Weight Training Articles

Our weight training articles focus on the basics. By basics we mean the basic weight training principles which can be used on basic gym equipment. The reason we stick to the basics is because they work! You don't need to have fancy gym equipment to get results. Just a basic home gym, with a good diet and training routine and you will build strength and or size!

15yr Old Boy Crushed by Barbell: Training Safely in the Gym

A 15 year old boy from Brisbane Queensland has tragically passed away after being trapped under a barbell. It is just so heart breaking to see such a promising life ended so young. But when someone loses their life in such tragic  circumstances, it's important we learn from it to avoid it ever happening again. But in doing so, we must make sure the action is balanced and rational, not a bunch of media hype and knee jerk reactions.

What age to start weight lifting?
This is a question I hear from parents all the time.Unfortunately, the term weight lifting is surrounded by a lot of "fake news". What I mean by this, is that there are some common misconceptions about weight training that prevent kids from participating in a healthy, educational activity that's heaps of fun.These "Old wive's tales" result in many parents treating weight lifting far differently than they would any other form of physical activity.Of course parents are concerned for the welfare of their children, but the scrutiny that some apply to this activity far exceeds the norm. In reality ..
Dropping Dumbbells The growing popularity of Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit has lead to a greater use and understanding of bumper plates. Most people understand now that if you load up a barbell it is not a good idea to just start dropping it from waist high. If you keep doing this, it is generally understood that your barbell will bend. However there are still people out there that can not understand why dropping 40 plus kilo dumbbells will eventually lead to equipment failure.  From time to time, you might find yourself in a situation where you can't..
10 Weight Training Tips 1. Use a weight you can control with good form. 2. Never more than two days in a row without a break. 3. Never stretch a cold muscle 4. Workouts should last between 45-60 mins. 5. Large Muscle Groups Basic Trainers: 1 exercise per muscle group. No more than 2-3 sets per exercise. Intermediate Trainers: up to 2 exercises per muscle group. No more than 2-3 working sets per exercise. Advanced Trainers: No more than 2 body parts per workout. 3-4 exercises per muscle group with 2-4 working sets. 6. Rep Range Beginner Trainers: Use 1..
Our Power Maxx Kettlebells have been a big hit. Some of the customers have been new to kettlebell training and have been asking what is the best way to get started. So I thought I would share with you how I learnt the ropes.  The story started when my wife was pregnant with our twins. She couldn't lift anything after 20 weeks which was pretty tough cause our son was only 18 months. So I had to get home and help out in the afternoons. This meant I couldn't train in the warehouse gym.  We live in a unit, so I don't have room for a gym indoors. I had my trusty Ironmaster Quick Lock Du..
What next! This is for my old mate Jayse “Big Fella” who just recently purchased a Powertec Multi System.  He wants to know what is the best way to tackle his new home gym. Well I have been asked this question so many times. My philosophy on weight training, like a lot of things in life, is to keep it simple. Instead of complicating things, just get the basics right and work hard at them.   From my years of experience with seeing customer’s progress, if you complicate things it just makes it harder to follow. I have witnessed firsthand some great..
I have been changing my training a bit lately. The weather has been so nice in Sydney I have been training a bit in the backyard at home with my Ironmaster Quick Lock Dumbbells and Ironmaster Kettlebell Handle . I have also recently acquired some state of the art cardio equipment for my home gym - a skipping rope. With just these simple pieces of equipment I have had some absol ute killer workouts thanks to my new favourite toy the iphone......With the kettlebell training and skipping I was looking at some way of timing my workouts. I tried a few iphone applications and they were ok. Bu..
When I show customers the Ironmaster Quick Lock Dumbbells,  they often say "hey, but you ca't do drop sets". This is true to a point, but I would like to point out the following:- Once you get quick changing weights on the Ironmaster dumbbells you can drop weight in 20-30 seconds easily - about the same time it would take to go and get another pair of dumbbells off a rack. Why not do the drop set with another exercise? For example if you were doing one arm dumbbell rows you could do the drop set with bent over barbell rows. This is the technique I used with great..
Here is just a teaser of the Matrix system Dr Ron Laura is working on for the Powertec Multi System. I will have to give this a go myself. BEWARE you do not need a lot of weight. Do not underestimate the power of the Matrix! As you can see the Powertec Multi System is perfect for Matrix style workouts. ..
I hate the typical "cardio" activities. When I talk about cardio I am referring to exercises bikes, treadmills, cross trainers, stair climbers etc. I really do't see the point of sitting on a machine inside a building simulating an activity that can be performed outdoors. However I have found out the hard way that you sometimes need to incorporate a bit of cardio activity into your weight training. My hatred of the cardio activities mentioned above developed when I was doing the Body for Life program. The program required you to do cardio 3 times a week at high intens..
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