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Dumbbells vs Kettlebells

 Dumbbells vs Kettlebells
Most of us only have a limited budget when it comes to purchasing weights for home based training so choosing the most versatile option is your best bet.

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Looking for weights for home

Looking for weights for home
Whether you have a gym membership or not, sometimes it is handy to have a selection of free weights at home for those days where you just need to push yourself a little more or work off some excess energy.

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Fitness APPs

Fitness APPs
In today’s tech age, we have a plethora of APPs and devices available to us through which we can track just about everything we do..

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Stretching - Yes or No?

Stretching - Yes or No?
There are so many conflicting studies centred around training and flexibility now that it can be hard for a professional trainer to know what is right and what is not, let alone someone who is new to training.

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Spin v's Upright Exercise Bikes
When choosing an exercise bike it can be a bit confusing looking at all of the different options available and deciding which one will be best for you. Generally, most people narrow it down to either a Spin bike or an Upright bike and will more often than not decide based on aesthetics rather than practicality or suitability for your requirements.

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Upright v's Recumbent Bikes
What is the difference between what is considered the 'normal' upright exercise bike and the more recently introduced recumbent exercise bike?

The obvious visual difference is the body position.

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Which muscles do elliptical trainers work?
First up, what is an elliptical trainer?

They're often called cross trainers, or incorrectly called step machines but elliptical is their industry name.

Ellipticals are designed to provide a movement pattern most closely related to cross country skiing. Your legs and arms move simultaneously giving you both an upper and lower body workout. You can move either forward or backward depending on whether you push back or forward with your legs, and whether you pull or push with your arms. It is usually possible to work your legs only by placing your hands on the centre console or addition handles provided for this purpose.

Now, what muscles are we using?

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Basic Dumbbell Workout

Basic Dumbbell Workout
With a little hesitancy I have put together a basic dumbbell workout. My hesitancy arises from the fact there are so many variables involved in creating a training program for people and trying to create a one-size-fits all workout opens up the margin for error and injury. Therefore, if you choose to try this workout, please be aware of your limitations and err on the side of caution when selecting your weights until you are familiar with the exercises.

This program can be completed with dumbbells, kettlebells, and even bags of sand!

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Cardio v's Strength Training - Part 2

Strength Training


As we get older our bodies change and we start to lose muscle partly due to reduced activity levels, but also because of our physiology. Reduced muscle mass results in a lower base metabolic rate which in turn results in a reduced ability to burn fat passively. What this means is that we tend to accumulate more fat in our bodies which we historically refer to as “middle age spread”.

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Cardio vs Strength Training - Part 1
Which is better? Do I dare even attempt to answer this question?

It seems simple but no matter what I answer there will be someone who disagrees with my point of view. I have friends and fellow trainers that swear by cardio as the basis for achieving 90% of your training goals, but my weight lifting and strength training friends would strongly protest this assumption.

There are studies that we can use to backup any view and just as many that will refute the same.

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