5 things to look out for at Rio 2016 Olympics

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What will you be watching this year?

The Olympics are here again, that four year trip into the world of athletics, countries you’ve never heard of and the knowledge you always have something to watch on the TV.

But though Neymar, Usain Bolt, Zika and the whole Russian doping scandal may take the headlines, we think it’s important to look out for a few other great happenings at this Olympics.

So here’s five things you really shouldn’t miss.

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A celebration of muscles, big and small

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Time to honour those ever so important muscles!

Muscles are…well…necessary. Without them we’d be a big bag of bones. But to our bodybuilding friends and family, muscles are so much more.

So, instead of telling you how to build the biggest shoulders possible or what to eat for maximum gains, we’re just going to celebrate our muscles.

Those everyday muscles you probably take for granted.

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Is a fat or sugar tax a good idea? Nope.

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This is an opinion piece and does not fully reflect Supplement Centre.

If any politician mentions the word “tax” most normal people make an inward groan. After all, who wants to pay more for anything, or have more money taken from them?

However when George Osborne announced a two tier levy on sugary drinks, many rejoiced. Jamie Oliver danced a little bit and many saw it is a blow against the ever growing bastard that is obesity.

Before I tell you why they should stop dancing, let’s get a bit of background shall we?

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Pokémon Go: The best fitness app ever?

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Is catching them all getting the public in shape?

It’s bigger than Tinder, going to be bigger than Twitter and is probably going to save Nintendo after that terrible thing called the Wii-U. Pokémon Go is huge. But what does it have to do with us?

Well as a happy side effect of more or less everyone who once had a Gameboy colour playing this ridiculously popular game, it seems more people are walking. Our lovely web developer @beardedjack_ even said “I don’t need a fitness app, I’ve got this”; and indeed he isn’t the only one to mutter such an idea.

So what is Pokémon Go and will it actually help you stay fit?

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VIDEO: Eddie Hall 500kg deadlift

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The man, the legend!

There are many words you could use to describe Eddie Hall; monster, beast, giant. But recently, he surpassed all that, by a feat of strength that is like something you’d read in a Marvel comic.

For Mr Hall has now done what no Stokie, man or beast has done before, and lifted half a tonne.

He once lifted 462kg and the strongman world went a bit mad, he then joined forces with Mark Felix to lift 775kg.

But in Leeds, he beat his own record, and forever cemented his name as the best thing to come out of Stoke since Phil “The Power” Taylor.

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10 Questions to Ask your New Gym Buddy?

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Will your contestant become a gym buddy?

Gym buddies. They aren’t for everyone, but if you are on the lookout, it’s a good idea to get it right.

Of course, there are some people that it’s obvious you should avoid. Boris Johnson for example would be a terrible choice. You’d turn up at the gym, and then he’d bugger off. Meanwhile Corbyn would simply never leave.

So here’s how to weed the Boris or Jeremy from your gym buddy, and hopefully end up with an Apollo Creed.

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When it comes to body image, no one can win

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This article is an opinion piece, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Supplement Centre.

Everyone is insulted about pretty much everything these days. Sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly, but if you go onto social media, look at the news or speak to a handful of people, someone, somewhere will be on a campaign for justice because someone somewhere else has done something “disgusting”, “unfair” or “place negative adjective here”.

Perhaps the most common instance of people being wronged, is when it comes to body image. Brands, media outlets and individuals now have to be incredibly careful about what they post, say or do, but 9 times out of 10, someone will be offended.

Disney have now joined the party, and just like England vs Iceland, they cannot win.

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Can’t choose a workout? Worry no more!

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Trying to work out what to do…

It’s 6pm, you’ve not long finish work, and you are on your way to the gym…but what are you going to do when you get there?

If, like many, you aren’t the best at making basic decisions, then knowing what to do can be a difficult choice. Legs, chest, arms, back, cardio, core, shoulders, take up CrossFit? “What do I do!?” you are probably screaming inside.

But don’t worry, as per usual, Supplement Centre is here to save the day.

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7 Squat Variations You Need To Try

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Pick a squat, any squat, what squat will you pick?

Ahhhhhh squats. Like moths and light-bulbs, fish and chips or Starsky and Hutch, they go hand in hand with leg day and are an essential part of any workout.

Some love them, some hate them, but squats, just like protein shakes, come in many different shapes and sizes…and flavours.

So what are these splendiferous variations? Well let’s start with the most famous of them all.

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How to Start Working Out…Again

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Keep going lad!

We all change, though we might not admit it, and the days of working out, staying in shape and generally being active are often replaced by bourbons, endless repeats of Top Gear on Dave and a merging of our fat and muscles.

But what if you want to change back again? You used to workout, you stopped, but you want to return?

Let’s start with a big dollop of realism.

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