Tag: body comp

Fat Loss Hypertrophy

Are you too fat to add serious muscle?

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. When you want to add as much muscle mass as possible, in the quickest time frame, the first thing you should do is get lean. Don’t get me wrong, fat people can build muscle but it’s a hell of a lot harder. How lean? Very. I know you want me to give you a number that classifies ‘very lean’ so I’ll say sub-10%, but I don’t like giving a certain body-fat percentage as a benchmark, because…

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Nutrition

Metabolic flux and nutrient partitioning

Phil Learney is a performance coach specialising in strength, conditioning and nutrition. He is based in London. Metabolic flux is the term used to describe the rate in which molecules and metabolites are turned over in a metabolic pathway. Metabolic regulation is the term used for the actions of food and its transference into energy once ingested. The three basic substrates we consume as energy are the macronutrients protein, carbohydrates and fats. Through destructive metabolism induced by being into a hypocaloric state (a catabolic process), we can break these down into smaller molecules. This process can only be accomplished with…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy Strength

Fusing the art and science of bodybuilding

People argue about whether it’s the art or the science of bodybuilding that will help you build the best physique. In truth, it’s both, says Dr David Sandler David Sandler is a S&C coach, fitness researcher and co-founder of training and nutrition company StrengthPro. He is based in Golden, Colorado.  ‘Is it the art or science that comes first? For most of us, we all wanted to look like Arnie and that’s what started it in the first place. So the art fuels the passion to get into training. But you need to understand the science and the physiology. There should…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

Think like an artist to build your best-ever body

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. Picture a potter at his wheel, sitting in front of a lump of clay. To shape and sculpt it into a thing of beauty, he must understand the science behind his craft, and have the experience of putting that knowledge into practice as efficiently and effectively as possible. Yet he must still constantly make small yet significant touches to the clay to mould it and keep it advancing towards the finished product he ultimately set out…

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Hypertrophy Strength

3 things powerlifters can learn from bodybuilders

Tom Wright is a personal trainer who has competed in both physique powerlifting contests and is a sponsored Reflex Nutrition athlete. He lives in London. When it comes to weightlifting two of the main trains of thought are powerlifting and bodybuilding. For aesthetics and building muscle there is no doubt that bodybuilders have found the best ways to do it, but to achieve record breaking strength you look to the powerlifters. Both rely on lifting weights to build muscle and strength with each discipline focussing more on one than the other. So surely there must be crossover between the two…

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Nutrition Recovery

The truth about booze and your body

Aaron Deere is a sports nutritionist, functional medicine consultant and advanced personal trainer. He is based in London. It’s hard to always turn down invitations for after-work drinks or a weekend drink with your mates. But if you want to build the best body possible then you know that sleep is your friend and that booze is the enemy. But what is the real impact of alcohol on your body composition goals? We all know that chronic alcohol abuse can lead to many serious health conditions, including liver disease, cirrhosis, gastritis, pancreatitis and osteoporosis. You may also be aware that…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

How to set a realistic physique goal

Phil Graham is a highly-respected competitive bodybuilder, performance nutritionist, fitness expert and personal trainer. He is based in Northern Ireland. When you log into one of your social media accounts how do you feel? Motivated? Inspired? Invincible? Or does it leave you feeling a million miles away from building the physique you want? From the minute we wake up to the minute we go to bed we are constantly exposed to images, videos and posts that portray the idea of physical perfection and the idyllic fitness lifestyle. Many people, myself included, are guilty of seeing a photo or video online…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

How I built a brand new body

As the editor of IronLife, I bet I know more about the right ways to train, eat and recover than the average commercial gym personal trainer. But that’s only because I have been lucky enough to regularly speak to some of the smartest and brightest minds in the fields of training and nutrition who contribute to IronLife. I have no formal fitness or nutrition qualifications and I am a journalist first and foremost. My biggest strength is listening, not lifting. My natural habitat is a bar, not under one. And that’s the main reason how I found myself in the…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

7 business rules to build your best-ever body

Take charge of your muscle-building mission by treating your better-body aspirations just like you would your own business, says Nick Mitchell, CEO of the world’s only global personal training gym business, Ultimate Performance By Joe Warner, Editorial Director, IronLifeMag.com What’s building your best-ever body got in common with building a global business from scratch? More than you think, if you believe the words of Nick Mitchell, a one-time amateur bodybuilder who gave up a lucrative career in the City to launch Ultimate Performance, the world’s first global PT gym business. Unlike many personal trainers who enter the industry fresh out…

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Hypertrophy

4 reasons you’re not building muscle

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. Most people struggle to add muscle. We all know that when you first start lifting growth comes quickly. But the more advanced you become the harder it gets. Yet it’s not rocket science. So if you are seeing the physique improvements you want, you’re most likely getting something wrong. And I bet it’s at least one if not a combination of the following four flaws. 1 You don’t train hard enough In my experience 99.9% of…

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