Holiday WOD advice

Going on Holiday is by and large the main target a gym goer sets themselves. Avoiding embarrassment on the beach is an admirable goal. But we’re not in Towie, and if you’re reading this blog you’ve probably got a bit more about you. That being said, it’s very easy to dip into a ‘get up…

Fitness journalism is more important than you think

In any journalism field, it’s easy to get sucked into a bubble were you speak to the reader as an expert. Chin Strapped is all about relaying the simplest of ideas about fitness. Recently, I’ve read a number of reports and watched numerous pieces that are all well and good, but in the mind of the…

How to boost testosterone | Reuben McIlrath PT

You’re probably thinking, this is something I learnt when I was 11 going through adolescence. But how often have you heard the word ‘Anabolic’? It simply means growth. So don’t be scared off by that buzzword in the anti-doping industry, “Anabolic Steroids.” ‘Anabolic Hormones,’ are essential for the body to grow, and an even more…

A Cardio session you may actually enjoy

I entered the gym this morning rather lethargic, not the best feeling to promote a good cardio day. As if I was going to back down though. A cup of coffee before I left the house helped get my body and mind into a ‘working mood’ and after my R.A.M.P. warm up I was up…

Golden rules of a ‘bulking’ diet

I am not going to try to tell you a complete scientific breakdown of the foods that fuel muscle growth, nor am I going to write you a supplement list as long as your arm! I will keep my advice in this area brief and easy to follow. PROTEIN is key, ideally from high quality…

Rest is essential -Reuben Mcilrath PT

Everyone knows that rest from training is important, but not that many people actually know why or what it is that happens during rest to influence muscle growth. Muscles don’t grow while your smashing out a set, it is just the spark that has the potential to start the process. During training is when the…

Sleep Well, your gains depend on it

Studies show that sleep deprivation can lead to illness, sometimes fatal, never mind disrupting physical training. Dr Jonathon Bloomfield, managing director of Support 2 Perform, described how “loss of sleep is a debt that will have to be repaid later in life.” Due to growth and maturity, different age groups require different forms of rest….

Who needs weights?… Within reason

CrossFit – Forging elite athletes, or so they say.  And it’s time to see what’s what.It’s a way of integrating cardio vascular training with full body muscular stimulation. And I’m going to incorporate this intense endurance training technique into my regime and present the results over the next few months.Mainly using lighter weights and higher…

Rueben McIlrath PT talks ‘getting bigger’

Standing at the top of the stairs in my local gym, it wouldn’t be long to find out why most guys go to the gym. I’d maybe need to spend about five minutes asking the dudes that very question as they enter. The response would almost unanimously “to get bigger.” While highly disputed with an…