I constantly hear about the national obesity epidemic in Australia and I am actually disgusted to learn that we have become one of the fattest nations in the world. Can you believe that it has come to this? In a country where junior sports is so prevalent and so much a way of life that we would grow up to be some of the fattest people in the world.
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Breakfast drinks, breakfast bars and snack bars becoming a huge growth area in convenience/fast foods. They promote themselves as fast nutrition for people who lead busy lives, especially on the way to and from the gym or even worse for those of you who don’t make the time to cook a decent breakfast and have to rush to work in the morning. They are quick and easy meal replacements and I think that they are paving the way towards a generation with bad diet and nutrition habits and obesity.
No one can deny that no other exercise will help develop explosive power like the Olympic Snatch. A fact that has been documented for years and has led to countless written articles and documentaries! A group of exercises though that have been specifically created to help athletes develop maximum power with little or no equipment at all and are still widely unknown are Plyometrics.
As an exercise professional who sees & speaks to clients on a day to day basis I am constantly being asked to provide advice to people. One of the most common questions is
“What is the best thing to do if you don’t have a lot of time to exercise?”
My basic response is “Squats and Deadlifts”
Having a few drinks is harmless right? Yet, alcohol use, particularly excessive alcohol consumption is one of the most serious health risks in the world. Me, I couldn’t really give a shit about that (I don’t actually think any of the people I train drink excessively, well at least none of them are drunks) and I am not writing this article to put you all off drinking alcohol. I mean if I did that I would start losing clients left right and centre (Rebecca & Vanessa are two that come to mind straight away) personally I enjoy to sit back and unwind in my rocking chair on my Veranda with a drink and a book every now and then. But if you exercise in order to lose weight, build muscle, just plain be healthier or reach peak athletic performance. There are a few things you might be interested in knowing.
A couple of generations ago hardly anyone exercised for recreation or health and fitness and if you did people probably would have thought you were simple and laughed at you. In this day and age we are learning more and more about the benefits of exercise. Do you join the gym or get a personal trainer & what do you look for in a personal trainer and what should you avoid.
One of the most technical movements in sports is the Olympic barbell snatch. As most people are already aware Olympic weight-lifting is an Olympic sport and is also performed by competitors in weight-lifting competitions. What some people are not aware of though is that there is a big difference between Olympic lifting, Powerlifting and Body building.
We are all aware that you can gain muscle mass through training, and throughout this article I am going to very basically try to explain (as well as training) what is required for your body to actually acquire that lean muscle mass.