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Deadlift and squat technique

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Deadlifts and squats are 2 of the best exercises as they work so many muscles and actually lead to better strength (which you can find useful in everyday life… i.e being able to lift heavy from the ground is very useful – maybe not squatting heavy things so much, but squats still work so many muscles!). However they also require ALOT of technique and proper technique, otherwise you can hurt yourself and can lead to back problems which take months to heal.

So hopefully the below gifs will help you 🙂 And remember FORM OVER WEIGHT – ALWAYS.

Best strength training workout for beginners?

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Best weight training for a beginner? 🙂

It depends what your goals are? And how often you are going to do it… But maybe start with 3 days a week (with 1-2 days inbetween the workouts) where you do 3 full body workouts – i.e legs&but, arms & back, stomach. Or you do one leg workout, one upper body workout and one full body workout per week.

This site: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/beginner_weight_training.htm can help you as well 🙂 This site as well: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw57.htm

Think about what your goals are – muscle gain, strength, endurance etc and then decide the sets, weights, reps etc depending on that. And decide whether you are going to use weights, machines, body weight or resistance bands… all are good 🙂

Fitness is not a body size

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I often get told by people who are recovering that they want to get fit (again)… that they want to exercise to get fit. Which is great…. but the question is, what is their definition of fit?

Because it feels like many peoples only definition and view of fit is having a low body fat procent, and visible muscles to some degree.

  You see someone who is very lean, has sort of visible abs and posts a picture flexing and you think Wow, that person is sooo fit. I want to look like him/her.  But the truth is, that person might just have been on a diet to lose fat and genetically have more visible muscles… but not be able to run more than 2km or lift anything heavy… they just look a certain way.

I am not bashing that look at all, but fitness is not a body shape. You can be super fit and healthy but be more curvy or on the bigger side. You DONT need to lose weight to be fit (unless you are very overweight/obese.. then logically its hard to be fit and be able to  run, lift heavy things, flexible etc etc ). You can be any shape or size… of course you can be underweight and fit i.e be able to carry out certain tasks. But you arent phsyically healthy/fit if you are underweight or over weight… making you not actually fit. Just strong/fast/flexible etc

The definition of fitness according to the dictionary is:  1) the condition of being physically fit and healthy. 2)the quality of being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task.

There is no mention of weight or size in the definition. That is just something that society and media has told us… that you have to look a certain way to be fit.

But trust me there are people who are on the bigger side and run several marathons each year, they eat healthier and workout more than someone who is naturally skinny and eats lots of junk food and just happens to look like the ‘ideal’ (though i think its stupid that there is some ideal body.)

You can NOT judge someones fitness by their body shape. There are people at my gym who are super strong or super fast (or both!) but might not look like the ‘typical’ fitness person. But i have gone up to those people and complimented them, told them that they are working so hard and i am impressed. Because i truly am and i believe people do need to hear some compliments and encouragment for their work!

  

If you want to get fit, that is awesome. Working on your physical health and all components of exercise and fitness. However DONT mix up the two of wanting to look a certain way and wanting to improve your fitness, because the two arent the same thing.

   If you want to look a certain way, your goal isnt to improve your actual health… to improve the different components of exercise. Your goal is just to build muscle/lost fat/tone up etc…

So please be aware that to be fit you dont have to lose fat or lose weight… though gaining muscle does aid in fitness, though you DONT need visible muscles and a low body fat procent to be fitness.

Fitness is NOT chicken, brocolli and quark. Fitness is NOT running 10km everyday. Fitness is NOT having a super low body fat procent and visible abs and muscles.

Fitness is the ability to complete different tasks… if you were asked to hike 10km you would be able to do it. If you had to run 5km you would be able to do it. If you had to move a car or lift a heavy box you would be able to do it….

Focus on fitness and health NOT just changing your body.

 

How to improve deadlifts

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Does Your Deadlift Suck?

Tonight I realized that, in over a relatively short period of time, I had taken my broken-ass deadlift from shit… to fucking awesome. So I thought I would share some thoughts with everyone on how I got there. This list is excellent for beginners, but even if you’re an experienced lifter, you may be overlooking something.

1. Don’t be a pussy

Yeah, the deadlift sucks. But it’s a true test of your posterior chain (the muscles on your backside). If you’re serious about being big and/or strong, you had better do some deadlifts.

2. Technique

Study good technique. Don’t just watch YouTube gym gurus. Instead, watch professional powerlifters and bodybuilders perform all sorts of deadlifts. If they’re pros, they’re doing something right.

Have someone smart watch you. Sometimes this involves videoing your training session and posting it on Facebook and YouTube—where every asshole can post about it. But if you don’t have people keeping an eye on you, it’s very easy to slip into bad habits.

Practice makes permanent. If you practice bad technique, you will be plagued with bad technique. I will not deadlift for reps of max effort if I do not have someone smart watching it.

Technique is half the deadlift. If your technique sucks, you will get hurt and are shortchanging yourself.

3. Lighten the load

Leave your ego at the door. Sometimes (a lot of the time) you need to lighten the weight and do more reps. This follows Tip #2: if you can’t do 10 or more reps with excellent form, something might be wrong.

Deadlifting heavy is taxing on the CNS. If you go heavy too often, your gains will eventually suffer. I’ve learned this myself and so have many of my training partners. Don’t learn it the hard way.

4. Speed

The other half of the deadlift is explosiveness. With very few exceptions, the deadlift is a two- to three-second lift, and every second after three, your odds of locking it out decrease exponentially. So do some research on the various methods for becoming more explosive. The dynamic effort method is most widely used by power athletes but is really just another form of plyometrics. If you are not explosive, your deadlift will suffer.

5. Your core is weak

Your core isn’t just your abs. Your core consists of your abdominals, obliques, spinal erectors, hips, lats, and traps. If your deadlift is struggling, strengthening and conditioning all of these muscles will increase your lift even if they aren’t the main culprit. Having a stronger core will also make all of your other multi-joint lifts stronger and better, so just do it. (Oh, and refer to Tip #1 and remember that a six-pack does not always equal strong abs).

6. Your grip sucks

Having a strong grip is a necessity when deadlifting for a lot of reps or with heavy weight. However, sore forearms and feeling like you can’t hold on to the bar is very psychologically damaging and may hold you back. Plus, we could all use a stronger grip and it benefits every lift, so why not do it?

7. You need better conditioning

You need to have the energy to get work done. One thing I began to notice was that I was burning out by the end of my warmup. My conditioning was shit, and it was keeping my deadlift in the mud. So, sometimes it’s beneficial to lighten the load and do more reps (See Tip #3). Also, every now and then cut your rest time to really annihilate yourself. The deadlift is very taxing on your body and regardless of the intensity of the workout, you’ll probably be feeling dead after it.

Source: http://articles.elitefts.com/training-articles/does-your-deadlift-suck/

How do i stay motivated

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How do you stay motivated? I can only go a week at a time without falling off the wagon and eating like crap and not exercising.

Well for me its a lifestyle i love… its not a diet im on. I dont deprive myself… i dont tell myself i cant eat chocolate. If i want chocolate i eat it… but when i eat it all i want is a square or 1-2 rows of chocolate, i dont need to eat the whole bar.

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I love healthy eating its delicious and fills me with energy, but i also love ben and jerrys and chocolate so eat that when i crave it.

I love all forms of exercise and each morning i wake up filled with energy and am happy to have energy. To be able to eat delicious food, to be able to exercise. To lift heavy weights or run fast!!! I love it.

So make it a lifestyle… dont starve or deprive yourself.

Have a goal you are working towards and know how to reach the goal.

See it as a journey, not just something you wikll do for a short period of time.

Find YOUR balance and moderation. Dont just follow what everyone else is going… find what works for you.

Dont forget to live life as well… eat healthy and exercise whilst also having fun, being healthy, spending time wtih friends etc

Make small changes all the time to make it a lifestyle and make it a long term thing.

Find what YOU enjoy doing…. be happy to wake up and be able to exercise and eat healthy.

Dont see it as falling off the wagon… because what wagon is there? You can decide to go for a walk now instead of sitting and watching TV. Or you can decide that your next meal will be a healthy one not burgers and fries… you ALWAYS have the choice.

Find motivational songs, buy new workouts clothes, have mini goals you want to reach, have healthy food in your house. Make a routine and habit of working out a few times a week and eating healthy 5/6 meals.

Peanut butter

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Nut butters are known for being healthy for you… though it only depends on which you chose. If you choose the organic ones with only peanuts, oil and salt as ingredients then its healthy and you get healthy fats from it. However if you choose the PBS like Skippy or the ones with added sugar and flavourings, then they arent so healthy.

But if you eat the all natural ones then eating 1-2 TBs is the reccommended daily amount 🙂 Mmmmm

Make sure to check the ingredients before you buy a nut butter! Also know its easy to make your own nut butters and its often cheaper 🙂

 

Eat right, not less

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If you want to see results the important thing is to change your eating habits – as that is usually where people go wrong. They find it easy to workout, or have atleast gotten a routine with working out. But what they do with food is either cut down really low and cut out food groups and lots of food and eat a starvation diet, but then their body starts crying out for food and suddenly you binge and then you feel anxious and you restrict and so the viscious cycle begins.

To lose weight – yes, you do need to eat a decrease in calories but you can still eat lots of food, if its healthy food. And if you just want to be healthy, then what you should focus on is changing the foods you eat rather than counting calories.

Change white pasta and white bread to whole grain pasta and brow bread. Instead of chocolate 5 days a week eat it 1 day a week and find a healthy alternative the other days. Instead of burger and fries for dinner make sweet potatoe fries and a chicken burger with salad. Drink water instead of juice… All those changes is what matters, not if you ate 50kcal more or less….

Eat nutrious food, not just the low calorie ones. A banana and a 100kcal special K bar might have the same calories but the banana will give you more energy and keep you fuller for longer.

 

 

Why you should drink your water!

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WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK A SHITLOAD OF WATER DAILY

Your brain is your biggest liquid asset. It is composed of more than 85 percent water. Little wonder then that if you are dehydrated, your thinking ability drops dramatically, as does the performance of your whole body.

● Water is 2nd only to oxygen in survival. A body can live for minutes without oxygen, for a few days without water, and several weeks without food.

● The human body is 60% water, blood is 90% water, muscles are 75% water, and bone is 25% water. Water is one of the main structures of the body. Drain your body of water you’ll be left with a few pounds of chemicals that are worth about $5 you guys!

●Your brain is 1/50 of your total body weight, but it receives 20% of the blood circulation, so 1/5 of your body’s water requirements come from your brain.

●Water balances and regulates almost every other system in the body — temperature regulation, digestion, and waste excretion. You cannot eliminate toxins from your body with insufficient water.

●Most headaches and feelings of fatigue are caused by dehydration.

●You lose about 10 cups of fluid each day in sweat, urine, and bowel movements. Even the air you exhale contains vital water vapor.

●If you wait until you are thirsty to drink, you are already dehydrated. Unlike hunger, thirst is a bad sign.

●Drinks that contain caffeine (colas and coffee) are diuretics, which means they lessen the body’s ability to absorb and retain water — they rob the body of water.

●It is the most time efficient way of improving your mood and overall performance. It takes seconds to drink a glass of water, but the benefits last for hours.

●Combined with a healthy lifestyle, drinking water increases weight loss.

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