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Exercise Programming For Idiots

Exercise Programming For Idiots

OK, you’re not an idiot not as much as me anyway. But, I want to explain a really simple template for programming your workouts. It’s super easy to over complicate these things, so this blog is going to be a basic step by step guide on how to put together your own training plans, why you could program it that way and also how a trainer could involve their clients in the process.
The best Exercise for Back-Pain #1

The best Exercise for Back-Pain #1

  It may come as some surprise to you that I have long suffered with lower back pain. It has taken me years to get to the bottom of it and although I still experience occasional flare ups I now have a good strategy for dealing with it and getting back to normality as quickly as possible. Without boring you too much with lots of technical anatomy information let me just explain this. The joints in the body alternate between mobile and stable in an ideal world. The lower back, or lumbar, has a tremendous range of motion compared with other parts of the spine. 40-60˚of flexion 20-30˚ of exte...
Hamstrings, Running and Injury Prevention

Hamstrings, Running and Injury Prevention

If, like a lot of my clients, you are an active person and you partake in sports that involve running then the chances are you have experienced a Hamstring injury of some kind at some point. It might be a spasm, a minor strain or a grade 3 tear. Hamstring injuries are pretty devastating for running sports so what can you do to reduce your risk of experiencing one? This blog will set out to look at some of the evidence available regarding stretching and foam rolling and asks whether they are effective. Then we take a look at some of the evidence on strength training and finally, give an evid...
Kettlebells for Beginners

Kettlebells for Beginners

I love kettlebell training, I find them convenient, versatile and progressively challenging. There is a technical element to many of the lifts that just isn’t present with more traditional forms of resistance training. As much as I love a good barbell deadlift, there’s just something more organic about one of the more complex kettlebell movements like, say, the Turkish getup. There are so many joints and muscles being used, it requires control, balance, concentration and coordination, it’s not a million miles away from yoga in many respects but with the added benefit of having to control a ...
Kettlebells and Science

Kettlebells and Science

Being evidence-based is important, it means that you can be confident that the advice you give is based on facts, not opinions or, worse still, feelings. For example, any fitness or nutrition ‘expert’ who claims that weight loss occurs only when you control for insulin secretion is wrong. I can say that with 100% confidence because there is enough compelling evidence that shows that simply is not the case and that insulin-obesity hypothesis has NEVER been proven by science (1, 2, 3). Of course, the evidence doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story, but it can certainly show us when somethin...