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Jack Hanrahan

Resistance Band Training: The Ultimate Guide to Strength Training at Home

(and how to modify your favourite gym exercises with resistance bands only) Resistance bands are nothing new. But in 2020, they went from the most undervalued tool to the hottest commodity for at-home strength training. As gym closures swept the globe, fitness enthusiasts turned to the web to purchase the equipment they needed to train at home for what was an undetermined amount of time. Naturally, resistance bands were a popular choice being cheap, lightweight and highly versatile. But,...


Why breathing through the nose will elevate your cardio

The benefits of nasal-only breathing I’ve travelled the globe to gain health and fitness knowledge for years. Who would have thought one of the most impactful methods I learned so far was simply to keep my mouth shut and breathe exclusively through my nose? I’ve always been a very conscious breather in the weight room. Bracing the core and breathing correctly is essential to keep the core stiff and low back protected during heavy lifts. It’s a skill I can do well and one that’s helped me...

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Anti-HIIT: the smart way to do cardio

If you’ve been following me on instagram, you’ll have noticed that over the past few months, I’ve introduced what I call Anti-HIIT cardio sessions. I first developed the format as a way to get in my low intensity steady state (LISS) cardio workouts at home during quarantine, but I’ve really come to appreciate its benefits and practicality. An added bonus is that it’s fun, varied and time-efficient, given that it can be done from the comfort of your home.


How to Do Push-ups Perfectly

Most of us are doing a lot of push-ups now, which is awesome because it’s one of the best-bang-for-your-buck exercises. But, most of us are doing them incorrectly in at least one way or another and even advanced lifters tend to screw this exercise up. I want to show you five common push-up mistakes and show you exactly how to perform a push-up the right way, so you get the most out of this valuable exercise.

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How to fix rounded shoulders – 3 posture correction strategies

Call it what you will, rounded shoulders, slumped shoulders or the ‘caveman’ look…this adverse “hunch forward” posture is far too common and 9/10 times, easily remedied. In this post, I’m going to go through how to fix rounded shoulders once and for all. From an aesthetic standpoint, this posture type gives the appearance of narrow shoulders and a sunken chest, reducing your sex appeal by at least 30%. The altered shoulder position screws up shoulder function, restricts mobility...


The 3-Step Squat Warm Up

What does your current squat warm-up look like?    Foam roll the living heck out of the quads, calves and hamstrings? A 15 minute, hip focused stretch-a-thon? What warm-up? I Just SQUAT!   Whatever your approach may be, we all want the same thing – squats to FEEL good. So unless you’re a ninja or have the hips of a 4 year old, most of us take some time to loosen up before entering the squat rack. Especially if we’ve just been desk-bound for the past 8 hours. That said, most...


Landmine Squat: Squat Without Knee or Back Pain

It’s Monday, which means LEG DAY (If you train your chest and upper body we can no longer be friends).  After working through a few stretches, you’re ready for some leg exercises. You hit the squat rack, load up a barbell, and crank out a couple of light sets to grease the hips. It doesn’t feel that comfortable. Squats never do. But you proceed to add load to get some work sets in.  You un-rack the bar, set the feet and take a deep breath. As you squat down, you feel a discomfort in the...


The Best Squat Variation You’re Not Doing.

Squats might be considered the king of lower body exercises, but here’s the reality – most people don’t squat well, least not under a barbell. Whether it’s mobility restrictions or pain complains of the shoulders, hips and knees, there’s usually at least one reason why this is often the case. Enter – The Goblet Squat. Goblet squats – which involve holding a weight against the chest – might be regarded by the masses as an exercise for newbies, but this notion...


Facepull your way to healthy, pain-free shoulders.

What’s this…a whole post on facepulls! An exercise you’ve probably never heard of…? Damn straight. Its THAT GOOD. Especially when its a move that can combat the leading pain complain in the gym – front sided shoulder pain. If you’re anything like most gym goers, you’re doing a tonne of pressing work and your shoulder exercises consist mainly of overhead presses, lateral and front raises. The upper back doesn’t get nearly enough attention, the rear delts are neglected...