George Armstrong Weekly Workout 21st April 2024

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Phase 1 - Pull

Pull ups 3 x max reps sets (wide/close/neutral)
T bar row machine 12,10,8 (dropset on the last set)
Seated iso back row machine single arm 12,10,8
Rear dumbbell flys 15,12,10 (dropset on the last set)
Preacher curl machine 15,12,10 (dropset on the last set)
Db seated curls 15,12,10

 

Phase 2

6 rounds
Every 3mins complete
20 calorie row
12 Toes to bar
Max barbell clean and press @40kg
90 seconds rest after each round
Notes: Write down how many max BB clean and press you accumulated in the 6 rounds. This is your score

 

 

WORKOUT 2

 

Phase 1 - Legs

Leg extensions 15,12,10 (dropset on the last set)
Back squats 10,8,6
Smith machine Bulgarian split squats 15,12,10 (dropset on the last set)
Lying hamstring curls 15,12,10
Standing calf raises. 20,15,15,10

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 7th April 2024

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Phase 1 - Pull

BB Deadlifts 10,8,6
T bar row machine 12,10,8
Seated iso back row machine single arm 12,10,8
Close grip pull ups 3 x max reps
Rear machine flys 15,12,10
Db alternating curls 15,12,10 (each arm)
Db hammer curls 15,12,10 (each arm)

 

Phase 2

7km Run (Zone 3)

 

 

WORKOUT 2


3 rounds in pairs for time

600m Rower | I go u go
600m Ski erg | I go u go
400m run (together)
Into…
Db ball over double box 20 @40kg
BB Cleans 20 @80kg
Db Devil press 20 @20kg
50min time cap

 

 

WORKOUT 3


60M’AMRAP | I-GO-YOU-GO

In pairs complete as many rounds as possible
10 BB squats @BW
15 Toes to bar
20 cal Bike erg

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Client of the Month - Alexander Kitaev

 

Congratulations to our latest client of the month, Alexander Kitaev. 10 years training in the gym and after just 5 months working with coach Mikey has seen more progress than he has ever seen in his life. He is truly in the best shape of his life and his dedication and strive to be the best version of himself has awarded Alex with the client of the month! Alexander lost a total of 12kg, dropping from 84.5kg down to a lean 72.5kg. After years of trial-and-error training, he finally revealed the muscular physique he had worked so hard for.

Check out our Q&A with client Alexander below and check out the Physique Academy YouTube channel as Alexander and Mikey catch up in Dubai for a face-to-face chat.

Why did you join Physique Academy?

I joined the Physique Academy in the end of September 2023, and started the program from October 2023.

Why did you join Physique Academy?

Before joining the Physique Academy, I had been going to the gym for about 10 years, but without any proper systematic approach, with big breaks and without nutrition plan. I had managed to build muscles, but the main challenge was to get lean so that all those muscles started popping out properly. So, my goal was to achieve 10-12% body fat and maintain the muscle mass as much as possible.

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 3rd March 2024

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Phase 1

ARMS  & CALVES

Bicep seated db curls 15,12,10
Tricep close grip bench press 15,12,10 drop set
Bicep preacher curl machine 15,12,10 drop set last set.
Tricep over head ez bar cable extensions 15,12,10 drop set last set.
Tricep cable push downs 15,12,15
Bicep Ez bar curls 15,12,10 drop set last set.
Push ups close stance 3x max out reps
Standing calves raises 20,20,20,15,15

 

Phase 2

Rower
500x10
1 min rest between each round.

 

 

WORKOUT 2

 

Phase 1

6 Rounds - 4:00mON/2:00mREST
18cal assault bike
12 GHD sit ups
5 Burpee Box jump owners
Into…
Round 1/4: Max BB Push press @50kg
Round 2/5: Max BB Sumo high pull @50kg
Round 3/6: Max BB Squat cleans @50kg

Ps. Write your score down of max reps for each round.

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 18th February 2024

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Push - Phase 1

Flat db bench 10,8,6
Seated ISO shoulder press machine 12,10,8
Seated chest press machine 12,10,8
Cable single arm side raises 20,15,10
Weighted Tricep dips 12,10,8
Tricep behind the head extensions 20,15,10

 

Phase 2

Open workout
@22.5kg dumbbells
10 db snatches
15 Burpee box jump overs
20 db snatches
15 Burpee box jump overs
30 db snatches
15 Burpee box jump overs
40 db snatches
15 Burpee box jump overs
50 db snatches
15 Burpee box jump overs

 

 

WORKOUT 2

 

Legs - Phase 1

Lying hamstring curls 15,12,10
Leg extensions 15,12,10
Barbell back squats 10,8,6
Smith machine Bulgarian split squats 15,12,10 (each leg)

 

Phase 2

AMRAP in 20 minutes
6 Dumbbell Man Makers
7 Box Step Ups
@22.5kgs each dumbbell

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 4th February 2024

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Legs - Phase 1

Leg extensions 15,12,10 (dropset on the last set)
Back squats 10,8,6
Smith machine Bulgarian split squats 15,12,10 (dropset on the last set)
Lying hamstring curls 15,12,10
Standing calf raises. 20,15,15,10

 

Phase 2

Mhay Thai
1 hour conditioning.

 

 

WORKOUT 2

 

Push - Phase 1

Flat db bench 10,8,6 (dropset on the last set)
Seated ISO shoulder press machine 12,10,8
Seated chest press machine 12,10,8 (dropset on the last set)
Seated db side raises 20,15,10
Weighted Tricep dips 12,10,8
Tricep cable standing over head tricep extensions 20,15,10 (dropset on the last set)

 

Phase 2

6 rounds

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Client of the Month - Patrick Rogan

 

A huge congratulations to our January Client of the month, Patrick Rogan. Patrick heard about Physique Academy through a family friend and decided to commit fully to the program after connecting with coach Sam. He wanted a new challenge and to reach his full potential both physically and mentally. The biggest obstacle for Patrick was changing his mindset and building the discipline required for this lifestyle change. There were tough moments when Patrick wanted to stray from the plan, but Sam was always there to steer him back on track. One of Patrick's biggest wins has been developing unshakeable self-belief and mental toughness. The program taught him to demand the best from himself and overcome any challenge, whether in the gym or in life. His newfound confidence has skyrocketed - he now approaches any difficulty knowing he can give 100% effort to succeed. The results speak for themselves - Patrick has lost an incredible 44 lbs throughout his transformation!

When did you join the Physique Academy?

I joined PA in March 2023

Why did you join Physique Academy?

After delaying joining for some time, I realised that in order to reach my physical goals I needed help and after seeing what all the lads have achieved I knew it was the place to join.

What have you achieved both physically and personally since joining the academy?

Physically I’ve gotten into the shape of my life and reached a physique that I never ever thought I’d achieve which is amazing! Personally, I know my mindset has done a complete 180 as things that would get me down no longer bother me in the slightest and I think this has improved every relationship I have too.

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Conquering the Goggin's Challenge and Running for a Cause

 

A HUGE congratulations to client Andrew who recently completed the Goggin's challenge accomplishing "what I think will be the toughest physical test that I have ever done" running 4 miles, every 4 hours for 48 hours!

Andrew has chosen the Armstrong Foundation as one of his chosen causes to raise money in order to enhance the mission is to help save lives through fitness, nutrition, healthy habits, positive mindset, self development and form a brotherhood. To date the Armstrong Foundation therapists have conducted 248 support sessions for both client and coaches

What made you want to do the challenge?

I wanted to push myself to my physical and mental limits. I am knowingly throwing myself right into the deep end through uncharted territory, way beyond my comfort zone. Being able to raise money and spread awareness to causes close to me also provides further accountability and motivation while helping others.

Why is the foundation one of your charities?

The discussion around mental health thankfully is becoming more and more open. However, there is still progress to be made around men’s mental health. If I can raise awareness and support to help other men feel comfortable to talk without the fear of stigmatisation, that would be fantastic.

How have you trained for this?

I wouldn’t consider myself a natural runner, but I started out with small, manageable distances, with a focus on solid pace and strengthening my legs. As the weeks passed, the distances increased with the focus shifting towards time on my feet rather than a faster pace. This was while continuing with my weight training throughout the week. Thankfully
I’ve had Harry to give me guidance and track my performance to make sure I’m making the best possible progress. The key here is consistency. Just keep turning up. I never thought I’d be in a position to say that I’m a keen runner, but by going through this experience, you might see me run a marathon sometime in the future. You never know!

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 28th January 2024

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Legs - Phase 1

Lying hamstring curls 15,12,10
Leg extensions 15,12,10
Barbell back squats 10,8,6
Smith machine Bulgarian split squats 15,12,10 (each leg)

 

Phase 2

Mhay Thai
1 hour conditioning

 

 

WORKOUT 2

 

Push - Phase 1

Flat db bench 10,8,6
Seated ISO shoulder press machine 12,10,8
Seated chest press machine 12,10,8
Seated db side raises 20,15,10
Weighted Tricep dips 12,10,8
Tricep behind the head extensions 20,15,10

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 31st December 2023

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Pull - Phase 1

BB Deadlifts 10,8,6
T bar row machine 12,10,8
Seated iso back row machine single arm 12,10,8
Close grip pull ups 3 x max reps
Rear machine flys 15,12,10
Db alternating curls 15,12,10 (each arm)
Db hammer curls 15,12,10 (each arm)

 

Phase 2

5-10-15-20-25-30-25-20-15-10-5
Kettlebell swings @28kg
Rower calories
Box step ups
Single arm Db snatch @20kg
Assault bike calories

 

 

WORKOUT 2

 

56M’E2MOM
0-2MIN: Rower 40cal
2-4MIN: Ski Erg 40cal
4-6MIN: Assault Bike 40cal
6-8MIN: REST

 

 

WORKOUT 3

 

Push - Phase 1

Flat db bench 10,8,6
Seated ISO shoulder press machine 12,10,8
Seated chest press machine 12,10,8
Cable single arm side raises 20,15,10
Weighted Tricep dips 12,10,8
Tricep behind the head extensions 20,15,10

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Client of the Year - Mike Teagle

 

Huge congratulations to our client of the year Mike Teagle. A previous winner of our prestigious client of the month award, Mike has taken his transformation to another level and is a true testament to everything Physique Academy stands for. 18 months down the line, Mike has fully transformed his physique, mindset & lifestyle and has found a level of confidence like no other. With a professional photoshoot under his belt, he has some serious ambitions for 2024. Working alongside coach Reece Hopkins, the two have become unstoppable and their relationship has grown from coach to client to a brotherhood bond.

How do you feel about winning the Client of the Year?

Buzzing! I was really over the moon when Reece called me up to say I was awarded client of the year. I had been working extremely hard on getting to the end point of the second cut after the photoshoots I received the award. Exciting for sure!

How long have you now been with the academy?

Been with the Academy for 18months, where we went through 2 cuts (70.25 & 64.6kg) and 1 bulk.

What was your initial reason for reaching out?

I reached out with the intention of losing a couple lbs and becoming healthier in myself and being able to play football for 90mins.
Fast forward and it’s been an incredible journey where this is now a lifestyle.

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 24th December 2023

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Pull - Phase 1

BB Deadlifts 10,8,6
T bar row machine 12,10,8
Seated back row machine 12,10,8
Close grip pull ups 3 x max reps
Rear machine flys 15,12,10
Ez bar curls 15,12,10,8
Db hammer curls 15,12,10,8 (each arm)

 

Phase 2

15 BB Thrusters
30 wall balls
500 meter rower
15 BB Clean & press
30 wall balls
500 meter rower
15 BB thrusters
30 db snatch
500 meter rower
15 BB Clean and press
30 db snatch
500 meter rower

Weights:
Barbell @50kg
Dumbbell @22.5kg
Wall ball @6kg

 

 

WORKOUT 2

 

Legs - Phase 1

Lying hamstring curls 15,12,10
Leg extensions 15,12,10
Leg press 15,20,30,40
Barbell back squats 10,8,6
Smith machine Bulgarian split squats 15,12,10 (each leg)

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 3rd December 2023

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Legs - Phase 1

Lying hamstring curls 15,12,10
Leg extensions 15,12,10
Barbell back squats 10,8,6
Smith machine Bulgarian split squats 15,12,10 (each leg)

 

Phase 2

Running Intervals
1km Run @5:00km pace
Rest 1min
1km Run @4:30km pace
Rest 1 min
1km Run @4:00km pace
Rest 1 min
1km Run @3:30km pace
Rest 2mins
1km Run @3:00km pace

 

 

WORKOUT 2

 

Push - Phase 1

Flat db bench 10,8,6
Seated ISO shoulder press machine 12,10,8
Seated chest press machine 12,10,8
Cable single arm side raises 20,15,10
Weighted Tricep dips 12,10,8
Tricep behind the head extensions 20,15,10

 

Phase 2

Ski erg
10x500m
1 min rest between each round

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Client of the Month - Zachary Pinkowski

 

Congratulations to our latest client of the month, Zachary Pinkowski. Before joining the Physique Academy and working with coach Zayne, Zachary was bouncing back and forth between routines with no clear direction, now he has a solid plan that is pushing him past his goals and helping him form new ones. At the beginning he could barely deadlift his own weight or run a mile without stopping, now he is pushing well past his weight in deadlifts and is chipping away at his 5k time weekly. Zackary has lost in incredible 15lbs of fat and continues to strengthen in the gym and increase his endurance.

Amazing work! Check out what Zachary had to say about working with the academy.

When did you join the Physique Academy?

I joined the end of June of this year.

Why did you join Physique Academy?

I’ve been working out for years and have constantly gone through cycles of getting in shape to then falling off track and out of shape in the summer months and around the holidays. I joined to not only get in shape but to break this cycle.

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Coach Spotlight - Dan Gorse

 

What Does Fitness mean to you?

Fitness is the foundation of my life. It gives me a purpose, structure, and teaches me discipline. It's not something given; you have to work hard and earn it. I see it as an achievement, something to unlock like in a video game. Everyone wants it, but only a few have it. When you do achieve it, wear it like a badge of honor.

When did you start your fitness journey?

My fitness journey began around 8 years old, growing up playing football. As I got older, I became more serious about it, aspiring to be a professional footballer. I immersed myself in learning every aspect of the game, even researching and teaching myself skills through online resources. Transitioning from football dreams, I pursued strength training for bodybuilding, entering competitions and gaining a passion for the sport. After a stint in bodybuilding, I discovered CrossFit, challenging and transformative. Despite initial struggles, I persevered, improved, and now plan to compete in CrossFit this year.

How has fitness helped you in other areas of your life?

Fitness has boosted my confidence tenfold. Beyond the external benefits of a strong physique, I believe looking good on the outside requires feeling good on the inside. Diet plays a vital role, affecting everything from tiredness to mental clarity. I've experienced the correlation between sloppy diets and decreased performance. Fitness has taught me that you can't outwork a bad diet.

What do you bring to the Physique Academy?

Bringing over 10 years of training experience across various styles, I offer more than just knowledge. I've faced tough times, falling off the training wagon while stuck in a job I hated. With the support of my network, I made significant changes. Now, I want to pay it forward by helping others through tough times, showing them change is possible with discipline and support.

Three Biggest Strengths as a Coach?

  1. Hunger: A relentless pursuit of knowledge, always seeking to learn and apply new information.
  2. Empathy: The ability to open up to people, understanding that vulnerability is not a weakness. Valuable for clients going through transformations.
  3. Accountability: Recognizing the signs of falling off track, stemming from personal experience. Guiding clients to overcome challenges.

Why should people join the Physique Academy?

Physique Academy is distinct from others that offer a 12-week course and a premade diet plan. Instead, we provide a lifestyle plan, teaching how to stay in shape long after leaving. Tailored diet plans, weekly check-ins, and a diverse team of specialized coaches set us apart. Mental health is a primary focus, with therapists joining the team to support clients' growth and development.

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Client of the Month - Terrance Craft

 

Congratulations tour latest client of the month, Terrance Craft. Terrance has been with the academy over a year now and has changed his life completely. Not only has he experienced an impressive physical change, but his levels of confidence are sky high. Terrance has been introduced to a new social circle through interacting with other PA clients and his journey has led him down a new career path.

Amazing work! Check out what Terrance had to say about working with the academy.

When did you join the Physique Academy?

I joined Physique Academy in February of 2023.

Why did you join Physique Academy?

I joined Physique Academy to achieve a leaner physique and look good without my shirt on.

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Training: Hypertrophy

 

What Is Hypertrophy?

Muscle hypertrophy refers to an increase in the size of a muscle. This is attributed to an increase in the cross-sectional area of a muscle or number of myofibrils within a muscle fibre. There are two types of muscle fibre; type I (slow twitch) and type II (fast twitch) - muscle hypertrophy can occur in both.

The Benefits Of Muscle Hypertrophy

Although muscular strength is not the only factor contributing to muscular hypertrophy and muscle hypertrophy is not the only factor contributing to muscular strength, there is a strong correlation between the two. In essence, generally, greater muscle mass creates greater potential for maximal strength development. In addition to increased potential strength, increased muscle mass and resistance training positively impact body composition. This is due to the positive influence of muscle and resistance training in addressing factors affecting energy expenditure.

Resting metabolic rate increases as a result of increased muscle mass due to a greater proportion of the body being comprised of metabolically active muscle tissue. Fat-free mass accounts for approximately 65-70% of an individual’s fasting metabolic rate. Resistance training is a form of physical activity, which results in energy expenditure whilst stimulating muscle growth - not only during exercise but in the 24-48 hours following activity. The outcome is improved body composition due to a reduction in body fat and an increase in muscle mass (without taking into consideration calorie consumption). Body composition is measured as percentage of fat-free mass to fat mass. An individual’s percent body fat can be decreased (improved) by inducing hypertrophy.

Inducing Muscle Hypertrophy

There are three primary factors that induce muscular hypertrophy…

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Mindset: Lifestyle Changes

 

What Is Fitness Testing?

A healthy lifestyle will look different for different people and highly individual. There is often a question about what is considered “healthy,” making this a difficult topic and widely contested.

There is sometimes a belief that extreme discipline is the foundation to having a healthy lifestyle.

There is sometimes a belief that complete freedom is the foundation to having a healthy lifestyle.

Most frequently, a healthy lifestyle will fall somewhere between extreme discipline and complete freedom.

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Client of the Month - Jay Pabari

 

Congratulations to our client of the month Jay Pabari. Jay reached out to the academy after years of training by himself but felt like he was struggling to really achieve the fitness levels and physique he wanted. Jay is also an employee at the intensive care unit and found himself working long hours here, there, and everywhere so routine was difficult to master.

Jay got to work with coach Harry who created a program that would slot around Jay's crazy shift pattern, with 4-5 workouts per week under 120 minutes and a nutrition plan that removed the guesswork. Jay was thrilled with his nutrition plan getting into a healthy habit of quickly creating his own home-cooked meals and getting creative with the inspiration of our recipes and his own calorie targets. He was still able to enjoy his favourite foods like curry, pasta and steak whilst seeing progress.

Jay managed to lose 23lbs in the process and has become the master of his own time, workouts, food and confidence.

We chatted with the worthy winner of client of the month to talk about his achievements and his time training with the Physique Academy.

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George Armstrong Weekly Workout 24th September 2023

 

WORKOUT 1

 

Phase 1

Strength & Power
Barbell Zombie squats 5,5,5,5, @50% - Tempo: 4s eccentric, 2s pause at the bottom. 60-90 seconds rest each set.
Barbell Front + Back squats 9,9,9,9 (4 front squats & 5 back squats) Tempo: 4s eccentric, 2s pause at the bottom. 60-90 seconds rest each set
Barbell Power cleans, every 90 seconds x 8 sets complete 2 reps @60-80% of your 1RM power clean, build up from 60% to 80% through the 8 sets
Barbell squat cleans, Every minute for 8 rounds complete 2 Barbell squat cleans @80% of your 1RM

 

Phase 2

10M’AMRAP
30 calorie ski erg
20 pull ups
10 burpee box jump overs 24”

Rest 5 mins

3 rounds for time
400m run
21 wall balls
15 toes to bar

Rest 5 mins
3 rounds for time
10 Barbell power cleans @60kg
10 Barbell shoulder to overhead @60kg
10 Chest to bar

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