free weights vs machines

In any commercial fitness gym you’ll see a combination of both free weights and machines. Some people use just free weights for their workout, some go from machine to machine to get their pump, and some use a combination of both. This creates the question: which is better for you? Weight Machines – Pros and Cons Pros Easy to learn …

Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Article by  Kris Gunnars Intermittent fasting (IF) is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends. People are using it to lose weight, improve health and simplify their healthy lifestyle. Many studies show that it can have powerful effects on your body and brain, and may even help you live longer This is the ultimate beginner’s guide …

Executing the perfect pull up

The pull-up. An exercise that seems oh-so-simple to execute—just hang from a bar and pull, right? Exactly! Unfortunately the first attempt (and second, and third) is likely to result in more grimacing and groaning than upward movement. So just how much patience and practice does one pull-up require? First-time exercisers and regular gym goers  alike struggle to perfect this simple …

WHAT IS TABATA TRAINING?

Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT). It consists of eight rounds of ultra-high-intensity exercises in a specific 20-seconds-on, 10-seconds-off interval. It may only take four minutes to complete a Tabata circuit, but those four minutes may well push your body to its absolute limit. Tabata training was born after Japanese scientist Izumi …

Spot Reduction Myth – Can Certain Exercises Lose Fat From A Specific Area?

Are you one of those people who does endless amounts of crunches in the hope will help you lose fat from your stomach? If so, then you have bought into the concept of spot reduction. Spot reduction refers to the idea that you can “reduce” the fat from one specific “spot” on your body just by doing exercises that target …

The Importance of Correct Technique

Go to any gym in the world, and you will find  a lifter, regardless of gender, weight training with an unrealistic weight; throwing the weights around instead of focusing on form and maximum muscle contraction.  Unfortunately for many lifters, who are trying to achieve an aesthetic physique, are so consumed with hoisting the weight that they have lost perspective of …

Are you too Acidic? Learn how to balance your bodys pH

pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 — a lower number means a higher level of acidity (and generally less oxygen) is present, and higher number indicates a higher level of alkalinity. A solution is considered neutral, neither acid nor alkaline, when it has a pH of …

Is CORTISOL affecting your gains?

What is Cortisol? What is cortisol? Cortisol is a steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. It is often called the “stress hormone” because its levels rise following emotional and physical stress. This hormone is more than just a simple indicator of stress levels; it’s also necessary for the functioning of almost every part of the human body. Deficiencies or …

Spicy Korean Turkey Burgers with Kimchi

Korean chile paste (pictured), available from any Korean/Asian grocery store blended into the turkey mince makes this turkey burger recipe incredibly moist and flavorful. Top these healthy turkey burgers with kimchi—a fermented mixture of cabbage and other vegetables—which can be found near other refrigerated  ingredients in any Korean Grocery store. Ingredients 150g Turkey Mince 1 Large Spring Onion 2 Cos …

ZMA and why you should be taking it

      Many of us take a keen interest in our pre, intra and post workout supplements, but how many of us take an active interest in our pre-sleep supplements? There’s more to night time supplementation than a constant drip feed of amino acids that can be provided by casein protein. One key night time supplement you might be …