Training During Pregnancy

Exercising during pregnancy lifts your spirits and prepares you for  labor and childbirth. It can add to healthy and safe pregnancy and provide many benefits that make your pregnancy more enjoyable. Some of the benefits of exercising during pregnancy are: Fewer problems experienced during childbirth Enhanced post natal recovery Help strengthen your upper and lower body to deal with extra …

What Is The Mind-Muscle Connection?

As you know, movement is controlled by the brain. The first step towards muscular contraction is a signal sent by the brain to your muscles telling them to contract. You might say that the Mind-Muscle Connection (MMC) occurs at something called the “neuromuscular junction”. This is where the mind meets the body. The brain releases a chemical neurotransmitter called ‘Acetylcholine’ …

Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Article by  Kris Gunnars Intermittent fasting (IF) is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends. People are using it to lose weight, improve health and simplify their healthy lifestyle. Many studies show that it can have powerful effects on your body and brain, and may even help you live longer This is the ultimate beginner’s guide …

DRINKING ALCOHOL AND HOW TO TRACK IT IN YOUR MACROS

DRINKING ALCOHOL AND HOW TO TRACK IT IN YOUR MACROS For most people the social experience of life is a key ingredient to happiness. The inclusion of alcohol is very common during these social situations and for many who are looking to lose body fat the simple idea that they can’t consume alcohol is reason enough to avoid the process. …

Sumo vs Conventional Deadlifts

The following is a comparison between sumo deadlifts and conventional deadlifts. Deadlift – Muscle Emphasis Conventional deadlift. Conventional deadlifts place more emphasis on the back and spinal erectors (posterior chain). If you have a very strong lower back there is a good chance that you will be able to deadlift more using a conventional stance. (Body structure will also come …

Executing the perfect pull up

The pull-up. An exercise that seems oh-so-simple to execute—just hang from a bar and pull, right? Exactly! Unfortunately the first attempt (and second, and third) is likely to result in more grimacing and groaning than upward movement. So just how much patience and practice does one pull-up require? First-time exercisers and regular gym goers  alike struggle to perfect this simple …

Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms

When you have anxiety or depression, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. But once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference. Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise …

WHAT IS TABATA TRAINING?

Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT). It consists of eight rounds of ultra-high-intensity exercises in a specific 20-seconds-on, 10-seconds-off interval. It may only take four minutes to complete a Tabata circuit, but those four minutes may well push your body to its absolute limit. Tabata training was born after Japanese scientist Izumi …

Spot Reduction Myth – Can Certain Exercises Lose Fat From A Specific Area?

Are you one of those people who does endless amounts of crunches in the hope will help you lose fat from your stomach? If so, then you have bought into the concept of spot reduction. Spot reduction refers to the idea that you can “reduce” the fat from one specific “spot” on your body just by doing exercises that target …

The Importance of Correct Technique

Go to any gym in the world, and you will find  a lifter, regardless of gender, weight training with an unrealistic weight; throwing the weights around instead of focusing on form and maximum muscle contraction.  Unfortunately for many lifters, who are trying to achieve an aesthetic physique, are so consumed with hoisting the weight that they have lost perspective of …