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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...

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:08 AMMarvin Gordon

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard the myth of turning fat into muscle repeated. The simple truth is, it is physically impossible. Sure, you can lose fat and gain muscle, but muscle and fat are two very different types of tissue and one...

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 11:10 PMMarvin Gordon

Some nutrition myths refuse to die. Despite all the studies being published these days, bits of misinformation continue to guide the practices of fitness buffs all over the world.Let's end a few of them.1. Brown bread is whole grainMany brown breads...

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 11:10 PMMarvin Gordon

Friends don't let friends skip leg day, and for good reason. Training legs is a key component of any fitness programme and ignoring them could be disastrous.Whether you are trying to lose body fat, boost total-body strength and fitness, increase...

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 12:12 AMMarvin Gordon

WHILE DYNAMIC stretching is all the rage nowadays, static stretches - you know, the ones in which you hold a position for 15 seconds or longer - still have a major role to play in any workout programme.Doing static stretches at the end of your...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 4:41 PMMarvin Gordon

WHEN was the last time you included stretches in your workout routine? Do you even consider stretching as training?...

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 12:08 AMMarvin Gordon

We had a blast sharing healthy smoothies with Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn at her Life Fit Training Centre's Juicy Juice Bar.Try this delicious berry smoothie and follow the tips below for a great tasting quick meal that is as wholesome and...

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:07 AMMarvin Gordon

Eating healthy does not have to be boring or time-consuming. The Gleaner's Fit 4 Life dropped by Life Fit Training Centre's Juicy juice bar on Red Hills Road, St Andrew to see if our smoothies could stand up to Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn's...

Published:Wednesday | October 25, 2017 | 9:28 PMMarvin Gordon

AFTER A killer workout, it's easy to think your work is done, but the end of a workout only signals the time for the next step on your fitness journey – recovery...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 8:18 PMMarvin Gordon

THE FOOD we eat – or don’t eat – before a workout weighs heavily on the performance during, and results of that workout. Ever tried training on an empty stomach...

Published:Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarvin Gordon

With her strong background as an Olympian and personal trainer, being one half of the husband-and-wife team behind the newly opened state-of-the-art Life Fit Training Centre is a natural fit for Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn.After operating Cuthbert's...

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 5:01 PMMarvin Gordon

THE KEY to weight loss is burning more calories than you consume. Portion control – understanding how much of any food should be eaten to maintain health and fitness...

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