New Year What? A Different Reality on Being a Healthier You

Instagram makes it seem like everyone is smashing through their workouts and joyfully gulping down their protein and detox shakes, as if they have magically erased all memory of the delicious smell of pizza and the rich taste of burgers… But the reality is often different (for me, and I hope for many others). OneContinue reading “New Year What? A Different Reality on Being a Healthier You”

Why Sticking to a Diet is Hard These Days

First of all, I hate the word diet. It is terribly close to the word “die” and exudes connotations of great struggle and suffering. Oh, and I love food. The poor word has been so badly abused by the media and health & food industry that it has now become our second nature to associateContinue reading “Why Sticking to a Diet is Hard These Days”

The Next Chapter of My Fitness Journey

Now that I’m done with bodybuilding competitions… What’s next? Well as discussed in one of my earlier posts, fitness is made up of several components: Body composition  Cardiovascular endurance Muscular strength Muscular endurance Flexibility I have learned a lot about one of them – body composition. Now it’s time to explore some of the other aspectsContinue reading “The Next Chapter of My Fitness Journey”

The Pros & Cons of Competing in Bodybuilding

Competing in bodybuilding, whichever category it is, has it’s positives and negatives. Of course the further up the ranks you go, the harder it gets but the rewards get bigger too! For those of you not familiar with the world of bodybuilding, here’s an example of the categories you usually find in competitions (yes it’sContinue reading “The Pros & Cons of Competing in Bodybuilding”

What to Pack When Travelling to a Competition

It’s time! I’m flying tomorrow, but had already started packing my bags last weekend 🙂 Further to my last post on 3 things to think about when travelling to a competition, here is a list of important bits you’ll need to take with you for your next comp 😉 1. Important documents 2. The travel outfitContinue reading “What to Pack When Travelling to a Competition”

3 Things to Think About When Going Abroad to Compete

Travelling to a competition can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time or you’re going alone. The days before the comp you will be tired, hungry and nervous, so it’s important to make sure you have as much comfort as you can afford! Here are three very important things to think aboutContinue reading “3 Things to Think About When Going Abroad to Compete”

Beginners’ guide part 5: What about food? How to start a gym-friendly diet

By Kim Barnard Starting a gym friendly diet doesn’t need to be daunting – you just need to understand the basics and be prepared to do some food preparation. Firstly, you need to get back to eating real food: in other words the stuff that grew out of the earth or on a tree, swamContinue reading “Beginners’ guide part 5: What about food? How to start a gym-friendly diet”

My Weekly Update – 1 week out!

Almost there! This time next week I will already be in Barcelona watching the other categories compete on stage. We are entering the last 7 days before the week, peak week as it is called, there is no turning back? What will the next few days hold in store for me? That even I don’tContinue reading “My Weekly Update – 1 week out!”

Forget Crunches, This is How You Get a Thinner Waist

By Adrianna McDonald A small, thin waistline is every girl’s dream. We are all born with different genetics and some are blessed more than others. What most women don’t realize is that traditional crunches and common abdominal exercises can widen your waist instead of slimming it. But there is a way to get a strongerContinue reading “Forget Crunches, This is How You Get a Thinner Waist”

Workout of the Week: Legs

Ah, the joy of training legs! Big muscles, big effort, big pain – yet big satisfaction! No other workout makes me feel better then getting through a leg session. Superset: Single leg lying hamstring curl – 4 sets x12 reps each leg; temp: 3secs down, 1sec pause, explode up, 2secs pause (squeeze); rest 10 secsContinue reading “Workout of the Week: Legs”