The 3 R’s of Recovery

After a challenging training session or race, how you recover is key to overall performance. If we recover better, we train harder! Providing your body with the correct nutrients at the correct time can affect the rate we recover. Dehydration, glycogen depletion (when our carb stores have been used) and muscle soreness can all beContinue reading “The 3 R’s of Recovery”

Stress

If I’ve grabbed your attention with this diagram*, then please take some time to look at it in detail. It’s a brilliantly simplified way of illustrating how your body is perceiving stressor(s). Broken down into the following categories: Perceived Stress: How you perceive an event, rather than the event intrinsic capacity to harm you Circadian Disruptions: RhythmsContinue reading “Stress”

FULL BODY WORKOUT – You’ll need dumbbells or kettlebells for this one!

A1. FFE (front foot elevated) split squat –  8-10 on each side  The hip flexor muscles become chronically shortened in population who sit for a living. This adaptive shortening leads to lower back pain due to dysfunction in the knees and hips. This exercise improves the strength of the quadriceps, medial hamstrings, and adductors. ItContinue reading “FULL BODY WORKOUT – You’ll need dumbbells or kettlebells for this one!”

Menstrual Cycle, Nutrition & Training

Is it me or does it feel like with every year you get older, PMS symptoms get worse?! Days leading up to it, I can easily cry, sleep feels more disturbed and my concentration decreases. I’m sure my partner would add snappy to that list but hey we can’t be positive all the time 😉 Continue reading “Menstrual Cycle, Nutrition & Training”

Seasonal Fatigue

With the clock’s changing, temperature dropping and the mornings getting darker it might feel noticeably harder to get out of bed. Many people feel tired and sluggish during winter. The American Journal of Medicine found that patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) show a significant increase in irritability, depressed mood, anxiety and in turn of seasonalContinue reading “Seasonal Fatigue”

What To Eat Before A Workout?

Before I get into this topic it’s key to remember that everyone is different, train at a different intensity and digest food differently. This is a guide as opposed to one set rule, I would suggest playing around with it to see what works for you. The main nutritional goal for a pre-workout meal isContinue reading “What To Eat Before A Workout?”

The Importance Of The Squat

There are various functional movements you can incorporate into your training with a squatting pattern being a fundamental human movement patter that involves nearly every muscle in the body. Squatting improves your fitness, performance, and mobility for daily-life tasks.  Think about the movement next time you pick something off the floor, go to the bathroom,Continue reading “The Importance Of The Squat”

Are Rock Solid Abs Made In The Kitchen?

The first body parts that most people want to change and usually tone up are their abs. Six-pack trends in more than 11M posts. It is not uncommon to see people in the gym doing continuous crunches with the hope it will create definition.  Rather than aesthetics let’s quickly look at the functionality of ourContinue reading “Are Rock Solid Abs Made In The Kitchen?”

Sleep & Recovery

Not sleeping enough, which is said to be less than seven hours of sleep per night can reduce the benefits of fitness and a healthy diet. This is according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.  The better we recover, the more frequently and intensely we can train, feel more alert and do more dayContinue reading “Sleep & Recovery”