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
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
Motherhood: Self Care isn’t Selfish
The moment a child is born, a mother is born too. She didn’t exist before. The women existed but not the mother. A mother is something completely new. We all imagined what motherhood look like. We had 9 months to do nothing but think right? Imaging that first encounter with our baby. Speculating what kind of
Understanding your Body Clock and the Power of Rhythm
Do you remember your parents advocating the importance of your body clock, just as their parents did for them? The advice was always “go to bed at the same time, have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time”. These days the theme I hear is more along the lines of “grab a quick snack
The Principles of Fat Loss – Webinar
Last Thursday evening, Coach Amy led a free 60 minute educational webinar via Zoom. Her topic was the principles of fat loss and how to optimise our nutrition in order to lose body fat. The session was recorded and is attached for you below.   You can follow Amy through her social media channel here.
The Covid-19  Diairies: The Ultimate Juggling Act
So, how are you holding up? Go on, be honest. I will fully admit that the last few weeks have been tougher than I could have imagined. Trying to find and adjust to our new ‘norm’ as a family has been a voyage of discovery to put it mildly. First time home schooling whilst working,
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
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
Starting a Fitness Journey: Know Your ‘Why’
So, you’ve decided to join a gym with some vague fitness goals in mind. After some time you realise these goals are lacking focus and direction. You become confused about how you can work towards any specific objective. Your training sessions are unstructured and unfulfilling. With a lack of results or progress, you start to
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