instant knock out fat burner review

Instant Knockout Fat Burner Review – A Straight KO?

In it’s pretty fist-shaped tub, Instant Knockout has been gathering a speedy following on social media. But is it any good? After all, most fat burning supplements offer little more than hype… So today we’ll find out, in my official Instant Knockout Fat Burner review! I’ll be putting this product up against my constantly harsh […]

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7 People You’ll Meet (And Hate) At The Gym

My Grandad once said to me: “Remember, Russ, you are totally unique… just like everybody else.” As if that contradiction-in-terms wasn’t enough of a mind f**k, he was actually right! Because if you walk into any gym in the world, you will see a bunch of characters who all possess the same annoying characteristics. (And […]

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best gym in south shields

What Is The Best Gym In South Shields?

“What is the best gym in South Shields?” This is a question I’m asked almost daily. After all, I’ve been a personal trainer in this area for fifteen years. Truth be told, there is only ever one answer: Powerhouse Gym South Shields. It’s the gym I run all of my personal training sessions from, and […]

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Martin Kjellstrom shoulder workout

The Martin Kjellstrom Shoulder Workout

Ever wondered how “The Real Mutant” Martin Kjellstrom trains before a big bodybuilding competition? Wonder no more! For today, I bring you a Martin Kjellstrom workout. I was lucky enough to have Martin stop by the mighty Powerhouse Gym for a session to be featured on my YouTube channel as he was preparing for an appearance at […]

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periodization explained

Periodization Explained – How To Double Your Results In The Gym

There are only three ingredients to a great, results-based workout program. They are: Consistency Effort Structure People often over-complicate it by focusing on individual exercises or fancy techniques, but the bottom line is if you can take care of the three points above, you’re golden in terms of fat loss and muscle building results. Today […]

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CT Fletcher Sidewalk Kraka Review

If CT Fletcher designed a pre workout, you’d expect it to blow your head off with as much subtlety as an angry oompa-loompa with a sawn-off shotgun. Well, now he has. Rejoice! But does the appropriately named Sidewalk Kraka deliver? Today, it becomes the latest product to go through my deliberately harsh supplement rating system. […]

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Love Life Supplements Refuel review

Love Life Supplements Refuel Review

They say great things come in small packages… The classic Mini, for instance. Or pint-sized action hero Tom Cruise. And now you can add another item to the list – Love Life Supplements Refuel. This expertly designed post workout recovery shake hit the supplement market in 2018 and represents the latest in a string of […]

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AML Pre Workout review

AML Pre Workout Review – The New King Of Pre Workouts?

Today I’m going to introduce you to the best pre workout supplement of the year – AML Pre Workout. I know.. The name doesn’t sound too impressive, right? Couldn’t they have called it Nuclear Pump? Or perhaps Squat Mountain? Hang on… I’ve got it.. Maybe AML stands for Atomic Muscle Landslide..? Oh, it stands for Advanced Molecular Labs. Well, […]

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fitness selfitis

Selfitis: Why We Can’t Just Shut The F**k Up And Train

If you don’t post about going to the gym on Facebook, it didn’t happen. Right? Something like that.. Yes, today I’m writing about our incessant need to post about our fitness regime on social media, and I’ll show you some interesting research you may not have previously been aware of on this subject. Let’s face […]

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Should You Workout When You’re Ill?

The worst thing about being ill is that you can’t go to the gym. That’s right. It’s not the banging headaches, or the tissues stuck to your face… it’s not even the hot lemony drinks that make your house smell like a Minion factory. It’s that you just want to drink your pre workout, flip […]

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The Good Guru Slim And Tone Original Review

There are certain fitness buzzwords I can’t stand to hear. Superfood is one of them. Even the idea that one single food can fix your whole diet is absurd. Functional is another. Not because functional strength is bad, but because it’s overused to the point where it’s meaningless. Functional. Functional. Functional. There, now it sounds […]

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overtraining symptoms

Why You’re Not Overtraining

Nowadays, it seems everyone is worried about overtraining. As a gym-goer, there is no greater fear than losing results. So it’s understandable that we s**t ourselves when we’ve been working hard in the gym week after week, brutal leg day after brutal leg day, only for some guy to pop over and say you’re actually […]

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the sunshine effect

Why “I’ll Do It Tomorrow” Is Killing Your Results

How many times have you planned on starting at the gym “next week”? And how many times has it never happened? If you’re like most people, then the answer is almost every single time. So today I’m going to introduce you to a behavioral tactic called The Sunshine Effect. The sunshine effect is a little […]

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The HCG Diet – A New Level Of Crazy

The HCG diet is great, and you should definitely try it.* (* if you are a douche.) Yes, today we go back to the dark side of the fitness industry to cover the latest weight loss craze sweeping social media – the HCG diet. More and more people are turning to things like this, which […]

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Insanity vs HIIT

Insanity Vs HIIT – Which Is Better For Fat Loss?

Today I’m going to directly compare two popular forms of training – Insanity vs HIIT – and reveal which is better for noticeable, sustainable fat loss results. But first, allow me to show you the reason for today’s article. Check out this email from website member Candice (while you’re at it, become a free member […]

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should you do high reps or low reps

Should You Do High Reps Or Low Reps?

If there’s one question I get more than any other on the gym floor, it’s this: “How many reps should I do?” Whether your goal is to lose fat, or to build lean muscle, the fact is most gym users are a little lost when it comes to how many reps they should be doing […]

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high protein diet bad for kidneys

Is A High Protein Diet Bad For Your Kidneys?

Me: “I’ve decided to start eating healthier, so I’m going to cut down on junk food and eat more protein.” Friend: “I wouldn’t do that.” Me: “Why not?” Friend: “I’ve heard protein is really bad for your kidneys.” Me: “…. F**k.” Is there anything more rage-inducing than trying to get healthier, only to be told […]

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how much water should you drink per day

How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day?

I’m often asked what the best bodybuilding supplement is. My answer my surprise you: Water! Yes, that free thing which pours out of your kitchen taps, and always finds a way to bounce off cutlery in the sink and f**king soak you. We live in a world where guys will happily spend half their wage […]

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does fasted cardio burn more fat

Does Fasted Cardio Burn More Fat?

For decades, many of us have been waking up at times so early the alarm clock has a question mark on it. And we do it all in the name of fat loss. Because bodybuilding folklore insists that working out first thing in the morning on an empty stomach will help you to lose more […]

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basil and chilli chicken recipe

Recipe – Basil & Chilli Chicken

It’s time to get creative in the kitchen again, with one of my quick and easy muscle building recipes. My basil and chili chicken is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and moderate in fat, making it a perfect choice when you’re trying to reign in your carb cravings and turn up the fat loss. […]

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post workout haribo gummy bears

Why You Should Eat Haribo Gummy Bears After A Workout

Believe it or not, one of the best foods you can eat alongside your post workout whey protein shake is Haribo Gummy Bears. Yes, those little pieces of miniature heaven. My clients get a lot of strange looks when they’re tucking into some Haribo jellies with their protein shake after a workout, so in today’s […]

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MaxxMuscle Atomic Bomb Review

Pre workout supplements are often hyped the same way as action movies. Explosions, Bold statements. Massive biceps. In today’s MaxxMuscle Atomic Bomb review, I’ll see whether this is more Terminator 2 or Titanic 2. (Yes, that actually exists!) Atomic Bomb is the new pre workout from professional bodybuilder Anth Bailes, a.k.a. “The Freak”. It is the latest addition to his MaxxMuscle “All […]

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how to become a successful personal trainer

How To Become A Successful Personal Trainer

Well done, you achieved your personal trainer qualifications! But don’t get too excited just yet, my friend. Despite promising financial freedom and extreme job satisfaction, the fitness industry has notoriously high failure rates. In fact, one survey claimed that over 90% of new personal trainers quit their business within the first year and filter off […]

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how many meals per day to lose weight

Eating Small Frequent Meals Is A Weight Loss Myth

How many times have you heard that eating small frequent meals will speed up your metabolism and help you lose more weight? It’s a very popular belief, often quoted in gyms and fitness magazines. “The metabolism is like a fire which must be stoked throughout the day. So if you eat 9-10 small frequent meals, […]

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Nip + Man review

Nip + Man Product Range Review

Wonder if you could enhance your workout with the latest lotions and creams from Nip + Man? Today you’ll find out as I review their range aimed at men who train hard but want to look good outside the gym, too. My reviews are notoriously honest, so before I go any further with this let […]

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Lucozade better than water

Lucozade Is Better Than Water (At Making You Fat)

When trying to lose weight, people often turn to sports drinks like Lucozade to help power through a hard workout at the gym. It’s easy to see why. Television adverts show top athletes pounding the treadmill, wiping their brow and nodding convincingly at their luminous bottle of Superhero-ade, as if to confirm that their legs […]

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Sylvester Stallone Arm Workout

The Sylvester Stallone Arm Workout

Ever fancied training like Rocky? Today I’ll show you how, as we take on The Expendables creator Sylvester Stallone’s biceps-building, triceps-blasting, forearm-shredding workout. Warning: This isn’t going to be a walk in the park. But given that you’re here reading this, I guess you didn’t want a walk in the park anyway, right? This workout […]

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Dolph Lundgren Arm Workout

The Dolph Lundgren Arm Workout

Today’s workout, with none other than Dolph Lundgren, is really going to put you through your paces. In fact, if you thought the Sylvester Stallone arm workout was tough, prepare for a resounding shock to your system as we smash through this action-packed arm workout with the one and only Ivan Drago himself. Ready for […]

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The Rock Leg Workout

The Rock Leg Workout

Today we’re in the gym with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and one thing is clear: if you don’t really train your legs very hard, you’d better call your momma. On the other hand, if you want to carve your legs into lean, powerful objects of destruction, read on… Over the last few years, Dwayne has […]

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Mark Wahlberg daily routine

The Mark Wahlberg Daily Routine Explained

Mark Wahlberg has posted his daily routine online, and people are misplacing their excrement. “Oh my God! That’s impossible! From tomorrow I’m going to push myself to the limit!” So today I want to ask you an important question: Could you handle the Mark Wahlberg daily routine? In fact, I’m going to make it a […]

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are bodybuilders stupid

Bodybuilders Are Stupid, Right?

The first time I told someone I wanted to start lifting weights, they said: “Bodybuilders are stupid! You don’t want to end up like Arnold Schwarzenegger, do you? He sounds like a dumb robot! And Sylvester Stallone? I can’t even understand what that muscle-head is saying!” Thankfully, I didn’t listen. Bodybuilders have long been labelled […]

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kettlebells vs dumbbells

Kettlebells Vs Dumbbells – Which Is Better?

Today’s battle features two giants of the gym. It’s kettlebells vs dumbbells, as I ask the question of which is better for building muscle and strength? But before we get stuck in, I need to tell you something… I’m a big fan of using both within my training plans, as do the majority of my clients. That’s because they […]

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how to get better at push ups

Push Up Hack: How To Get Better At Push Ups

Got that fear of face-planting every time you attempt push ups? Let’s get rid of that. Because today I’m going to show you how to get better at push ups with a little technique I call The Push Up Hack. I’ve used this with hundreds of male & female clients (and thousands who’ve followed my […]

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creatine hcl

Creatine HCL – The New King Of Creatine?

In the last 12 months, a record number of new supplements have arrived on the fitness scene. Most of them are about as useful as a c**k flavoured lollipop. But among the so-called testosterone boosters, and whey protein formulas that claim to be for toning, there there was a diamond in the rough. A supplement which […]

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Too Fat To Be On The Cover? The Tess Holliday Cosmo Debacle.

Cosmopolitan have featured plus-sized supermodel Tess Holliday on their cover, and people around the world are losing their s**t. Is it glorifying obesity? Are they promoting an unhealthy lifestyle? Is it sending women the wrong message about body image? Today, I’m going to break things down and give you my take on the Tess Holliday […]

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what is functional fitness

Functional Fitness Sucks (And Here’s Why)

Welcome to the world of functional fitness. A world which poses the question that, if you are not suspended from the ceiling or balancing on an unstable surface, are you even training? Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh there. You see, I don’t have anything against functional fitness when done correctly. It’s a great way to train! But […]

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4 Gauge pre workout review

4 Gauge Pre Workout Review

In it’s red shotgun shell casing, 4 Gauge truly looks like the ultimate pre workout. And it knows exactly who it’s target market is. With slogans like “Load Up Your Guns!” plastered on the tub, it conjures up images of workouts no less intense than Rambo defeating the entire Russian army in 1985. Just reading the hype which accompanies the product […]

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weight loss tips that work

10 Weight Loss Tips That F**king Work

Trying to lose weight can be frustrating. Especially when that douche from your work says, “Just eat less and move more!” No s**t, Sherlock. Never thought of that. Some people prefer to reach their dream body through plastic surgery. However, this is not suitable for everyone. If you are training hard and watching what you […]

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calories are king

Macros Don’t Matter. Calories Are King.

The fitness industry runs wild with bulls**t myths. And one of the most popular myths is that “it’s all about your macronutrients, bro.” Yes, muscle building magazines and websites will lead you to believe calories don’t matter and there exists a magical formula of protein, carbohydrates and fat which will begin to suck body fat […]

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How To Use Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss

“You should get on that intermittent fasting, bro…” Yes, intermittent fasting is all the rage at the moment and it’s hard to walk into any gym without at least one person proclaiming it as the missing piece of the diet jigsaw. And like all dieting methods, there is tons of false information out there from […]

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Does Omega 3 Fish Oil Cause Prostate Cancer

Does Fish Oil Cause Prostate Cancer?

A story recently ran in the press claiming there is a fish oil prostate cancer link which we should all be scared of. That’s right. According to the latest headlines, using Omega-3 supplements can significantly increase your chances of developing the big C. Given that athletes and bodybuilders (and heck, just about everyone I’ve ever […]

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Pre Jym Review

Pre Jym Review – Is It Really King Of Pre Workouts?

T2. Aliens. Big Momma’s House 2. All represent rare instances of sequels which don’t suck. Ok. Maybe not that last one. But when we’re talking supplements, sequels are usually a poor imitation of the original, thrown together when an ingredient gets flagged up or banned. Which brings us to Pre Jym 2.0, the brand new pre workout […]

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Adapt Nutrition Pre Train V2 Review

Back in 2015, Adapt Nutrition launched the great Pre Train. Now they’re back with Pre Train V2. But is this sequel more Terminator 2 or Jaws 2? You’re about to find out, thanks to my official Adapt Nutrition Pre Train V2 review! This is a piece of content I’ve been looking forward to writing, because the original formula was a […]

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Should You Use BCAAs Before Fasted Cardio?

Should you use BCAAs before fasted cardio? This is a piece of advice regularly cited in bodybuilding magazines and there are thousands of people around the world who do it every day. But they’re wrong. That’s right. Wrong! Now, before you internet rage all over me, allow me the opportunity to explain why I take […]

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how do bcaa supplements have zero calories

How Do BCAA Supplements Have Zero Calories?

BCAA’s, also known as branch chain amino acids are essential to the makeup of your body. Most people use bcaas in order to develop a lean muscle mass. If you look at the nutrition information of most top-selling BCAA supplements you’ll see that they claim to have zero calories. How is this possible? Does this […]

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Adapt Nutrition Pre Train Review

A great pre workout can make you feel unstoppable, helping you power through a great workout on those days when you didn’t feel like going to the gym. A bad pre workout, however, can leave you feeling flatter than a witch’s tit. So whenever you find a pre that truly delivers, it makes sense to cherish it. […]

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Why The Mono Diet Is Bulls**t

I had a friend who once tried something called “The Cabbage Soup Diet”. As the name suggests, it involved eating nothing but cabbage soup. She was depressed. She used to look at my lunch the same way my dog does, drool forming in the side of her mouth as she sat there thinking of what […]

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How To Make Your Own Pre Workout Suplement

How To Make Your Own Pre Workout Supplement

A great pre workout should resemble Appetite For Destruction. If you’ve ever listened to Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, you’ll know precisely what I mean. All killer. No filler. It was lightning in a bottle. Heck, it still is. Sadly, the pre workout market is filled with below-par supplements that fall well short of the […]

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Citrulline Malate Explained

Citrulline is the most important ingredient in a great preworkout supplement. Yeah, I said it. More useful than caffeine. More effective than creatine. More powerful than beta-alanine. Sadly, it’s an ingredient which is usually just “thrown in” to pre workout formulas, often under-dosed and not truly maximized for performance benefits. But make no mistake about […]

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Welcome To My New Blog!

Well, what sort of host would I be if I didn’t take a minute to welcome you? A bad one. That’s what sort. The kind of host who invites you over and then disappears into a room filled with friends while you stand there awkwardly alongside a bunch of f**king strangers, re-reading your text messages […]

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