Is it really that simple?
When people want to lose weight or change their body composition, they automatically think drastic or expensive.
This could look like extremely low calories, spending hours performing cardio or buying supplements that help “promote” weight loss. When really, it doesn’t need to be that complicated! This is boils down to what is constantly being jammed down our throats in the media to try and make us believe that we ‘need’ all of those things to lose weight.
Our wrists cop it constantly in training. Movements like front squats, cleans, thrusters and handstand pushups can be very demanding on this joint. They require flexible, strong wrists.
How to prepare for a PB!
The Deadlift is a compound movement. This means it is a multi-joint movement that recruits a lot of muscles at once. This lift will build strength and increase muscle mass, especially through our posterior chain.
Why should I track my performance?
A PB is generally no fluke. A PB takes place after careful planning and adequate preparation, both mentally and physically. Sound like a lot of work? It is. And that's why you don't see people hitting PBs every single session. That and the obvious, it's not possible.
What is Strength?
Without tracking performance, it's difficult to see just how far you've come or whether you are progressing toward your goals. It's also hard to gauge what you need to work on and areas of weakness.
Lean in to what you're good at
Strength is the application of force. Strength is key and should always be the foundation in every training program. This will transfer to improving your power, speed and injury prevention.
Chances are you’re paying way too much attention to the negative stuff. As humans we have a tendency to focus on the things that we don’t have, what we aren’t good at and the one bad thing that happened in our day instead of the 10 other equally as amazing things…
There are three energy systems we use when training Aerobic, Anaerobic, Anaerobic Alatic.
Sleep is directly linked to health.
During sleep, some amazing things take place! Our brain sorts and processes the day’s information’s to create memories. Human growth hormone is released which is essential for growth and repair of tissues. Our sympathetic nervous system chills out and cortisol levels drop. Our immune system even releases inflammation fighting cytokines!
Active Recovery days to perform and feel better
StrongFIT is about getting strong, building muscle and working on muscular imbalances. This is done by taking your time and focusing on creating as much mechanical tension as possible during a movement. The focus is getting strong in the fundamental movement patterns like the hip hinge, squat, upper body horizontal push/pull and upper body vertical push/pull.
"I don't want to get bulky"
If you are training at a high intensity most days, a rest day or active recovery day is essential. Resting is just as important as training because it’s an equal part of the process required to build strength, endurance, and muscle.
Falling off the Wagon
We hear this a lot!!!
Some women fear that if they lift weights, they are going to look “bulky”.
Changing habits when it comes to health and fitness can be tough! And generally a long, windy road. You’re bound to fall off the wagon, more than once!
When most people think flexible, they think “the ability to touch their toes”. What it actually refers to is the length to which a muscle group can be stretched.
Improving the Squat
Most people associate the scales with fear and negative thoughts.
Have you ever jumped on the scales after having a great day or week and immediately your mood changed? You instantly felt unhappy, deflated, like you hadn’t worked hard enough, or that you need to do more?
Perks of being a Beginner
The Squat, if performed correctly will improve strength, speed, power, muscle mass and mobility.
Able (Member Blog: Emma Burgess)
As a beginner you should NEVER feel silly or behind. You have to start somewhere!
I'll Be Happy When...
So a term I am utterly obsessed with after beating cancer last year is ABLE. Being able sounds like such a basic thing doesn't it? It's something we don't give much thought to and instead feel like it's just our right. However being ABLE to do things really is the greatest privilege and it’s one that we don't notice until it's taken away.
I’ll be happy when I earn more money.
I’ll be happy when I get married.
I’ll be happy when I buy my own home.
I’ll be happy when I lose 20kg.