May 2014 // Archive

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27 May

We are all born with some form of genetic blessings. This could be in the form of attractiveness, a better immune system than the next person and other physical traits like strength, body composition and bone structure.

Genetics is probably one of the most important aspects in bodybuilding and all sports for the matter.

What’s common is seeing guys’ who are not that well developed thinking if they train with the biggest guy or follow the workout of some celebrity from MensHealth it’s going to help them achieve their goals.

Unfortunately this is not how it works because what works for ‘him’ may not work for you!

The best scenario I could use here is if a man is born and only grows to a maximum height of 5 foot 1 inch that is his GENETICS and he’s probably unlikely to become the best basketball player, become a long jump world champion or sprint the fastest 100 meters.

If you are born with short calf muscles (in fact that goes for any muscle) then you are never going to make those muscles longer

We’ve all fallen into the trap of following others because they have a great body thinking  ‘they must’ve got that body because of the way they train’? Well to a degree yes but I’ve trained with guys who have amazing arms and they do NOT even train their arms, they’ve just been genetically blessed with great arms fully developed biceps and triceps and they rely on back and chest workouts to train their arms. But that doesn’t mean that is going to work for me!

I spent years in the beginning working out with the guy who did heavy weight and only one or two reps and he was growing and getting a great body while I was getting no where. I had to keep trying different workouts to find out what worked for me and get me to where I want to be and I am still trying new things which I realise work well for me.

You all need to find your OWN personal training programme and workout that works for you!

05 May

This is a great question which I love because photographic evidence of actors and retired athletes that once looked great and now look rather flabby and soft would suggest that’s the case. However the answer is a big fat NO! The explanation is muscles and fat are two completely different components, made from two complete opposite action.

Subcutaneous fat deposits are a result of over calorie consumption leading the body to store the excess between the muscle and skin. This can also occur from eating high condensed calories like chocolate, biscuits and other snacks full of sugars. The body cannot cope with such a high spike in insulin and therefor stores the calories.

Muscles are made from repetitive movements against resistance i.e. exercise. During this process the muscles break down and small tears occur, proteins from food will help the healing process forming a new layer over the muscle sheath. This creates a fuller more shaped and pronounced muscle on the surface of the skin.

The reason you see famous people in magazines and on the news with no more six pack is quite simply DIET! Put aside the fact that during training they will have nutritionists on stand by, chefs on stand by, a personal trainer on stand by and their whole day is focused on getting in shape. Once that’s taken away and you’re left to your own devices then things start to go wrong.

If you exercise and you eat clean food (healthy food) and gain that physique you want then great, good for you. But if you STOP and continue to eat the same amount of calories whether it’s ‘clean food’ or not you’re still putting in calories that need to be burned and if they’re not burned off then you’re going to get fat. By reducing your calories in conjunction with the reduction of exercise output then your body will reduce in size but will not accumulate the excess body fat from over consumption.