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5 Tips for Injury-Free Strength Training


Strength training plays an important role in maintaining your overall health and fitness. Strength training makes you stronger and fitter. It strengthens your bone. It helps to manage your weight. Specifically, on fat loss in a long term! Strength training helps to improve your body posture.  Guess what, strength training also helps to build your confidence. If the training is done wrong, you could be injured. That is the one thing you need to avoid.

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I will share with you my 5 tips for injury-free strength training and lift longer.

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The 5 Benefits of Strength Training for everyone!


Strength training is great for everyone! Strength training is based on the principle that muscles need to work to overcome a resistance. When you do it repeatedly, your muscles will work hard and grow. After a period of time, it becomes stronger. Putting it in a simple term, it is the activities we do every day. From walking, carrying our books, lifting boxes from the ground, pulling out our drawer and pushing it back in and from standing up and sitting down from a chair. The only thing we need to do is more repetition and add loads while doing the activity.

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For example, lifting the box from the ground is similar to a deadlift exercise. When you need to stand up and sit, is very similar to a squat exercise. This shows that we have been doing the resistance exercise with very lightweight, or should I say body weight. All we need to do is to add resistance which allows our muscle grow. 

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How to build a workout program with your demanding day job? #5ProTips


When I was a student at the university, it is easier to be consistent with my workout program. It was lots of learning and trial and error to find the sweet spot of fitness. I had tried body-building, running, obstacle course racing and finally I found powerlifting. I was all in into Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. After I graduated, I begin to work. I have to say the work is demanding. At times, I need to work late and out of a business trip. It workout routine was all mess up.

Lifting life Challenges.

Then, I got married to my beautiful wife, Patrissa. Best moment ever! This situation adds expectation to manage. That is the beauty of life! Full of surprise with the roller coaster of up and down. It is very exciting. Throughout the exciting life of up and down, I never forget about my fitness goal. The year 2017 was about Spartan Race. I have completed 2 Spartan Trifecta last year. This year, the year 2018 my goal will be powerlifting.  I did not hire any coach, but I have a friend who does powerlifting whom I learn from. Also, I invest in buying strength and conditioning books as well. Fitness is about being practical. We need to apply what we learn and work on it. We have to find what works and what does not work. Here is the big question.

How to build a workout program with your demanding day job?

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10 Commandments of Powerlifting by #MarvinInspire


I started Powerlifting at the age of 21 and I was a late bloomer in the fitness arena. That period of time, I do not have a proper coach to guide this journey. A close friend of my, David Liaw was the person who introduces me to powerlifting. My source of learning was from Coach David, Uncle Google, and Sir. Youtube. I literally do not know anything about Powerlifting that I even Squat on the Smith Machine most of the time. It was indeed a bad option to stick to Smith Machine almost every workout. I had the assumption that it was just the same as free weight squat. I learn from my mistake and move forward.

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205kg Deadlift during my first Powerlifting Meet

 

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#FitFour Gloves Honest Review of The Spartan OCR Slit GRIP vs. LEATHER.


The Official Spartan Race Glove, designed by Fit Four, had given a solution for zero ripped calluses during the Spartan Race and during your obstacle specific training. They provide two similar Spartan gloves, the Spartan OCR Slit Grip and the Spartan OCR Slit Leather. Both will help you to avoid ripped calluses and aid with your grip strength during the race. You may be wondering which one is the better one. If you have the money, you may go ahead to buy both and test it for yourself.

If you want to save some cash by making the right decision, let me help you to decide. I have personally tested both gloves for Spartan Race and also for Spartan obstacle training. Let me remind you, this is based on my personal opinion and experience. 

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3 Favourite Obstacles from the Spartan Race Sprint, Malaysia


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Hitting the bell on The Multi-Rig. #NoBurpee

I shared the great experiences and my toughest obstacles from the Spartan Race Sprint. You can read more at the following link;

  1. 3 Great Experiences from the Spartan Race Sprint.
  2. 3 Toughest Obstacles from the Spartan Race Sprint.

 

I would love to share my top three favourite Spartan Race Obstacle during the Spartan Race Sprint, Malaysia. I will include what did I do to train to prepare myself to conquer the obstacles.

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3 Toughest Obstacles from the Spartan Race Sprint, Malaysia. #NewObstacles


The Spartan Race Sprint was held in Semenyih, Selangor. It was about 10km runs and 25 obstacles to conquer. This time, I tried to compete in the age group of age 25 to 29. My goal was to be in the top 10.  I finished 9th place within my age group.  I finish with the duration of 1hr 52 mins. I`m happy with the outcome. There are lots of hills, water obstacles, and trail run through the deep jungle.

I failed two obstacles. The famous Spear Throw also known as the burpee maker and the Monkey Bar 2.0. The Monkey Bar 2.0 is the newly introduced obstacles to Spartan Race. It is first used in Spartan Race Sprint Malaysia. Now that is a total of 60 burpees. I will train harder for the next Spartan Race.

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Now I am going to share with you the top three toughest obstacles from the Spartan Race Sprint, Semenyih.

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3 Great Experiences from the Spartan Race Sprint, Malaysia #NewObstacle


16 April 2018 was my first Spartan Race of the Year 2018. It was held in Semenyih, Selangor. It was about 10km runs and 25 obstacles. I failed two obstacles. The famous spear throw also known as the burpee maker and the Monkey Bar 2.0. That is a total of 60 burpees. I finish with the duration of 1hr 52 mins. 

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