The Covid-19 Diaries: Isolation and the Importance of Your Environment
Well, that escalated quickly didn’t it! After the most bizarre week I think most of us have ever experienced, I’ve just about started to get my head around the idea of being in isolation. That didn’t come without more than a few wobbles though. Being placed on leave without pay from my full time job,
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
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
Coach -vs- Gym Instructor: What it requires to really help people
Over the 11 years I’ve spent in the fitness industry, I’ve come to understand what the people who come to me want when they start a fitness journey. It’s to feel safe, know they are getting guidance that is beyond their own knowledge level and have someone that can empathise with their current journey in
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
How to Eat to Fuel Muscle Growth
Of the people I coach and train with at LiftOff, a common goal is to change body shape, build strength and maximise lean muscle tissue. Muscle growth is a slow process, and like most things in fitness, requires consistency. There is no ‘quick fix’. It also requires a level of understanding behind the science of
The Importance of Recovery
For many people, training can be enjoyable and addictive.  However, clocking up 4, 5 or even 6 sessions a week, every week, will inevitably take its tole on your body and mind. This is where the importance of recovery comes in. There are a great number of motivators for spending hours of your week training
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
My Post Partum Story
My post partum story is one filled with mistakes and consequences but one that has lead me to a new and exciting mission. As a woman and mum working in the fitness industry, I have experienced the lack of support, education and guidance during post partum life. I experienced first hand the negative effects of
Resolutions or Anti-Resolutions?
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Well, for me, it’s to carry on as 2019 finished; enjoying my journey as a LiftOff coach, being coached by people who inspire me and my personal life continuing to flourish. That said, there are certainly things I do in my life which perhaps I should cut back on or