Building a Strong Foundation: Start with your Feet!
The average person will walk over 150,000km in their lifetime. That equates to somewhere between 180 and 200 million footsteps. When you think about it, that’s a lot of work for our feet. And yet, how many of us carry out any level of training for our feet? How many of us think of all those
LiftOff Gym: We’ve Changed, Have You?
As one of the founders of LiftOff gym, I often have to remind myself just how much we have grown and adapted as a business since we opened in 2014. From the team, to the infrastructure, to our business model, so much has changed. But what was the driving force behind this change and why
Stress: Could it be stopping you reaching your goals?
The human body is pretty clever. It heals itself from minor (and sometimes major) trauma, can grow and support another life, and can achieve major feats of endurance, strength and resilience. Its capacity to adapt and respond to changing stimulus in the environment is incredible. All of the aforementioned situations promote a stress response in
The Secret to Achieving Life Changing Goals
During my discussions with clients about goal setting, we spend a fair chunk of time talking about ‘realistic’ and ‘tangible’ goals. We also spend a fair amount of time agreeing the order of priority for those goals. The most difficult point of discussion is when it comes to recognising why a goal may not have
The Extreme Approaches to Postpartum Recovery
It can often feel quite overwhelming when contemplating a return to training or exercise postpartum. There can be so much information out there and, quite often, conflicting advice on what’s best for new mums. Knowing where your focus should lie can be very confusing. In the fitness and health profession, the approach to postpartum recovery
Reflecting on The LiftOff Lockdown Experience
The announcement of a nation-wide lockdown on 21st March 2020 and, along with it, the closure of gyms, came as a massive shock to many. While we were all aware of its necessity to safe lives and combat the threat of Covid-19, it still hit us hard. Regular gym-goers were left with a pretty big
Sleep Deprived? Is your Caffeine Intake to Blame?
There is no escaping the fact that today’s society operates at a pretty frenetic pace. Our busy lives leave us feeling tired, mentally fatigued and suffering with brain fog. A common go-to prescription for dealing with these side effects is caffeine. Every day, billions of us rely on it to kick start our morning, get
Busting the Protein Shake Myths..for kids!
When I was growing up, protein shakes weren’t really a ‘thing’. Not so these days! Our kids are exposed to them a lot more. It might be a parent or sibling are regular shake consumers, or possibly members of their peer group. Kids can feel under huge pressure to fit in, to belong, and one
The Value of Nutritional Consistency and How to Achieve It
We are what we repeatedly do, right? When starting out on a path towards a health, nutrition or fitness goal, consistency in behaviours over long periods of time can be the key difference between success or failure. This should not be new information! Certainly, the coaches here at LiftOff understand and promote the importance of
Understanding the Buzzwords: “Scaling” vs “Individualising”
There’s a constant stream of buzzwords that do the rounds of gyms and the fitness industry in general. It can often be a case of playing Chinese whispers with the latest health and fitness terminology. This isn’t helped by the saturation of coaching on social media and indirect communications from person to person. It can