“I want to get stronger but I don't know how! I’m new to the weight room and find it intimidating.”
You want to get stronger but you find the weights area in the gym intimidating and you are nervous about injuring yourself.
You are either new to strength training or you have tried to do some in the past but you don’t feel confident enough in your technique or your knowledge to train on your own.
You want to learn good technique and know exactly what to do in the gym to get the results you want. You want to feel confident in your lifting and know what to do to keep progressing.
“I love lifting weights but I really need help with the Olympic lifts. I haven’t had enough time and coaching to learn the technique properly.”
You want to learn or improve your olympic lifting: the snatch and the clean and jerk. You may be doing Crossfit, a sport or just interested in adding olympic lifting to your training.
You want a confidence-building experience where you learn the movements properly and at a pace that suits you.
You need dedicated time to master the technique under the eye of an experienced weightlifting coach.
"I need expert help with my weight training. I want to make sure I am using correct technique and the right approach for my goals.”
You’re worried that your technique and training isn’t good enough and you want to address any weaknesses or issues, making yourself bulletproof for whatever challenge you want to take on.
You are committed to working one-to-one with an expert to build a solid foundation of strength and confidence in yourself.
You may have an upcoming challenge or sporting event to prepare for which will mean you need to step up your game.
Is fear of lifting heavy weights affecting your progress in the gym? You’re not alone!
I work with a lot of adults taking up weight lifting for the first time, or coming back to it after decades of not weight lifting. As we get older, we naturally feel more fear and it becomes harder to overcome. Read More
Here’s a new way to look at new year’s resolutions.
If you have trouble sticking to your goals, this could be the answer!
Instead of making your resolution about the final goal or outcome, focus on the process – that is, what you will need to do to get there.
For example, let’s say you want to get a handstand.
Instead of saying ‘I will get a handstand this year’, say ‘I will spend 10 minutes every day practising handstands’.
The difference is in what you can control.
You have no control over whether you will actually get a handstand in a year. All you can control is the amount and quality of work you can put in to get there.
Many of us are very outcome-driven. We are taught to dream big.
“If you believe it, you can achieve it.”
We aspire to a particular body shape. We dream of a certain level of fitness and strength. We have a person we admire and want to emulate.
These outcomes are all great motivators. Print out a picture and stick it on your wall by all means. Use it as motivation.
But how are you going to get there?
What little things will you do every day to eventually have your dream?
Believing isn’t enough. You need to take consistent action.
Last year, I remember I wanted to start saving properly. I’ve always been terrible at saving money. As soon as I have any money, I want to spend it!
Looking at my finances at the end of this year, I see that my savings are negligible. Why? Because although I put money aside at certain points along the way, I eventually spent it again. I tried to take steps that were too big all at once.
I should have chosen an amount small enough not to be noticed, and put that by consistently. I would not have great riches by the end of the year, but I’d have had more than I currently have.
Instead I’ve been left with nothing to build on and I am starting again.
The same idea applies to strength goals such as a double bodyweight deadlift.
You can’t simply assert that ‘I will get a 2 x bodyweight deadlift this year’. Who knows? But you can say ‘I will train deadlifts twice a week and follow a deadlift strength programme.’
This method gives you a simple task to do every day, or x number of times a week that will get you towards your goal.
Even if you only manage to put 5kg on your best deadlift, that is 5kg more than you had at the beginning of the year.
This is also relevant to body composition goals. Fat loss or weight loss goals can be very intimidating. We may know that our end result is that we want to lose 5kg of body fat, but just the idea can make us panic and lose faith.
However if we resolve instead to eat more green vegetables every day and go to the gym 3 times a week, we can get going on achieving that goal.
You can still think about the end result of course. It can be motivating and inspirational. But it doesn’t always help with the immediate issue of what to do next.
The biggest obstacle in achieving change is not lack of a goal or lack of ambition. It’s lack of the right behaviours to reach that goal.
Resolve to change your behaviours, your habits, your everyday actions, and the results will follow.
Comparing ourselves unfavourably to others – or ‘compare and despair’ – is becoming endemic in this modern life.
It is particularly apparent in fitness, with it’s natural sporting competition, comparison of physiques and alpha behaviours. Read More
This MMA-inspired conditioning workout is a high-intensity blast that will leave you with jelly legs and arms but a satisfied smile on your face.
Each round is 5 minutes in total. You will need an interval timer for this one. Read More
We all associate barbells with getting strong – but do we use them to get fit and lose fat too?
Many people are happy to use a barbell for strength training, but dump it in favour of kettlebells, circuits or running when they want to train for fitness and low body fat.
But my favourite type of conditioning is with a barbell – and it is phenomenally effective! Read More
It’s very common for beginners to swing the bar out in front in the snatch pull. I used to do this myself.
This is not good technique as it will pull you forward, and you’ll either miss the lift or be limited in how much you can snatch.
But don’t worry, this habit can be fixed. Try these drills and exercises; they worked for me and they can work for you too. Read More
Weightlifting frustrations are all too common.
You know those weightlifters who always overreact when they miss a lift?
They shout and swear, kick the wall, storm around the gym huffing and puffing, maybe even get tearful.
Well, that was me. Read More
Strong glutes and hamstrings are a benefit for any activity involving the lower body – from running to weight lifting.
Our glute muscles are often weak and lazy due to our sedentary lifestyles and poor sitting postures.
This can lead to injury, as the lower back or the hamstrings take over the task that the glutes should be doing. Read More
Would you like to be able to run without worrying about injury?
Do you want to strengthen and bulletproof your body so that you could go further and faster?
A major cause and contributory factor to a host of common running injuries is weak and lazy glutes – the muscles that surround your hip and butt.
Developing strong and active glute muscles will go a long way to preventing injury and improving your running form. Read More
I’ve just competed this weekend after a long break from competitive lifting. It was fun to be back on the platform.
It was also cool was seeing so many people do their first strength competition.
More and more folks are getting involved in competitive strength sports. It’s not always to win shiny trophies. Most of the time, it’s to test yourself, to see how you can perform under pressure, and to have fun in an adrenalin-fuelled atmosphere with like-minded people. Read More
"It was good fun and really good for self confidence!"
Chloe Beale - Ladies Who Lift
"I realised I was a lot stronger than I thought I was."
Arti Braude - Ladies Who Lift
"I've felt more confident and I've had people comment that I look like I know what I'm doing!"
Alex Hegazy - Olympic Lifting
"It just feels brilliant, it feels really good!"
Holly Zheng - Olympic Lifting
"The process from end to end has been brilliant. It's really helped me build my confidence!"
James McCoy - Olympic Lifting
"Now I've learned how to be more powerful!"
Jess Wolny - Olympic Lifting