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Simple Programming advice

Simple programming advice from a simple person: 1) Pick one of these exercises- Bench Press, Deadlift, Back/Front Squat, Power Clean, Weighted Pull up (if you can do more than 8 regular pull ups) Do it 5 times. Rest, then another 5, and another until you’ve done 5 sets 2) Pick an exercise that’s kind of … Continue reading

Strength and Conditioning Test Day

This coming Saturday I am carrying out Strength and Conditioning tests for some of my athletes. There are 5 spaces available to non-members of my gym should you wish to come along. There are details on how to get on board here:¬†http://kyuzogym.com/2015/01/26/strength-and-conditioning-test-day/ I usually don’t blow my trumpet too much on the blog, but I … Continue reading

GAA Pre-Season Time

It’s January so all of you hurlers and footballers are staring a few weeks of pre-season training in the face. I’m sure you’re all looking forward to it, in a way. I thought I’d jot down some things that I do with my teams. You might get some ideas, or you might scoff at other … Continue reading

New Year New Me and all that crap

This is another post about the trials of social media and its contribution to modern life. So if you’re interested in that kind of thing, read on. If not, there are plenty of other places to look. Try something that says “This *X* is just about the best *Y* we’ve seen all day!” I believe … Continue reading

The Brain in the Jar talk

I just put this on Facebook: “I just gave a talk that was initially titled “Beyond Formal Exercise- developing a healthy lifestyle in young adults”, but the Q&A turned into “Exercising is difficult because adults put up barriers for us”. Really interesting food for thought from a bunch of 15/16 year olds. I may even … Continue reading


I’ve just taken a phone call, actually half a phone call, and the crux of it was this. A man has had his child in Taekwondo training for the past 3 years, the child is now 7. He wants his child to move from Taekwondo to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because the child doesn’t yet know … Continue reading

On coaching kids

I get asked for advice on how to coach kids, so I’ll share some. This will be brief. 1) Be really good at what you do. I don’t mean that you’re a really good BJJ fighter or a really good football player. Coaching isn’t playing. Educate yourself and become an outstanding coach, even if you’re … Continue reading

Ugh, now he’s on about water charges

So you’ve probably all seen the facebook and social media posts from people returning their Irish Water contracts*. They’re labeling the envelopes with a sort of quasi-legal, unusually phrased series of statements and then returning to sender. Here’s a short explanation from a blog I found while cruising for info on the matter http://julianwebsdale.tumblr.com/post/79260580869/no-contract-return-to-sender-label-explanation Yeah … Continue reading

Space available

Hello fitness folks. I have several opportunities available in my gym for qualified, independent coaches, trainers, and sports therapists. I have several spaces available. 1) an equipped strength and conditioning area. 2x power racks, 3x platforms, 350kg plates, barbells, full set kettlebells, set dumbbells, medicine balls, C2 rower, battling ropes, etc etc. 2) Large matted … Continue reading


I’m going to introduce you to new word, Fremdscham. No, I didn’t make it up. It’s German. Essentially it’s the awful feeling that you get when you begin to see the Dunning-Kruger effect in action. For those of you who don’t know what the Dunning-Kruger effect is, there’s a pretty good description here I thought … Continue reading