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
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
New Year’s Resolutions – A Pathway to Success or Free Fall to Failure?
The beginning of a New Year brings moments of reflection for many. Regardless of whether you’re glad to see the back of 2019, or you have plenty of stand out moments, you’re probably starting to look ahead to what 2020 will bring. Maybe this involves setting a New Year’s resolution based around your health, fitness
Sex after birth – how soon is too soon?
Pregnancy and childbirth can have a huge impact on the way you feel about your body, before, during and after.  Sex in the last trimester can be a struggle for most and then there is the small task of actually giving birth.  All that comes with the long process of physical and emotional recovery. Sex
Winter Motivation
When the days turn to darkness earlier and the morning light takes longer to seep through the cracks in the curtains, it can be difficult to maintain your usual (summer) habits. Winter motivation isn’t easy. Waking up in the dark when your alarm goes off, leaving the warmth of the duvet and, then, toughest of
Should Kids Perform a One Rep Max?
Should Kids Perform a One Rep Max? For those of you who don’t know, a one rep max (1RM) is the heaviest amount you can lift for one repetition in a particular movement. Why do we do 1RM’s? Well, it could be prescribed in a competition. It can be a way of measuring how much
What is Intra-Abdominal Pressure?
Intra-Abdominal pressure (IAP) refers to the pressure within the abdominal cavity. Maintaining sufficient abdominal pressure, whilst breathing at the same time, is important for achieving good stabilisation of the core. At LiftOff, you’ll often hear the coaches using phrases such as “brace your core” and “create tension in your midline”.  We use our core to