• The Real life of a Figure Competitor (part 2)

    Posted on 13th February 2013

    This is my second weekly blog about my journey to compete as a Figure Competitor with the British Natural Body-building Federation (BNBF) in July this year. In last weeks blog I wrote about my initial ‘building phase’ which lasted 4 weeks.…

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  • The Real life of a Figure Competitor

    Posted on 7th February 2013

    My name is Lucy Oakman, I live here in Exeter with my partner James, my two boys Connor (3yrs) and Oscar (5mths), 1 dog and 1 cat. This blog is all about my journey to hopefully win a trophy this…

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  • Fat Loss pitfalls- part 2

    Posted on 16th December 2012

    In part 1 of this article I discussed some training pitfalls relevant to a fat loss strategy. In this part I would like to offer some other advice focusing around nutrition, life style, hormones and the environment related to fat…

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  • Fat loss pitfalls – how to avoid them part 1

    Posted on 10th December 2012

    Fat loss seems to be a very misunderstood subject. Some people insist that it simply all about expending more calories than we consume, ‘calories in verses calories out’ while others realise that the type of food we eat and its…

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  • Successful gym rats / gym bunnies

    Posted on 1st November 2012

    “It’s time to go to the gym and get awesome”! This thought or something similar has probably popped in to our heads at some stage, whether it be to enhance athletic performance, to look good in speedos, or to improve…

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  • Globogyms v Independent gyms – style over substance!

    Posted on 9th October 2012

    One of my favourite films is dodge-ball which is basically the story of a small gyms’ (average joe’s) fight to survive against all the odds against ‘globo-gyms’ imminent takeover. It was the inspiration for this article in which I want to…

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  • INTERMITTENT FASTING – A PERSONAL EXPERIMENT

    Posted on 30th September 2012

    There seems to be a lot of talk around these days about the pros and cons of intermittent fasting (IF). This is where someone would fast from eating for a certain amount of time for a host of reasons but…

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  • TRAIN SMART – DON’T WASTE YOUR EFFORTS!

    Posted on 3rd September 2012

    If longevity and continued long term gains are what you want from your physical training then this article may help. Many years ago I thought that as long as I killed myself every time I trained then I was doing…

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  • Questionable training and nutritional advice!

    Posted on 15th July 2012

    Here are 10 things that I hear a fair bit relating to training, nutrition and performance that I think are open to debate… ‘We don’t need to do specific core type training’. I hear this a lot these days and…

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  • TRAINING TWICE A DAY – THOUGHTS & OBSERVATIONS.

    Posted on 25th June 2012

    There seems to be a fair bit of chat around these days about the pros and cons of training multiple times a day. One camp saying that multiple times a day training is an excellent method of improving performance, physique…

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