The SAID Principle

     Training is very much like Academics! This is a bold statement so now bear with me to explain why. It all has to do with the SAID principle or Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. In training, this is often not understood by trainers or trainees and as a result, it is disregarded by the […]

Should Athletes Wear Lifting Belts?

    In my opinion the answer is that they should not, unless they have a history of back injury. The simplest reason for this is that they do not compete in their sport with a lifting belt (except for Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, strongman and Crossfit). As well the belt is often used as a […]

3 Tips for BIGGER Biceps

In every gym when you walk in, no doubt you will see men standing in front of the mirrors pumping out set after set of bicep curls. Their primary focus being on the Biceps brachii (the visible bicep muscle). While this is an obvious and relatively effective way to train the elbow flexor. But this […]

Time under Tension Part 1: What is it?

In part 1 of this series I will explain what Time under Tension and Tempo are: One question that always pops up when I’m explaining a program to a client or athlete is what is tempo and what is Time Under Tension or TUT for short To put it simply, it is how long a […]

5 Benefits to Training the FULL Range of Motion

Here are 5 benefits to training the full range of motion in the weight room: 1) Healthier joints: By moving the joint throughout its entire range of motion, the ligaments and tendons will also be stressed (good stress) to stretch and contract. This will stimulate recovery pathways to reinforce these tissues to become stronger. As well full ROM […]

Top 3 reasons to eat more protein

Protein is an essential macronutrient that our bodies need for normal healthy functioning. One thing I have noticed for many of my clients and athletes is that they do not consume adequate amounts of protein. This has detrimental consequences for proper health and performance. Instead they initially come in on a high carbohydrate diet making […]

Oxygen Deprivation Masks, Just Another Gimmick

In the past few years I’ve seen more and more people wearing these depravation masks. They’re wearing them while doing all forms of training where they look like Bane from Batman. The premise behind these masks is that by restricting the amount of air you get while training, the the harder your aerobic system has […]