Not long ago, my sister-in-law threw down the gauntlet and issued a “lockdown challenge” to see who could run 5 kilometers (3 miles) the fastest. I ended up doing it in a little over 25 minutes, which I was reasonably happy with given that I’m not much of a runner. What’s interesting (to me, anyway) […]
I once declared that the idea of going for a swim is about as appealing as licking the foot of a medieval peasant. And there were plenty of reasons why. I didn’t like the idea of swimming through all the chemicals and gunk that ends up in a swimming pool… busy swimming pools are like […]
How does training to failure affect your ability to build muscle? Does it speed it up, slow it down, or make no difference at all? One of the latest studies to ask that question comes from researchers based at Brazil’s University of São Paolo. They rounded up a group of men, and got them to […]
“Some psychologists say that men are particularly prone to this tendency of being attracted to the new, unusual, noisy and shiny over the less showy, perhaps more routine matters. It can catch us out, for novelty and glitter are no true measures of importance, actual or relative.”– Cedric Delves, Across an Angry Sea: The SAS […]
In the past few years, there’s been a lot of interest in high frequency training programs, which involve working each muscle group 4, 5 or even 6 days a week. The idea is that exposing your muscles to a stimulus more often will cause them to adapt more quickly, leading to better, faster results. This […]
Back in the day, lactic acid was seen very much as the bad boy of metabolism – a pointless waste product that was blamed for everything from muscle fatigue during exercise to cramp to delayed-onset muscle soreness.