Saturday, 28 February 2015

Why Calisthenics?

Pistol Squat
Pistol squats: Great calisthenics exercise targeting lower body, core and balance.

The Fitness Industry

I have been into the fitness movement for well over a decade. First picking up a weight at the age of 14. And I can tell you that there is a lot of misconceptions and nonsense in the fitness industry. Most of the advice out there is wrong, uninformed and/or misleading. I look at a fitness magazine and all I see is supplement adverts, articles promoting supplements, pictures of steroid using models being pushed as natural, and uninformed advice based on the latest fad. I go to the gym and I see a range of different free weights, cardio machines, balance boards, the latest core stability contraptions, vibration plates, etc. And most of them are downright unnecessary or pointless. I watch the infomercials and web adverts, and all I see is marketing hype and sales pitches trying to sell you something you don’t need by telling you what you want to hear. All kinds of supplements are promoted as the next big thing yet most of them don’t have any research supporting their use. The point is most things out there are unnecessary if not downright misleading.

I have been mislead myself many times in my fitness journey, and hence wasted a lot of time and money on unnecessary contraptions and ideas. And I do not wish the same for you

Monday, 23 February 2015

How to get a six pack

Sic Pack Abs

How do you get a six pack? How do you get those abs of steel? That is what everyone wants to know. And the way most people approach it is wrong.

This post may be disappointing to some and for others it may be an eye opener. But it is the truth.

To get visible abs like a fitness model or one of those infomercial models takes a lot more than the latest ab gadget (they don’t work and are a complete waste of money). To get those abs you need an entire whole body transformation. And this requires a long term commitment to a careful diet, progressive resistance training and some cardio. Basically it is hard work.

First of all, everyone has abdominals, abs, six-pack or whatever you want to call it. Whether it is the fitness buff in the gym, the obese guy on the desk or the skinny guy running a marathon we all have a six-pack. The only difference that determines whether the abs are visible or not is the fat layer covering the abdominals. In other words, we need to lose the fat to get visible abs.

How do I get the abs?

Have you ever seen anyone with chiseled abs who also had “man boobs”, flabby arms, fatty thighs, etc? Most likely no

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Is body recomposition possible?

Body Recomposition

First what is a body recomposition? A body recomposition is basically building muscle and losing fat at the same time. It’s the holy grail in bodybuilding, fitness and it’s basically what most people want to achieve when undergoing a workout regimen. A lot of people who have been in the fitness world for a long time believe, with the exception of beginners, it isn't possible. They believe you need to go through cycles of bulking up and cutting in order to achieve a great body.

It may come as a surprise that I do not share that opinion. As a matter of fact, this study suggests that a body recomposition is indeed possible

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Benefits of Outdoor training

Outdoor Park Calisthenics

Doing outdoor training has a lot of benefits compared to training indoors or in a gym. Here is a brief list of benefits from outdoor training: