myofascial release

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that has been embraced throughout the fitness industry. This effective and simple to do technique delivers positive, feel good results.

Foam rollers have become easily accessible, either shared at the gym or found in almost any sporting goods aisle to bring home for a minimal investment. This makes it one of the “go-to” pieces of equipment for fitness professionals.

Using the foam roller can deliver improvements in flexibility, muscle recovery, movement efficiency, inhibiting overactive muscles, and pain reduction with just minutes of application!

Doing a stretch before a workout properly prepares our muscles for the activity that we’re about to engage in. Stretching afterwards, on the other hand, helps to encourage recovery. A single stretch will make the muscles, tendons and ligaments more flexible BUT this would be for only for a short period of time. Over time, regular stretching will induce the growth of tissues that will lead to a more long-term increase in flexibility. Remember though if your muscles are sore, stretching won’t necessarily make them more flexible, but rather help them to feel better.

When you have no idea why you are adding on kilos, here’s what might be going on. Sometimes you don’t have to wonder why you’ve picked up those extra kilos, like when you’ve just come from that Tuesday night out where they had wings and brownies.
Or when you had that busy week at work when you hardly had time to walk around due to the unusually heavy workload. These instances are very common and you actually don’t need to worry about small fluctuations in your weight.
However, there are some times that you just accumulate some extra weight and you have no clue why and you are even at a loss where those pounds came from. If you’ve added 2 kilos in just a matter of weeks, it’s time to take notice and see what’s going on.

Weight fluctuations of about 2 kilos or more is common among women, but not in men. If your weight has been stable for a number of months or years, what could be causing the sudden weight gain? Here are some things that could explain that.

Historically speaking, men and women have idolized different body figures. As
much as the hourglass-figure of a woman is mouth-watering, some may argue that strong and lean is the best body type. By all accounts, a chiseled body is what women find attractive in men today.
Of course, everyone’s different. Each person has their own unique preferences. As they say, every man to his taste. Having said that, there is a huge shift in how both men and women perceive beauty and aesthetics. Most women would like to be skinny. Men do too!
But what about version 2.0?

Vitamin D is an often-overlooked, under-consumed nutrient that plays a major role in your overall health and performance in the gym. Learn how to make sure you’re getting enough so you can be on top of your game!

We’ve all heard how important hydration is to replace fluid loss during and after exercise. Any nutrition expert will tell you that inadequate fluid intake could leave you feeling lethargic, unmotivated, and prone to pounding headaches, especially during the hot summer months. Why? Dehydration occurs when our body starts to lose more fluids than we take in. This is especially common during summer months, as we don’t typically realize how much fluid our body loses while exercising in the heat. Yes, water is critical during a workout to replace fluid loss. However, in hot, humid heat, electrolytes are needed to ensure our body is adequately hydrated to avoid dehydration.

We’ve all experienced that 9 PM craving for something sweet that just can’t be ignored. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying some sweet treats every now and then, but when these cravings for sugary foods occur on a regular basis, we can fall into a constant cycle of late-night snacking that may affect our weight loss goals. Research has shown that late-night eating is linked to excess intake of empty calories, which makes it tough to move past plateaus and achieve health goals

Chances are that December and January involved family, friends, fun, time-off and relaxation. Christmas time and the festive season is truly an amazing time to get together with the people closest to you and unwind from the year that has just passed. But with the festive season usually comes a bit of over indulgence in food, drink and all things enjoyable. We are all human, everyone tends to go a bit over board during this period. Now that we are into the new year it’s time to get back on the wagon and prioritise your health and fitness.

The festive season isn’t called the Silly Season for nothing. All the good habits we try to maintain for the rest of the year go out the back door for two weeks of glorious overindulgence. Why? Who knows, it’s just always been like that.

Below are my top 8 habits that if followed will change your life, mind and ability to tackle bigger change. It’s important to note, none of these things are expensive, take lots of time or are hard to do. I believe every human regardless of his or her fitness goal should be following these habits daily. I also believe that if these 8 things are done every day as an absolute non-negotiable, it builds a platform from which massive success can be achieved in further, more advanced health and fitness goals. By doing these consistently, not only will you be in physically better shape but also you will be in a superior mindset that will help in every area of your life.

Lacking motivation or need a fresh start? Look no further than these tips to get you back on track at home during COVID19.

Finding your happiness in these times are indeed very tough, but there is light at the end of the tunnel especially with cases declining rapidly in Victoria! It’s so important to look after yourself, friends and family. Everyone is doing it tough or knows someone that is. Make sure you check in with not only yourself but others as it can be that one conversation that makes someone’s day or helps them change negative thoughts into positive thoughts.

If you’re looking to lose some weight but simply don’t know where to start or have a history of failed diets, this is an essential read. Sam breaks down dieting for fat loss, how you can set up your nutrition and he even shares some great hacks on how to easily cut out excess calories.

In this article, we will cover diet and nutrition basics and provide you with practical tools that you can implement in your day to day life to assist you in managing your body composition. There is no magic, and it will take time, effort and patience.

Movement can help relieve back pain, but only the right kind; avoid workouts that put too much stress and strain on the back. So which exercises should you choose? That partly depends on how intense your pain is, and what causes it.

2020 has forced everyone to adapt a new way of life. This has been a huge switch to keep everyone safe from corona virus, forcing gyms to close and people to get creative with home workouts. Along with people becoming busier and technology improving it has opened the possibilities for working out from home. This can be enjoyable and challenging via software like zoom

The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic have pretty much affected everyone in one way or another. Whether you’re now forced to work from home or you’re in full blown isolation with your significant other, I’m sure at times you’ve felt like you’re going crazy. In this blog I will talk about ways to combat cabin fever and be your most productive self even if you’re stranded at home.

Feeding your body certain foods may help keep your immune system strong. If you’re looking for ways to prevent winter colds and the flu, your first step should be a visit to your local grocery store. Plan your meals to include these 15 powerful immune system boosters.

The Pilates Reformer is an exercise machine used to incorporate the Pilates exercise technique for a challenging and intense workout. Springs, leverage and body weight are used as resistance while performing movements targeting specific muscle groups. Workouts consist of controlled, flowing movements working your muscles through a full range of motion. The reformer adds increased resistance to the movement. By working to overcome this resistance, training results in increased fitness levels.

Working Smarter, Not Harder Is Often The Best Way To Break A Weight Loss Plateau. Combine These 13 Strategic Weight Loss Tips With Weekly Resistance Training And Watch How Your Progress Accelerates. Good Luck!

This study is important because it is among the first to show that, irrespective of the exercise order, E+S and S+E showed similar improvements in physical fitness. This has implications for trainers wishing to mix up the training order increase variety in their exercise prescription.