Benefits of resistance bands

Benefits of adding resistance bands to your workout

There are a number of number of powerful workouts that you can do with resistance bands say fitness professionals at Women’s Health South Africa. These include the seated row, push-up with resistance as well as the frog push. Watch the video below to see how to do a lateral raise with a resistance band. Our […]

Develop a mind-body connection

What is the “mind-body connection” and how can it help you?

More and more scientists and doctors are talking about the power of the mind-body connection. It’s not a new idea: Hundreds of years ago, medicine men were treating the minds and bodies of their patients. But as Western medicine evolved, it somehow zoomed in on the body and forgot all about the mind. What is […]

The structure of the human heart

How is the heart structured?

Next to the brain, the heart is the most important organ of the body as it is responsible for pumping blood – which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues – through the body. The vessels that are responsible for transporting the blood are called veins and arteries. If these transporters get damaged, very […]

The building blocks of the nervous system

The building blocks of the nervous system

The nervous system is vital to our daily functioning as it controls sensory, integrative and motor functioning. In fact, it’s so vital that – without it – we are technically dead even though our heart may still be beating. What makes up the nervous system? Dr Jasvinder Chawla, Chief of Neurology at Hines Veterans Affairs […]

Why should you have a strong core

The core powerhouse explained

If you have read fitness and health related articles, or chatted to fitness influencers and personal trainers, you would have heard the word core quite a bit. Personal trainers especially love to talk about this and the importance of doing exercises that involve, support and strengthen it. But what exactly is it all about? What function […]

Incorporate the FITT principle into your life

How to add the FITT principle properly into your training

Reaching your body, weight and fitness goals depend on a few things: giving nothing less than 100% with every training session, being intelligent and strategic with your nutrition, and getting enough sleep so your body can recover properly. These are the most common and probably most important elements of reaching success in your weight-loss or […]

Avoid suffering from exercise burnout

Five signs you’re suffering from exercise burnout

Committing to an exercise routine  – and sticking to it – feels great! You feel energised, you’re lean and fit, your self-esteem is flying high… And before you know it, you’re just a little bit addicted to your workouts. That can’t be bad, can it?The quick answer is: Yes, it is bad. The routine that’s […]

The low down on saturated fats

Understanding the difference between trans fats and saturated fats

Not all fats are bad. Fats are an essential food group along with protein and carbohydrates. Good fats are essential to our health and the optimal function of our body. Healthy fats surround our internal organs to protect them; gives our body energy; keep us warm; help produce essential hormones; helps our body easily absorb […]

How to motivate your clients

How to motivate newbies to stick to a workout routine

As a personal trainer, your duties can vary: from a nutritional advisor and therapist to a trainer, coach and motivator. One of the main reasons some people pay for personal training is because they cannot motivate themselves. They need someone not only to push them to their limits with every session and guide them through […]

Your hormone levels affect your body

Why weight training affects your hormone production

Many bodily functions have to come together and work in perfect harmony for our bodies to reach a state where it either builds muscle, burns fat, or do both simultaneously. It is a science and, for it to work, we have to look at one of the most important contributors to weight loss or mass-building […]

Joint pain as we get older

Why we experience increased joint pain as we get older

As we get older, changes happen to our body. It gets a bit more difficult to lose weight when we don’t watch our diet and we experience joint pain when we perform certain movements. In this article, we look at the structure of the various joints we have in our body, their function and why […]

Bsic kettlebell movement: kettlebell swing

The foundational kettlebell movement: the swing

The swing is the movement that all kettlebell training is based on.  There’s a reason for this – says master kettlebell coach, Andrew Read. The swing – says Read – puts very little stress on one’s lower back so  making it a great exercise for people (who have lower back problems) to do. He also says that […]

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