Benefit of working out with an exercise ball

5 Benefits of working out with an exercise ball

The humble exercise ball doesn’t look half as hardcore as the machines and equipment that you work out with so often at the gym with your personal trainer. It’s soft. It’s filled with air – and very often it comes in pink. However, there are some serious benefits to working out with an exercise ball, proving […]

Why it is difficult to tone your calves

Why it’s difficult to tone your calves – part 3

In the last instalment of the series of articles on how to tone your calves – written by #TrifocusBrandAmbassador Ashleigh Frost – we’ll learn the best exercises you can do to train this part of your body. _________________________________________________________________________ As with any joint, if you are going to do a “pull” exercise you need to counteract that with a “push” […]

How children can beat depression

Five types of exercise that beat depression in children

We like to think that children (and teens) are content and playful. But they are as likely to suffer from depression as any adult. In fact, experts say depression affects 20% of our population at some point in their lives. And it can be debilitating for kids. Symptoms include a persistent sad or anxious mood; […]

The truth behind bigorexia

Bigorexia: Why we should take it seriously

We’ve all heard of anorexia nervosa – the eating disorder characterised by obsessive and serious restrictions on food, fear of gaining weight and a total fixation with an impossibly thin physique. But did you know there’s a similar condition, called bigorexia? Since it’s claiming an ever-growing number of victims – predominantly male – it’s important […]

This picture depicts the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise

Differences between aerobic and anaerobic workouts

When considering which exercise would be most beneficial, we often tend to think about aerobic exercises merely because we tend to find those types of workouts more often in a commercial gym. At first you need to understand the difference between ‘aerobic’ and ‘anaerobic’ exercises. To define these terms in the simplest way, it comes […]

Why walking is better than running

Five reasons why walking is better than running

Aerobic cardiovascular exercise, like running, is a winner for a lot reasons: It’s an excellent way to lose weight and boost your energy levels. It beats down diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It controls your blood pressure and tackles stress. And done right, it leaves you feeling exhilarated and content! The thing is, […]

Calorie-burning exercises

3 Calorie-burning exercises

Let’s face it: we’ve all fallen into the trap of reaching for the phone and ordering a take-away pizza or hamburger. But what we don’t think of – when we’re placing that all-important order – is how long it will take to work off what we’ve just eaten? What are the best calorie-burning exercises? Before […]

What endorphins do to you

Endorphins and exercise: The drug of choice

You’ve heard it said that engaging in regular exercise is a powerful way to feel good, to stave off depression and to tackle the effects of stress. Ever wondered why? Specifically, it’s because when you exercise, the hypothalamus (in your brain) triggers the release of endorphins from the cells containing them. In a nutshell, endorphins […]


Why your bones wish you’d do more weight training

We all expect grey hairs, wrinkles and saggy bits as we age. And we can’t do much about some of these things (well besides, say, investing in good hair colour or a bit of Botox). But we can do a lot, in the gym through activities such as weight training, to keep our bones as […]

worst fitness trends out

4 of the Worst trends ever to hit the fitness and nutrition industry

It’s no secret that there are some fitness atrocities that have reared their heads over the last 30 years, which would make any self-respecting personal trainer cringe . These movements gathered masses of followers in the hope of attaining beautiful bodies, better health or just to be in with what’s ‘trendy’. Why do we still […]

The benefits of Yoga

Benefits of Yoga

The word “Yoga” originates from the Sanskrit word “Yuj”, which means to unite or assimilate the spirit with the physical body. Looking at the history of this ancient exercise form, we learn that it developed between fifth and sixth centuries BC, and the first records of Yoga practice can be found among the Buddhist Nikayas: It […]

The wonders of the incline bench press

Why the incline bench press is the best exercise to shape your chest

The incline bench press is the best exercise to shape your chest because it develops the mass and strength of the: Pectoral muscles (upper and middle region of your chest which will give a square-cut appearance with a vertical drop), and  Anterior (front) deltoids.  The lower chest is naturally more responsive to growth. As you’d […]