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Year In Review 2016

For the last 3 years I have been writing a relatively short overview of my year, my successes and more importantly my failures. This year saw more travel, writing, training, and failure than I had anticipated.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988)

By all accounts I’ve invested more time this year than ever before learning about failure in any form I can. 2016 was a year for letting go, taking chances, and watching things fall apart only to realise the anticipation of the failure was worse than the experience itself.

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How I Tripled My Deadlift PR In 12 Weeks (Not for the faint of heart)

This article is simply used to showcase one method that I have used to improve my RDL. I do not or have never suggested that somebody undertake this style of exercise related progression without the oversight of an experienced coach.

Most ‘trainers’ enter the personal training industry due to a history of sporting or athletic related interests…

They have enjoyed a success which does not represent the ‘average individual’…

If I was to hire a trainer I would want to know that they could illicit the journey they are selling me if they too had a history such as mine. I have suffered a number of injuries over the years including broken clavicles , dislocated knees, plastic surgery to my right hand and a variety of highly preventable sprains. If I want to get a PR in a new lift I want to do it as progressively as possible and with as little risk as needed. Enter…

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Improve Cognition & Mood With These Foods & Supplements

Experiments With Cognition & Psychometric Performance

I have undergone two psychometric tests in my life. The first was a career evaluation I completed at the age of 15 with an educational psychologist & the other was when I was 18 prior to my travels to the UK. The first was the Senior South African Individual Scale.

The purpose of the CPP is to measure thinking processes and styles and to link these to everyday cognitive functioning. It can be administered to individuals 18 years and older with a reading / educational level of Grade 9.

The second test I underwent was the South African Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale. As you can see there is a marked difference in the information presented in the two tests below. (more…)

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Training For The First Time?

Experiments With Training

There was a period where I really just didn’t ‘get’ exercise. Don’t get me wrong, I have spent countless amounts of time reading Strength or nutrition related material but just like you I often find my stumbling block is simply staying motivated. Get your training right the first time around and you will get better results!

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Fatloss Success Stories: Joeline Cornick

Experiments With Fatloss & Performance

Joeline completed her first weight loss challenge in Jan 2013. I am not going to sugar coat the process like so many others do. Where Josh had the Insulin Sensitivity of a new born baby, Joeline and I did not. Fatloss for girls is 1000 times harder than it is for men.

Ladies have so much more to account from a hormonal & lifestyle adjustment standpoint.

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Success Stories: Josh Jansen

Experiments With Hypertrophy & Wellness

Josh came to see me in the Fall of 2009. His reason for initiating this journey that he was looking for a balanced variation of between training & performance that could help improve his neck and lower back pain.

Josh had also recently lost his sister Ari to Cancer and he was also seeking a renewed approach to nutrition & wellness.

Here is his success story & a brief look at his training & nutrition.

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