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 […]

Breastroke is a Pilates exercise

Pilates Mat Exercise | Breaststroke

Strength and flexibility take front and centre stage as equal partners in the vital endeavour towards correcting the dreaded back slump.  Not only is a spinal slump unsightly, it is also one of many causes responsible for back pain owing to muscle imbalances. Your back and abdominal muscles tend to get neglected unless you target […]

Why nutrition is so important

Four reasons why nutrition is so important

Have you ever stopped to consider how you prepare your food? Or why we eat, at all? Nutrition isn’t just a fancy word for dieters – it’s what we engage with when we plan a meal, prepare it, and then eat it! It’s what we do when we choose one type of sandwich bread over […]

The benefits of exercise during your pregnancy

Exercising from the inside out! The key to a happy, healthy pregnancy and a quick recovery

Congratulations! You’re going to be a mommy! Now get moving. Because when you keep up with exercise during your pregnancy, the benefits are huge: You’ll suffer fewer of the preggy symptoms, like heartburn, backache and swollen ankles. Your hormones won’t be so wild, and you’ll feel sexier. You’re more likely to enjoy an easy delivery. […]

Yoga for parents and children

Yoga for the Parent and Child

Parenting is one of the most challenging forms of Yoga. Sound strange? Well let’s look at it for a moment: We are required to be healthy and strong, both in body, mind and temperament. We are expected to be loving and kind, and to practice no harm. We have to be honest and moderate, calm […]

The beauty of natural steroids

How to get your body to produce more steroids naturally

Steroids. Is it really the dirty word you – and the rest of the personal training fraternity – think it is? When we hear about steroids, most of us take it to mean the synthetic chemicals that some bodybuilders and athletes use to bulk up their muscles and enhance their performance. Seeing as these chemicals […]

calorie-burning exercises

12 calorie-burning exercises

If it’s your mission to burn away fat, then you should be signing up for calorie-burning exercises. Here’s a roundup of the 12 exercises that yield the highest burn. Incorporate them into your workouts and you’ll soon see the results. 1. Kettlebells There’s a reason why the original Russian kettlebell swingers boasted a very low body […]

How get six-pack abs

Here’s the reason why you can’t seem to get six-pack abs

Walk into any gym, and you’ll likely see someone doing crunches. Because crunches are the only way to get six-pack abs, right? Wrong!  So how do you get amazing abs? Simple: You need to make your body – especially your belly – as lean and strong as possible. Your abdominal muscles sit behind a layer of […]

The truth about exercise and genetics

The truth about your genetics and your weight

So you’ve been working out hard, for months. And you haven’t let one “bad” food past your lips. But you aren’t shedding the weight. Not as fast as you’d hoped. And now you’re watching your dad gardening. And he’s a little pudgy. And it occurs to you, your weight – and the way you just […]

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