It’s amazing how when you’re 19 you think you know everything. I had just completed my Certificate IV in Fitness and was a qualified personal trainer. I felt like I knew so much. Then I studied my Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and started to realise how much I didn’t know! Since then (currently 10 years later!) I strive to keep learning through courses, expos, podcasts and reading. I find the more I learn about exercise and training the more I realise I don’t know. Here are four exercise myths I used to believe:
Here is a list of all the websites, social media accounts, books and podcasts I like to follow. These help me to be educated, motivated and inspired to live a fit, happy and healthy life.
Recently I had a friend, let me call her Ruby, who shared with me something I found very inspiring which I just had to share with you all. Ruby has recently turned her life around. Over the past year she has lost 50 kilos! When Ruby had a health scare and decided enough is enough, it’s time to change once and for all, she didn’t take the gradual, gentle approach to changing her lifestyle. No. she took the way-out-of-her-comfort-zone, make some dramatic and hard changes approach. A lot of trainers (myself included)
I have been enjoying being able to exercise regularly throughout my second trimester. It has really made a difference in stabilising my mood, keeping my energy levels up, keeping me healthy and preventing excessive weight gain. Currently, my workout routine is this:
- Monday – Yoga
- Tuesday – Full Body Circuit
- Wednesday – 30 minute walk
- Thursday – Weights and HIIT
- Friday – Weights and HIIT
- Saturday – 30 minute walk
- Sunday – 30 minute walk
I thought I would share with you all the exercise program I am about to start. I will be fifteen weeks pregnant on Monday when I begin, and I will complete it for four to five weeks. My fitness had dropped quite a lot over the course of the first trimester. Finding time to train when I wasn’t at work, exhausted or feeling nauseous or headachey was hard! Anyway, I am now loving being able to exercise more often each week. I really find healthy eating and regular exercise makes a massive difference to the
We all know we have to be careful of social media causing us to compare ourselves with others. It can cause discontent with our life and that feeling of not being ‘good enough’ when we compare our life to everyone else’s highlight reel. Recently, however, I’ve been thinking that social media may be influencing us in the fitness industry in a different way. I think social media trends and popular views have a habit of becoming your own. We can adopt the goals and beliefs of others over
In the magnificent mountains of Davos, Switzerland.
I’m lucky enough to have been snowboarding quite a few times, despite living in Perth, where the nearest snow fields are over 3000km away. My husband’s favourite thing in the world to do is snowboard. So, in the same way that he has spent a lot more time on holidays shopping and trying out healthy cafes then he would have ever imagined, I have spent a lot more time strapped into snowboard boots than I had ever envisioned for myself!
Advanced resistance training techniques, also known as specialised techniques or overload techniques are used by athletes with the intention to enhance muscle gains. They are suitable once you have been training with straight sets for a while and are looking to up the intensity and challenge your muscles. They are one way you can apply the progressive overload principle to your training. The following techniques prolong the time under tension a muscle has to work and increase the muscle recruitment and exhaustion.
1. Super sets
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This is when you perform a set of one
Here’s one of my latest workouts, designed to grow your glute muscles. You’re really going to feel it in your legs, too! I first did this workout several weeks ago in our hotel gym in Nashville. I was so sore for three days afterwards that I was hobbling around like a Tennessee cowgirl who’s spent too much time on her horse! If you’re really trying to grow your glutes, you should be training them at least twice a week, so use this for one of those training days.
Whistler is my husband’s favourite spot in the whole world! It’s definitely up there for me, too. You’ll find Whistler nestled amongst huge mountains in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It’s only a two hour drive from Vancouver and there are lots of cool spots to drop into on the way, making it a fun road trip. The drive is known as the ‘sea to sky highway’ and is very scenic, so stop at some of the lookouts for some beautiful views. The two places we dropped in to