Saturday, 20 October 2012

Anatomy of a pull up (and how to do your first one)

Have you ever tried and failed to do one single pull up, or would you like to better understand the performance factors at work for common bodyweight exercises? Luckily, help is at hand.

Even though I am going to use a specific example here (how to achieve your first pull up), the following principles will generally apply to all strength-based exercises, and the concepts discussed should be easily transferable to other pulling and pushing actions.

Essentially, there are 5 factors affecting your ability to do a pull up (and other common bodyweight exercises). These are:

Saturday, 6 October 2012

6 common mistakes seen at the gym

Bad lifting form

 Whether you’ve just embarked on a new fitness regime, or you have been an active gym user for a while, there is a strong possibility you might not getting the most out of your training. We all like to think we know what we’re doing, yet the overwhelming majority of people I see training at my local gym give into the same mistakes time and time again! The following list is neither a rant nor a criticism; it is intended as a prompt to encourage you to take a good look at what you’re doing and re-evaluating it. I have fallen into most of these traps myself, and I still do now and again.