How to Lose Unwanted Body Weight Forever? Ask a (LiftOff) Coach
“So, Coach Mike, is this workout going to help me burn fat and lose weight?” Or, “This type of workout isn’t helping me burn fat and lose weight, so why should I do it Coach Mike?” I’ve been faced with these questions far more times than I can count, and every time, I give roughly
Tools of the LiftOff Trade: what we use and why we use it
Gym equipment is akin to a tool, and a tool is designed for a specific purpose. Before you can use the tool, you need to know how it is used and what the job is that the tool is intended for. If any component is missing, you are likely to fall short of expectations and
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
Body Fat Battle…Part 1
The most regular question I get at work…how can I lose more body fat? How can I get leaner? Why do I not look like **** on Instagram? As a gym owner this is par for the course I guess! So I am going to try and pick apart this highly complex, controversial and deep
Digestion – How it can help you?
An easy win in the fat loss/strength/performance gains battle….. One of the easiest, cheapest things you can do to help with your nutrition is proper digestion. Cue everyone stopping reading this because it isn’t a quick fix or isn’t a six week meal plan guaranteed to win you some short term gains 😉 Those of
Why Women Should Lift Weights
  I am a firm believer that strength training, in a well-coached, structured manner is highly important for EVERYONE. Whether you are a guy or a gal, a rugby player or triathlete, a housewife or a soldier, using a barbell or some form of strength training will benefit you. In this short blog I will
LiftOff CrossFit – Programming Insights Part 1
    Programming insights: I’m going to start posting small insights into how and why I programme the way I do for the gym. Today I will talk about Monday’s session: Monday 29th September Warm up + Med ball Clean Practice* We do dynamic range of motion stuff to warm up every day here at
Foot Positioning in the Squat
The Kelly Starrett hype on movement/mobility has led to large discussions on the foot position during squatting. As a result, much like sports medicine, there are arguments/evidence for and against certain modalities for treatment. Individuality is key here in my opinion and plays a part in most of my clinic reasoning for treatment of injuries/movement
  In CrossFit we aim to increase your general physical preparedness (GPP) across all domains of physical movement. This means that we encourage people to try and be good at everything and become as well rounded as possible. The original idea behind this was that those in the military, emergency and rescue services needed to
  A guide to the language of programming So sometimes you might hear us as coaches throwing some pretty unfamiliar terms at you in reference to the programming, so here is a bit of a breakdown of some of the terms we use! Aerobic Aerobic comes from a Greek word meaning air. It is used