Training and Exercise

  • Training Partners: Friend or Foe?

    In gyms and on bodybuilding forums, it is a fairly common occurrence that a lack of gains is attributed to not having a training partner. Is this really the case though? Is having a training partner an important piece of the gaining muscle jigsaw? Below, we look at the positives and negatives of training partners […]

  • Pre-Season Training – Get Fast!

    It’s that time again – the time where the dreaded words “pre-season” are being whispered. Pre-season conjures up images of pain, sweat and tears! If you’ve been a stranger to exercise since the last match of the season, pre-season training is going to hurt…a lot! In years gone by, pre-season training simply involved going out […]

  • Football: A walk in the park or a physically demanding 90 minutes?

    With Euro 2012 in full flow, pubs up and down the country are full of punters discussing ‘overpaid footballers.’ No doubt there is talk about how players and managers complain too much about a lack of recovery time between games.  After all, they are paid so much they should be able to run around after […]

  • The sun has come out – is it time to get your Beach Body out?

    Summer is finally here and, for many, a week or two lounging about on the beach isn’t far off. But do you feel beach ready? Do you feel confident joining the swim short and bikini clad revellers knowing full well that 99% of the beach is envious of your physique? If you’ve bulked in the winter and […]

  • Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) During Exercise

    BCAA seem to divide opinion; one camp is of the opinion that they form an essential part of their supplement arsenal, while others think they’re a waste of money. What are BCAA? BCAA are a group of three essential amino acids – Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. Essential amino acids can’t be synthesised by the body, […]

  • High or Low Intensity Cardio

    For those of us that want to burn some extra calories to bring our waists back in check, cardiovascular exercise is the preferred tool. Typically, there are two types of cardio: low intensity and long duration (often referred to as steady state) or high intensity and short duration, normally performed in intervals (often referred to […]