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
LiftOff Gym: The three pillars of success
Everyone in business thinks they have the best solution for your problem. Whether it’s the latest tech providers or the convenient online ordering company. At LiftOff, we think we are best equipped to make you fitter and healthier in the long term. And that is no simple task. Our clients come from very different starting
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
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
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
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