The I CAN diet: Four easy actionable steps to kick start your weight loss journey

It’s Monday morning and the diet starts again. No more chocolate, no more crisps, no more carbs etc etc. The problem is that the more you think about the things you can’t have the more you want them and when the weekend rolls round you eat back any progress you might have made in the week. If I told you to not think about a pink elephant then all you would be able to think about is a pink elephant. The same goes when you are trying to diet. First of all we need to understand the fundamentals of weight loss.

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Cardio or Weights for Fat Loss?

We have all been there. When we want to lose a few pounds our first reaction is to jump on the treadmill or to join an aerobics class at the gym. Fat loss, however, is only half the story. “Body composition” refers not only to losing fat but also gaining muscle or as girls like to call it “toning up”. Us girls obsess about “losing weight” without giving any important to retaining muscle but muscle is important to look toned and to avoid the “skinny fat” look.

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Abs Roll Out

I never thought I would be able to do a roll out. When I started the gym I could barley hold a plank without looking like a 🍌😄. I normally like to do these with an ab wheel but there where none available so I did them with a barbell. It’s harder like this because there is more resistance

 

Mobility for Squats & good form

Last night I practiced heavy squats for lower reps for the first time in a long time. It’s taken me a really long time to get my form to an acceptable level. I have very bad dorsiflexsion (ankle mobility). I have to squat with lifting shoes on as they have a small heel which helps bring my knees forward when I squat. If you are having problems with your form then check out Squats University. It’s really hard sometimes to know what exactly is causing you issues but at squats university they break it down really well.