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Loving training – why it matters and how to do it

Whether you’re an aspiring powerlifter/bodybuilder or just at the gym for your health and wellbeing, one of the biggest favours you can do yourself is learning to love the process of training. Besides the fact that training is (unless you’re some type of professional) a hobby, and that the health benefits of exercise are contingent
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Hypertrophy training – it’s not that complicated

I’ve included a TLDR summary for this article. Because each individual subsection is a little inconclusive (because there is a massive grey zone in most respects where a huge number of approaches are viable) you probably won’t get the point until you’ve read the lot. So I suggest reading the TLDR before you begin even
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Variations – What are you doing and why?

Whether you’re a powerlifter, bodybuilder, or just training for general strength, every exercise that you perform SHOULD have a distinct purpose, whether that happens to be very complicated or simple. In general I think structuring your program around the development of key lifts or movements is a good idea. For powerlifters, obviously, this is a
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Training Novices - how to get better, better

Are you bad at lifting (me too!)? Do you train people who are new to lifting? Whether you are constructing a program for yourself/your clients or following another plan, my thoughts below should help you understand where and why to invest your efforts.   What is a novice? Other people have rigorous definitions for novice
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Deadlift corrections to fix your lockout and spare your back

This article is for lifters who fall into two camps.   Firstly, the people for whom any reasonable volume of deadlifting gives them either a back pump or pain/spasm. Secondly, people for whom their lockout is especially laborious and slow.   If you don’t have the BASICs down, have a look at this video from
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IIFYM - Don't be dumb

If you like this content and want to learn more from me, check out Fitness Fundamentals – a website providing the most up to date, applicable fitness information, run by my colleague Luke Tulloch and with content written by me. Yet another article on If It Fits Your Macros (hereafter IIFYM). I know these have
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Strength training articles

See below for the links to a two part article series I contributed for Fitness First Magazine about strength training. Note that the nutrition subsections were not written by me   Part One http://ffmag.com/strength-training-101-beginner-strength-workout/   Part Two http://ffmag.com/heavy-lifting-advanced-strength-workout/   If you like this stuff, I’ll send you more stuff. It’s free, sign up here.
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Training and Eating on Holiday

Originally posted on Lucid Health Coaching’s blog I’m Will Berkman – I’m a personal trainer, exercise/sports scientist and dietitian (although – full disclosure, I haven’t completed my accreditation). I’ve represented Australia twice in powerlifting with no great distinction. I’ve been as heavy as 116kg of handsome blob and DEXA scanned at <9% bodyfat at 85-87kg
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