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  1. Which Strength Bar Is For Which Exercise?

    Which Strength Bar Is For Which Exercise?

    Most people are used to seeing the barbell but there are many different types of weight lifting bars and it’s important to use the right bar for what you want to achieve. Here we will try to explain the different bars and their uses.

    30mm straight barbell

    A Standard, Straight, Barbell

    Standard barbells are typically used in home gyms and are usually between 5' and 6' long and about 1 inch thick the entire length of the bar. The weight of the bar itself will vary according to the model but can vary between 5kg and 10kg. The bar is dead straight, with a 'collar' each end that prevents the weights from sliding along the bar. Barbells are usually 30mm in diameter - do not confuse with the Olympic 2".

    Most of these bars are made from steel but again the quality will vary according to the model. You may hear the reference ‘whip’ which refers to the bend and rebound that you can experience. You will

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  2. The Basics For Strength Training In A Gym

    The Basics For Strength Training In A Gym

    Before you start working on your strength a good starting point is to define what it is you are trying to achieve, short and long term. This will help to design

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  3. Want To Open Your Own Fitness Studio?

    Want To Open Your Own Fitness Studio?

    If you think you are ready to set up your own studio or gym what are the main considerations? Here we consider the main tips for any budding gym owner or fitness studio teacher.

    Get Your Location Right

    First  things first, ensure that you acquire a site where your target audience is. Not only that, make sure there are enough potential users to make your business viable. If you want city workers for example are you set right amongst offices and businesses? The demographics here are really important. There’s no point opening a really funky young studio in the middle of

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  4. What’s Best - Cable Machines Or Free Weights?

    What’s Best - Cable Machines Or Free Weights?

    This is a question we, and most personal trainers, frequently get asked. Which is better for you, using a cable machine or using free weights? Both are useful in helping to create muscle strength and definition, but in different ways.

    If you know what you are doing in the gym and have had experience with both, you can in fact opt to use both as they are complementary. In fact as you get more expeirenced, you can use them in synergy with each other as they can work the muscles slightly differently. Here we reflect on the pros and cons of both types of weights.

    What Are Cable Machines?

    You will probably be familiar with cable machines that are found in most gyms. They are typically a steel framed structure standing two meters high and three metres wide with weight stacks located on both sides and adjustable pulleys that you can set to any height. Cables run through the pulley and connect to the weight stacks. So you may hear them referred to as the "Cable Crossover"; the "DAP"; or the "Dual Adjustable Pulley". 

    The Benefits Of Cable Machines?

    Cable machines are great if you are working out alone or if you are new to weight training. This is because they help you work your muscles in a very controlled way. They effectively help you with your form and technique as the machine requires you to move in a certain way. This helps prevent

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  5. Why Is Strength Training Important For Everyone?

    Why Is Strength Training Important For Everyone?

    Strength training has never really lost its popularity, but do we really know why its so good for us? Here we explore the continued benefits of strength training.

    Strength training helps our bodies perform everyday tasks better, even if this is lifting our children, carrying heavy shopping, weight training helps. You will sometimes see this referred to as functional

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  6. 5 Essential Pieces of Gym Equipment

    5 Essential Pieces of Gym Equipment

    With so many pieces of gym equipment to choose from it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed and just stick to what you’ve always used. Here we've selected some key

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  7. Focus on Negative Movement (or Eccentric) During Weights

    Focus on Negative Movement (or Eccentric) During Weights

    What is negative or eccentric movement? Negative movement is essentially the downward movement during lifting of weights where you lower the weight towards the

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  8. Anytime Leisure Rebrands to Origin Fitness

    Anytime Leisure Rebrands to Origin Fitness

    Anytime Leisure Rebrands to Origin Fitness,  Anytime Leisure, the Scottish based fitness equipment supplier has rebranded and will now be known as Origin

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  9. Jordan Fitness Offer Brandable Olympic Weight Discs

    Jordan Fitness Offer Brandable Olympic Weight Discs

    This week Jordan has announced that it is launching a new range of Olympic discs. The discs have three contoured handgrips and allow the user to customise the

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