Ever done a set of heavy squats or deadlifts only to have your SI joint flare up? Do you find yourself rolling your legs side to side trying to alleviate the pain? How about waking up after a terrible night’s sleep due to an on-going irritation in your lower back? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Prevention is better than cure, that is a saying every active person needs to know and adhere to! When it comes to injuries, prehab is a term for exercises that can help prevent them.
Some people train for health, mental as well as physical, others for aesthetics and others for performance. For some of us it’s an occupational necessity. I confess to training for all of these reasons. But the single most dominant factor which motivates my training is simple – increasing my chances of not getting dead.
Vitamin D supplementation has been labelled somewhat of a miracle supplement, helping to prevent anything from osteoporosis to autoimmune diseases, cancer, blood pressure regulation, immune health, cardiovascular disease, obesity and more.
Recovery is all about making sure that after high intensity training or competition, you can get up the next day and perform at the same level. Whether you are working in the film industry or not here are some tips from Tom Lowes to help you optimise recovery and maintain physical and mental performance.
The saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ best describes how modern society came to cause one of the largest man-made environmental disasters’ humans have ever seen1.
Magnesium is one of the most common nutrient insufficiencies, especially in those taking part in regular exercise. In this article we are going to look at the role of magnesium in exercise performance and recovery.
When ART® is talked about in health and fitness, it’s not being referred to as paintings! ART® (Active Release Techniques) is a very advanced patented soft tissue method that releases connective tissue (fascia).
“Everyone wants to be a beast, until it comes to doing what beast’s do” – Eric Thomas. You may have heard this quote before on a motivational montage that you listen to before training. I used to. I did it so for years and always said to myself that I’ll train as hard as humanly possible no matter what the situation. Lack of sleep, still train hard. Missed a meal, still push myself to the limit. Emotional stress, distract myself and push it to the back of my mind. This is what beast’s do isn’t it?
In case you have been living under a rock over the past 1-2 years, you might have seen a lot of press and coverage around the subject of plastic. When the likes of Sir David Attenborough dedicate so much time to creating a movement away from the use of plastic you know it’s got to be pretty important.
In part one of this series we explored what our brain is capable of. This entailed looking into brain anatomy, exceptional cases of intelligence and the mathematical possibilities behind the scope of our potential brain power. This article will continue to investigate the notion of heightened brain activity and outline ways in which you can boost your own focus, mood and productivity levels.
In this article we are going to look at how you can increase the phytonutrient levels in your diet.
In this article we discuss the far-reaching effects of phytonutrients, the compounds found natural in foods that can have a powerful impact on your health. We look at different phytonutrients, their benefits and how the colour of your food can help guide you, when trying to increase certain phytonutrients in your diet.
What’s more superhuman than being able to find a bar and smash out a few chin ups girls? Do you want to know how? Well read on!
In the final instalment of the mastering the compound lifts, I will be dissecting the most technically demanding of all lifts; the squat.
Calling all athletes and those of you that train like an athlete – if you haven’t tried Yoga yet, here is your cue.
Although it could be argued that the deadlift is the ultimate back builder, I would definitely have to say the pull up is on a par for developing strength, hypertrophy and shoulder health. Show me a guy who can do multiple sets of 10 plus reps on pull ups and you’ll also show me a guy with a wide, thick, muscular back. Barbells without a shadow of doubt build mass, but nothing screams athleticism quite as much as being a master of controlling your own body weight.
If the deadlift is the King of lifts, the overhead press would definitely be Queen. This movement is incredibly challenging, marrying it to the deadlift when it comes to the first two disciplines in any strongman competition. When it comes to deciphering which man/woman possesses the most brute force and power, nothing will give a better indication than how much you can pick up off the floor and how much you can press above your head.
Quite simply, Breath equals Life. From the moment you take your first inhalation to the moment you take your very last exhalation, to breathe is to live. We can go without food for forty days and without water for three days, yet we can die after just a few minutes of not breathing. So does it not make sense to learn to use this gift of breathing more effectively?
If you want to add size and strength, you need to be in an environment where you can safely add load. No exercise can place quite as many pounds through the upper body as the bench press. This has made it the “go-to” exercise for trainees all around the world when it comes to building the chest, shoulders, arms and back.