James Haskell

12 Plank Variations For A Rock Solid Core

James Haskell | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

As a set of stabiliser muscles, the abdominals respond best to isometric work such as planks, so there's no surprise it's such an effective movement for building core strength. But in order to reap maximum benefits (and to prevent exercise boredom) it's important to employ different variations of this exercise into your workout regime.

How To Get A Mind Blowing Pump Every Time You Train

James Haskell | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

There's more to a good 'pump' than just vanity, though. A pump shows that your body is in a state of readiness to train, and that your muscles are being filled with nutrient rich blood ready to kickstart the recovery process. Chasing a 'pump' at the end of a workout may actually fast track your gains.

Five Steps to Ensure You Shred Faster

James Haskell | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

So if you're still carrying excess blubber and haven't started doing anything about it, you're already two steps behind where you need to be. But before you give up on revealing your best ever physique in time for holiday season, know that it's not too late

Time for the Gun Show

James Haskell | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

With the vaguest hint of summer on the horizon, with the promise/advent of T-shirts, crop tops, vests and the like. Plus with you all now fully understanding, despite the lunatic fringe suggesting otherwise, there is sadly no such thing as a quick fix, this means starting to train to get into shape, now!

Do You Even Lift?

James Haskell | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

You work hard in the gym, or so you think. You eat right, or so you think. You're pretty strong, at least for your size, or so you've been told. So why are you still stuck looking like someone who doesn't even lift?

Five Simple Hacks for Better Sleep

James Haskell | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

During sleep, our bodies produce testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH), the two most important hormones for muscle building. What's more, quality sleep also saps cortisol, the stress hormone that triggers fat storage and muscle breakdown.

10 Muscle Building Foods to Add to Your Diet for Faster Gains

James Haskell | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

Eat high calorie foods. They'll make it much easier to achieve your caloric goals than plain old chicken and rice. But before you dive head first into a pizza box, remember that these have to be good calories - or you'll just end up looking like a marshmallow.

One Piece of Gym Equipment for Faster Gains

James Haskell | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

If all of your work in the gym is done with a conventional straight barbell and dumbbells, you're missing out on some serious potential gains. There is one key piece of equipment that, when utilised correctly, can be your secret tool for getting stronger faster than ever before.

What Constitutes a Healthy Snack?

James Haskell | Posted 18.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

I have written a lot about nutrition in this column over the last weeks and I propose to write a lot more! I am on crusade you see to try to persuade people to the hard fact, if you don't eat the right food to properly fuel your training, you are really just wasting your time. It's like putting diesel into a petrol tank. It just doesn't work.

Can't Improve Your Bench Press? Read This

James Haskell | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

Following on from my last couple of articles about getting started in fitness training. Understanding a little more about what it's all about and hopefully picking up some useful advice and tips, as to how to start to go about things in a way that right for you.

My Guide to Getting Started Into Fitness Part Two

James Haskell | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

You don't want someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. You want someone to push you. There's no point in spending money on health, fitness, equipment, food and diet, if you're not going to put the work in.

What Is Calisthenics?

James Haskell | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

It may sound a trifle boring but there is actually a tremendous lot you can do using calisthenics. For start I bet you didn't realise that you can work every main muscle group with just these four mainstream, household exercises.

Banning Tackling in Rugby? Instead We Should Teach Children to Tackle Properly and Safely

James Haskell | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Sport
James Haskell

Apparently all this needs to abandoned and replaced with a totally sanitised version of the game, which will inevitably lead in the long term, to its demise. Touch rugby is great in the park after work. However I don't think it would fill Twickenham that often! Any physical activity brings with it risks. In most other walks of life 'risks' are dealt with through awareness programmes aligned to proper training to minimise the risks.

Why (And How) to Improve Insulin Sensitivity

James Haskell | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

It's not vastly complex but nevertheless competent training can be a tad complicated. However the one great benefit of this is it completes dispels the ludicrous lean in 15 and get fit in a week style plans, which are bandied about all to frequency as quick fix solutions.

Seven Reasons You're Bloated (And What to Do About It)

James Haskell | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

You don't need us to tell you how bad it feels when you're bloated after a meal. You're enjoying your food, minding your own business when BAM! A food baby grows in your belly, usually accompanied by strange sounding noises and abdominal discomfort. We've all been there, and know exactly how uncomfortable (and unattractive) it is.

Five Reasons You Suck at Building Muscle

James Haskell | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

In order to build muscle mass, our bodies must be in a calorie surplus. Going out for a pizza one day each week doesn't count. You need to be consuming more calories than you are burning day in, day out in order to start making real size gains.

Eight Hacks for Faster Fat Loss

James Haskell | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

You want to lose fat and get lean. Who doesn't? The problem is, you don't have much time to lose weight. Whether it's a holiday just round the corner or an upcoming social event where you're likely to bump into your ex, your need to get shredded is greater than that of the average Joe.

The Lo-down on Pre and Post Workout Nutrition

James Haskell | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

I don't think when it comes to health and indeed training, one can ever overdo the message about ensuring you are getting the right nutrition to properly fuel your activities. So I won't make any apologies for writing this for my column.

Current Popular Workouts

James Haskell | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

People are always asking me on social what are the current trending workouts people are doing. So as they so you only have to ask once. Plus it's a neat follow-up on Tuesday's column about why women should be lifting weights.

10 Reasons Why Women Should Always Lift Weights

James Haskell | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

To achieve an optimal level of fitness with the desired lean body you desire, to put it bluntly, weight training is essential. If like so many other mistaken women you avoid lifting because you are terrified of becoming "bulky," then you're missing out on one of the best fat-burning methods around.

Coconut Water - Must Have or Myth?

James Haskell | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

What I really love about all products coconut, is in addition to everything they bring to the table, there is always lots more hidden gems. Coconut water doesn't disappoint - additionally it has high numbers of natural electrolytes in it.

Healthy Snacking

James Haskell | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

If you do a lot of driving on the road, remember; generally at the service station, amongst the serried rows of fizzy drinks, crisps, donuts and chocolate bars, there is very little in terms of "healthy food" on offer, which is good for you. So you might need to plan ahead, although you might just get lucky at certain service stations.

How to Eat Like a Rugby Player

James Haskell | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Sport
James Haskell

Rugby players have become a bit of a benchmark in terms of being seen and perceived as being "big". As such a model to follow and adopt if you are so inclined, which I have to say judging by the mail I get on daily basis, a lot of young men and women want to be - Men mainly just big and muscular, Women toned, defined and shaped.

Ten Ways to Make Vegetables More Appealing

James Haskell | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

I have written a lot recently about the vital importance of nutrition as being an essential part of any successful exercise regime or programme. The simple truth being without the right nutrition to support your training. In real terms you are essentially just wasting your time....

High Fat, High Protein or High Carb?

James Haskell | Posted 24.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Haskell

10 years ago, most people had never even heard of 'macros' (macronutrients). These days, we're letting ourselves be defined by them. But with so many different styles of eating out there, how do you know who to listen to?