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Essential Guide to Yoga Poses

Essential Guide to Yoga Poses

Yoga is now more popular than ever, but with classes often lacking that 1 to 1 attention how do we make sure we are doing it right? That’s where our man The Downward Doug comes in. Whether you’re a total newbie or a dedicated practitioner who’s looking to deepen your practice this guide will help. Breaking down the poses and explaining the attention behind them you’ll feel confident whipping out these poses whether at home or in your favourite class. There’s never been a better time to #getdownwithdoug

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The Bullet Proof Body Part 4: Grip

The Bullet Proof Body Part 4: Grip

The bullet proof body would not be complete without talking about one of the most overlooked aspects of raw strength; grip training. Having a vice like grip not only increases your capacity for strength, it’s a vital part of being injury free as well. This article will follow suit as the rest of the series.

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The Bullet Proof Body Part 3: Shoulders

The Bullet Proof Body Part 3: Shoulders

If I had a penny for every time someone asked me this question, I’d have about 5p, but still, it’s almost an immediate reply whenever anyone asks if I lift weights. The bench press is like the male right of passage in the gym. If you can bench a lot, it’s like it cements your alpha status. Everyone wants a big bench and big chest. Now what if I told you your bench press doesn’t actually have as much to do with your chest and triceps as you think.

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The Bullet Proof Body Part 2: Lower Back

The Bullet Proof Body Part 2: Lower Back

In part 1 of the bullet proof body I spoke about the importance of the feet and ankle mobility. The reason why I started here is that this is the first area I would look at for anyone suffering from lower back pain. Make sure you read part 1 before this article, as it will massively help you understand some key principles behind injury proofing your body. This article will follow the same suit as the last. First, I’ll be discussing a little bit about biomechanics and common reasons for lower back pain, then I’ll be giving my top 3 tips for correcting issues and building pain free foundations.

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The Bullet Proof Body Part 1: Foot & Ankle

The Bullet Proof Body Part 1: Foot & Ankle

Many people assume that it’s the people who train the hardest that achieve insurmountable amounts of size and strength. This isn’t actually the case. Training hard is important but the person who can train injury free will always make more linear progression. Looking after and “pre-habing” your body is an essential part of training. Although corrective work doesn’t seem that glamorous, it potentiates size and strength, making it a key aspect of effective training.

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Fit for a fight – Train like a champion

Fit for a fight – Train like a champion

With the meteoric rise in popularity of mixed martial arts and the already huge following of boxing around the world, most average gym Joe’s will have noted what extraordinary physiques these modern day gladiators have. These real, but seemingly unobtainable chiselled bodies, look like they could be straight off the set of 300.

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Injury Proofing: Small Muscles, Big Difference

Injury Proofing: Small Muscles, Big Difference

Squats, Benching and Deadlifts get all the attention. They’re seen as the sexy movements that build the most muscle. When you think of strengthening your body, these are probably the first lot of exercises that come to mind.

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Excitement Vs Consistency: When you should and shouldn’t change your training programme

Excitement Vs Consistency: When you should and shouldn’t change your training programme

Crossfit, bodybuilding, olympic weightlifting, strongman, powerlifting, HIIT training, conditioning, calisthenics, MMA, boxing, yoga, hot yoga, naked yoga… (all read in a brash american car retailer voice blurting out deals during a closing down sale). We are inundated with a smorgasbord of training modes, all being sold to us with the elixir of getting us jacked or shredded.

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Talk is cheap!

Talk is cheap!

We all know someone, (or perhaps we are that someone), who says they want something – yet they never come through with the goods. How long are you going to say you want something, yet you never commit the time and dedication to get it?

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Periodisation Fundamentals

Periodisation Fundamentals

Strength training is an art form. It’s a beautiful combination of problem solving, mathematical equations, brute power and patience. Getting stronger is not simply a case of lift more each week and try harder, you must follow certain principles that allow for long term adaptations.

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Strength Training Foundations

Strength Training Foundations

“Strength is the mother of all qualities”. This is a quote that I heard early on in my career which resonated with me quite a lot. From a young age, strength has always fascinated me. Whether it was watching Superman pick up cars or colossal men move atlas stones on World’s Strongest Man, I knew that the pursuit of a strong, powerful physique was something I wanted to dedicate my life to.

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Hypertrophy Training Foundations

Hypertrophy Training Foundations

Building muscle is not an easy feat. Many presume you just go to the gym, lift some weights, eat more protein and the process looks after itself. The reality is that there are a lot more pieces to the puzzle than that.

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Ultimate Conditioning

Ultimate Conditioning

When training for strength and size you should never overlook the importance of staying in excellent condition. You may think that high intensity conditioning compromises your gains from weight training, This is untrue.

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The Kettlebell Swing

The Kettlebell Swing

The Swing is the centre of the Kettlebell universe and is the foundation movement when it comes to kettlebell training.

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The Benefits of Kettlebell Training

The Benefits of Kettlebell Training

Kettlebell training is accessible and practical for everybody. Whether you are an elite athlete looking for an edge or looking to discover fitness for the first time. Kettlebells seem like a new phenomenon featured in fitness magazines, TV shows and gym facilities, but they are not that new, in fact they have been around for over 300 years.

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Using German body composition training for structural balance and fat loss

Using German body composition training for structural balance and fat loss

Here is a method I used to use a lot with clients back in the day when I used to work as a PT. I originally learnt this method from strength coach Charles Poliquin.

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1 minute rule method for fat loss

1 minute rule method for fat loss

Here is a quick and very effective method that can be utilised when looking for a short and intense workout that I got from Tom Hibbert owner of Winning Health Solutions in Southampton who in turn learnt from Andre Benoit an ex Olympian and now world renowned strength and conditioning coach.

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Melt fat in 4 weeks with this training routine

Melt fat in 4 weeks with this training routine

In this new feature for Fit For Films we are going to post up some free example training protocols that we would use with clients to maximise body composition results, starting with Death Circuits.

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