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3 Workouts to get that V-shape

If masculinity had a ‘look,’ the classic V-shape would be ‘it.’
Broad shoulders, narrow waist and flaring lats all can make a male physique look heroic and that might be something you’re trying to attain yourself.
 
So here are three workouts to help you achieve that V-shape.
 
Getting broader shoulders
You getting broader shoulders will be somewhat limited by the length of your clavicle (collar bone). But this doesn’t mean your muscle gains are limited.
The muscles you want to target for getting broader shoulders are the medial (middle) heads of your deltoid muscles.
Your deltoids sit at the top of your arms and the medial … Read more

Sick of the same old? 5 reasons a coach should be your next step

In the journey toward personal growth, building a physique you’re proud of, reclaiming your energy and productivity and sifting through the sea of nutritional misinformation available to us, there often comes a point where your progress stalls or becomes frustratingly slow.
It’s during these times that seeking the guidance of a coach can be a game-changer. Coaches bring expertise, accountability, and a fresh perspective to help you overcome obstacles and break through plateaus.
If you’re not seeing the results you desire, here are five compelling reasons why enlisting a coach might be the missing piece to your puzzle.
1. Expertise and Knowledge
Coaches are … Read more

Protein Power: How Much Protein Do You Really Need to Build Muscle?

When it comes to building muscle, protein is the quintessential nutrient that forms the bedrock of progress.
It’s the fuel that drives muscle repair, growth, and recovery after intense workouts. But how much protein do you truly need to achieve optimal muscle gain? Let’s delve into the science behind protein requirements, the factors influencing these needs, and the optimal intake for individuals striving to build muscle effectively.
The Role of Protein in Muscle Building:
Protein, composed of essential amino acids, is the building block of muscle tissue. Lifting weights creates micro-tears in muscle fibres and protein plays a vital role in repairing and … Read more

I can’t feel my chest when training – do this

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
“When I train my chest, I always feel it more in my shoulders than my pecs.”
“No matter what I do I can’t make my chest sore… or even feel it!”
Guys, most of us love training our chest. But its a real kick in the proverbial balls when we put all that effort in and feel nothing for it.
Of the hundreds of guys I’ve coached over the years there is always a common thread for anyone who can’t feel their chest when training, or stimulate growth from it…
MUSCLE ENGAGEMENT
If you can’t engage, contract and feel a muscle squeezing … Read more

How to get rid of muscle soreness

You may love it. You may hate it.
Muscle soreness is one of those things that can leave you feeling like you want to spend the day in a wheelchair or sadistically satisfied…
Either way, everyone wants to know what can you do to bounce back as fast as possible from post workout muscle soreness.
Here are the most effective methods to speed up your recovery between sessions and get rid of ‘delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
HOT / COLD CONTRAST SHOWERS
Just take a 5 minute shower, and alternate between 1 minute cold and 30 seconds hot, showering the water onto the muscle you … Read more

5 ways to flavour your coffee without adding sugar or milk

Do you love a cup of coffee but don’t want the sugar or dairy?
Some of us use coffee as a powerful pre workout, some of us use it as a pick me up on the way to work, some of us use it to get switched on mentally and some of us just love it!
I could write about the pros and cons of coffee spanning a few articles but this is simply for those that fancy a cup without the added sugar or milk and are looking for a way to spice up the flavour.
Coffee with cinnamon
Simply stirring in half … Read more

Should you train in a plastic bag?

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Alcohol – Good, Bad, How to limit consumption and effects

This is part three of my alcohol series. If you missed part one or two here they are:
Will alcohol stop you losing weight?
Will alcohol prevent you gaining muscle?
Now let me start this article by saying …
Alcohol is not all bad!
Good points
Improve cholesterol
Moderate alcohol consumption can; raise good (HDL) cholesterol, lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and reduce your risk of clogged arteries which lead to heart attacks.
Reduced risk of heart disease
Moderate alcohol consumption reduces risk of heart disease. Moderate drinkers have a lower risk of death from heart disease than teetotallers or heavy drinkers. This may be due to increasing HDL cholesterol … Read more

Will alcohol prevent me gaining muscle?

You love a good drinking session but you also love a great workout and building some real muscle.
Can you do both?
If you haven’t read my article ‘Will alcohol stop me losing weight?’ take a look here as this article will predominantly focus on alcohol’s effect on your ability to build muscle.
So let’s get straight into the facts…
Reduced testosterone production
If you want to build muscle one of the first considerations you should have is if you are producing an optimal amount of testosterone.
Unfortunately every time you consume alcohol this key anabolic hormones production plummets.
Studies have shown that consuming 1.5g of alcohol … Read more

10 ways to make dieting a pleasure

As soon as you say the word ‘dieting’ it conjures up all kinds of mental imagery of bland and boring, ‘chicken and broccoli’ type meals with no flavours ready to make you starving hungry and miserably restricted.
TRUST ME
Dieting doesn’t need to be like this. FACT
MY TAKE ON DIETING
A diet pan should only last around 14-30 days. The purpose being that it educates you on a healthy eating patterns and how to structure and schedule your preferred eating style around your busy schedule.
After this time you should be able to leave the diet plan behind and be self sustaining. This is … Read more