Learning from the Pandemic – Help your Children Be Their Own Architect
The pandemic has been incredibly tough, and continues to be so. People across the globe are still suffering tremendously from the effects and the fall out. So the last thing I would want to do is trivialise the situation with pointers for how a little more “self work” could make everyone better off. But what
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
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
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.