We recently came across this article on Self.com.....asking the question whatever happened to moderate fitness? The article highlights the current trends in fitness such as HIIT (high intensity interval training), boot-camps, spin class etc. But what if you don't want to feel wiped out after a work out? We believe that the right type of work out, is whatever works best for you, whatever feels best for your body & mind. Some people like to push themselves to the very edge, and
Holiday Exercises - No Gym Required!
Are you going on holiday and you don’t want to pay for an expensive hotel with a gym? Well we have the answer!!
Using your own body weight to do exercises may not seem as hard when you’re used to using heavy weights. But we have some body weight exercises that will leave you feeling like you’ve never even left the gym!
1. Squats - Instead of doing low reps with high weight, try using high reps with low weight. It takes a little lo
Do you want your back to look like our trainer Karina’s? Try these back workouts for some serious muscle gains!
1. Barbell Deadlift – This exercise is great for working your lower back muscles! Technique is super important when doing this exercise – but once you’ve nailed a deadlift you should be fine. To really intensify your muscle gains – try high weights with low reps
2. Bent Over Barbell Deadlift – This exercise again is great for stimulating your back musc
Working out while pregnant is always a scary topic, especially for first-time mothers. However, there are many benefits to working out while pregnant that will help with not only your health but your baby’s health too. But is it safe? In most cases, working out while pregnant is safe and is even recommended. If you were active before pregnancy, it is usually safe to continue to work out during pregnancy.
However, now is not the time to exercise for weight loss. During pregna
Easy free weights work out for beginners Starting at a gym can be daunting. Not only are you worrying about making sure you’re doing things right, but it can feel like everyone else there is watching you. It can take a few weeks until you realise that people are just there to workout and don’t have any interest in what you are doing. In the interim here are some easy to do free-weight exercises to help you get through the first few weeks and help you feel and look like a pro.
4 Primal Strength Movements The human body is made up of many different parts such as muscles, joints, organs, bones, blood and other tissues. These components are used to help our body survive and thrive in the environment that we live in. If you think back to 500 years ago before humans were civilized, we would have been doing multiple movements per day to help us scavenge, fight for survival, build shelter, and walk everywhere. Our bodies have adapted to this way of living
Back squat or front squat: Which one is best for you? One is not merely better than the other, they target different areas, and the one you choose depends on your goals, flexibility, and posture. However, the one thing they do share is the ability to target every major muscle group in the body when performed effectively. First we need to establish the difference between the two. Back squat: Traditionally the bar is place on the top of the shoulder blades. It focuses more on t
Does static stretching prior to exercise decrease the risk of injury? Static stretching is seen as an important part of a warm up before exercise. However, is this best way to prepare your muscles for a workout, and does it decrease your chance of injury? The majority of research in the area tells us that there is little evidence to support this claim, and there is insignificant evidence to say that static stretching prevents the risk of overall injuries. Static stretching ca
Correct breathing § Correct breathing enhances general health and results in thoracic pressure changes that assist the flow of lymph though the chest area. Movement of the diaphragm and pressure changes in the thorax during breathing assist the return of lymph in the large collecting vessels.
§ Many people are disorganised breathers and use upper chest muscles instead of the diaphragm. Are you a disorganised breather? § Put one hand on your abd
This is a great exercise to correct muscle imbalances in your lower body, with the most common imbalance being quad dominance. This means the quads are stronger as there is a tendency to bend at the knees rather than hinge at the hips (to lean forward at the hips while maintaining a neutral spine). In order the correct this imbalance, you need to target a group of muscles called your posterior chain. This involves the muscles of your lower leg and ankle, hamstrings, glutes, a