The best mind/body exercises

Our pick: Top five forms of mind/body exercise

We sit in traffic for hours every day. We do this to get to and from jobs where we juggle all sorts of stressful and demanding tasks. When we do get home, we’ve got to walk the dogs, cook supper and feed the kids. There’s very little room in all of that for meditation, inner peace […]

Difference between the food plate and food pyramid

Food pyramid vs food plate: Which one should you follow?

The ‘traditional’ food pyramid, which was developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) some 20-odd years ago, presented the food groups as a hierarchy and recommended that foods such as bread, pasta and rice make up the bulk of your diet. Unfortunately, these guidelines didn’t give any definite pointers about healthy eating. In the […]

#TeamTrifocus brand ambassadar Manuela Incendiario

#TeamTrifocus Brand Ambassador: Manuela Incendiario

  Accomplished member of #TeamTrifocus, Manuela Incendiario is a professional fitness trainer as well as a nutritional, online and vegan coach. We catch up with Manuela to find out more about her vegan lifestyle as well as her journey so far with Trifocus Fitness Academy. Manuela’s Basic Stats: Age: 37 Height: 1.75m Weight: 64kg Occupation/Profession: […]

What you as a pilates instructor need to know

What Every Pilates Instructor Needs to Know

As with all group fitness instructors, there are certain things that every great Pilates instructor needs to know.  These must-know pearls of wisdom range from an intimate knowledge of Pilates principles to how to run a group fitness class and making a success of their own Pilates business. Take a look. Fundamental Knowledge for a […]

What type of fitness career is good for you?

What Fitness Career Path Is Right For You

  If you are passionate about health and fitness, and want a fitness career, there are many different career paths that you can consider before embarking on your journey as a fitness professional. There are many different factors to consider before making your decision. This is because not every fitness profession will suit your personality and character. […]

How to become a pilates instructor

How a Pilates Instructor Differs from a Yoga Instructor

Being a Pilates Instructor differs enormously from being a Yoga Instructor. Why, you ask? Because Pilates and Yoga are fundamentally different. Here’s why. What is a Pilates Instructor actually? A Pilates Instructor is responsible for instructing clients in how to perform the art of Pilates. Kara Mayer Robinson describes Pilates as a workout: “It’s demanding, […]

The Pelvic Lift

The Pelvic Lift | Basic Pilates Mat Exercise | Trifocus Fitness Academy

When you start off a Pilates routine, there are certain fundamental exercises that you need to start off with doing before you get into the more complex work as these prep your body for what it needs to do. The Pelvic Lift – which is one such exercise – is performed on the mat and […]

What a Pilates instructor does

Pilates vs Yoga: Similarities and differences

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s while Yoga has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. These two exercise forms, for example, focus on developing strength and flexibility something which fitness professionals love them for. Here are some other benefits of these two types of exercises. Both seek to strengthen the connection […]

How an exercise ball is used at the office

Should you swop out your office chair for an exercise ball?

If you are looking to perform some core exercises while at work, you could replace your regular office chair with an exercise ball. This has become quite the trend but how effective is it actually? Sitting on a chair requires pretty much no muscle activity and it can actually hurt for a number of reasons: […]

Obliques roll-back

Obliques Roll-Back | Pilates Mat Exercise | Abdominal Exercises

What a way to work the waist! The obliques roll-back primarily targets the obliques however it also adds great mobility to the back, isolating one side of the body at a time and relying heavily on pelvic stabilisation. Your spine and scapulae are a focal point. You need to remain extremely stable during rotation as the […]

Why the fitness industry is booming

Why the fitness industry is booming

In 2017, the fitness industry will be worth trillions of Rands. The number of gyms, wellness centres and specialised sports centres will hit an all-time high. And here’s why. 1. We’re unhealthy – and we shouldn’t be There are over 3 billion people in the workplace. And according to the Global Wellness Institute’s “Future of […]

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 […]

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