Learning how to move well

A bunch of friends and I struck up a conversation about movement patterns (because one of them had a query about an instructor’s certification program by an organization that we haven’t heard of) and how effective they for the layperson who would like to be more mobile and agile. Not to mention the benefits of […]

If you’re a fitness coach or a trainer — teach, don’t judge

One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing a bunch of personal trainers or coaches in a commercial gym checking out the members who’re trying to work out. Some comment on the form, tactics, reps or sets, gripping the barbell/dumbbell/machines or worse — the way they breathe. What I fail to understand is how valuable […]

It’s January, let’s talk gym memberships

You know you don’t really have to get one but you want to because you want to lose weight or simply adopt a healthier lifestyle. Congratulations! You’re one step away from getting started. Except that, gyms actually don’t want you to use their facility. They just want your money! Yup! You heard that right. Take […]

A better way to lose weight

Get stronger. Period. Countless people step into the gym, hire a personal trainer or worse try to train themselves using one of those crappy training programs floating on the internet. All in the hopes of losing weight and getting that chiseled physique. Here’s the truth — the ones who step into the gym with no […]

Protect your shoulders while training your chest

In my experience, almost all chest training will involve a significant amount of shoulder/rotator cuffs/delts. It’s almost unavoidable to not engage those muscles, despite your best efforts to isolate your pecs. Think of your favorite upper-body exercises — bench press, incline press, overhead press, cable crossovers or the dumbbell variants. They all engage your shoulders […]

Therapy is painful!

The therapist was literally tried to squeeze out those knots off my shoulders. The pain was excruciating and I had no freaking clue how I would survive the day, late alone take the time to publish this post! And I was quite frank admitting that stretching and cooldown were totally missing from my routine. Not […]

Warming my way up to the gym

I had this crazy thought last evening, “I’ve had enough. I need to get moving.” I haven’t been to the gym in almost a month now and the restlessness was getting onto my nerves. My physio summoned to supervised sessions for the next couple of weeks to strengthen my injured shoulder (a grade 2 rotator […]

Regulating diet while recovering

Some of you know this — I underwent a minor surgery recently. I’m recovering well, but there’s a problem… I’m dying to get back to the gym! I haven’t been away from the gym for this long (almost 3 weeks and counting) since I took up powerlifting. It’s sort of driving me nuts (and nostalgic… […]