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5 ways to Pimp your Barbell Row for a Bigger Rack

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5 ways to Pimp your Barbell Row for a Bigger Rack

The barbell row – not only is it a key assistance exercise for increasing your squat, deadlift and bench press, but it’s also one of the most effective ways to build a thicker back. Done properly and with the right strength equipment, it’s a full body compound exercise which also recruits the use of the glutes, hamstrings, hips, abs and biceps. But we don’t need to tell you how great the barbell row is – you’re probably already happily busting out set after set as part of your strength programme, BUT… are you really getting the most out of them? Here...

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Pushing hard in the gym but still not pulling? How to nail your pushing and pulling ratio

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Pushing hard in the gym but still not pulling? How to nail your pushing and pulling ratio

Step into any weight room anywhere in the world and it’ll be immediately obvious just how much we all love to PUSH in the gym. You can’t even walk from one end of the gym to the other without seeing guys busting out their bench presses, huffing their way through sets of pec flyes and sweating out their push up finishers… pretty standard stuff. But where are all the guys training their pulling movements? It’s far less common you’ll see guys doing chin sets on the pull up bar or busting their balls on the cable row machine. And we get it....

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How one machines became the boss of functional fitness

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How one machines became the boss of functional fitness

If you’ve ever spent any time around gyms and immersed yourself in the happy-go-lucky world of fitness (as you’re reading this blog, we’ll assume that’s a big ‘ol “yes”), then you may have noticed that the fitness industry loves a trend even more than bodybuilders love memes and peanut butter. “Functional fitness” – the current fitness industry “next big thing”, is still in full swing and as a result, cable machines have taken a bit of a battering in the popularity stakes over the last few years.   No longer will you see the cool kids repping out isolated movements...

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Add a little awesome to your strength programme

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Add a little awesome to your strength programme

Whether you’re training for strength, hypertrophy or endurance, there’s one thing that the experts agree on just as much as the progression overload principle and it’s this: consistency in your programme is crucial. Yes, you need to add progressive overload to your strength programme otherwise you’ll become the human equivalent of the clapping monkey with dumbbells instead of symbols, on an eternally looping repeat and advancing nowhere fast. But consistency is just as important. Start skipping workouts or getting distracted by shiny new programmes before you’ve finished the one you’re on and you won’t get the results you want. Deep down,...

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Small gym, big lifts! Genius space saving equipment for tiny gyms

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Small gym, big lifts! Genius space saving equipment for tiny gyms

Being short on space doesn’t mean you have to compromise when it comes to building a gym. Whether you’re planning on converting the office broom cupboard at work, trying to squeeze some extra equipment into that un-used corner of your studio or transforming your garage into the perfect gym den, if you choose your strength equipment wisely, you can transform any nook and cranny into a beautiful small space gym that will wow even George Clarke himself.   1. COMPACT DUAL ADJUSTABLE PULLEY Yes, there really is a mini version of everyone’s favourite multi-function cable machine! With all the same movement options...

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