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  • Is Running the Best Way to ‘Get Fit’?

    Is Running the Best Way to ‘Get Fit’?

    Unfortunately, society has wrongly advised the population trying to lose weight to just run, or individuals trying to get fitter for their sports to just run every day. However, Running is not the best way to get fit, but it can be effective when you know how to run well. Alternatively an easy way to improve fitness without the ongoing strain that running can produce is to adopt Strength training into your exercise regime. Regular and frequent strength training develops and improves your body’s ability to control and perform movements more effectively and efficiently. And you get all the health and fitness related benefits as a result of Strength Training. Strength training can ....

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  • Myth: Strength training will stunt your growth during childhood and adolescence

    Myth: Strength training will stunt your growth during childhood and adolescence

    We live in an era of infinite information, however unfortunately it can be tough to distinguish what sources of information are reliable in health & fitness. This can be quite common as particular statements or study findings can be misconstrued or misinterpreted. This is how myths about health and fitness are formed. When myths are publicised, it can sometimes cause unnecessary concern and fear amongst the public whilst causing much confusion on what is or is not true. Unfortunately, this tends to happen when there is a lack of understanding of exercise science, maturation, bio-mechanics, physiology and nutrition. One of those common myths is that strength training will stunt your ....

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  • The Effects of Strength Training on Your Well Being - Part 2

    The Effects of Strength Training on Your Well Being - Part 2

    Beside gaining more muscular strength and size, strength training has numerous health related benefits including developing and improving movement efficiency, protecting bone and muscle health and fat loss and maintenance.
    Develop and improve your movement efficiency

    Regular and frequent strength training develops and improves your body’s ability to control movement and perform movement more effectively and efficiently. The more frequently you perform strength training movements, the greater your ability to move more efficiently and effectively. Strength training is like any other skill. Whether you’re learning to drive or learning to ride a bike. The more you practice the ....

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  • The Effects of Strength Training on Your Well Being - Part 1

    The Effects of Strength Training on Your Well Being - Part 1

    Beside gaining more muscular strength and size strength training has numerous health related benefits including, boosting energy levels and mood, improved sleep and burning more calories. Boosts your energy levels and elevates mood
    Are you bored with your current exercise regime? Adding strength training sessions can add great variety in your exercise regime, making it fun and enjoyable while getting the added health benefits. When you are strength training, your body naturally releases a chemical called endorphins which have a number of positive effects on the brain and nervous system. Essentially it stimulates a positive feeling in the brain which then boosts your energy levels and ....

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  • What You Need to Know to Overcome Occupational Lower Back Pain

    What You Need to Know to Overcome Occupational Lower Back Pain

    Lower back pain, especially when it’s your occupational based is multi-faceted. There isn’t one specific thing that causes lower back pain, but there are mechanisms, and when they combine it increases the likelihood of suffering lower back pain. You’ve probably seen ads for pain-killers to help cope with the pain, however this is only temporary. The way our society functions is we rely on Physio’s, Osteo’s or any other Allied Health Professional to “Fix us.” We’re not like cars where we can simply replace a part if it’s damaged, so we need to take a different perspective on this. As an Exercise Scientist, we understand lower back ....

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  • The Importance of Sleep on Your Health and Well-Being

    The Importance of Sleep on Your Health and Well-Being


    Why is sleep Important and what are the benefits?

    Sleep is as essential for good health as oxygen, food and water. Sleep is important for restoring your physical and mental health. It refreshes the mind and repairs the body every time you sleep. Benefits of sleep:

    Greater mood and energy
    Greater productivity, concentration and memory levels
    Greater coordination, reaction time and judgement
    Greater athletic and sport performance
    Greater heart health
    Establish healthy hormone balance and improved immune system
    Reduce inflammation
    Reduce stress or tension in the body
    Allows faster repair and recovery of sore or damaged muscles and much more!
    How long should you sleep for?

    The National ....

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  • Why The Pandemic Lockdown is a Blessing in Disguise for Your Training Goals

    Why The Pandemic Lockdown is a Blessing in Disguise for Your Training Goals


    Are you worried that your training and achieving your goals seems more impossible than ever without the access to a gym or sporting facilities?
    The current situation can actually be a blessing in disguise and may mean achieving your training goals faster! Whether you want to lose kilos, build muscle or get fit, we see this as a great opportunity to adapt and become more productive and active during this time. Here’s why… A lot of us are working from home which means less commute time sitting in the car or on the train to and from work. This allows more time in the day for you! You can sleep 1-2 hours more per night which improves your physical and mental health. You can ....

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  • How to Adapt Your Workout From the Gym to Your Home

    How to Adapt Your Workout From the Gym to Your Home

    Gyms are closed, fitness equipment is in short supply and Zoom group training sessions are advertised every 5 minutes on social media. This will create an issue where every day gym-goers are performing generic training programs or classes. Whilst this is good for some…
    Many will struggle or potentially injure themselves.
    Injury can happen if you’re used to doing a particular training style, i.e. if your regular workout is using machines and cables only, you have the restriction of using what you have access to. Then if you decide to do a Zoom group training class, you haven’t done before, you’re making yourself susceptible to injury. That is why we believe (and ....

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  • Self-Care in Uncertain Times

    Self-Care in Uncertain Times

    In these uncertain times there are many risk factors that determine someone’s severity and duration of becoming sick. Exercise or no exercise is one of those determinants. It may seem sensible to move to cut back on certain activities like exercise and training however this will become problematic in regard to your immunity. Regular and structured exercise has shown to improve one’s ability to fight bacterial infections and shorten the recovery rate. And of course eating healthily, getting enough sleep and avoiding negative influences all contribute to your health and well-being. To protect yourself, it’s still worthwhile to continue to exercise throughout this time, ....

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  • The Dangers of Kids Training Unsupervised in the Gym

    The Dangers of Kids Training Unsupervised in the Gym

    What grinds my gears about kids joining the gym with little to no coaching or proper supervision is that strength training is a skill like any other. Kids are still growing and have no experience using weights safely and don’t fully understand the principles of their development (physiology and loading parameters). I’ve seen teens dead lift incorrectly, bench press and back squat well beyond what they are capable of. This sets them up for injury. During teen years, boys mainly, have major growth spurts and their body awareness drops. They look like a wet noodle when they train (not good). Girls have more flexibility but lack the body awareness needed to help them to develop ....

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