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    News — strength training

    Are you doing all it takes to maximise your gains?

    When it comes to training and body composition, the saying “ you get out what you put in” couldn’t be further from the truth. If you aren’t prepared to put the hard hours in at the gym even on the days you don’t fancy it then you can’t expect to see the changes in your physique and/or strength that you are looking for. The same goes for your diet.

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    Why you should follow a good strength training programme

    When it comes to gaining strength the importance of a good programme cannot be undervalued. At some point in your strength journey you can’t just go into the gym and lift more. It doesn’t work, trust me I’ve tried it.

    You will need to follow some kind of programme designed to get you from where you are to the next stage. At the very least you should have a plan of how you intend to get there.

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    A brief introduction to RPE training

    Percentage based training has been used for many years as a way to improve strength over time. Training loads will be prescribed to lifters as percentages of their 1 rep max. For example you may be required to squat 5x5 at 80% of your 1 rep max. If your 1 rep max was 100kg then you would use 80kg for all 5 sets. Recently I have been using a RPE type approach within my own training where I choose my own loads for my working sets.

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    5 reasons why your lifts aren't going up

    I generally train in the same place I work and because of this I get a lot of people asking me questions like how long did it take me to lift this amount or how long do I think it will take them. Not only do I have no idea how long it will take someone to get strong just by looking at them, I have no idea on their technique, what programme they follow etc.

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