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Thursday 18 September 2014

Powering up versus shaping up

Goal-setting is the name of the game

Karl Henry

Published 14/07/2013 | 05:00

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Strength has become one of the fashionable words of late when it comes to fitness

Strength has become one of the fashionable words of late when it comes to fitness. The ability to lift a large amount of weight – and the physical look associated with it – is what many people now work towards.

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It's great to see so many people getting active, but there is also a side of me that thinks this goal has become too trendy.

Don't get me wrong, the more people we can get into shape, the better, but I don't think that everyone – women especially – is interested in Olympic-level weightlifting.

My clients, for example, don't use anything heavier than 15kg. I use my knowledge, skill and changes in range of motion to get them into the best shape of their lives, giving women a feminine, toned look, as opposed to leaving them looking like athletes.

Many clients come to us having attained that athletic physique and power, even though all they wanted to do was lose weight.

So choose your class or gym carefully. Look at the physiques of those who are training there, and if that's the physique you are looking for, then that's the place for you.

Cold Comforts

When you exercise, you damage the muscles by tearing their fibres. Your body then recovers and grows back stronger and firmer over time.

The faster you recover, the harder you can train in the next session and the better your results will be.

I know it may be tough, but a cold bath or shower is one of the fastest ways to help the body recover.

Even minimal exposure to cold water will help, so when you're in the shower after your workout, finish off with a cold blast.

Out to lunch

After such a big reaction to my last lunch recommendation, I thought I would give you another great restaurant to add to your dining diary. Keshk on Mespil Road serves simple and fresh, good-value Mediterranean food. The menu is inspired by several cultures, including Egyptian, Greek and Turkish. Think charcoaled kafta (lamb) and grilled chicken, or hummus, falafel and dolma (stuffed vine leaves) for vegetarians. It's hard to beat. See keshk.ie.

 

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