History of strength training

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On the walls of the funerary chapel in Beni-Hassan in Egypt is a drawing. Depicted in this drawing are three figures, lifting what appears to be bags above their heads. Although no one can say with certainty that they are actually performing strength-training exercises the impression is very reminiscent of Indian club training. This drawing...

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The Father of aerobics

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DR KENNETH COOPER The Father of Aerobics It’s hard to believe but until the early 1960’s, few doctors and fewer non-professionals knew just how much exercise was good or necessary. In the 1950’s it was actually discouraged by some doctors. Dr P Steincrohn in his book How to Keep Fit Without Exercise wrote that “to...

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Do personal trainers work?

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46 women, strength training in a health club were split into two groups. Half of the women trained with a personal trainer and the other half worked out on their own. The study by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research was for a period of 3 months. Those that worked out with a personal...

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Should you stop working out when sick?

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Here are a few guidelines to determine whether you should continue to train when feeling a little under the weather. These guidelines are for common illnesses such as a cold virus or a mild tummy bug and should not be used if you are suffering from a more serious condition. At the end of the...

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Body oddities

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Sneezing Sneezing is known as sternutation and it is a way of removing irritants from your nose. When particles such as dust or pollen pass through your nasal hairs and reach the nasal mucosa they trigger the production of histamine. Histamine, through the nerve cells in the nose, generates messages to the brain, where upon...

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The minds role in reaching goals

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Even the best training and nutrition programme is not much help if you struggle to change your behaviour or bad habits. The great thing about the human mind is that if you set your end goal, in other words only programme your mind to concentrate on the final outcome, your subconscious mind, will workout how...

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We can turn back time

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American and Canadian researches have been studying 25 senior citizens as they carried out a six-month strength-training programme and the results were more surprising than they expected. The participants had an average age of 70 years old and they were given an exercise programme that lasted one hour, twice a week and consisted of 30...

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10 fitness facts

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The average man exercises for 115 days per year for around 25-30 minutes at a time, which equates to two sessions a week. This sounds great, but when you actually add it all up it’s about 48 hours in total or just two whole days out of 365. Most men will find any excuse not...

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Fitness tips

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It’s not easy keeping up a regular exercise programme so you can never have to many tips to keep you moving in the right direction. Fitness Tip 1 Listen to your body. It does not matter whether you are an experienced exerciser or a raw beginner, everyone from time to time can over do it....

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Free weights explained

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Weight Plates or Discs These are individual weights designed to fit onto the end of barbells and dumbbell bars. There are two types, standard plates and Olympic plates. Standard plates have a 1’ (2.54cm) hole in the middle of the plate to slide on to a 1” circumference bar. Olympic plates have a 2” (5.08cm)...

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