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New Year’s Resolutions – A Pathway to Success or Free Fall to Failure?
The beginning of a New Year brings moments of reflection for many. Regardless of whether you’re glad to see the back of 2019, or you have plenty of stand out moments, you’re probably starting to look ahead to what 2020 will bring. Maybe this involves setting a New Year’s resolution based around your health, fitness
Sex after birth – how soon is too soon?
Pregnancy and childbirth can have a huge impact on the way you feel about your body, before, during and after.  Sex in the last trimester can be a struggle for most and then there is the small task of actually giving birth.  All that comes with the long process of physical and emotional recovery. Sex
Winter Motivation
When the days turn to darkness earlier and the morning light takes longer to seep through the cracks in the curtains, it can be difficult to maintain your usual (summer) habits. Winter motivation isn’t easy. Waking up in the dark when your alarm goes off, leaving the warmth of the duvet and, then, toughest of
What is Intra-Abdominal Pressure?
Intra-Abdominal pressure (IAP) refers to the pressure within the abdominal cavity. Maintaining sufficient abdominal pressure, whilst breathing at the same time, is important for achieving good stabilisation of the core. At LiftOff, you’ll often hear the coaches using phrases such as “brace your core” and “create tension in your midline”.  We use our core to
Have you ever considered aligning your training, nutrition and lifestyle with your menstrual cycle? 
Have you ever considered aligning your training, nutrition and lifestyle with your menstrual cycle?  With our LiftOff lady legends in mind, this article gives some insight into the benefits of cycle syncing your weekly training sessions.  It also sheds light on how your energy levels fluctuate during each phase of your monthly flow and how
Top 10 Tips for working out after having a baby
Top 10 Tips for working out after having a baby   Exercising with intention and purpose after-baby is essential. Even with the most active pregnancy, smooth labour, and birth your body requires postpartum rehab and recovery to some extent. It has just taken 9 months to nuture and grow your baby, imagine the huge changes
What is tempo?
What is tempo?   What is ‘tempo’ and why should I use it? Doesn’t it slow me down? It stops me from using the heaviest weight possible, isn’t that what I need to get stronger?   These are common things I hear when tempo is prescribed in resistance training. We’ll keep the topic of discussion
Defining your goals
Defining your goals   Before we step foot in the gym, we all have a reason to why we are making the first step in starting our fitness journey. If you don’t, find one. I believe setting ourselves up with a continuous goal to achieve helps create the mental/physical challenge our minds need on a
Should we move in a certain way?
I’m trying to do what my coach says, but I can’t… Have you ever been told; ‘No don’t do it like that, you need to do it like this,’ but you still can’t quite get it the way you’re being told? In many circumstances, there are underlying principles that we aim to adhere to. However,
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