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Muscle building: the food essentials

muscle building

Muscle building can be difficult for many people so knowing exactly what you should eat is a good place to start. Through my extensive experience as a personal trainer and body builder I have tried plenty of different approaches to getting the right foods in at the right time to reach important muscle-building goals. In this article I give a thorough run down of some of the basics when it comes to food and nutrition for optimal muscle building. Read on for top tips then have a look at some of the other useful articles on this site that will

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Bodybuilding training routines

bodybuilding training routines

In my opinion, bodybuilding is a great way for anyone to train. Like all of the other training styles, this, too, has many levels. If you are training for bodybuilding, this does not necessarily mean you are looking to end up on stage, or really tanned in some really small speedoes. Although most people who join a gym don’t know it, they are starting off with the same goals as a bodybuilder – “I want to join a gym to change my body shape.” I think the best way to change your body shape is to train like a bodybuilder.

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Strength Training

Strength training is not just for bodybuilders and power lifters. Strength training, to me, is a fundamental part of any training cycle. It is the foundation for a stronger end result. When training for strength, you should mainly stick with the big compound movements like squats, bench press, dead lift etc. I've always felt that these exercises are the “bread and butter” of any training routine. When starting from scratch (new to training altogether), I would not advise jumping into a strength training program. The best thing to do is to start with a general fitness program. The length of

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A Simple Bodybuilding Routine For Beginners

Okay, so this is my idea of a beginners bodybuilders routine. This is only one way of doing things, but this has been effective for me. This is a 2-day split which means that you will only train 4 times per week but you will be hitting all muscles twice per week... Click here to view and download the PDF If you are a total beginner, you should not really try this. You should start with a general fitness program, then a strength program, and then move on to this. It may seem like a good idea to jump right

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General Fitness

General fitness is where it all starts for any trainer or athlete. If I was sitting on the sofa for the last 30 years and suddenly decided that I wanted to become a bodybuilder or compete in an iron-man challenge, I would not start a hardcore bodybuilding routine or start running steeplechases right off the bat. It takes time to get to this point. My general rule for any type of trainer is to build a strong foundation, and then build on that. For example, if I've been sitting around for 30 years and then decide that I wanted to

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Setting Fitness Goals

A big factor for me in any project (whether for building muscle, losing fat or general fitness) is goal-setting and crystal clear objectives. I have found that a great tool for this purpose is a time-scale. For the number of years that I have been into fitness, weight-lifting and bodybuilding, I have discovered that, to get my desired results, I have to set for myself a series of short term goals and objectives that when all achieved will culminate to the final accomplishment of a bigger goal. If I was to compete in another bodybuilding show, for example, I would

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Start To Get Results!

When starting any training program, the desired result from the training is known as “The Training Effect.” This basically means that you will get the results that you train for, i.e. if you train for fat loss, you will actually lose fat; if you train for muscle mass, you actually gain muscle, etc. One of the hardest phases of training is the first phase. I know this because I have been in this situation many times. When I say first phase, I mean the stage you get to after making the decision to start a training program. At this point,

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“I’m Fat and Need Help!”

I have heard this statement a lot. I have seen it on Youtube videos, TV programs, and in magazines. Have you ever said or even thought to yourself, “I’m fat and need help?” If this is you, you should be interested in this article because surgery and crash dieting is not the answer. If I sat down on any week night and turned on the TV, I’ll bet a pound to a penny that I can find an I’m-fat-and-need-help program. Fat Families, Super Size vs Super Skinny, The Biggest Loser, My Big Fat Diary, Secrete Eaters and the list goes

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Women And Weight Training

When I worked in a gym, I held many consultations with people to determine what they wanted from a training program and what they wanted to achieve. The common criteria for females were: train 3 times per week and with no weights -- just cardio. In my experience, many women wanting to lose a bit of weight or get fitter and tone up will not want to lift weights. In fact, this is the last thing they want to do. I had to convince these clients that weight-lifting was the way to go. Weight lifting is only for muscle-bound men

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Fitness Tracking for diet and training

Fitness Tracking, Your Training And Food Intake Don't underestimate the value of fitness tracking! By tracking your progress in your diet and/ training, you will notice the result of your training or dieting sooner; this will also help you understand and appreciate the compound effect that may be working against you and give you new insights on how to get it to work in your favour. I am not saying that you should always track every calorie, but I do think that it is a good idea for everyone to be made aware of the sometimes devastating effects that can be

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