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November 13, 2019

Social media has slowly crept more and more into our lives over the past decade. When I was in school, sharing photos from parties on Facebook and having awkward 'conversations' with that girl you liked on Messenger was more or less the extent of social media's role...

November 8, 2019

As you're probably already aware, the Netflix documentary 'The Game Changers' has recently made a big splash in the health and fitness space. I have already received a few questions from clients about it, so I've written this article to have something I can direct peop...

October 25, 2019

Conditioning is important, and what's also important is doing it right.

Now there are lots of ways to perform conditioning, but if gaining strength and muscle is a priority for you, then you need to ensure you do it correctly. Properly programmed cardio should enhance y...

October 18, 2019

For those of you who haven't been following along on social media, for the past 30 days I've been performing pull-ups every day. This was a mini experiment on myself to see if purely increasing the frequency of an exercise would lead to greater strength gains.

On week...

October 17, 2019

It doesn't take a genius to see that I'm not exactly the 'cardio guy'. It's true, strength is my passion, and if I could only train one athletic quality, strength would be it. However, it doesn't have to be a choice between one or the other. There is tremendous benefit...

October 17, 2019

Foam rolling. 

Mainstream fitness media would have you believe that foam rolling is an essential part of warming up. Have you ever wondered what's the reasoning behind this?

Foam rolling is a method of 'myofascial release'. What does this mean? Fascia is a thin connect...

October 17, 2019

A supplement that's become highly popular in recent times is BCAAs.

But is this something worth taking? 

What are BCAAs? 

BCAAs stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids. Amino acids are what make up proteins, and they are critical for building muscle. Some amino acids are...

October 16, 2019

In case you weren't aware, sleep (along with food) is the biggest thing you can do to improve your training results. That goes for strength/muscle gain AND fat loss. Modern society has messed up our sleep big time though, and people are paying the price for it, whether...

October 16, 2019

Earlier this year I began the arduous task of passing the hardest test any Irish person will ever have to take: the Irish Driving Test (okay it's at least on par with the Leaving Cert). 

As a coach, my job is mostly a teaching profession. I teach people how to move th...

October 16, 2019

Child worker at a Turkish Coal mine (1908) 

Although many of you may think of me as the personal trainer guy, I actually spend a significant chunk of each week working as a strength and conditioning coach at my old school, St. Andrew's College.

While a lot has cha...

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