As I'm looking to improve my hamstrings and add more muscle density to my lower back I've decided to consistently perform deadlifts and split my leg training into quads/calf and lower back/hamstring days. This is my 4th week of deadlifts after a couple of months break, so I'm quite pleased with 240kgx10
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It's January, so we all know what this means.....choc-a-block gyms full of well intentioned, under-muscled, overfed bodies trying to improve their physique or fitness within a few weeks. The idea and intention should not be criticized (as a lot of people do) - just the execution. Most have no idea what they are doing in terms of exercising correctly or nutrition programming, have no plan how to achieve their goals and have unrealistic expectations of what those goals are. So I've put together 3 quick tips t to help:-
Avoid fad diets
Juice Plus, Herbalife, anything that mentions toxins and cleansing that will cost you additional money to a simple well balanced diet. You can lose weight on ANY diet but doing it the correct way through exercise and nutrition will maximize your chances of that weight staying off permanently.
Seek advice from a professional
Preferably someone very experienced in building muscle and who understands nutrition well. A personal trainer who has competed in bodybuilding will know the ins and outs and guide you through this minefield. For example, did you know one of the best ways to torch fat is to build muscle? Did you know that just doing endless cardio is not the best way to burn fat?
Don't expect a quick fix
Be prepared to put in months of hard work if you want long term and sustainable results.
Sam Watt - Champion personal trainer and nutrition advisor