September 2nd, 2013
Motivation is like the tide – it comes and goes. Many people don’t realize that. What most people view as the problem is that they can’t be motivated all the time, which isn’t the right thing to be worried about.
Saying that you are motivated all the time is like saying it’s always sunny, or that you’re always happy, or that you’re always awake. All of them are unnatural and (at least as of now?) impossible to maintain.
There will come times when your body needs to take a break. This is not a bad thing! It needs these moments to slow down and relax, to allow itself some time to recuperate.
August 31st, 2013
During many casual conversations about weight loss, many of my peers have expressed their desire to lose fat in specific areas of their body, but only in certain places like the stomach, cheeks, arm, chest, etc. They think that training only that part of their body will cause fat loss to occur only in that area (AKA spot reduction, short for “reducing fat in a specific spot”). Unfortunately for them, research has shown this not to be the case, and so most of their attempts at spot reduction have ended in failure. I say most because some of them unknowingly took the right steps (literally) but still hold onto their belief that spot reduction is possible, and I want to rectify that. But before I start citing some scientific research, I want to share with you some of the ridiculous stories I’ve heard that some people have tried, and how they ultimately ended in failure.
August 29th, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I like nice, form-fitting, beautiful clothes. I have my own style that I like to keep up, and I enjoy looking for the right piece of clothing to complement my already established, meticulously hand-picked wardrobe.
The problem with this is that it doesn’t really mesh well with the bodybuilding lifestyle. See, the thing is, my weight is constantly fluctuating; whether I’m bulking or cutting, there is never a moment when I’m simply maintaining.
Maintaining is that really awkward middle-ground where you’re not quite cut, nor are you quite as bulky and strong as you could be. In other words, the worst of both worlds. I think anyone who is still on the path for the “perfect” physique, whether that means strength or aesthetics or whatever, will very rarely be stuck maintaining. Therefore, a lot of us will almost always be in the middle of dieting to get big or get shredded, and that doesn’t bode well for our clothing.
So what do you do when your quads and glutes get too big, and you tear your undergarment? When your legs make your old pair of pants fit like skinny jeans? How about when you try to force your other arm into your dress shirt and end up tearing it?
August 28th, 2013
Bad days happen, but sometimes it happens more often for some people. Bad days can be seen as just an unlucky day, but most of the time luck has nothing to do with it. There are a plethora of reasons why you don’t have the energy or motivation you need to do a good workout, and most of the time you can only blame yourself for the problem.
In this blog post I will discuss some common reasons why your gym performance is suffering, and how you can fix each problem. Stop putting the blame of your gym fails on some higher divine being looking to get you, or other people.
August 28th, 2013
There has been some advice floating around that in order for the most optimal muscle growth, isolation exercises like the bicep curl or skullcrusher should be discarded in favor of heavy compound movements such as the pull-up or deadlift. While there are certainly strong arguments in favor of that belief, unfortunately there is no “one size fits all” approach to working out, and what worked for some people might not work for others. In this blog post, I will go over the pros and cons of both isolation and compound movements, and how using both in conjunction is the true path to optimal results.
August 20th, 2013
In this blog post I will be going over a lot of common gym mistakes, as it’s been a long time since I myself was a beginner and I am sometimes startled at what I thought was common gym knowledge is actually good advice that people need to be made aware of. Also, this post can hopefully serve to help someone who wants to get into weightlifting avoid a lot of the pitfalls that beginners tend to find themselves in, and succeed with less grief and trauma than someone who did and continues to do many things wrong (I’m always learning, and so should you).
July 26th, 2013
“Man up!” they say. “Tough it out!” you’re told. “Stop being a sissy”, they tell you.
A common attitude held by a lot of ignorant, over-enthused, inexperienced and/or stupid gym bros (typically male high-schoolers) is that you have to never give up, never back down, never show weakness in the face of hardship. It’s really cute, admirable almost. However if you’re faced with a legitimate concern like a sickness, it’s best to throw this attitude out of the window.
Being sick is no joke. A prolonged illness can really make you suffer, not only physically but mentally as well by inhibiting your once strong body and preventing you from doing what you want to do. And it goes without saying that a serious illness can lead to death.
July 26th, 2013
“When you gotta go, you gotta go” is a common utterance by probably everybody at one point in their lives as they force their muscles to squeeze tightly, explaining to their friends why they suddenly have to leave while praying there isn’t any sudden leakage.
Don’t you find that you always seem to have to go during the worst, most inopportune times? Whether you’re outside with not a washroom in sight, driving, taking an exam, watching a movie, working out, nature always seems like it’s plotting to mess you up.
So how does an unexpected trip (or trips) to the washroom during a workout impact you? Is it a bad thing that kills gains?
July 9th, 2013
First off, what is static stretching? As defined by Wikipedia: “Static stretching is used to stretch muscles while the body is at rest. It is composed of various techniques that gradually lengthen a muscle to an elongated position (to the point of discomfort). So, stretches like standing (or sitting) with your legs straight while trying to touch your toes with your fingers (sometimes called a “Hamstring Stretch”), or bending one leg back until you touch your butt and then pulling on it (a.k.a. “Quad Stretch”) and other exercises of that nature are static stretches (not to be confused with dynamic stretching).