The gym can be an intimidating place.
Well, sort of.
Not as intimidating as being chained up in a Belgium sex bunker, being asked to call a coin toss by Anton Chigurh or having your CV marked up by Claude Littner.
Or being forced to sleep [...]
A good gym buddy can be worth their weight in gold.
Someone to shout words of encouragement as you struggle on that final rep, someone to blame when you accidentally let one off by the water fountain, someone to hold deep and meaningfuls with betw [...]
Since the dawn of time man has aspired to physical perfection.
Like artists, writers and pets that can play musical instruments, those in peak physical shape are lauded by society.
From that dim-witted, strapping neanderthal who could punch a [...]
Have you ever felt the need to take a completely pointless and utterly ridiculous quiz to ascertain what kind of lifter you are?
Well, today is your lucky day.
Come with us, reader, as we take a glimpse into the lives of four lifters, all bas [...]
Finally summer can begin.
With Euro 2016 finished, Europe's richest racists and rapists can fuck off back to their gated mansions decked out in "tasteless twat" by Rocha John Rocha.
Yes, now the actual greatest sporting event on earth can begin [...]
The gym is a microcosm of society: most people either (a) don't have a clue what they're doing or (b) are so egregiously annoying that you wouldn't think twice about clubbing them to death with a cricket bat and feeding their remains into a sausage [...]
Let’s be honest, no matter what we tell ourselves or others, it’s all lies.
“I’m doing this to keep fit.”
“This’ll keep my cholesterol down.”
“This gym has unisex changing rooms.”
While we might all have great intentio [...]
Like it or not, fitness is now mainstream.
When I started lifting weights 10 years ago, if you drunk from a protein shake in public someone would probably spit on your back and call you a c**t.
Fast forward to today, and fame hungry slappers [...]
At GymTalk Towers we really enjoyed the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
From mirin' the hamstrings, to applauding the big hits, to witnessing the courageous efforts of the smaller nations, it was a great tournament.
Now, at this juncture, I was rather h [...]
Never has the world been more politically charged; mass migration, nuclear armament and Donald Trump.
But how do these political collosi shape up in the gym?
Who's the strongest?
Who's got the most progressive training methods?
And who's [...]
If you've clicked on a link to read this blog post, it's likely one of two things has just happened.
If you're a single male, then you've probably just finished an insentient session on Red Tube, and as the post-fap tristesse kicks in, fueled in n [...]
Festivals are now a staple of British summertime, up there with disposable barbecues, arguments about office air conditioning and wanting to chin every single Australian cricketer (or, at the very least, hoping their dressing room celebrations descen [...]
With the world currently being played out exclusively on social media, it's now impossible to prove yourself as a man without 20 inch biceps, a garish vest and paleo meals that look as unappetising as an invite to Michael Barrymore's next pool party. [...]
Pepsi, McDonalds, Viagra.
Established brands that can be found almost anywhere in the world, strong global companies.
But is there still room for small, lesser-spotted companies to exploit the global market?
Will GymTalk ever be mentioned in [...]
In the first half of the twentieth century, your worth as a human being was judged by a stoic readiness to lay down your life for Queen and country.
Nowadays, it is determined by how many people like a filtered photo of your dog/lunch/tits on soc [...]
Let's be honest, amidst the killing fields of Tesco Oldham on Black Friday, repetitive music sung by future Yewtree candidates, and forced family events, Christmas can be a bit... shit.
Combine that with the fact that most gyms will have reduced [...]
Much like "the times" in a Bob Dylan song, Neo's answer phone message, or Michael Jackson's skin colour, changing gyms is a natural part of our lifting lives.
Things change - finances, working patterns, geo-displacement (I've made that word up).
There are many reasons why people will make the salient decision to start lifting weights.
Maybe you still have to shop at Gap Kids?
Maybe you're struggling to carry a full basket of shopping around Sainsbury's?
Or maybe Pablo the ripped lif [...]
At GymTalk we're privileged to work with some of the UK, USA and UAE's (seriously) finest personal trainers.
And while it seems that we may fastidiously favour people from countries that can be acronymised and begin with U, we will only work with [...]
Today it seems like every man and his dog has got a Netflix account.
(Or at least a month's free trial that you've managed to drag out for over a year by continually switching email addresses.)
The only problem is that usually you have to wade [...]
Everyone needs a gym buddy.
But sometimes they don’t quite shape up to your expectations, and this got us thinking over at GymTalk Towers, "Wouldn’t it be great if we could drag along one of our favourite fictional characters to spot us?"
Every gym has a set of ubiquitous rules which have been passed down from generation to generation, not through words, but through looks of approval or disapproval.
It used to be that the only way to find out these rules would be to break one and b [...]
Not all of us gym goers want to look like Ronnie Coleman.
OK, perhaps we do, but we simply cant deadlift 800lbs.
Some of us just want to go to the gym to get big.
There's no goal, no calorie counting, and no oiling up (not for competitions a [...]
We have compiled, for your entertainment, a list of the top 10 gym personalities.
It's basically a who's who of idiosyncratic characters/annoying wankers in the free weights area.
You might find a few of these people familiar...
1) Big Irania [...]