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Training and Nutrition During the Menopause
Menopause. Something every woman knows they will experience eventually, yet something that is very rarely talked about. It refers to a time in a woman’s life when they reach a certain age, their periods have ceased for at least a year and they are no longer able to get pregnant. All women experience it, with
Understanding ‘DOMS’
We’ve all been there, we’ve all experienced it, we all recognise the feeling. The dreaded, debilitating, down right nasty ‘DOMS’, or delayed onset muscle soreness. But what do you understand about the term, what it means and how it impacts our progress in the gym? ‘DOMS’ is usually experienced one to two days after a
Lifting Weights Postpartum Safely and Effectively!
Getting back into training can be SO HARD postpartum. This is particularly so if you’re someone who was pretty active before getting pregnant, and/or during pregnancy. It can feel incredibly frustrating when all you want is to get back to your pre-pregnant self, both physically and mentally.  I‘ve been there and can totally understand these
Mental Health and Me: My Story Told My Way
The willingness to open up and talk about mental health issues within today’s society has dramatically improved in recent years. I take huge comfort from this. But I’m also aware we have a long way to go before it’s discussed freely without fear of judgement or reprisal. We still live within a culture of maintaining
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
LiftOff Gym: We’ve Changed, Have You?
As one of the founders of LiftOff gym, I often have to remind myself just how much we have grown and adapted as a business since we opened in 2014. From the team, to the infrastructure, to our business model, so much has changed. But what was the driving force behind this change and why
Stress: Could it be stopping you reaching your goals?
The human body is pretty clever. It heals itself from minor (and sometimes major) trauma, can grow and support another life, and can achieve major feats of endurance, strength and resilience. Its capacity to adapt and respond to changing stimulus in the environment is incredible. All of the aforementioned situations promote a stress response in
The Secret to Achieving Life Changing Goals
During my discussions with clients about goal setting, we spend a fair chunk of time talking about ‘realistic’ and ‘tangible’ goals. We also spend a fair amount of time agreeing the order of priority for those goals. The most difficult point of discussion is when it comes to recognising why a goal may not have
The Extreme Approaches to Postpartum Recovery
It can often feel quite overwhelming when contemplating a return to training or exercise postpartum. There can be so much information out there and, quite often, conflicting advice on what’s best for new mums. Knowing where your focus should lie can be very confusing. In the fitness and health profession, the approach to postpartum recovery
Reflecting on The LiftOff Lockdown Experience
The announcement of a nation-wide lockdown on 21st March 2020 and, along with it, the closure of gyms, came as a massive shock to many. While we were all aware of its necessity to safe lives and combat the threat of Covid-19, it still hit us hard. Regular gym-goers were left with a pretty big