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Children get stressed too!
More than ever we are being taught how to relax and wind down, how to cope with external stressors. Whether it be in seminar or podcast form, regular classes or counselling. We are taught how to listen to our bodies and ‘look within’. Meditation. Mindfulness. Breathing exercises. All useful coping strategies for our everyday, busy
The Covid-19 Diaries: It’s all about Routine
Most humans thrive on routine. We wake up at the same time, have breakfast (either at home or on the go), get to work. Leave work and go out or go straight home. We train at the same kind of time each day. Visit the same hairdressers at the same time intervals. Order from the
The Covid-19 Diaries: Staying at home doesn’t mean sitting around
For years now, adults have been advised to avoid sustained periods of sitting down in everyday life. We’ve long been told about the negative associations if we go against this advice; potential weight gain, increased risk of diabetes, lack of mobility etc. Do as many adults heed the same advice when it comes to our
Welcome to LiftOff Home
Launching ‘LiftOff Home’ Since the government’s restrictions were imposed on Friday night, we have been working hard (and quickly!) to finalise the details of our new home workout programme. It is therefore with great excitement that we welcome you to join LiftOff Home! We’re going to be honest with you – we are in the
Kids Lifting Weights: “When Can I Go Heavier?”
Frequent questions I get asked by the kids I coach at LiftOff Academy are “when can I go heavier” or “why can’t I add weight to this lift?”. To set the scene, we’ll be in class, working on a movement (perhaps a deadlift), and one of the children asks if they can go heavier. My
What do Building Blocks and Fitness Classes have in Common?
Do you remember as a child (or perhaps even as an adult!) getting a box of building blocks and either making a specific design, or creating your own masterpiece? The blocks themselves weren’t very impressive. Some were bigger than others whilst some had sticky-outy bits. Some were green, others were blue. Some were smooth and
What is Free Play, and why is it so important? 
What is Free Play, and why is it so important?    Free Play is described by “Play England” as “children choosing what they want to do, how they want to do it and when to stop and try something else. Free play has no external goals set by adults and has no adult imposed curriculum.
What goes into planning young kids classes? 
The planning of kids classes   When people see my board for younger kids classes, they see a bunch of drawings, some magnets, a few lines and a date at the top. They then spend at least 10 minutes deciphering it! However more thought goes into it than just selecting which animals I’m going to
Why is strength training important for children?
Why is strength training important for children? We often hear of the 10 elements of fitness: Cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, coordination, balance and accuracy. These 10 elements are required in order to be truly ‘fit’ and being able to express these elements is also essential to optimal health. “I wished I’d know that
Should children squat?
Should children squat? We’ve all seen the toddler just dropping into a perfect squat, and perhaps like me, we may have been slightly jealous at that fact! But we can let toddlers have this one. They’re not built like us. At the age of 1, their bodies can be roughly divided into four even sections. Their head being