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Published:Wednesday | June 13, 2018 | 12:16 AMMarvin Gordon

Developing physical fitness is a data-driven undertaking. The foundations of a fitness programme should be rooted in the knowledge gathered from a thorough assessment of physical condition. A series of tests are used to determine...

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2018 | 11:10 PMMarvin Gordon

Are you tough enough? That is the question we ask with the second instalment of The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life challenge. Yes, we know you have been making progress in your training. We know you have remained consistent, but are you truly fit?In search of...

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2018 | 4:39 PMMarvin Gordon

Obstacle races or circuits are one of the most demanding physical activities. They require holistic fitness. Anyone who competes in these events will be required to demonstrate aerobic capacity as well as strength and strength endurance –...

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2018 | 1:11 PMMarvin Gordon

Under the Five Rs training system, the last three Rs – repetitions, rest, and recovery – are no less important than the first two – range of motion and resistance.  REPETITIONS Repetitions, or reps, are the number of times...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 4:03 PMMarvin Gordon

Fitness programmes are complex undertakings. There are many variables to consider. The five Rs principle aims to provide a simple way to keep track of the basic tenets of the training aspect of any fitness programme. So what are the five Rs? They...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:06 AMMarvin Gordon

While the versatility and effectiveness of free weights are well documented, exercise machines also offer several benefits worth exploring.There are machines designed to target every aspect of training. The main advantage to be derived from (most)...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:08 AMMarvin Gordon

Ever wondered what sports commentators mean when they say an athlete peaked at the perfect time? Shouldn't athletes be in tip-top shape year-round, or at least throughout the season?Well, the answer is no. Humans generally cannot remain at full...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:11 AMMarvin Gordon

Push-ups are a great way of building functional upper-body strength. Completing a set of push-ups requires multiple muscle groups to work together in the way that they do naturally.Naturally does not mean simple or easy, however. There are many ways...

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:07 AMMarvin Gordon

Push-ups are a staple of bodyweight training. Push-ups provide a truly versatile exercise which can be tailored to help boost fitness in so many ways.From muscle-building to boosting limit strength - increasing your one-rep-max - in a variety of...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:10 AMMarvin Gordon

Week after week of intense training will almost always follow the same path: progress to plateau to overtaxing, followed by overtraining and/or injury.When working within an intense training schedule, we can't afford to be reactive with recovery....

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2018 | 12:09 AMMarvin Gordon

Summer is almost upon us and gyms are starting to fill up again. Whether you are a first-timer or it is a part of your yearly routine, the chase for the summer body has officially begun.Diet and fitness fads find easy victims among the uninformed....

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 2:13 PMMarvin Gordon

For many people, volume seems to be the logical choice for getting the most out of training. And it's understandable: It seems to make sense. Want better results? Train harder; train longer. More and more, however, research and industry...

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2018 | 12:10 AMMarvin Gordon

You have chosen the training split you think is best suited for your life and now it's time to pick exercises. How do you get the most out of your training split?Here are a few tips for choosing exercises:Volume vs...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 12:30 AMMarvin Gordon

Choosing the right training split has a direct impact on the success of your training programme. Here's a quick look at four common training splits.FULL-BODY SPLITA full-body training split means there is no split. Each session focuses on full-body...

Published:Wednesday | March 7, 2018 | 12:11 AMMarvin Gordon

Training splits seem so easy. Every website seems to have the perfect one for you. From 'International Chest Day' to the 'Bro split', the Internet tends to make training splits into one-size-fits-all socks that you can just slip on...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:06 AMMarvin Gordon

"Mi love food too much fi do that," she said, referring to my tendency to carry breakfast, lunch, snacks and, sometimes, even dinner, to work.Somehow the myths surrounding meal prep refuse to die. From "The food doesn't taste good," to "Mi nuh have...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:10 AMMarvin Gordon

By now, everyone should know that exercise and diet are paramount for heart health. Even light exercise like a half-hour brisk walk five days a week can improve cardiovascular health. And it's not just aerobic exercise that improves heart function,...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 11:06 PMMarvin Gordon

So you realise you might have been pushing too hard in the weight room. This does not have to be the end of training - or training hard. Recovering from overreach in your training programme can be quite instructive.Pay more attention to these...

Published:Wednesday | February 7, 2018 | 10:49 AMMarvin Gordon

So you have decided it's time to shed that stubborn bit of belly fat. What's more, you want it done in four weeks; you know that if you workout six times a week you can do it...

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:08 AMMarvin Gordon

The most common reason for exercising is putting on muscle or 'toning' up. There are a few things to know, however, if you are to avoid the common routine of working out then killing your gains.Before you hit the weights, here are a few ways you can...

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 4:51 PMMarvin Gordon

Think you've done it all in the gym? Getting bored? Or have you hit a plateau you can’t seem to beat? Try something new this year. Fitness programmes grow boring very quickly and lose effectiveness almost equally fast. To keep having fun...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:05 AMMarvin Gordon

If giving to charity isn't enough to draw you to 5K races this year, here are five more reasons for you to run...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:01 PMMarvin Gordon

The new year brings with it the renewal of the corporate 5k circuit. Yes, it's almost time for Sigma run already. Time to sign up and buy your running shoes. Oh, and that other thing – training...

Published:Wednesday | January 3, 2018 | 12:07 AMMarvin Gordon

For many, the start of a new year is a time for assessing performance and setting new goals. If social media is to be believed, fitness lies near the top of many a #goals list for 2018.What is your fitness goal? If you aim to improve functional...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:04 AMMarvin Gordon

It's that time of the year again. You know, when everyone starts making New Year's resolutions they will never keep. When it comes to fitness, most people set vaguely defined and, for the most part, unrealistic resolutions.'I'm going to work out...

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