Many people would argue the Back Squat to be the King of lower body exercises, and the best quads builder out there. However, crowning the best lower body exercise is kind of like trying to decide who should rule the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones. You might have your favourite, but there’s pros and cons to all of them. Depending on who you are, they can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. But its easy to keep your allegiances with the one you know best. And by the way going back to G.O.T I’m with Jon Snow all the way!! (more…)

Earlier this week I got to hit an epic lower body workout. Now for some people this doesn’t sound like much to shout about, but for me this was a huge milestone.

I’ve NEVER in my entire life suffered from an injury. I played Rugby to a very high standard for years and never even then had any issues. I might have fractured the odd finger or toe that I never really noticed at the time, but in general I was both very lucky, and I kept myself in good shape and understood the importance of injury prevention exercise from a young age.

By the age of 18 and sitting at around a lean 82kg I was able to deadlift 220kg and parallel squat 180kg for reps. Although these numbers increased as I got older, now at the ripe old age of 29 and a lean 94kg I haven’t squatted or deadlifted anywhere near what I did when I was 18 in at least the last couple of years! 18 year old me would whoop 29 year old me butt in a deadlifting or squatting competition. (more…)

Let’s start with a question; how many times have you actually felt your back working and on fire during a workout? If you’re like most people I bet not very many, if at all.

Not being able to actually see what you’re working doesn’t help, as well as the fact that we’re all using the same old back exercises. No one is experimenting with their back training to see what actually feels good. Experimenting with new exercises is something at Team Maverick we’re pretty good at! We know the science, and we love being creative! Also, we don’t like to get bored with our own workouts, or those we’re giving our clients, so this forces us to experiment! To your benefit this means you won’t ever get bored either! At Team Maverick we’ve got your back….pun intended!

These are some of the most effective back exercises you’ve never tried… (more…)

I could quite easily write this article full of puns and innuendo; We’re talking about butts after all. Glutes, ass, arse, tushy, booty, the money maker… whatever you want to call it, glute training is important! Because STRONG glutes are important. Good glutes make you stronger, faster, less injury prone, and hotter! It’s just a fact: Girls like big butts and they cannot lie… you other brothers can’t deny… (ok I’ll stop with the references now)!!

Girls know all about working their asses off (literally), but for some reason guys just don’t get it. Well I’m making it my mission to get guys to fall in love with glute training. No woman wants a guy with a pancake butt, nor do you want to be that guy that only ever trains upper body (you know who you are). Yes, sometimes even just thinking of heavy squats and deadlifts can be draining, but with glute training, and this easy to follow programme below, you’ll never have this problem. (more…)

If you’re like the rest of the world this time of year, it’s likely that between Halloween and New Year you’ll gain between 2-10 pounds in weight. And that’s not muscle either; Most of it’ll be the wobbly stuff you’ve been working hard on for most of the year to get rid of!

It’s the most jolly of jolliest times of year but this festive fun all comes at a price, with less exercise, more TV, and a load more junk food it’s far too easy to let the body go a little!

Here are 8 essential tips to help you keep your body in check, and stop your six-pack turning in to a beer keg, this time of year: (more…)