Right now there are as many fitness-related websites and social media profiles as there are stars in the universe.
With some much competition, it can be tough to stand out from the crowd.
But, occasionally, amongst all the clickbait, product-p [...]
Flex Wheeler, nicknamed the 'Sultan of Symmetry', is known for being one of the greatest bodybuilders to have never won a Mr Olympia title.
We'll let him off on this one, seeing as he was up against Dorian Yates and the great Ronnie Coleman (what [...]
Fascinated by the prospect of the paleo (caveman) diet?
Well, at Gymtalk, so are we.
But let’s face it, eating paleo seems to come with a lot of sacrifices, and presents a bunch of questions.
I mean, I’m pretty sure cavemen didn’t drin [...]
Ever since I was a kid I've been fascinated with circus hall strongmen.
Luckily for me (and the integrity of my sphincter) this hasn't manifested into some kind of warped homosexual fetish in later life, rather a passion for lifting weights.
Nowadays it seems the great unwashed derive most of their entertainment from bickering on YouTube, watching anything hosted by Ant and Dec and Instgramming pictures of their genitals.
A far cry, indeed, from the gladiatorial maulings, cat burnings [...]
Around the same time that Arnold Schwarzenegger was making his first foray into cinema with the godawful Hercules in New York (1969), so too, on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, was a young Chinese bodybuilder by the name of Yang Sze.
Sze, w [...]
Last week I spoke to Bryn Ray, a fitness model and sponsored Optimum Nutrition athlete.
We went for a gruelling back session at the excellent Fight City Gym by Old Street station and followed it up with an obligatory Nando's, where I interviewed h [...]
We recently caught up with distinguished personal trainer, martial artist, author, cover model and all round fitness expert Justin Woltering for an exclusive interview.
Justin shared with us some top insights on training, nutrition, keeping motiva [...]
Way back in July 2013, friend of Gymtalk Ray Buckton, who works as a fitness model and is one of London's most in-demand personal trainers, wrote us a superb article on nutrition.
We were extremely impressed - as were many of you guys - by his wea [...]
We were recently invited to interview four time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Leo Negao.
This was just about the most exciting news ever to fall into our inbox - after all, we normally just receive a torrent of emails about sunglasses, steroi [...]
We recently caught up with our buddy Matt Fox, ex-professional footballer, personal trainer par excellence, and absolute UNIT, to chat about all things gym and fitness.
Matt told us a little bit more about his job as a PT and shared some great tip [...]
Melissa Haywood is currently one of the UK's most successful and popular bikini athletes.
Her rise to the top has been swift and impressive.
In 2012 she won the UKBFF Bikini Tall title and last year later she placed 2nd at the European Champion [...]
I have become increasingly disillusioned with modern bodybuilding of late - and I know I'm not alone.
Over the last few decades the sport has changed drastically, and for the worst.
Although some might disagree, the way I see it, the halcyon da [...]
A friend recently suggested Gymtalk run a piece on David Prowse.
At the time, I had no idea who this was, and stated so.
My friend looked at me like I had spent the last 26 years in an underground sex basement.
"He was Darth Vader, you know, [...]
Phil Richard has been competing on the powerlifitng circuit for over 25 years.
In that time, the 'Welsh Powerhouse' has stacked up an impressive array of achievements including a Commonwealth Record, Junior, Senior and Masters European Powerliftin [...]
The UKBFF Bikini categories have witnessed a surge of interest in recent years, attracting record numbers competitors and increasing media coverage.
Last year, Emma Howie became one of the industry's brightest female prospects after netting a vict [...]
We recently got the chance to sit down with Russ Howe, an enormously popular personal trainer and fitness blogger who's YouTube channel has amassed over five million views.
As well as being a fantastic trainer with some great tips and insights on [...]
When it comes to legends of British bodybuilding, few have surpassed the enduring contribution made by Thomas Inch, the 'Scarborough Hercules'.
Although he might look like a portly butler from Downton Abbey, Inch was, throughout his life, one of t [...]
Marius Hardiman is an Olympic Weightlifter who has, over the course of his illustrious career, won numerous British titles and medalled at several prestigious international competitions.
Having since retired from competitive weightlifting, Marius [...]
I recently got the chance to chat with Joel Snape, associate editor of Men's Fitness magazine and all round good egg, who, when not writing about all things fitness related, is an amateur strongman and Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt.
We discussed [...]
Gymtalk recently sat down with the UKBFF competitor Richard Wall, who recently finished fourth in his class at the 2013 British Champs, to discuss training, nutrition and recovery.
During the interview we managed to get a great insight into what i [...]
Much like "What's the best Beatles album?", "Is Tom Cruise an alien?" and "At what point in the Harry Potter film series it acceptable to mentally undress Hermione Granger?", the question "Who is the strongest man of all time?" is an oft-debated topi [...]
A country famous for classical music, beer, sausages, hairy women and genocide.
And in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century it was also home to some of the strongest - and craziest - men of all time.
Of these, the most fa [...]
Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with popular UK bodybuilding Pete 'PJ' Wisbey in the run up to the UKBFF Finals on Sunday October 20, 2013.
He shared some excellent, actionable advice on training and nutrition at an elite level, wh [...]
When you think of bodybuilding, certain iconic images will undoubtedly spring to mind.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, smiling smugly, chest inflated like two fleshy beachballs; Ronnie Coleman leg pressing 2,300lbs, screaming "yeah buddy" like a brain dama [...]
Like a heroic play by Sophocles or Aeschylus, the sport of bodybuilding is full of mythic characters capable of superhuman feats, extremes of comedy and tragedy, pathos, spectacle, and men running around with their bollocks out while women are shunte [...]
After we ran our first article on this peculiar bodybuiling personality, one of our readers commented that the fitness community is lucky to have people as mad as Frank Yang.
We could not agree more.
Like other radical artists such as Blake, M [...]
Bodybuilding and steroids.
The two are synonymous with each other, yet there seems to be a universal gagging order when it comes to tackling this elephant in the room amongst those at the very top.
That is until now.
Those of you following b [...]
A city in the north of England, famous for Leeds United Football Club, binge drinking and celebrity paedophiles.
However, in the mid-twentieth century, this old industrial town was put on the map for something other than booze, sex crime [...]
Following on from our earnest look at Fitness Gurus You Should Be Following On Twitter, I'd like to bring you a less insightful and more vituperative 'YouTube Gurus' version.
(For more tongue-in-cheek vilification, I also recommend The Top 6 Fitn [...]
Meet Lu Xiaojun (pronounced “Loo-Jow-Junn” if you’re Phil Mitchell).
Xiaojun is the current Olympic Champion and World Record holder in both the ‘Snatch’ and ‘Total’ in the Men’s 77kg (12 stone to us yobs) category, where he lifted [...]
Let’s face it, most fitness pros on Twitter are absolutely useless.
Their posts consist of telling you which workout they did today, a retweet of someone stroking their ego, and some shitty Ghandi quote.
So I’ve come up with a short list of [...]
Bodybuilders are often stereotyped as self-obsessed, two-dimensional ogres who mindlessly lift slabs of metal in their vainglorious pursuit of aesthetic nirvana.
They are creatures of humdrum routine, dieting, exercising and sleeping with an eye o [...]
Imagine if Kermit the Frog had a one night stand with an Asian Jay Cutler and produced a love child.
You've just imagined Frank Yang.
A man with seemingly nothing else to do in life than try to consume his own body weight in spring rolls and ch [...]
During another seemingly pointless and soul destroying hour long YouTube video binge, I had the serendipity to click on a link teasingly entitled "The Strongest Man You've Never Heard Of".
While expecting to find yet another misleading title - and [...]