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…)

Abs are made in the gym. They’re not made in the kitchen unless your kitchen just happened to double up as a gym!

Yes, you’re only going to be able to see your abs when your body fat is low enough; below 10-12% for most men, and below about 15-17% for women. But the abdominal muscles are just like any other muscle group, they need resistance and progressive overload in order to grow. In the case of your abs however, rather than growing and making your waste thicker, they have the tendency to just become harder, tighter and more deeply etched. This is good news for those of us that want to maintain a small waist size. (more…)

IS THIS YOU?

We all know how it feels; you get back off your holiday and you’re feeling worse than before you went. We all get the post-holiday blues, but that doesn’t help when you’re feeling like months of hard work in the gym, keeping track of your macros and so on, have been ruined in just a week or two.

You might have started the holiday feeling pretty good about your body shape, looking back at yourself you may have not even realised at the time how good you were looking at the time. But, in just that short break where your normal eating and exercise routine had been forgotten; the ab lines have gone, a few jiggly bits have appeared, and what’s worse is that your energy levels and motivation are at an all time low.

WELL, STOP WHINING AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

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In an old article we covered the different mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy. There are three; mechanical tension, metabolic stress, and muscle damage. If you neglect any of them within your training then, bro, you’re majorly missing out! With all the poor technique, lifting too heavy and swinging of weights seen in gyms the world over, there’s lots of mechanical tension and muscle damage going on! Metabolic stress could do with a little more attention sometimes, especially with newbies. Enter the “Constant Tension Method” (more…)