Kettlebell press vs barbell press: Your ULTIMATE guide

Kettlebell press vs barbell press: Your ULTIMATE guide

Pressing a heavy weight over your head is pretty much the pinnacle of strength. Nothing demonstrates strength like a huge overhead press. How does it feel? I’ll let you know when I get there… 😉 When planning your training block a common question is whether kettlebell pressing is better than barbell pressing? There are certainly benefits to both. Here’s what I think. At a glance… If I had to choose between kettlebell press vs barbell press I would likely pick BARBELL as it suits my strength-focused routine MORE Kettlebell presses are suited to circuit training and aerobic-focused trainees as they …

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Kettlebell deadlift vs barbell: ONE winner!

Kettlebell deadlift vs barbell: ONE winner!

Kettlebell deadlifts are less taxing on your lower back than barbell deadlifts. This is because the form used is subtly different and the weight lifted is typically much lower. The real question though is whether the kettlebell deadlift variation is actually USEFUL… You bet it is, for some of us. Here’s what you need to know. At a glance… Choosing between kettlebell or barbell deadlifts is a personal decision based on training goals Kettlebell deadlifts are better for aerobic, GPP or power based goals Barbell deadlifts are superior for strength based training programs Using a kettlebell changes the form of …

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Kettlebell vs Dumbbell for weight loss

Kettlebell vs dumbbell for weight loss: my WINNER is…

I spent around a YEAR in a controlled calorie deficit cutting my body fat down, chasing the ‘aesthetic’ look. Over such a prolonged cut I tried all sorts of diet tips and tricks – and plenty of training ones too! One of the recurring queries I get is around whether kettlebells or dumbbells are better for weight loss. Here’s my hot take on it. At a glance… Kettlebells are better suited for weight loss goals as they can be used in a number of more aerobic exercises Training alone (kettlebells or dumbbells) will NOT be enough to overturn a poor …

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Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 2.0: My Review

Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 2.0: My REVIEW!

The Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 2.0 are the premium line of dumbbells offered by Bulldog. While ‘weight is weight’ and cheap dumbbells can build as much muscle as expensive ones, the 2.0’s offer a really nice upgrade over the basic metal handled alternatives for a modest additional outlay. Below I will run through the specification and various design features of these dumbbells so you can decide if these are the right dumbbells for you to buy (hint: you won’t be disappointed! 🙂 ) At a glance… Check the latest price for these on the Bulldog website right here! Premium dumbbell …

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Bulldog Gear Box Bar 2.0 20kg barbell review

Bulldog Gear Box Bar 2.0 20kg barbell review

Bulldog offer a range of Box-branded barbells and I decided to take the 7ft, 20kg mens Olympic barbell for a spin (if you excuse the pun). The Box barbell is very affordable so I have high hopes that the Box 2.0 will be a high-quality entry level barbell for the UK market. At a glance… Check out the Bulldog Gear Box Bar 2.0 barbell here It’s a great all-rounder well suited to varied workouts and CrossFit Overall it is excellent value given the specification and reasonable price point BUT it would be nice to have a few options to customise …

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Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 1.0: My Review

Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 1.0: My REVIEW!

The Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 1.0 are one of the best value dumbbell ranges available in the UK at the moment. They combine high quality build techniques (more on this later) with competitive pricing. What more could we ask for?! In the below review I am going to run through the key things to consider before you buy – including delivery, value for money and construction quality. Buying dumbbells is usually a significant purchase – so lets make sure the Bulldog 1.0 ones are right for us before we do! At a glance… Check the latest price for these on …

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Does protein powder taste good with water?

Does protein powder taste good with water?

Whey protein has been a part of my diet for over a decade. Having ready access to high quality, lean protein makes hitting my macros far easier – BUT it can still be a struggle when cutting! One of my diet ‘hacks’ was substituting MILK for WATER in my protein shakes – every calorie helps! But does it taste nice, or is it rubbish? Here’s what I can tell you after a near-4 stone (56 lbs) cut! At a glance… Whey protein can taste good with water if you pick a palatable flavour, mix it properly and CHILL the water …

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Is chocolate or vanilla protein powder better?

Is chocolate or vanilla protein powder better?

I use whey protein powder almost every day and have done for over a decade. I like it because it’s super EASY to consume, makes it EASY to hit my macros and is pretty CHEAP per gram of protein.  BUT the real question today is whether chocolate or vanilla is the best flavour of protein powder – here are my thoughts on it… At a glance… Vanilla protein powder is better as it can be used in both sweet and savoury applications Check out the best value vanilla whey on Amazon right here! Chocolate is a close second – particularly …

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GPP fitness daily workouts

My 2x GPP fitness daily workouts (for FREE!)

When I pivoted away from purely chasing strength a couple of years ago I found the best way to incorporate cardio was through extra GPP fitness workouts done daily alongside my usual resistance training. Hitting the gym every day in some form is AWESOME for both my physical health (my cardio endurance has improved drastically) but also mental health too – getting a break from screens and work is always welcome! If you’re interested in adding regular GPP orientated routines to compliment your strength training then this article is aimed squarely at you! At a glance… GPP stands for general …

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HyGYM Hex Dumbbells Review - I LOVE them!

HyGYM Hex Dumbbells Review: I LOVE them!

HyGYM’s hex dumbbells set is one of the best budget-friendly options available in the UK for fixed dumbbells. They arrived well packaged and are absolutely solid in use despite their competitive price point. In this review I will jump in to the key points to consider when buying a fixed dumbbell set – namely availability, functionality and – maybe most importantly – VALUE FOR MONEY! At a glance… Check them out right here! 7 pairs of dumbbells with an A-frame stand for a competitive price Rubber heads are rock solid and excellent quality – no signs of damage despite constant …

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