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Do you find “The Plank” too easy? 	Try these two tougher versions

Do you find “The Plank” too easy? Try these two tougher versions

Most of us are familiar with the core exercise known as The Plank. For those who aren’t, it involves holding a position that is very similar to a push-up except that your elbows are on the floor.

For the exercise novice it can be a relatively challenging position to maintain (once it is performed correctly, but more on that later), however many trainees will find that they are able to last for a couple of minutes or even longer.

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5 Common Exercise Myths

5 Common Exercise Myths

I’m going to be honest here and admit that even before I had finished writing the below article I knew it was probably going to be one of a series. There are so many widely-held beliefs about exercise that are totally incorrect, it was difficult to decide which ones to choose for this piece!

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Targeting the Abs

Targeting the Abs

Ever wonder how people gain abs? Or feel that sometimes you are doing endless crunches with zero results? A lot of people think by completing 500 crunches they will have a ‘6 pack’ in no time. Here we will discuss why this is wrong and how to correct it. The core...

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6 Common myths about running debunked

6 Common myths about running debunked

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise. It doesn’t require much equipment, it’s easy to pick up (everyone knows how to run) and a great excuse to get some fresh air. But with popularity comes misinformation. There’s a lot of hearsay floating around the...

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Why you should exercise in a class

Why you should exercise in a class

I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when my sister brought Doug home, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack... it grew by one... And six months ago, when Doug introduced me to you guys, I thought, ‘Wait a second, could it be?’ And now I know...

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How to run farther

How to run farther

Having trouble running your first 5K or 10K? Ever wonder how some runners can keep running as if they weren’t getting tired? For beginners, long distance running can be an intimidating and exhausting challenge but the trick isn’t to jump straight into long runs, but...

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Stretch away the joint pains

Stretch away the joint pains

Joint pain and discomfort are unpleasant to say the least. If left untreated, it could possibly develop into arthritis that could be extremely debilitating. Failing to properly care for your joints and maintain them jeopardizes them for a lifetime. So what kind of...

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DIET AND NUTRITION

Are You Addicted To Food!?

Are You Addicted To Food!?

Food addiction is a real addiction, unlike drugs and alcohol abuse it is not seen as near as a problem of alcohol or drugs but left untreated can result in mental, emotional, and physical health issues which can affect the quality of your life, your health and your...

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Why you’re not losing bodyfat – Our 5 mins read!

Why you’re not losing bodyfat – Our 5 mins read!

This five-minute read will help explain what might be holding us back from seeing those long-forgotten abs!

There is a difference between losing weight, and losing bodyfat. A lot of the time the numbers on the scale don’t reflect how we think we should look, and that is usually down to how much bodyfat we are carrying for our weight.

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Supplements: Do they work?

Supplements: Do they work?

I was in two minds whether to choose the subject of food supplements as a topic for this blog post, if I’m being honest. The reason being that the vast majority of recreational trainees (people who are not competitive athletes, basically) would probably benefit far,...

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How can I stop overeating??!

The main reason we overeat is due to emotional eating. Other factors can include lack of education on the right foods to eat and unconscious eating. So, let’s get back to basics and look at why we overeat. What is emotional eating/hunger? Emotional eating is when we...

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I don’t have time to be healthy!

I don’t have time to be healthy!

Time. Or to be more precise; the lack of it. It’s probably the most common reason people give for not exercising or eating better. Is it a valid reason? Let’s see... First of all, there’s the idea that people are somehow busier nowadays than they used to be. This is...

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MEN'S FITNESS

WOMEN'S FITNESS

7 reasons to start a running routine

7 reasons to start a running routine

Spring is here, and that means there’s no better time to add running to your exercise routine. While there are a lot of women out there who hate the mere thought of running, we know there are plenty of others on the fence about it. So if you’re teetering, don’t...

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Muscle soreness and working out

Muscle soreness and working out

Doubling as a badge of honor, soreness is physical proof that you really pushed yourself and got out of bed for a workout. It might be normal for newbies to experience soreness after their first trip to the gym but for veterans that swear by the "no pain, no gain"...

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CHILDREN'S FITNESS

Should our kids be in the gym?

Should our kids be in the gym?

The subject of young people training is one of the most controversial topics of its kind out there. Maybe the most controversial. When children are involved, opinions on any issue are naturally a little more keenly-felt and this one is defininitely no exception. It’s...

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PERSONAL TRAINING

MOTIVATION

You Must Have This to Lead a Great Life

You Must Have This to Lead a Great Life

Self-esteem is characterised by how you feel about yourself in general. When we have low self- esteem it can limit us from living a great life. With low self-esteem we accept low standards in our relationships, our jobs and our life in general. We may suffer from...

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Avoiding the “New Year” mistakes

Avoiding the “New Year” mistakes

Like almost everyone else right now, you are probably still a little bloated from Quality Street (especially the nice purple ones of which there are never enough, you know the ones) and turkey sandwiches. You’re probably craving any vegetable that isn’t a brussel...

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5 ways to maximise your exercise!

We all like to think that we are getting the most out of our efforts- and this is probably as true in relation to physical activity and exercise as to any other aspect of our lives...perhaps even more so. Unfortunately, it can be easy to fall into the trap of working...

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STRENGTH TRAINING

CARDIO

GYM WORKOUTS

THERAPY

Recovery Series: Do Ice Baths work?

Recovery Series: Do Ice Baths work?

In recent years, methods such as cold-water immersion/cryotherapy have become extremely popular as a way of maximising recovery after training intensely, picking up a soft-tissue injury, or exercising in high volumes.  But do they actually give the desired results, and how do they work?

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