Injuries are common and we take it to be the norm when choosing to live active lifestyles. Truth is, that isn’t how it’s supposed to be. While muscle soreness is a given, injuries, especially repetitive injuries are an indication that there is something wrong.
I’m writing this article to help you understand why injuries happen in the first place, shed some light on the most overlooked causes of injuries and empower you with information to prevent these nagging aches and pains – greatly reducing the probability of suffering from an injury once and for all.
Types of Injuries
Injuries can be categorized to two types; process injuries and direct trauma. The latter is usually easy to diagnose, treat and recover from, while process injuries are a result of repetitive micro traumas over a long period of time. Process injuries are therefore far more complicated, and commonly misdiagnosed, not to mention that most direct trauma injuries are a result of process injuries.
Our body’s are designed to be mobile and will go to extreme measures to maintain mobility as it sees it to be a critical factor for survival. Moving efficiently and safely however, requires a very specific balance between mobility and stability. Any disruption to that balance will cause your body to alter the way it performs every day tasks. This disruption, coupled with added loads (resistance training / endurance training) creates the perfect recipe for injuries to occur. Continue Reading
You’ve probably heard how deadlifting can be bad for you and that most back injuries are a result of performing heavy deadlifts. I am writing this article to shed light on why you shouldn’t be deadifting. The person that told you this may be a friend, gym buddy, or even a personal trainer. Nevertheless, they must really know their stuff. Especially if it came from a trainer working in one of those grand commercial gym franchises. Those guys are top notch & hardcore as they usually (not all) pitch in to show you how to target the ‘upper chest’
You may be reading this in utter disbelief, but i ask of you to give me the benefit of doubt and make your mind up when you’re done reading this article. Oh and girls….theres a part specially for you
Anyway, let’s get back to how deadlifting is bad for you…. Continue Reading
In line with the series, this article will highlight pre and post exhaustion techniques to elicit muscle gains. Following, will be a few methods which will; first, help bring up any imbalances which you may have, and second, can be used to add progression to your current program and benefit from increased muscle gain.
While this may be known to many of you, its how and when to set it up that allows it to serve its purpose.
Pre-exhaustion involves first performing an isolation exercise, immediately followed by a compound exercise. One very important factor is the target muscle. Pre exhaustion is best suited for muscles that make up Continue Reading
As you gain more years of lifting under your belt, you start to accept the fact that you’ve been denying for a while now; your progress is slowing down. The gains don’t come as easy as they used to. You realize that, even though you keep adding weight to the bar and adding progression to your workouts, the only thing that gets inflated is your ego, while very little progress is being achieved in the bout of accomplishing your sought after square pecs, V tapered back and for the ladies a firmer and leaner curved hour glass body.
You catch yourself looking around at bigger guys, fitter girls, trying to figure out what they’re doing differently. You scavenge the net to find the latest breakthrough workout to blast through what seems to be a bottomless pit of dissatisfaction. You try anything and everything all at once, providing as little attention as you would a not so attractive blind date. so much that you’re starting to grow fond of the violin man and accept that you may be over reaching for that physique you desire. Now I wouldn’t be a good guy if I agreed with you, now would I. That’s why i’m gona tell you how you can kick start the progress and break through this plateau. Best thing about it is that, it’s quite simple! Continue Reading
I’ve been getting a lot of messages and emails about how to train and eat in Ramadan. In essence, here’s a low down on how to tweak your training and nutrition to make the most of what is contrary to common belief a great time to reach your goals.
If you have been following my posts, you very well know about intermittent fasting. Fasting in Ramadan takes this approach a little further by prolonging the fasting period and refraining you from any fluid intake.
Research has shown and quite clearly states that fasting does wonders to the body. The long fasting periods allow your body to allocate energy resources to detoxify the body and perform a complete cleanse cycle that is otherwise interrupted due to frequent feeding. One of the benefits of fasting is that it allows the body to mobilize toxins from the body, as well as promoting the breakdown of fat tissue, tumors and other toxic materials that have accumulated over time. Fasting aids in lowering blood glucose and Insulin levels. This causes breakdown of glycogen from the liver to provide glucose for energy. Once glycogen is depleted, the body resorts to other sources of stored energy, which happens to be fat. With that being said, you can see that other than the detoxifying benefits of fasting, the practice also promotes the breakdown of adipose tissue (fat stores), which seems to be the goal of many of you.
With summer in full swing, you’re either very close to your beach ready physique or just got slapped in the face with the realization that you are nowhere close to where you wanted to be.
This article will outline 2 nutritional protocols to put your fat loss into high gear!
Everyone tends to come up with their own diet, or simply follows one o’ them hip fad diets that just happened to gain popularity when they decided to lose the weight.
Problem with fad diets and creating your own diet is that, while it’s a great step in taking matters into your own hands, it may not be the best set-up to achieve your goals. While they more often than none get you results, the end product is nothing but mediocre.
Mediocre and The Fitness Grail just don’t get along very well. Its all about above average this side of town !! Continue Reading
Its summer time now and were all eagerly booking our getaways. Sand, beaches, sites to see or even visiting loved ones. For all you fitneholics (copyright dibs :p), we know too well that for us, vacations are a bitter-sweet thing. While you can’t wait to get on that plane and leave all the stress behind, you’ve already started stressing on how to manage getting your workouts in, and keep away the holiday pounds.
While more often than not, you’ve probably gained weight upon return and dreaded you’re time away, FEAR NOT!! For your next vacation will be nothing like your last. In this article ill show you how you can use you’re time off to come back leaner and stronger than you were leaving on a jet plane (sing along, you know you want to). All while indulging in whatever your taste buds desire. Continue Reading