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 opposi [...]
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 [...]
The Apple Watch is now the most used heart rate monitor in the world.
And as of yesterday’s keynote at the brand new Steve Jobs theatre, we know that the next version of its operating system - Watch OS 4 - will bring additional features that [...]
Something I see far too often is guys who train a lot and get a tonne of protein in, yet put little thought into other supplements or foods that may have a positive effect on their training.
So, in this post, we’re going to take a quick look at [...]
We tried out the first iteration of the Huel product last year with good results, and in the name of ultimate convenience the company has now launched a bar alongside their powdered drink range.
Dropping a big part of your daily nutrition on a bar [...]
Early in my career I was playing a club game in Christchurch for Marist Albion.
A teammate had taken it into contact and I was the supporting player so had to clean the ruck ahead of me.
I had come from the fly-half position and had a good star [...]
Whether we like it or not the festive period is being forced upon us once again.
And like every Christmas, most of us are going to be eating and drinking a whole lot more whether we plan to or not.
Although obvious health advice would be to sim [...]
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 [...]
"When I was in the National Service, every morning would start at 5am when a bucket of cold water was thrown over your bed and a drill instructor spat in your face and called you a c**t."
This was the anecdote my dad would recount to me when I w [...]
Two things that go together perfectly:
Chocolate and orange.
Peanut butter and jelly.
Caffeine and kilos.
Unfortunately too much caffeine and late night workouts can be a bit of a nightmare.
My mind is already thinking of the endless m [...]
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 [...]
Body fat has and always will be a big focus of the bodybuilding industry.
Whether you’re an amateur starting out, someone who is happy never competing, or a full-blown six-meal-carrying bodybuilding mentalist, we’ve all had conversations about [...]
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 in that 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 sa [...]
Insects are now pretty much readily available to buy in the UK.
Yeah, they aren’t in your local Tesco, but with a quick search online you can find pots of ‘ready to eat’ insects from somewhere like Musclefood quite easily.
Crickets, gras [...]
Over the years, strength training and trying to beat my numbers had induced a certain mindset:
"Eat big, get big".
I took to this concept like a dog eating beetroot, justifying all those cherry bakewells with the fact that I was in a "calorific [...]
BCAAs are a staple of the committed lifter, becoming a go-to for providing an anti-catabolic environment in the body during hard training sessions, and often in-between too.
I’ve been drinking BCAAs all day in my gigantic Myprotein 1.9 litre wat [...]
Most people in life are lazy and rightfully so.
Our lizard brain is always looking to conserve energy as it probably thinks we’re still roaming the Savannah, sprinting after warthog and bonking cavewomen from noon to dusk.
It never predicted [...]
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 intent [...]
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 [...]
I’ve actually gotten to the point where I see the word "amino acids" on a supplement and start to zone out.
BCAAs are a great product, sure, but as I’ve said before they aren’t really a supplement you need to take.
So many brands are pr [...]
OK, yeah, you might think we’re getting a little bit less macho here.
Gymtalk doing an article on male grooming?
What a bunch of sell-outs.
But don’t worry, we’re not about to go full Men’s Health style on you and recommend a bunch o [...]
Oh protein bars, how I’ve come to depend on you.
You’re always there when I need you, stopping me from eating inferior sugar-filled bullshit from the nearest corner shop.
But the protein bar market has become massively saturated in the past [...]
I was in my local pharmacy this weekend buying lollipops fashioned into whistles when my gaze fell upon a brightly coloured, food-addled leaflet promoting healthy eating.
Since it was the new year and I'd spent the last 10 days feasting and drinki [...]