“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 want to learn how to squat, deadlift and bench press properly, but I don’t know where to start.”
You are new to lifting weights and you don’t know where to start. You’d love to learn how to squat, deadlift and bench press with correct technique.
But you find the typical weight room off-putting and you are not sure who to trust.
You want to be stronger without getting injured. You want to know that you are lifting with proper technique.
And most of all, you want to be confident you’ll actually get results!
Imagine a wet noodle deadlifting 100kg! Knees, hips, back all moving from side to side and collapsing over.
I’ve seen quite a few ‘wet noodle’ deadlifts in my time. They are more common in women, because women tend to be more mobile and curvy (e.g. narrower waist relative to hips). Read More
I meet a lot of lifters who want to go to max all the time.
I understand the temptation. You are on a roll, on the steep part of the strength curve, and you want to see how far you can push it.
PBs are exciting, they are something to celebrate!
But going to max all the time is not the path to big weights. Read More
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of people using a deadlift stance that is too wide. This limits the amount of weight you can pull off the floor and in some people can put unnecessary strain on the knee ligaments.
I often get clients coming to me who have been lifting before and want to get their form checked. When I ask these new clients why they have adopted a wide deadlift stance, they often say that they have just not thought about it, or that they’ve always deadlifted this way.
I imagine that many more people are in this position. Perhaps even you? Read More
At our last powerlifting team training session, I had the athletes doing sets of 4-6 reps on the bench press at 85% of max.
It’s quite tough!
One of my athletes did her first set, ably spotted by her training buddy. Rep 5 was a bit of a grinder but she managed it. I was all ready to shout in support for her 6th rep effort, when she racked the bar! Read More
This article is about the rear foot elevated split squat and the split squat – the variations I use with my clients, how I use them and the reasons I use them.
I hope you will take plenty away from this article, but do bear in mind that there are many other variations and reasons/goals for the split squat in its various guises. Read More
Picture the scene: a typical Monday evening in a commercial gym. The place is rammed!
Yes, there are so many treadmills that one or two are still available, but you are here to lift weights and get stronger, dammit! A treadmill ain’t gonna cut it.
The weight room is also rammed. Every bench is taken, dumbbells are scattered everywhere and the one decent olympic bar has a queue of people wanting to use it for seated shoulder press in the rack.
Oh yes, the squat rack. That’s not free either, since Monday night is also shrugs-and-curls-in-the-rack night.
But wait! You can still get a decent workout when the gym is rammed on a Monday evening. You just gotta be smart about it. Read More
You’re not alone; many people have this issue when they start deadlifting heavy.
Most of us don’t have well developed grip strength and grip takes much longer to develop than leg and back strength. Your legs and back can lift more weight off the floor than your hands can hold onto!
So, there are two things you can do if your grip fails on deadlifts:
Many clients come to me saying that they can’t squat below parallel.
It turns out that after working with me for a session or two, around half of them can squat below parallel. And the rest have all improved their squat depth significantly.
I’d love to say I’m some kind of mad genius, but my method is really pretty simple. Read More
I have lost count of the number of people who have said to me “I don’t want to lift heavy because I am afraid I will injure myself”.
But it’s perfectly possible to injure yourself with a warm up weight.
It’s not the load that causes the injury, it’s when form breaks down. This can happen under any kind of load, if you are not paying attention.
The real question is, why do people let form break down when the load gets heavy? Read More
Picture the scene: you rock up to the gym all excited to do your 5×5 squats, only to find the squat rack is occupied by three dudes doing endless seated shoulder press.
You immediately panic about your lack of ‘gainz’ and sulk because no exercise can possibly come close to the awesomeness that is the barbell back squat. Your workout is ruined.
Well, not quite. Read More
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