to weights equipment for the purpose of developing muscle size and strength as well as avoiding turning your living room into ...

Exercise of the week #4

Exercise of the week #4
This week, we will be looking at the dumbbell push press. This is a great fat burner that works the legs, shoulders and core for an effective, efficient workout that also helps to build all-round strength. Ideally, you want to use a weight that is fairly heavy but not so heavy that you find it difficult ...

Exercise of the week #3

Exercise of the week #3
The following exercise is my favourite new legs exercise and is called the Genie press. It is useful if you don’t have a leg extension machine but unlike the machine, it makes you work the core as well as the thighs. The following video explains how to do the Genie press. Remember to try to ...

Exercise of the week #2

Exercise of the week #2
This week we will look at the Bulgarian squat. This is a great exercise for working the glutes and thighs as well as your balance. It is useful if you want to strengthen the legs and don’t have access to a barbell and squat rack or don’t have enough weights to provide enough of a ...

Exercise of the week #1

Exercise of the week #1
Whilst consistency is important when trying to achieve your fitness goals, it’s always good to try other exercises to challenge the body in different ways plus keep your workouts interesting. Every week, I will pick an exercise I find interesting with a video link plus my own comments on it. Some of the exercises will ...

Strength training for beginners

Strength training for beginners
What is strength training? Strength training is about building a stronger body by making the muscles, ligaments and tendons stronger so they can move heavier loads. It is different to bodybuilding which is about hypertrophy – making the muscles bigger. A side effect of strength training can be bigger muscles but this depends on your ...

10 tips for chi kung and tai chi

10 tips for chi kung and tai chi
There are a lot of things to consider when practising tai chi and chi kung. The numerous rules added to the movements and breathing can be quite overwhelming. Here are my ten tips for beginners practising chi kung, tai chi and meditation in general: breathe through the nose – the tip of your tongue should ...

What counts as water?

What counts as water?
It’s a question I often see on forums as we’re always told to drink more water especially if we’re trying to lose weight. The problem is that some people don’t like water but don’t want to add cordial (aka sugar… or poison to some) and it’s not particularly a pleasant experience drinking a glass of ...

How to lose weight and keep it off!

How to lose weight and keep it off!
Over the years, I have seen a lot of people lose weight and attempt to lose weight. The key reason why they fail is down to the on diet/off diet mentality. What they should be doing is focusing on changing their lifestyle, rather than “losing weight” or “getting fitter”. When you focus on changing your lifestyle, ...