The Role of Fear in Strength

Fear is a wonderful thing. In my mind to be completely fearless is the mark of sub-par intelligence and not something that I would ever actively seek out for myself or others. If you’re living a life without fear are you really living? There’s no denying that getting under a heavy squat or heavy bench is…

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Process vs Goal Orientation

When you step foot in a gym for the first time someone’s likely to ask you what your goals are. It’s a pretty straightforward question and a great way to establish which path in the labyrinth of physical training is best for you. Here’s where I think most people get hung up. You see to…

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Life Begins At The Door

Human movement is a universal language and an integral part of our evolution. Over millennia humans have evolved from nomadic hunter gatherers to live a largely sedentary lifestyle. The rise of technology has seen physical culture become a thing of the past and we’re paying the price. In the absence of physical work (and in…

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Finding a Coach

The age of the Instagram coach is well and truly here to stay. Every day another lifter is adding “DM for coaching/programming” to their profile and officially becoming a ‘coach’. For a long time I thought this was a terrible scourge on the fitness industry and something to be quashed as quickly as possible. I…

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Flipping the switch

When I first discovered powerlifting and training for pure strength I thought, having watched a lot of YouTube videos, that the best way to get fired up before a heavy attempt was to induce some sort of murderous rage inspired by stimulant heavy pre-workout, death metal, obscenities, ammonia and slaps to the face. I used to listen…

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Dynamos, Cruisers & Losers

Yesterday I was talking to one of my business partners about a guy name David Maister. I’d never heard of him before but was soon to discover that, despite the fact he’s a writer that specialises in professional services development and that he’s probably never lifted a weight in his life, he’s got some incredible…

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Lifting as therapy

Lifting weights and strength training is about so much more than the fact that being strong is awesome.   Strength training is medicine.   An opportunity to remove yourself from the stress of life, to find your flow.   Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is Hungarian psychologist who first proposed the concept of a flow state in the…

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Burley Strength Core Values

Burley Strength was born out of frustration. Frustration with the status quo and the acceptance of mediocrity. Frustration with the lack of support from within the fitness industry for those that want more than treadmills and mirrors. Those who’s goals extend beyond big biceps and a fake tan. Those that have the drive and desire…

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Why?

Why? That’s a question I’ve gotten a lot since taking up weight training. There’s a lot of different ways to answer it but I generally like to stick with ‘Who wouldn’t want to be strong?’. Now some of you might not agree with me and that’s fine, but it’s not the point of this loosely…

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Your numbers don’t matter

Powerlifting and strength training can be one of the most frustrating pursuits. Sometimes you’ll struggle for months or years to make a very small gain on you’re max. That concept is hard for people to wrap their head around. The number you’ve got loaded on the bar is not the most important part of training,…

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