With the right training and nutrition, it is often said that the average man can gain around 1-2lbs of muscle per month and the average woman around 1lb. Ignore the 'quick fixes', it's patience you need to exercise
Training may act as the stimulant to growth and development, but sleep is when the adaptions actually take place. But what counts as adequate rest?
'Hitting the wall' is a feared term in endurance circles. But it can happen to a lesser extent in weight training as well. It's that point in training where you feel like you can't go on, where taking just one more step or lifting one more rep can seem impossible. Unless you're an elite athlete, it can happen to anyone, including me. So how do you cope?
Why do you weight train? Having spend a good portion of my time writing advice articles on resistance training and fitness programmes, I thought it would be worth looking at how and why I got into weight training. Everyone has a different story, and this is mine. How did you find your passion?
"I don't lift weights because it's too intimidating", "I wouldn't know what to do", "people would judge me". I hear the same reasons time and again from women who are uneasy about weightlifting in the gym. Here are my top tips for addressing gym anxiety.
When you've made the decision to start a new fitness programme or nutrition plan, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is how you are going to measure your progress. In fact, I can almost guarantee that doing this will make it easier to achieve your overall goal.