Free weights and machine weights

Safety and being injury free should always take precedence.  If you cannot safely perform an exercise with free weights safely, yet can perform a machine version of it always go with the machine. However, if you are able to safely and productively perform a free weights version of the exercise (e.g the squat) always go down the free weight route. […]

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Trap/Hex/Shrug Bar

These are not so widespread amongst commercial gyms but can be bought and are a useful addition to any home gym. Typically power lifters can add an extra 45lbs/20 kg of weight on their deadlift using a trap bar over an Olympic barbell. Essentially, you stand inside of the hexagon which offers a more neutral lift meaning there is less pressure on your lower […]

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Neck Harness

Utilising a neck harness is a fantastic way of creating a stronger and thicker neck. A stronger neck is particularly useful for a number of contact sports such as football, rugby and boxing, however, it is also useful when performing the squat and deadlift for stability. A neck harness comprises of a chain which is connected to a cap like structure […]

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Dips Belt

Another great and cost effective way of adding resistance to some of your exercises is a dip belt.  Commonly used whilst performing dips to increase the resistance and in turn build hulk like strength and size. Dips are an incredibly effective exercise for upper body development and using a simple bit of equipment can really help you develop. The belt […]

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Olympic Barbell and Olympic plates

If you are looking to get the most from the least amount of equipment you should look at an Olympic Barbell and plates. An Olympic barbell with plates and a number of exercises such as the deadlift, military press, curls and the clean and press can be done with no other equipment, additionally it takes up very little space to store […]

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Lifting Straps – How to use them

Although it is much better to not rely on lifting straps, on occasion for some of the much heavier lifts such as deadlifts or shrugs your progression should not be hampered by lesser grip strength. We all know heavy deadlifts are one of the key exercises for big gains and should your grip start to falter yet your still has the […]

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Parallel Bar Dips

The parallel bar dip works more muscle than the bench press.  Prior to bench pressing benches standard fare in gyms, the dip was a very popular exercise. The exercises does not require any spotters or safety bars and is a multi-joint exercise that involves a large mass of musculature. It is an extremely effective exercise that should be included in […]

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How to Produce Muscle and Strength Fast

How can I build muscle and strength naturally and quickly? One of the great questions of modern life, probably, or at least it was the question I asked 13 years ago as I stumbled into a gym down in Elephant & Castle bewildered if anything by the protein induced farts, yuck. It is entirely possible to pack on up to […]

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Let’s build some serious muscle and might!

  One of the main questions anyone asks when new to weightlifting is, “What exercises should I do?” There’s no real avoiding it; compound exercises are the most productive in terms of building superior strength and size. Along with the deadlift and the bench press, the squat is (should be if it already isn’t) the mainstay of any routine.  Let’s […]

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My Review of DSC Nutrition Flavored Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine is a stalwart for anyone looking to pack on muscle and strength, the results from taking creatine speak for themselves… http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/creatine.html We are trying a newcomer to the supplement market; DSC Nutrition who are based in the South of the UK. The company has only been trading for about 13 months at the time of press but boast a […]

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