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Food and Addiction

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It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that whether it be drugs, alcohol, sex or food the nature of the addiction is the same. The behaviour is compulsive and the obsessions of the overeater are the same as the obsessions of an alcoholic.

If you have a tendency to binge eat or use food as a comfort tool, stop for a moment and be truthful about it with yourself. Ultimately, the only person who can change your behaviour is you.  At Broadway Gym we have one of the best weight loss systems around, but the onus is on you to use it.

We will give you all the tools and support, but don’t rely on support. If you want to do something badly enough, you’ll do it. Support won’t be there for the rest of your life.

Salt – the much maligned mineral

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Your body works on a sodium-potassium exchange; It is estimated that you need a minimum of 500mg per day. The problem is the processed salt added to processed foods. So if your diet is clean and free of processed rubbish, adding salt can be a necessity.

Salt and fat will bloat you, but simple sea salt added to food can, in fact, prevent a heart attack. If your sodium intake is too low, your sodium potassium balance will be wrong and this can lead to heart failure.

Ever wondered why eggs or oatmeal taste so bad without salt- They’re both really high in potassium. Your taste buds are trying to tell you something.

Caffeine: The Bodybuilder’s Best Friend

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Caffeine has been demonised over the last few years and wrongfully so.


It’s classed as a psychoactive drug and blocks the effects of adenosine which sends signals to your brain that you’re tired. This is why it makes you more alert. That mental clarity and focus is important when you train to enable you to get the most out of your workouts.

Studies by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had subjects not only increasing their one rep max, but were also able to do more reps on 80% of their 1RM  if they had had a caffeinated drink one hour prior to training.

Caffeine also forces the body’s fat deposits to release into the bloodstream to be utilised for energy. It also raises the basal metabolic rate which in turn burns more body fat.

It also widens the airways in the lungs- and an increased oxygen uptake is important in any exercise regime. This goes hand in hand with the increased nitric oxide production which dilates the blood vessels promoting increased blood flow to the working muscles.

Caffeine can also boost glycogen storage and an Australian study showed that subjects who consumed caffeine with post workout carbs had a 70% in muscle glycogen levels  that those who just consumed carbs.

No, we don’t have a coffee shop here at Broadway Gym, we just like coffee.

Yoga and Bodybuilding

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This could sound contradictory, but the two are not mutually exclusive.

Yoga has so many benefits for the average bodybuilder, it’s unbelievable.

  • Firstly stretching the fascia promotes muscle growth.
  • Stretching the muscle fibres help contraction.
  • Increased mobility allow you to work the muscles through a greater range of motion.
  • Realigning the body is essential for symmetry and posture.
  • Strengthening the core without overdeveloping the obliques will give you rock hard abs and help prevent back injuries.
  • The relaxation techniques lower your cortisol levels and promote the release of serotonin.
  • Low cortisol level are also associated with the production of female and male hormones –testosterone

At Broadway Gym we have the privilege of having Dr. Richard Allen who is a first class and renown yoga instructor. He has been associated with us for many years and is a valued member of our team.

Broadway Gym Classes

The Art of Bodybuilding

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There’s a lot written, and rightly so, about the science of bodybuilding. Anyone who thinks they can just go into a gym and swing the heaviest weight around they can find and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger is kidding themselves.

Understanding muscle contraction, the endocrine system and a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology are the basics for anyone who is serious about bodybuilding.

But that’s not what we want to talk about tonight.. We want to put aside science tonight. Yes, we understand that proportions in certain ratios are pleasing, that’s obvious. Remember though, the judges at a competitions don’t have tape measures or callipers. They use the two most important tools they have-their eyes and their aesthetic sense.

Always remember, bodybuilding is an art form. Its moulding and sculpting the body to create something that is truly beautiful. It’s knowing where to bring the delts out to and how big the calves need to be to give that perfect proportion. Think about detail in the back- the mark of a great bodybuilder; getting the infraspinatus to pop out to give the back distinction, not just size. A swimmer has a big back; a bodybuilder has a beautiful back.

Any idiot can train the bits they see in the mirror, but a bodybuilder knows how to create that perfect balance. A bodybuilder also knows which parts not to train, (or at least overdevelop). In short, it comes down to a question of good taste and an innate understanding of beauty.

Are Men Really Stronger Than Women

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Arnold Schwarzenegger found out how strong he was shortly after he won his first Mr. Universe title. He was asked by a friend to hold a baby – he said after five minutes he thought his arms were going to drop off.

The average mother holds her baby for hours every day and has an endurance ability that is way beyond that of most men, (John Terilli’s words).By understanding and working with different muscle fibres- fast and slow twitch it is possible to create a blueprint for a woman that will last the rest of her life.

The proprioceptors in the skeletal muscles are in simple terms the things that send the messages to the cerebellum about the amount of effort needed in a movement as well as the relative position of one part of the body to another. They, for example, allow you to learn to walk across a room in the dark, or any other physical task.

New tasks can be learned-that’s a given. You get good at things by practising-repeating the movement burns a pathway to the brain so the task eventually becomes second nature. Women merely need to learn to tap into that incredible strength that allows them to hold a baby for hours or endure a pregnancy. Once learned, muscle memory will retain it for life.

Atmosphere in Gyms

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The gym is many things to many people. At the moment people are in Broadway Gym prepping for the next round of competitions and the atmosphere is electric. These people are all being supported by each other and their trainers.


Many of the other members have said that, rather than being intimidated, they find it really inspiring; the athletes are over the moon about the level of support they feel they are getting, not just from the staff and trainers, but from the other members.

Atmosphere in gyms is not new dressing rooms with monsoon showers, I suppose that’s nice if you don’t have a bathroom at home.

Look at Rocky 4- if you know the film, (and we do know it’s not a true story). In the film he was training in a really plush gym, it didn’t help him- he got beaten. Art can often imitate life.

Body Renovator – Most diets doomed to fail!

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Most diets are doomed to fail!


Some diets do points, some do calories that you have to count yourself.

The Body Renovator system, (designed by John Terilli), is unique. We’ve already worked out the calories, fats and carbohydrate balance and this ratio changes every month. It’s worked out according to your weight. This means that, for example, a husband and wife can use the same nutrition plan and simply have different portion sizes


Every 3 days you get food you’re not allowed to have on diets normally so there is less chance of bingeing. You get pizza, ice cream and beer and still lose weight.

John is an expert at this as he spent a year in an obesity clinic in the U.S. working with doctors where they conducted experiments using double blind trials on the effects of nutrition and exercise on fat loss.

There is also a maintenance system for when you have achieved your ideal weight. This is where other weight loss systems fail- no maintenance plans. They promote the idea of ‘a diet’ to just lose the weight. People are left floundering and usually resume the eating habits that led them there in the first place.

The body Renovator system’s maintenance plan teaches you how to eat the foods that made you fat originally and not gain weight. This eliminates bingeing.


To find out more, check out: BodyRenovator Website (you’ll even find free samples!)

Anti-Ageing Effects of Weight Training

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No need for cosmetic surgery

As you lose body fat and increase lean tissue your skin will start to tighten around your face, neck, stomach, buttocks and thighs. People pay surgeons a fortune for this effect.

Certain types of workouts promote the production of growth hormone, (the body’s anti ageing hormone), which increases the production of collagen. At Broadway Gym we specialise in workouts to help you achieve these goals. John Terilli has been experimenting for decades to find the optimum balance with training and recuperation.

The increase of blood flow around the system helps detoxify leaving your skin clearer, cleaner and fresher.

Your sleep is of a better quality and you wake feeling refreshed- there’s a distinct absence of bags under the eyes. You release growth hormone when you sleep, tissue is repaired and new tissue sythesised.

Reverse Ageing Process with Weight Training

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Conversations with John Terilli

Everything Is About Timing
People often worry about the loose skin that can accompany dieting and this can be a very real issue. Knowing when to let your fat loss plateau and holding it so the skin can catch up is an important part of the fat loss process which needs to be timed to a tee.

There is the point where you need to start increasing the calories to speed up the metabolic rate and fill out the muscles before they catabolise. This is an exact science and needs to be taken into consideration- without doing this you will just look haggard and old.

This is something that the rest of the fat loss industry ignores- hence that look of curtain drapes around the knees and buttocks on people who have dropped weight without shrinking their skin on the way.

That Inner Glow
The inner glow that seems to radiate from healthy people is really just a by product of good gut health and a minimum of toxins in the system. We’ve already discussed the importance of gut health but haven’t really talked about toxins.

Working out with weights
1. Makes you sweat – brilliant for excreting waste material
2. Increases circulation, important for transporting waste products to be filtered out and excreted. This includes blood which transports oxygen and lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system is the body’s natural sewerage system. No toxins = no bags under the eyes; that’s just one benefit!

In short, a clean system is reflected in your skin, your hair, your eyes and of course, your demeanour. The quality of your sleep is better, meaning you wake refreshed with an agile mind as well as an agile body.

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