3 Reasons Why You Must Track Your Workouts

If there was anything that would immediately take your training progress from good to great, it would be to keep a training journal. Tracking the work you do is essential in all industries. In weight training, there seems to be a direct correlation between those who track their workouts, and those who make the best progress. To break down exactly why keeping a record of your training will help boost progression, here are 3 reasons on why it’s certainly worth your …

13 Ways to Progress in Your Workouts

No matter what your goal is, the number one rule when looking to progress in your workouts will always be progressive overload. This simply means that you do more work over time. The problem is most people think the only way to apply this rule is either by adding weight or reps. Whilst these are the most effective methods, it can lead to ego-lifting, injury and plateaus if abused incorrectly, or for too long. There comes a point in everyone’s training …

UP’s Glossary of Fitness Related Terms

Glossary – A quick guide to explain some of the key terms used in Nick Mitchell’s ‘Ultimate Body Transformation Plan’. Compound Lift This is a lift where movement occurs at two or more joints, such as a squat (movement at the hip and knee joints) to shoulder press (movement at the shoulder and elbow joints). Compound lifts should form the basis of all training programmes designed to increase muscle size, because they work more muscle groups at once. Isolation Lift …

Amna Al Haddad – First Female Emirati Weightlifter

“You can always decide how far you want to go with weight training, losing body fat, or becoming a competitive athlete in strength sports. Everything that happens will be based on a choice you decide to make.” Anna Al Haddad, Olympic Female Weightlifter UP for Women recently talked to Amna Al Haddad, an Olympic weightlifter competing internationally and working towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We caught up with her recently whilst she takes time out from competitive training to nurse an …

5 Bodybuilding Lessons to Learn from Gymnasts

Gymnasts possess some of the most impressive and powerful physiques on the planet. Every four years as the Olympics roll by, anyone with an interest in body composition simply marvels at the excellence displayed on their TV screens. Huge, muscular arms. Wide, capped deltoids. Barn-door backs. Gymnasts possess them all and more. Back in the early to mid 20th century, many weightlifters would combine the two endeavours, and believed a mix of weights and gymnastics was the key to aesthetic …

The Road to The Arnold Classic – Jon Bond

The Arnold Classic is the world’s largest annual bodybuilding competition, named after the legendary professional bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger and from now on, Asia has been added to the list of countries involved; AC Europe, AC South America, AC Australia and the Big AC (US) . The best bodybuilders will travel from across the globe to boast the most incredible, other worldly physiques the world will ever see, in a bid to win The Arnold title. Each competitor will prepare for their most anticipated …