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Being Physically Resilient Makes Life Better

Being Physically Resilient Makes Life Better

Now here’s a word I love in every possible way. And probably more than any sensible person should love a specific set of alphabets aligned in a meaningful way. Despite the risk of sounding like a hardcore weirdo, here goes. I love the way it looks on a piece of paper (or on the screen), the way it resonates in my ears, the way it feels in my mouth when I say it out loud. Or even better, when I…

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Getting Stronger is Hard Work

Getting Stronger is Hard Work

The late afternoon sun hugs the field. The two tired brothers have worked since the early hours of the morning. Now they’re getting the last of the day’s harvest done. Bob, the younger of the brothers, is inherently lazy. Trying to get the harvest done with him is like dealing with a toddler insisting on using a hammer to eat a kiwifruit. A patience testing endeavour. Ron, the older of the two, with his sleeves rolled up, is throwing bales…

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Using The COVID-19 Restrictions to Overcome Fat Loss Plateau [A Client Case Study]

Using The COVID-19 Restrictions to Overcome Fat Loss Plateau [A Client Case Study]

This is about how my client Niss was able to turn the negative COVID restrictions into a learning opportunity and break through her weight loss plateau. And as the weight came down, so did her back pain. When the shroud of COVID restrictions came down in the late March, they bulldozed Niss’ training routine overnight. Her goals to build strength for running, keep back pain at bay, and drop 10kg got an unwelcome flavor of difficulty.  Pour in a cup…

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Why And How to Maintain Cardio Fitness During Rehab

Why And How to Maintain Cardio Fitness During Rehab

The best predictor of an injury is a previous injury. This validates a thorough rehab before getting the green light to return to your sport. Yet this green light is often one-dimensional and rarely covers the assessment of our cardio fitness.  Returning to sport with low levels of cardio fitness elevates the risk of re-injury. Are the heart and lungs and everything that comes with it ready for the return? Low cardio fitness means you’ll get tired quicker. And the…

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Setting Up a Home Gym

Setting Up a Home Gym

You don’t need much for the home gym to cover your training needs. When we acknowledge and agree on the reasons for training at home in the first place, convenience and results, most of the home equipment requirements dwindle down to few essentials. As long as we treat training as work, a practice of getting better for life, and not a source of excitement in itself, we can make the convenience and results collide efficiently. The non-negotiables for a functional…

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How To Warm Up And Be Less Like Britney

How To Warm Up And Be Less Like Britney

Yes, warming up can seem like an annoyance at times. Especially when you’re in a hurry and just want to get into it. But skipping the warm up, or worse, doing it like a sloth means leaving some of the potential results hanging uncollected on the hooks of missed opportunities. The purpose of a warm up Get more out of the workout Cold muscles don’t contract as well as warm ones do. By warming up you increase the blood flow…

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“Always Do This. Never Do That.”

“Always Do This. Never Do That.”

The internet has made all of us experts on everything. Be it coronavirus, gluten (“bread makers are puppets of the big pharma!”) or the geopolitical situation of the South China Sea. I know how how to manage my own money. I’ve even read a book or two on personal finance. I know how to spell Warren Buffett. But that doesn’t make me a financial adviser. Just because we have the access to information layered with our own personal experiences doesn’t…

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Maybe The Flexibility Exercises Are Not Working Because…Stress

Maybe The Flexibility Exercises Are Not Working Because…Stress

Ever feel like no matter how much flexibility or mobility work you do you’re just not getting any “looser”. The tension and pain in the body restricts you from doing certain things. Like, when walking around town you feel like a cowboy who just shat their pants and now tries to act cool like it didn’t happen. Well, it did happen. And it doesn’t look cool. Maybe it’s not the flexibility exercises that are wrong, or that you’re not doing…

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Walk Away To Come Back Stronger Another Day

Walk Away To Come Back Stronger Another Day

Strength, power and cardiovascular fitness forms the foundation for longevity. And these qualities have to be constantly nurtured to stop them from crumbling. They need the integrity that comes from frequent practice. Yet there is a point of diminishing returns. A point of too much. Be it chasing some random ego-driven numbers with weights, running ourselves to the ground on the trails, or pushing that one extra set or rep when it clearly doesn’t matter. Strength, power and cardiovascular fitness…

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The Restorative Power of Nature

The Restorative Power of Nature

Worry not, I am not turning into a naturopathic charlatan recommending people to snort a combination of celery powder and dragon tears thought a cinnamon stick to cure a nasty case of donkey breath. But we can agree (as does science) that getting outside does something wonderful to us. Like with all the living things, being a human is better with a daily dose of outdoors. Staying focused on the drops of rain hitting our face as we navigate through…

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