Deconstructing the Deadlift

I like deadlifting…. Mainly because I am good at it. This is a common thing for a lot of people who lift weights or perform any form of structured exercise. We tend to master the things we are better at, be it squatting, bench pressing, sprinting or marathon running. We develop excellence by specialization. FirstContinue reading “Deconstructing the Deadlift”

Single Leg Squats: 4 Fatal Errors…

The Single Leg Squat (SLS) is an advanced exercise for the lower body. Although it is advanced there are a number of errors in it’s performance as people rush to master this advanced exercise while still not having enough lower body strength to complete the movement succesfully. If you are a regular reader you willContinue reading “Single Leg Squats: 4 Fatal Errors…”

Hertford and Ware’s Premier Gym and Fitness Training Facility

Do you want to look good, feel great and perform better? Are you looking for a gym or personal trainer that get you great results? Then Ian Mellis and the team at Results Fitness and Sports Training could help you. Results FAST is a gym and fitness training center with a unique and proven approach to helpingContinue reading “Hertford and Ware’s Premier Gym and Fitness Training Facility”

Why Posture is Important: Part 3- The Lower Back…

The lower back is commonly the focus of “core” training and posture. With around 80% of individual’s experiencing some form of back pain it has become a massive focus for trainers more orientated towards rehab. With national health service initiatives running programs for lower back care for back pain resolution it is an issue for aContinue reading “Why Posture is Important: Part 3- The Lower Back…”

Why Posture is Important: Part 2- A Crash Course in Hip Anatomy…

This is a follow on from Part 1 where we discussed the fundamental benefits of postural balance and keeping the spine in a neutral position. The concept often over viewed in most back care programmes and core training workouts is that specific postural issues such as pain, tightness or discomfort in movement are often notContinue reading “Why Posture is Important: Part 2- A Crash Course in Hip Anatomy…”

Why Posture is Important: Part 1…

Why is Neutral Spine Important in All Exercises? Three natural curves are present in a healthy spine. The neck/ cervical spine, the mid-back/ thoracic spine and the lower back/ lumbar spine. The neutral alignment is important in helping to cushion the spine from too much stress. Learning how to maintain a neutral spine position alsoContinue reading “Why Posture is Important: Part 1…”

The benefits of uni-lateral training…

Regardless of an individual’s background most people will have a dominant or stronger side of the body. As this side is more dominant, strength, co-ordination and muscle size may vary from the opposite limb. Most exercise programmes related to strength development contain bilateral (both sides of the body) movements such as the Bench Press, SquatsContinue reading “The benefits of uni-lateral training…”

10 Years, 10 Lessons…

A decade of training a variety of individual’s for a variety of goals starts to teach you a lot of things. I have had the luck to work with some great personal training clients, focussed fat losers, developing athletes, rehab based physio’s, teams and coaches who have gone on to great things. Most importantly IContinue reading “10 Years, 10 Lessons…”