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How Should I Train To Build Muscle Versus Building Strength?

How Should I Train To Build Muscle Versus Building Strength?

Training can be confusing. Lots of exercise classes and systems seem all singing, all dancing, they can sort EVERYTHING for you!!

So you start and everything doesn't get sorted and you end up confused. They said it would?!

The challenge is being specific (and naughty marketing!) - nothing can sort everything.

So the starting point is understanding what exactly it is that you want to change or achieve - which can be hard - then being sure that your training routine is working.


Here, Head Warrior, Amy, talks more about this:

If you’d like to find out more about how we train and our ethos, click below to read Amy’s recent interview with Bulk Hackers

I believe motivation, as most people understand it, is a fallacy. Most of us aren’t waking up being like, ‘yes I’m so pumped to go to the gym’, so waiting for that feeling can really hold some people back. For me, it’s more of a dedication to myself, because I want what I want, and I recognise that it’s consistency that is going to get me there. Time in the gym, and in recovery and all parts of the process is an investment in myself.

We all make time for the things that are important to us, and this process is incredibly important for me. It’s part of building my identity, developing who I am, and I can’t make many things more important than that!
— Amy, Head Warrior

Why Do Women Struggle With Upper Body Strength

Why Do Women Struggle With Upper Body Strength

A lot of the women who come to our consultations and choose to work with us find that they feel they have weak arms, lack upper body strength and don't know where to start to get stronger.

Here's Head Warrior, Amy, talking about one theory why this is and where to go from it.

If this resonates with you, or sounds like you, you can click below to book your free consultation:

The Warrior Team Update

The Warrior Team Update

We think it's fun to be able to share with you guys what we get up to each month, so here goes - PBs and progress and a bit of a laugh…

What are our secrets to getting the progress we get?

  1. Work hard - be prepared to show up for sessions even when we don’t feel like it.

  2. Be willing to fail and f**k things up.

  3. Know that it takes time - things rarely happen as fast as we want them to.

  4. Seek outside help - we all have our own coaches depending on what goals and struggles we have.

If you’d like to find out more about how we do it, click the link below to book your consultation.



Raise The Bar

Raise The Bar

The lovely Force Mujer wrote an article about us recently called ‘Raise The Bar’, so checking in with you today so see how you can raise your bar…

You can check out the article itself, by clicking below:

We’d love to hear from you how you’re going to raise your bar! Visit our contact us page to share with us via email or head to our instagram by clicking below to DM us!

Pull Up Wins

Pull Up Wins

How our Warriors are getting on with their pull ups - Jay, Jason and Steve - and a few tips and tricks to build strength with yours!

If you want to get a stronger upper body and would LOVE to get a pull up, but you’ve no idea how or where to start, click the button below to book your free consultation:

Starting to deadlift...

Starting to deadlift...

What does a good deadlift actually look like?

Where do I even get started?


We hear these questions a lot, so you’re in good company if you’ve thought this! Even if you have no idea what a deadlift is, don’t worry.


In the video below, we show one of the Warrior team, Kes, on day one of deadlifting, after watching some YouTube videos and fast forwarding today. Technique and strength have improved, and it’s great to see that we all have to start from the top:

If this video resonates with you and you’d like to:

  • Get stronger

  • Tone up

  • Learn how to use the ‘weights bit’ in the gym

Click the button below to book your free consultation:




Sick Of Having Back Pain?

Sick Of Having Back Pain?

Fed up of having daily back pain? Check out what one of our clients who used to have this says about the process and his results.

Pull Up Progress - Getting Your First Pull Up

Pull Up Progress - Getting Your First Pull Up

Checking in on our client, Carly, working towards her pull up and a few of the moves she's been doing to get closer to it.

 Feel like you’ve got a weak upper body?

No idea how to make it stronger?

The idea of a pull up seems a million miles away but you’d still love to get there?

Click the button below to book your free consultation to find out how to:

Reading about Strength

Reading about Strength

I'm often juggling a few books and here is a fantastic one I'm reading at the moment, which I would thoroughly recommend if you've got two X chromosomes and you're interested in what being strong could do and could mean for you:

It's so important to surround yourself with resources and people who support what you're looking to achieve. We all know how demoralising it can feel when you tell someone about a new goal of yours, or something you're working to achieve, and they snub it, or tell you it can't be done. 

It may well shake your belief in yourself and whether you can do it or not, and that will then affect your action towards it.

What if you believe unequivocally that you could, or at least you borrowed that belief off someone who had it, temporarily, until you had it yourself? Think of what you could achieve. 

How Much Sugar Can I Eat?

How Much Sugar Can I Eat?

In Bristol, we're so luck to have lots of gorgeous sugary things to eat, from the doughnuts at Pinkmans Bakery to the Portuguese custard tarts at St Nicks, but how do I balance eating sugar with losing weight? What sugar is it okay to eat? And what about things that say they're sugar free but aren't?

It's a bit of a minefield, so we've made this video:

Short & Sweet - Let's Get Stronger Together

Short & Sweet - Let's Get Stronger Together

We're always getting caught out by Instagram time limits on videos so here's a super short and sweet one - we just wanna help you get stronger!

We're female personal trainers based in Bristol and we specialise in helping women get stronger, fitter, tone up and feel more confident.

Resonate with you? Click the button below to come and check us out:

Why do we do this?

Why do we do this?

What we can do can be fairly simple to 'get', but it's so important to us that we remember and communicate our 'why' regularly.

Helping women get stronger is SO important to us. Want to find out more? Click the button below:

Are You Looking For Something Different?

Are You Looking For Something Different?

Sick of the fitness industry always throwing weight loss and measurements in your face?

Whenever you look at Instagram, it's the latest skinny 'fitness' model or bodybuilder? We are too!

So maybe you're looking for something different? Which is probably why you've found us and are reading this blog post! 

We specialise in helping women who want that something different. Who want to be more than just a number or a before and after photo. Who don't want 'standard' and who don't want to be 'skinny'. If this sounds like you, come say hey!

Women And Pull Ups

Women And Pull Ups

It's pull up week! If we could sum up in one sentence why we do what we do, it's this: helping women do their first pull up. Katy joined The Warrior Programme to work on her upper body strength, specifically press ups and pull ups. She didn't believe she could ever do a pull up... 

So we took this on and worked on building upper body strength in the right way (this also helps with posture and achy shoulder and necks too) until one day, we knew she was ready. She still wasn't convinced and this is what happened:

Emma first started working with The Warrior Programme to tone up and build upper body strength. She really wants to be able to do a pull up, so here we are working on it...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE pull ups! They make my heart sing and make every day helping clients with them so worthwhile and enjoyable.

Here's one of mine... working on ring pull ups at the moment (so far, I have five strict ones) to translate into a muscle up

Never been able to do a press up properly?

Would love to be able to do a pull up, but don't believe you ever will and no idea where to start? 

Want a stronger upper body and more toned arms and shoulders?

Pretty much every woman we work with has this as a goal and we absolutely love it! You are not alone... let us help you!

Our FREE 'Improve Your Upper Body Strength' Consultation will help you:

*Have more belief in yourself - you can do a press up AND a pull up - it's just knowing where to start and learning the right technique

*Take away a key exercise for you to work on from the day of your consultation

*Understand how to eat and exercise to tone up and get stronger 

Claim your FREE  'Improve Your Upper Body Strength'  Consultation by clicking the button below: 

Amy's Story

Amy's Story

When you decide to work with a personal trainer, it's critical that you both connect and understand each other on the right level. So it's very important to us that we share who we are as people with you. Here's more about Amy and why she does this work:

Update On The Warrior Gym

Update On The Warrior Gym

A lot of you have been asking for an update on how we're getting on with the very exciting project that is The Warrior Gym, so here it is:

12kg In Two Weeks - How Has This Happened?! Part One

12kg In Two Weeks - How Has This Happened?! Part One

So, last week, I posted a picture on social media which attracted a fair bit of attention - that I've dropped 12kg in 2 weeks. I wanted to let you all know today how I've done that and to talk a little about healthy weight loss, balance and non-judgement.

Here's Part Two:

Why are we different?

Why are we different?

It's January and there are so many personal trainers talking about New Year's resolutions and what you can do and how easy it is and it probably feels quite overwhelming! 

So, instead of telling you to get off your arse, it's easy and what are you waiting for, I'm going to offer you a video today to talk a little bit about my story, where I've come from and most importantly, how that can help you if you decide you'd like to work with us.

We've been through the things you're going through and come out the other side, so we'd love to help you make life easier and stop you going round in circles with the same things. 

If you'd like to come and talk to us about how we can do that together, click the link below: