Propane Picks and Podcast Episode 65 – Interview with Mike Tuchscherer Part 2

   Propane Picks It’s that time of the week again where we sift through the fitness world and pick out top 10 favourite pieces for your reading, viewing and listening pleasure. If you’d like to be considered for us to include you on this list OR if you’d like to write for us, please send an email …

Motivation slump? How to beat the winter blues

A case of the Winter Blues We’ve noticed a lot of our clients this week have been experiencing a slump in motivation. You’re not alone. My hunch is that this is SEASONAL, and related to 2 things: Lack of Vitamin D and sunlight exposure Caffeine If you’ve seen my caffeine video, you’ll see that caffeine …

The truth about fitness transformations

I shared this photo in our client support groups yesterday:   It illustrates my weight in KGs between July 2013 and yesterday. On the face of it, there’s nothing dramatic or impressive, it’s just a curve slowly tracking upwards. There are no massive shifts or dramatic falls, just a steady, consistent change.   In short, …

PropanePodcast 58: Interview with Kit Laughlin Part 2

This is part 2 of our interview with Kit Laughlin from Stretch Therapy. If you missed part 1, go back and listen to it here. This is one NOT to be missed. Here, Yusef interviews Mr Stretch Armstrong, Kit Laughlin. Kit is, in our opinion, the leading authority on stretching and flexibility in the world. He’s …

PropanePodcast 57: Interview with Kit Laughlin Part 1

This is one NOT to be missed. Here, Yusef interviews Mr Stretch Armstrong, Kit Laughlin. Kit is, in our opinion, the leading authority on stretching and flexibility in the world. He’s the founder of Stretch Therapy, and while ‘Cat like movement’ is their slogan, he seems to have had 9 lives himself. Trained as a medical …

5 Tips for Training Around Injury

Yusef here. If you’re someone who’s struggled with injury, and worried that it’s set your progress back, then watch the video below. My last post about offseason training for the powerlifter mentions that I’ve had to take some time away from the pifflywiffling and switch focus. Here’s 5 lessons learned over the last 18 months for how you …

AMRAP vs AFRAN: Balls to the wall or balls on the couch?

In for results We’ve inadvertently started coaching a number of Crossfit athletes – causing a bit of a rumble in our client community discussion group, the ‘inner circle’, with much talk of wall-balls and ‘AMRAPS’. Not our thing, but there’s a lot we admire about Crossfit. The mentality is to keep you on your toes, both …

Offseason for the powerlifter

Preamble We were going to write a post about taking an ‘off-season’, but Marc Keys gone and done it beautifully. So this is a repost from his blog, Cast Iron Strength. You may remember Marc from his pressing template and no-bullshit approach.   We’ll be chatting to him on our podcast soon too. You’ve seen what …

Declare jihad on your body and become a shredi: Part 1

The title looks like a pisstake, but I’m srs. The word ‘jihad’ actually describes the concept in this article perfectly. ‘Jihad’ is the inner struggle between the self and its desires: the friction between who you want to be and your short-term whims. This post covers how to avoid being defeated by your lower self …

5 simple ways to instantly improve your diet

If I asked you to describe your diet approach in a sentence, what would you say? If you’ve found your way here, I’ll assume that you follow some kind of macro target approach with a decent level of flexibility? Most of the online fitness community does these days, it’s still the latest hip and trendy …

PropanePodcast 45 – How to maintain strength on a cut

A common question we asked is how to maintain strength on a diet. In this episode, we discuss strategies to ensure minimal strength and muscle loss: Shownotes & Timestamps: 3:00 – Yusef nerding out on the microphone 3:40 – How to convince someone you don’t speak English 6:00 – Closing a door to an RPE …

PropanePodcast 39: The dirt on creatine

Here’s our roundup of creatine – no shownotes this episode, since it’s all covered (with Yusef’s beautiful mugshot) in this post. The post got some great feedback, so here’s our podcast consolidating and expanding on the WHAT, HOW, WHY, WHEN and WHO for creatine for those with a longer attention span keener interest in creatine.   http://media.blubrry.com/propanefitness/p/propanefitness.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Podcast-39-Creatine.mp3Podcast: Play …

PropanePodcast 38: Hack dead time to get more done and improve your training

In this episode Jonny and Yusef discuss toilet habits, talking to strangers and how to fill up the space of dead time in the day. If you like the Propane Fitness Podcast, we’d appreciate it if you’d subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes. Time Stamps and resources 0:30 Today’s hot topic – 5 …

PropanePodcast Episode 36: Improving self-management

In this Episode Jonny talks about ways in which we can successfully improve our systems for Self Management and subsequently increase productivity.   If you like the Propane Fitness Podcast, we’d appreciate it if you’d subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes.     Improving Self Management – Time Stamps & Resources   0:30   …

Client case study: Matt T

In April 2015, Matt came to us with a question…   “Hey guys, I’m looking to get some visible abs by the end of the year, do you think that’s achievable”    As with every question ever asked in fitness the answer of course is…   (Drumroll)   It depends.   “Visible abs” is an …

PropanePodcast 34 – Would you rather?

NEW PODCAST EPISODE:   So we opened up a vote on our facebook accountability group for podcast topics. We learned the hard way that this is what happens when you open up suggestions to the floor like this… Nevertheless, we didn’t want to disappoint. So as promised, here’s Jonny and I discussing some dubious ‘would you rathers’ submitted by …

Propane Podcast Episode 33: Managing your diet around high stress periods

In this episode, Jonny discusses a few strategies for managing and maintaining your diet and nutrition when life gets in the way. If you enjoy our podcast, we’d love it if you could subscribe and leave us a review on ITunes. Timestamps:  0:00 – Our shiny new intro! 1:00 – Yusef making a fuss about …

CAFFEINE: How it works, how to use it to gain muscle and lose fat

It’s not often that we really dig down into the details. Here is Yusef discussing the details of caffeine, why it matters for you and some useful, actionable things to apply today: Cliff notes: Benefits: 1) Fat loss 2) Training quality 3) Pain tolerance Disadvantages:  1) Tolerance 2) Withdrawal 3) Vitamin D absorption Recommendations:  1) …

Episode 32: Managing HUNGER on a diet

Episode 32: The ultimate guide to managing hunger on a diet Catch the rest of the episodes on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/propanefitness-podcast/id903654171?mt=2 http://media.blubrry.com/propanefitness/p/propanefitness.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Podcast-32.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:02 — 30.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | More Subscribe Options

Video picks of the month: April ’16

More video picks from us this month: flexibility, steroids, deadlift setup, the food industry, psychiatry and a FREE TOASTER BONANZA. Kit Laughlin partner hip flexor stretch: In our last video picks we linked to a psoas-focused yoga routine. This is something a bit more brutal. The reason we hammer on about this stuff is that …

Episode 31: Why we don’t take steroids

Part 2 of our discussion on drugs, where we talk about our reasons for NOT taking steroids http://media.blubrry.com/propanefitness/p/propanefitness.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Podcast-31.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:57 — 24.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Stitcher | More Subscribe Options