Have you been giving it your all in the gym, but still feel tired, de-energized or like you're not seeing results? We know the feeling and this can be seriously discouraging to your long term progress. But what most people don't realize is that it's not just the work you put in at the gym, but also the work you put in afterwards. That's right, we're talking about recovery. Chances are, if you're not recovering properly, you're undermining your body's ability to benefit from the hard work you're putting in. Do not forget that rest is part of the program! So here are our tips to ensure a proper recovery after your workouts.
During winter months, there's a lot that gets in the way of our fitness goals. It's easy to find an excuse; it's cold, it's dark, there's too much snow, there's too many holiday parties, I'm drunk off egg nog, etc. But there's another serious culprit that's at play for half the population: winter blues and seasonal affective disorder. Do you have it? Do you know how to fight it? We're here to help!
One of the biggest goals people tend to have is to see their abs or have a flat tummy. If you have found yourself here reading this blog post, then you must want this too. So what’s the secret behind getting the abs you dream of? Well first off, the answer is no, it is not do 100 sit ups a day. The truth behind it all is much more complicated than that.
Being an active female has its own challenges, nevermind those 5 - 7 days once a month when you try to balance your period, cramps, cravings and cardio. This week we battle some facts about women and their period (or lack thereof), how to maintain your training so you don't lose a week worth of gains, and tips and tricks to help you deal with your pesky monthly visitor.
“I have no time to reach my health and fitness goals..” Boy oh boy if I had a dollar every time I heard someone tell me this. Or my most favourite, “I do not know how you have the time to eat well and exercise”. Let me start by saying we all have the same 24 hours in the day.
One of the most common reasons people claim they can't reach their goals is lack of will power. So then are high level athletes at the top simply because they have more of it? Is it all chemistry, or is will power like any other muscle that just needs to be trained?
So when I started working out, everyone talked about 'overtraining'. I thought that was BS and the only people who would ever be at risk of overtraining would be professional athletes and Olympians; not your everyday Joes and Janes who throw some weight around a few times a week... I was wrong.
Question: I've recently started working out, and while I feel great after, I usually end up with an outrageous hunger a few hours later. I feel like I'm negating my hard workouts in the gym. What's up with that? How can I curve my cookie-monster-cravings post-workout?
As we enter February you've probably been hearing some people at the gym bringing up something called 'The Open'... Well, if you're semi into crossfit/are intrigued/are considering doing it/etc., but still have questions/remain undecided - no worries.. we're here to give you the low down.
Out with the old and in with the new! The fitness industry is always changing. And a new diet fad is coming out every week. Here we break down a few key old-school fitness and nutrition regimes you need to ditch. Now!
Whether we like it or not, ego plays a huge role in fitness. Here we want to explain how we feel the ego, or lack thereof, can make or break your fitness regime. We want to break down ego and the impacts on: 1) risk of injury, 2) how its not helping your gains, 3) making the gym and intimidating place and 4) when an ego can be a good thing.
When you start talking about nutrition with your trainer, the first thing they'll always tell you "protein, protein, protein!" You might be sick of hearing it, but we'll never stop saying it. But why is it so important? And why should you eat more? Can you ever eat too much? Don't worry, this blog post answers all your questions.
Are you wishing you had bigger, rounder glutes? Unfortunately for a lot of women even heavy leg training will not necessarily lead to better glutes. Unfortunately the motivational memes and quotes you see on the daily about a squat-bum are misleading because each person's body is different and has different biomechanics which cause us to rely more heavily on different muscle groups even when our form is on point.
Have you ever noticed that there is a big difference in the body shape of a skinny girl and a fit looking girl? It seems that this day and age we are all striving to have that fit looking body. That fit girl you see in the gym whose body you desire did not get there by solely running on the treadmill. That girl with the “yoga body” in your weekly class doesn’t restrict herself to the hot yoga studio. These girls got those bodies by commitment to the gym, lifting heavy weights and a proper nutrition program! How do I know this? Because I once was that skinny girl running on the treadmill for hours on end thinking that was the way to look like the girls on the cover of Oxygen magazine.