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Forget ‘fitfluencers’ promising you the ‘best exercises to lose weight!’ - because there really is no such thing. Weight loss comes down to one simple equation: calories in vs. calories out. Here are six simple tips to help you burn more calories and keep you on the right side of a calorie deficit.Continue reading
If you’re following a diet plan, it’s reasonable to assume that each meal of the day should be tailored for optimal nutrition. However, there are many, often unconscious, habits that hold us back from making real progress on any weight-loss (or muscle-building) programme.
And so the month of Ramadan begins, a month of minimalism, mindfulness and sacrifice. With strict eating and prayer windows to adhere to, it can be overwhelming to work out where one should put their day’s training to ensure no physical progress is lost in the process. During lockdown though, we’re almost lucky. Without a commute to worry about and with home-training the only exercise option, it becomes much easier to find the time to sneak training in at what would usually be awkward hours.Continue reading
Part 1 of our nutrition module discussed the basic principles of being mindful that you may be eating out of boredom as opposed to hunger, as well as guidelines for tracking your calorie intake. In order for you to really feel how this applies to you, we’ve tried to create a list of common profiles. If you don’t fit into one of them, you should at least be able to see how it relates to you and your prior training history or current goals.
<p>Do you want to know a secret? The way you train on lockdown doesn’t make that much difference to the shape you end up in. Yes, usually if you go on half-marathons for fun on a Wednesday evening as opposed to squatting your 3-rep max you will end up with a different body-type, but neither of those is possible for most on lockdown.</p>Continue reading
Going vegan isn’t only a matter of cutting meat from one’s diet and carrying on. There are high concentrations of nutrients in meat that must be accounted for when you decide to go vegan. Since it’s not always that easy to get appropriate amounts of certain nutrients from diet alone, supplementation is much more efficient.Continue reading
If you’ve ever read a fitness supplement article then you’ll have heard of creatine. No, it’s not steroids, but yes, it is the most studied supplement (other than protein) that has the most proof behind the results it yields. To understand why it’s so effective, let's look at the science behind it!Continue reading
<p>There are many good reasons to go vegan - but your personal health isn’t necessarily one of them. Sounds crazy - we know eating vegetables is good for us - but the health implications of a vegan diet are a little more complicated than that. </p> <p><br></p>Continue reading
The list of health benefits for omega-3’s is long. A few key types of fatty acids have shown to improve heart and brain health. However, it is EPA and DHA in particular, that have shown more significant results in this department.Continue reading
For a personal trainer, it’s easier to coach someone who wants to gain muscle. You have complete control over whether they do so, particularly if they can afford to have four to five personal training sessions with you a week. Losing weight is much more a matter of the client’s resolve. A personal trainer can give all the guidance in the world, but if they are sneaking in calories when they’re not meant to, then progress won’t come.Continue reading
When you look at your meals of the day, they do take place at different times so a reasonable argument can be made that the content of them should be tailored accordingly from an optimal nutrition standpoint. Do you think that the nutritional implications of your meal timing were taken into account when our past generations set about creating traditions? We’ll answer that for you – they didn’t.Continue reading