Love it or hate it, it's hard to deny the impressive nature of CrossFit and their athletes’ ability to push themselves through gruelling workouts. Here’s what i learnt from the humbling experience of training a Crossfitter.
With more interest than ever in where our foods come from and their source of ingredients, new labels - Organic, kosher, free-range and non-GMO, to name a few, are popping up on food packaging. Here's what they actually mean.
Can you Isolate fat loss? Should you stretch before or after a workout? What is the best rep range for muscle growth? Here are 5 of the most common fitness related questions I get asked as a personal trainer ANSWERED!
It’s so important when setting fitness goals to be realistic about what’s achievable for your body type and level and commitment, but how to do you manage your expectations when everything you see and hear encourages extreme measures and unrealistic results? Here’s what you need to know!
Keeping fit and healthy whilst living a nomadic lifestyle can be a daunting task, but with so many healthy options now readily available, it needn’t be. Here are our top 10 tips to help keep you fit and healthy as a Nomad.
Summer is here and with it, a great sense of “screw my diet and exercise plan!” But before you throw all your hard work down the toilet on day one, here are 10 things you can do to stay fit and healthy on your summer holiday.
As men, it's only natural to want to look bigger and stronger, but with so much inaccurate information out there, knowing what to believe and where to start can feel overwhelming. Here are 10 things you need to know about building muscle.
It’s Sunday night and the fear of the impending Monday doom and gloom is slowly taking hold. Thankfully, not all Monday’s are inherently bad. Here’s what to can do right now to make sure you kick Monday’s ass and set yourself up for great week.
Do you find that your mood, lifestyle and even relationships suffer as a result of your obsession to reduce that seemly all-important number on the scales? If so, it’s possible that you’re have an unhealthy obsession with your weight.
Bored with your repetitive workouts with set reps, exercises and rest times? Add some spice to your exercise routine and take your fitness and gains to new heights with the following 5 workout methods and techniques.
We’re lead to believe that more is always better, we can isolate fat loss and that we should stretch before we work out but where’s the proof? In this article we’re going to debunk 6 popular fitness myths.
Great things come to those who prioritise their diet and if you want to be healthier, wealthier, more energetic, reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases, have better sex and lose weight, it's time you put on your chef's hat and get cooking.
Weight loss. We allow it to dictate our mood and to offer reinforcement that our hard work in the gym and our discipline in the kitchen is paying off. Unfortunately using weight only as a measurement to track results can be both frustrating and inaccurate. Here's why you should focus on fat loss instead.
Tired of busting a gut in the gym only to be left disappointed by your results? If this sounds like you, it's possible that you're neglecting the importance of your post-workout nutrition. Here are 5 delicious and easy to prepare post-workout snacks for big results.
Bad posture, stress, headaches, back pain, lethargy, unproductiveness and discontentment are just some of the symptoms associated with poor working conditions and bad habits in and around the workplace. Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can do right now to improve your health in the workplace.
Barcelona, with its gorgeous architecture, beautiful beaches, ample green spaces, surrounding mountains and idyllic climate, make it one of Europe's best cities to exercise outdoors. Here are our top workout spots in Barcelona.
Clean eating is a relatively simple concept that focuses on consuming whole or “real foods” – those that are minimally processed or made from minimally processed ingredients, unrefined and mainly untouched in the journey from the food's origin to plate.
Results don't happen in the gym alone and what you do in the hours and days surrounding your workouts can make all the difference between a slow and painful recovery with mediocre results and a fast recovery with great results! Here are 6 simple ways to maximize your recovery and results.
You can’t be blamed for wanting to lose 21lbs in 21 days or to sculpt a 6 pack in 7 minutes or less. After all, It sells and it’s important to dream. However, anything that seems to good to be true, normally is. Here's why the slow and steady approach to your health and fitness goals will always win!
You’ve decided that 2018 is going to be the year you get a killer bod. Now while you may be contemplating doing a crash diet in an attempt to swiftly lose weight, I advise you to proceed with extreme caution. Not only are crash diets soul destroying and highly unsustainable, they can be terrible for your health.
Bodyweight training is a fun and highly effective form of exercise that will not only have you fit as a fiddle in no time, you'll burn a ton of calories, build strength and muscle, improve coordination, endurance, speed, flexibility and balance.
Despite the colder and darker days, Autumn in all its glory is not only one of the most beautiful times of the year, it’s one the best seasons to exercise and add some spice to your workouts. From idyllic weather to deliciously sourced local produce, here's your essential guide to fall fitness.
Motivation is one of the most important and challenging aspects of regular exercise. Thankfully there are some simple tricks that can inspire and motivate you to keep exercising even when it's the last thing you want to do.
For anyone that has done a diet in the past knows, it's far from easy. It takes motivation, patience, consistency and a lot of self-control. Thankfully there are some steps you can take, 11 to be precise that can make sticking to a diet a whole lot easier.
A great workout can help sculpt you a killer bod, relieve stress, boost energy and self-confidence and improve the quality of your sleep, but what is a great workout? Here are 10 signs that you're doing it right!
Eating a variety of fresh and healthy foods can boost your energy levels, mood, life expectancy and even make you look great, but what is a superfood and what are the 15 you should be eating? Let's take a look at the list.
By making smarter food choices, you can cut down on calories and lose weight almost effortlessly whilst still enjoying a variety of delicious and healthy foods. Here are some of the best food substitutes for weight loss.
We all have different goals and reasons for exercising but what do we do when despite our best efforts to eat well and train right we fail to see any noticeable results? Here are some things you can do to improve your chances of fitness progress.
High-intensity training is all the rage and it’s not at all surprising given the potential health benefits associated with it. But what is HICT and what should I expect? Here's everything you need to know!
While the gym does have it's perks, it simply can't compete with the variety, views and constantly changing environment of the great outdoors. Whether you're a newbie exerciser or a seasoned pro, the great outdoors has everything you need to get fit.
With summer coming to a sad but inevitable end if all that’s left along with the drunken selfies and a dwindling bank account is a spare tire to remind you of the good times, fear not, you’re not alone! Here are 10 simple ways to lose 1 pound.
If you're serious about improving not only your diet but your health too, it's time you start paying closer attention to what you put in your mouth. It all starts with learning how to properly read nutrition facts labels!
Fed up that despite your best efforts to exercise regularly and eat well, you've very little to show for it? If so, you could be making 1 or more of these 10 rookie mistakes that could be ruining your fitness results.
With increasingly busy social lives, family commitments and work schedules, feeling tired at times is perfectly acceptable. If however, your fatigue is constantly getting the better of you, it may be time to make some lifestyle changes.
Confused and frustrated that despite your best efforts to exercise and eat right, keeping trim is not as easy as in once was? Thankfully with a few tweaks to your diet and exercise plan, keeping lean as you age is not as ambitious as it seems.
Protein is the by far the most popular supplement in the fitness industry, but knowing which one to choose can often be confusing. Discover the best types of protein to meet your health and fitness goals.
In 99.9% of weight loss cases, it’s as simple as consuming fewer calories than you expend. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, too many of us despite our best efforts struggle to lose weight. If this sounds like you, you may well be committing one or more of these 5 common weight loss mistakes.
When trying to get fit, it’s essential to find something that you can genuinely enjoy and won’t consider a chore. Check out these 3 cool alternative ways to get fit and you'll never have to worry about stepping foot in a gym ever again.
Motivation is most important when beginning any sort of exercise program. It will allow you to ease into the rhythm of your new routine and your desire to train will be greater, yielding more impressive results.
If you truly want to power up your body's fat burning engine, you're going to have to step it up a notch. Incorporate these top 7 fat burning exercises into your workouts for a Leaner and more athletic physique.
After weeks of overindulging in all that the festive season has to offer, the year has come to an abrupt end and all that's left to remind you of the good times is a wobble around you waistline / spare tyre wrapped firmly around your waistline.
Every year, thousands of us, vow to make the new year our healthiest and fittest ever. Yet a colossal 73% of us throw in the sweaty towel before the month of January comes to a close.
With Christmas fast approaching, boundless year-end social events, hangovers, mince pies and mulled wine are soon to become an almost daily occurrence. With so many temptations on your plate, there is without a doubt an overwhelming inclination to throw all your healthy eating habits and fitness routine out the window until the new year. Thankfully, with our top tips, you don't have to! You can still have fun whilst maintaining your health and fitness intact over the festive season.
If the input is larger than the output, then more gets retained than depleted, and vice versa. Even though our bodies are not as simple as a basic math problem, because nutrition has several variables, we can use this principle to define human metabolism.
Each of the nutritional variables has its own place in this process. Some of them are more important than others and you need to adjust them accordingly if you wish to get the best possible results.
Whether your goal be to carve out Brad Pitt's six-pack of steel in fight club or to build an Arnold Schwarzenegger like physique, you're going to have to include some weight training into your exercise routine.
New to weight training? Fear not! In this article we'll provide you with everything you need along with a sample workout plan to help get you started.
You've decided to take the plunge into exercising but aren't quite sure where to start, what to do or what to expect. Fear not, we've got you covered. In this article we'll look at some of the most important aspects when engaging in exercise for the 1st, 2nd or even 3rd time.
There is nothing worse than committing to a diet, making the sacrifice and seeing zero return on your investment.
A successful diet is a sometimes complicated case of working out your own mathematical equation. Your current weight and desired amount of weight loss should be considered before embarking on any diet.
When we exercise is very rarely something people consider when beginning any sort of exercise program. People exercise when it is convenient for them and rightly so. However, if you're serious about sustainability and optimised results, it could be worth taking a look at not only how you workout, but also when.
You're eating well, training hard and giving your body sufficient rest, yet you're stuck in a rut. What gives!?
Unfortunately weight training plateaus happen to us all. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, you will no doubt have or will experience at least a few weight training plateaus along the way. Loss in strength, failure to hit rep counts, irritability, lethargy, frustration, lack of motivation and little to no progress are all tell tale signs that you've hit a training plateau.
Urban running has never been for the faint-hearted. Its an activity that involves the cat-like reflexes of a puma, the lungs of a Kenyan and the legs of any sort of mammal that has more than just two. Put those intimidating facts aside and you've got a beautiful sport, done anywhere, at anytime, with friends or alone and with nothing more than your worn-out nikes and a Spotify account.
Here's what you need to watch out for when taking to the streets of any major city to pound some pavement:
They say that every new beginning in life is tough – but even if you set your custom-devised workout program off on the right foot, it still doesn’t mean that peak fitness results are guaranteed. To safeguard your training agenda against stagnation or downright nosedives, you should keep your diet, workout, and recovery optimized for sustainable progress.
But how exactly do you tweak your lifestyle for long-term success and maximum performance during every workout session? Brace yourself: the road to training consistency isn’t paved with roses, but you can avoid thorns by adjusting your daily routine based on the guidelines listed below.
After months of pool parties, long and fun filled beach days and procrastinating on your exercise routine, summer is finally over and it's time to turn your focus towards getting fit. Here are 5 benefits of getting into a fall fitness routine:
You've been eating clean, training hard and until recently were on course to reach your final weight loss goals, only to have it all come to a frustrating standstill, sound familiar!?
Unfortunately the last few pounds are always the most stubborn. The good news is, you are leaner than you were before (well done you). The bad news is, your new and improved body now requires fewer calories to get you through the day. For every pound lost, your body requires roughly 20 fewer calories per day (bummer).
Ever wondered how and what olympians eat in order to reach their peak physical performance? With so much pressure riding on each and every athlete taking part at this years Rio olympic games, fuelling their bodies with the right nutrition is essential and could be the difference between simply turning up and winning the gold.
If you think gym Hulks are all bulk and little brainpower, you’d better think again. Muscle mass increase is one of the main reason why people sign up for the gym, but it’s not the only gain you’ll be scooping by embarking on a strength training journey. Resistance workouts work like a charm for long-term physical, mental, and emotional health – and here are the top five benefits strength workouts will bring you along with a sexy six-pack and Apollo-esque physique.
Don't fancy slogging it out companionless in the gym but aren't quite sure what to look for in a workout buddy? Before you hop into the hot seat with just anyone. Consider the following aspects to help find that perfect training partner.
From Crossfit to 7 minutes workouts. There seems to be an endless array of new ways to get fit - from the truly fantastic to utterly ridiculous. Ebylife takes a quick look at what's hot and what's not in 2016.
The BMI (Body mass index) is currently used around the world to determine whether an adult is of a healthy weight for their height. It can however, be deceiving. A 5ft 10inch man that weights 80kg would be considered overweight and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the prime of his life (Not now) considered obese according to the body mass index.
Unfortunately for many, it's an area in which so many men struggle to fully develop. What is so important when working your chest or any muscle for that matter is that you keep strict form and concentrate on the full contraction of the muscle. It's so easy to let your triceps and shoulders take the brunt of the work. If you're struggle to concentrate, try closing your eyes when performing the exercises.
Love it or hate it, the gym is a fitness institution that shouldn't be ignored. Boasting some rather large personalities and pecks, it can be a little intimidating at times. Whether you’re a first-timer ready to take the plunge or a seasoned professional in need of a recap, this article will keep you in good stead when frequenting the gym.
After months of your body stretching, growing, and shifting to make room for that sweet little bundle of joy in your tummy, the big day has come! You have finally welcomed that precious baby into the world. You’re excited to get back home and start life with your growing family, and anxious to get your pre-pregnancy body back. As a fitness professional and a mother of two little ones, I’ve been there. I know how overwhelmed and exhausted you probably are. I also know how real and heavy mommy guilt can be. I promise you the chores can wait.
Sugar it seems, is absolutely everywhere. From high fructose corn syrup beverages to sugar laden cereals to seemingly healthy low fat products. In the US - sugar consumption has skyrocketed 1500% over the last 150 years. The United states national average consumption of sugar last year was a whopping 45 kilos per person (almost 4 kilos per month). Let’s do the math. 16 Calories per tablespoon of sugar works out at 170, 280 calories per year, 14,189 calories per month (The equivalent of 70 pints of beer) 472 calories per day. This means a whopping ¼ of the US’s calorie consumption comes in the form of sugar.
Dr Aubrey De Grey, a leading scientist claims that the first person to live to 150 years old has already been born and that the first person to live to 1,000 will be born in the next two decades. He says that by regular “maintenance”, gene therapies, stem cell therapies, immune stimulation and a range of other advanced medical techniques along with the small matter of curing all known diseases and we’re heading into a new era of lives spanning into the hundreds and possibly even thousands of years. I hate to be a pessimist Dr Aubery, but I think you’re bananas and a little bit nuts!
I recently returned from a month-long trip to Spain. Whilst there i spent a good portion of my time trawling around the gyms and chatting with the locals about current health and fitness trends. The one that seemed most popular and that frequented most in conversation was “the super slow rep”.
The first thing to acknowledge about losing weight is that it's no easy task. It takes time, determination and consistency. Unfortunately there are no magic tricks to transform you into Beyonce or David Beckham over night. Forget the lose 21 pounds in 21 day or the build a six-pack in a week crap! Don't buy into the hype. If you do, it'll only chomp into your motivation when you don't get the results you expect.
Abs - I think it's fair to say that we can all agree that there is nothing that screams fit and sexy more than a finely sculpted midsection! Unfortunately for most, a 3am alcohol absorbing kebab addiction will keep them out of the public eye for the remainder of your lifetime.
You arrive at the gym excited and determined at the prospect of transforming your exercise deprived body back into the form of its life. You hop on the stationary bicycle, spend 10 minutes spinning the peddles, hop off, look around and think, now what?
I'm sure you've heard the expression “You are what you eat” but did you know that when you eat can be equally important.
Post-workout nutrition is a hot topic and rightly so. Your post-workout feed is fundamental when trying to ascertain the best possible results from you workouts. What you chose to eat should reflect the intensity and type of workout that you do along with your fitness goals.
Consider this. Your body is a Lamborghini. You have a 500km drive ahead of you. You try making the journey on an empty tank. Will you make it the full distance? NO is the answer and your body is no different. Deprive it of what it needs and it can't perform properly.
Carb cycling diets are based around rotating between high carb, moderate carb and low/no carb days. The idea is that eating healthy carbs on specific days keeps your metabolism revved up, and sticking to mostly protein, vegetables and fat on low/no carb days will keep insulin levels low enough to allow you to burn fat whilst maintaining muscle mass.
For Argentinians, Asados are more than a meal, they're a ceremony. Men huddled around the fire sipping on fine wine, giving their 10 cents on how it should be done. The women making the side dishes. More often than not it's a 2 gusto salad, 3 if you're lucky. If you're honored enough to be invited into the home of an Argentine. Take this advice: you are a guest, take wine, eat whatever is given to you, empty your plate, enjoy the experience and say thank you!
Drop sets are essentially a technique where you perform an exercise to failure or near failure, then drop (reduce) the weight and continue for more reps until you reach failure, drop the weight again and repeat.
Carbohydrates are energy! They are the sugars, starches and fibres found in fruit, grains, vegetables and milk products. They are one of three micronutrients (Carbs, Protein and fat) and are essential for proper body function. Your body uses carbohydrates to make glucose aka energy which is what allows us move, think and function. Your body can use glucose immediately or store it in your liver and muscles for when it is needed.
There are always new products hitting the shelves claiming to be the new holy grail of and wellbeing and longevity. Many of which fizzle out before their expiry dates. Coconut water however is here to stay!
As we all know, losing weight is never easy and whether you're goal is to lose 5 lbs or 100, we could all use a helping hand from time to time. Make the task of losing weight a little easier by incorporating the following foods into your diet.
Are you working your ass off in the gym and not getting the results you deserve? Knowing your body type will help you better tailor your diet and exercise plan and set realistic, attainable goals that pave the way to better results.
There's been a massive amount of hype recently over the fat burning and health benefits of HIIT training, and rightly so. It's been proven that just 4-6 30 second sprints is the equivalent to some 40 minutes of steady cardio at 60-70% of your max heart rate. Not only do you burn a similar amount of calories in half the time. HIIT promotes what's called “the afterburn effect” which causes the metabolism to remain elevated for hours and in some cases even days after you finish working out.
Identifying you body type is critical when choosing your workout regime. You may want to have Rihanna's Booty, but you may be setting yourself an unrealistic goal. It's best and very important to choose a workout regime that works for you and that will compliment your best features.
The sit-up – Although it may not be the most enjoyable of exercises, sit-ups hit your abs hard, helping you build a strong and toned abdomen. They involve a great range of movement and a lifting motion. This forces you to work not only you abdominal muscles, but also your connecting stabiliser muscles, such as your hip flexors leg and chest muscles.
I really can't emphasise this enough. If you're anyway at all serious about getting into shape, DON'T neglect squats. If you have just one fitness goal, make it to learn how to squat properly. The immense health benefits of squatting are undeniable.
It's truly amazing the amount of people that are only concerned with improving the asthetic appearance of their "mirror muscles". Abs, chest and arms tend to trump all other body parts when putting together a workout regime. Why work the muscles you can't see right? WRONG!
After a recent claim from the World Health Organisation that Beef causes cancer, one Argentine responded with this - "I'd rather die than give up meat". This response was not at all a surprising one given that it's the centre-piece of any lunch and dinner plate in every town, city and province in Argentina.