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Ageing and Performance

Muscle power and strength

Sleep deprivation

Sleep your way to better performance

Sports Drinks

When sports drinks don’t work

Recommended Protein Intake to Build Muscle Mass

Optimum protein intake levels for athletes and when to take protein to build muscle

Strength training: how to increase muscle mass

Mass is important in sports where moving objects- either people or heavy implements- requires the use of momentum

Strength training for muscle gains

by Reggie Johal, owner of Predator Nutrition

Weight training: The Romanian deadlift

A safer alternative for back strengthening

Weight training: Single Leg Squat

Two heads may be better than one, but this maxim often does not apply specifically to training the legs for sports performance – where training one at a time may be better than training two.

The power snatch from hang

The power snatch from the hang is ideal for anybody who needs to develop power through the lower limbs – for example, runners, long jumpers, footballers and rugby players. It is also brilliant for those who need to improve jumping combined with overhead power – for example, tennis players (serving and overhead shots), volley ball players and javelin throwers.

Power Clean from the Hang

The power clean from the hang is a clean where the bar is received in a partial or semi-squat position only and starts from a hang position and not from the floor. This variant provides most of the benefits of the power snatch from the hang; however, as the bar is caught at the chest (or rack) position, more weight can be handled, which means more strength and power benefits.

The Power Jerk

This exercise requires the bar to be taken to an overhead position from the rack position. Athletes such as boxers, athletic event throwers and tennis players can all benefit from the power jerk. The main reason is that force is transferred into the floor, through the body and finally through the limbs.

The Overhead Squat

The overhead squat is a weight training exercise which focuses on increasing the range of movement across the body. This exercise will encourage gains in strength, power, flexibility and coordination.

The clean and jerk : the Olympic bar bear

The Olympic Bar Bear is a weight training exercise which focuses on mobilising all of the body's joints.

The clean see's the lifter explosively pulling the weight from the floor to a resting position across deltoids and clavicles. From this position, the lifter bends the knees and then straightens them in order to propel the barbell overhead.

The shoulder press: behind the neck press

The behind the neck press is a weight training exercise which focuses on increasing the range of movement of the shoulder. It also increases an athlete's   overhead lifting strength.

The lift is performed standing, which means the abdominals, obliques and back muscles are also developed. 

Weight training: how to perform the most common weightlifting exercises

Olympic lifts: increase your strength and power

Bench Press: is it a dangerous workout exercise?

Bench pressing is more likely to cause an injury and keep you out of the gym

Strength training: overloading to increase muscle mass

The traditional methods of resistance training might not be the most effective way to increase strength

Is Training Intensity the Real Key to Building Muscle Mass?

Weight Training for Genuine Strength and Power Gains

Using safety gear in the gym

Using safety gear in the gym

Use the safety gear that is on quality equipment

Women's barbell military press

Women's barbell military press

The barbell military press has no peer amongst other upper body shoulder exercises.

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Women's dumbbell military press

Women's dumbbell military press

The dumbbell military press is a fine exercise for women who desire strong triceps.

The Gironda Curl

The Gironda Curl

Vince Gironda aka the iron guru was an old time strength and bodybuilding coach. This curl originated in Vince Gironda's fertile mind.

The Lifting Belt

The Lifting Belt

Several different lifting belts shown and explained.

The non supported dumbbell row

The non supported dumbbell row

The non supported dumbbell row develops not only the upper back but provides a stimulus for growth in the lower back.

Bodybuilding supplements with resistance training

Supplements: why timing is all

Weight training: the dumbbell pullover

This exercise strengthens soft tissue, reducing the risk of injury

Weight training: how to select the correct training regime for optimum hormonal response

The intensity of a resistance training programme can affect your hormone balance, leading to changes in body weight

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Body building - Why bodybuilding dependence is not just a problem for men

Abdominal strength training- the curl-up

Poor technique compromises the effectiveness of the curl up, so it is worth checking you are doing it right

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