What we think, we become

So, I woke up to rain today.

Living in London, you kind of get used it. Call me crazy, but recently, I’ve grown to appreciate our city’s bipolar weather.

I always find it easier to get things, and by things I mean important things, done when it’s raining. Take this post for example – I could’ve easily woken up this morning and complained about how “shitty” the weather is. Instead, I took it as an opportunity to blog and moreover, discuss a topic that has recently changed my outlook on life. Hop on after the cut.

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Understanding Post-Workout Nutrition

You are what you eat.

Ask any experienced bodybuilder, athlete or health and fitness enthusiast out there, “what is the most important meal of the day?”, and I promise you that the majority would reply, “the post-workout meal”.

In addition, many of these experienced so-and-sos will describe this meal to you as a “45 minute golden window of opportunity”, in which your muscles are most receptive to nutrient uptake. They’re not far off.

For me, a workout without a post-workout meal is like abs on a skinny guy – it doesn’t count! And yet, it’s a meal that so many avid gym-goers are missing out on. More after the cut.

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The Quick and Easy Protein Bar

Protein bars are expensive, which is why this recipe is great!

Inspired by the fitness model and writer Jamie Eason, this recipe tastes amazing and moreover, has the perfect balance of macronutrients. Therefore, they can be eaten during the day as a meal-replacement or alternatively, split in half and eaten as a nutritious snack.

So, what are you waiting for?

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Super Shake Sunday

When I first began brainstorming ideas for Blogybuilding.com, a few winners popped up that I knew I had to pursue. Super Shake Sunday was one of them.

As the name suggests, Super Shake Sunday will be a weekly series, which will show you how to make your own meal replacement shake. But not just any meal replacement shake – no, these shakes are somewhat on the SUPER side. So, hop on the reverse to find out what this week’s Super Shake Sunday has in store.

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Sleeping is not overrated

Why is it that we love sleeping, and yet we never want to go to bed?

Right now, my sleeping pattern is a mess.  Before Ramadan, I would usually be in bed by 11 latest. Fasting however, has left me feeling sleepy during the day and more energetic at night, which is understandable, considering that post-sunset is the only time when I’m allowed to eat. You can read more about this by clicking here.

Anyway, you may have heard the age-old cliché “your muscles grow in the kitchen and in the bedroom – not in the gym!” Indeed, you can spend hours in the gym and follow a diet flawlessly while taking every single supplement under the sun, but none of this will compensate for insufficient rest. As I have said before, exercise imposes physiological stress on the body and so, rest plays an important role in the recovery process – it’s simple, if you want to grow you have to sleep! More on the reverse.

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Shock it up with Fascial Stretching

That’s a bold statement.

For those of you who read my post on Eccentric Training, you may recall me mentioning that muscle contractions fall into two categories: concentric and eccentric. There are, however, two more types of muscle contractions, one of which will be the focus of this post – but more on that later.

First, fascial stretching is a component of Hany Rambod’s FST-7 training program. Although Rambod may be regarded as “the trainer of champions”, I think the “7” is just a bit of marketing BS slapped on the end – no offence Hany. Nevertheless, I still believe that stretching the fascia intermittently between sets is great, especially for stimulating new growth in stubborn muscle groups. I should warn you though, you may, and by that I mean you will, receive odd looks from others in the gym! But if it means progress, then who cares?

So what is fascial stretching? More on the reverse.

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Paul Dillett’s 2011 WBFF World Championships│RECAP

Apologies for the delay.

I should have posted this up on Sunday morning following the results. However, the official HQ photos were just released today and being the perfectionist that I am, I wasn’t too keen on using any pixelated photos taken by someone on their mobile phone.

So, as you may know, Paul Dillett’s 2011 WBFF World Championships came to a climax on Saturday. Dubbed as “the most prestigious and exciting night in fitness”, 300 plus competitors, representing over 20 countries, gathered at the Living Arts Centre in Toronto for the event – and boy was it a show!  More after the cut.

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Paul Dillett’s 2011 WBFF World Championships

Growing up in my teens, I was obsessed with wrestling. However, since then, the WWE has changed (either that or I’ve grown up) and now, I find myself interested in a different kind of sport with a different kind of acronym.

Indeed, in a little over a week, over 300 fitness models and bodybuilders, both male and female, from across the globe will gather at the Living Arts Centre in Toronto with one thing in mind – Paul Dillett’s 2011 WBFF World Championships!

And this year, it’s personal.

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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that dieting is hard. However, more often than not, our inability to stick to a diet is of our own accord.

You have all probably heard the saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This outlook definitely holds true when wanting to get in shape. Be honest, how many times have you eaten unhealthily, simply because eating healthily seemed like too much effort? Don’t worry, we have all been there – me included!

That’s why planning and preparation are key skills which will pave the way for success – and not just in the gym!

I find that if I prepare all of my meals the night before (for the following day), I’m a lot less likely to cheat on my diet and moreover, I save a tonne of money – it’s win-win!

So, brush the dust off your Spider-man lunchbox, and lay the excuses to rest once and for all! Examples of meals that I prepare after the cut.

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