During the Covid-19 national lockdown in early 2021, we asked our members to tell us about their home gym for strength training.
Pros and cons, what to buy, will they use it after lockdown?
Our members train in powerlifting, olympic weightlifting and strongman, so the ideal home gym is full of weights and strength equipment.
However, many members live in London in small flats. So home kit ranges from a couple of dumbbells in the lounge, all the way up to the full garage gym.
Therefore if you are wondering whether to get strength training kit for home, this will be a helpful read, whatever your situation. Read More
It’s leg day, and you’re torn between whether to deploy the popular squat or the trusty leg press to give your quads a burn inducing workout.
You’ve been told the squat is the go-to for legs, bums and tums but looking at the machine, the leg press would seem to isolate the muscles you want to work far better than an all-rounder could.
So, should you do both? A few reps of one and then the other? The answer is that it depends entirely on what you’re looking to get out of the workout. Let’s take a look at both and answer some common FAQs so you can see where each exercise fits in a workout programme.
The plateau. It’s any powerlifter’s, bodybuilder’s, fitness trainer’s, or even regular gym goer’s, dreaded word. You’ve been making steady progress, boasting of personal bests, watching those weights get larger and larger when suddenly.. It tapers out. Nothing goes up. You just keep hitting the same numbers, training session after training session. For the first couple of days, you think.. Ok. And then a week goes by and you realise: Your bench press is not going up. Then comes the constant barrage of mental questions: How do I get my bench press back? Why am I getting weaker in bench pressing?
Stop thinking those thoughts. You’re not getting weaker. You’re experiencing one of the dreaded plateaus and they’re perfectly normal. Sometimes they last days, and sometimes weeks, but in bodybuilding, some plateaus have been known to last years. However! If your bench press is stuck we’re here with 5 simple methods that you can try to rejuvenate those numbers and start recollecting personal bests.
With more of us working out from home than ever, it can be hard to know where to start with easy dumbbell exercises and beginner weight workouts.
Below we’ve compiled the eight easiest exercises that can be effective with big weights or small, that give you a full body workout and most importantly, don’t need a lot of space, time or expertise to complete.
A common beginner mistake in the snatch is failing to get the bar into the hip at the top of the pull, usually resulting in losing the bar forward.
What happens is that the bar gets to around mid-thigh and starts to swing away from the body. At the same time, the lifter is already jumping into the receiving position, before the pull has been properly finished. Read More
In our classes at Strength Ambassadors, new members often ask us which are the best shoes for weight training.
As a new lifter, it can be confusing to work out what to put on your feet to get the most out of your training. So let us take you through the important points to consider when deciding on the best shoes for weight training. Read More
Here at Strength Ambassadors, we are big advocates for the many benefits of strength training for older adults. In fact, we advocate strength training at any age.
We are excited that the mainstream media is starting to spread the word about how regularly training with weights can combat the loss of muscle strength, muscle mass and bone density associated with ageing.
We welcome people of all ages to our strength classes, but often hear similar concerns from older potential members.
They are attracted by reports of increased independence, reduced risk of osteoporosis, improved sleep, reduced depression and potential reduction in the signs and symptoms of many chronic illnesses. But they are understandably concerned by some widespread misconceptions.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a short list tackling the common myths you might have encountered about strength training for older adults. Read More
Hey, we made something for you.
You’re a guy who’s the far side of 30, maybe with a young family, and you’re thinking more about your long term health.
Secretly, you’ve always wanted ‘superhero strength’ – chucking heavy things around, looking good, fighting evil. You want to be that Superhero Dad for your family!
You also want the satisfaction of achievement, of making progress at something. Lifting weights appeals to you because it’s measurable and you can easily see when you’re making progress.
Plus, the proven health benefits of more muscle, less fat, strong bones and joints, better ability to do the activities and sports you love, have you raising your hand and saying ‘Yes, I want in’. Read More
Ever seen a lifter absolutely rip into a heavy bar and think ‘I wish I could be that aggressive too’?
Here we talk about what it takes to be more aggressive in your lifting and why you should even bother. Read More
Sometimes it seems like we are going to the gym and putting in the work, but don’t get stronger.
When I talk to people about their training, 9 times out of 10 it is something quite simple that they are not doing.
Be honest with yourself – what out of the list below are you not nailing? Read More