Saturday, 5 July 2014

Listening to advice

As I sit here I have just read a few articles which I shall just call... Bogus.
Many current "fitness professionals" (some legit, some not) will write blog posts just to fill column inches and don't really have any thought process behind them. Now I don't proclaim to be a qualified PT or nutritionist one jot I am simply writing what I believe can be useful to yourselves on your own journeys.

Here are a few things I have learnt not to listen to over the years;

1. "Don't squat below parallel as it's bad for your knees"- I'm not even going to entertain this thought. Make sure you use a weight you can manage for your target rep ranges and don't substitute good form for more weight.

2. "You don't need to do steady state cardio" okay this one probably goes a bit against the research. Just listen to your body - you know yourself better than anyone,  including those studies that claim hard fact.

*I may be an anomaly however I truly believe that an hours fasted cardio before breakfast is the best way to burn fat,  as long as it is interspersed with a good weight training programme.

3. "You'll be able to lift more with this belt/straps" I have never worn a belt. You are only as strong as your weakest body part- aim to correct it before you consider using a belt- also while we are on this subject- if you are a man lifting anything below 80-100kg please put the foam pad away when your squatting, don't use straps whilst deadlifting and you can put them gloves away aswell (unless you are a hand model all of which, I should give an exception to).

Hope you found this useful.

Keep training.

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