Your liver is the largest organ in your body weighing approximately 1.5kg and it performs around 200 vital functions in the body. It is important therefore to look after your liver if you want to maintain optimal health (not just in January when we have maybe overindulged?!) but actually throughout the year.
I don’t know about you but by the 1st of Jan my liver and kidneys are at a pretty low point and screaming out for some TLC. This gives us an excellent opportunity to reflect on how we might best support them in 2019!
When I started out in the fitness industry nearly 20 years ago I saw dramatic results with basic programs and simple dietary advice, the majority of clients seemed to respond very quickly to new habits and behaviours. Today the same advice simply doesn’t go far enough towards getting clients what they want. The big difference is stress.
When you first start out on a journey of transformation, new habits, self-critiquing thoughts and mindful life choices feel alien and laboured. I am not going to dress it up, it’s hard work and something that needs focus and dedication to keep front of mind.
For those new to us here at CoActive Health one of the most common questions we get is ‘where are your treadmills’ ? It’s a fair question seeing as the majority of gyms are saturated with cardiovascular equipment wheres we have a nice big open turfed space with a single assault bike and concept 2 rower in the corner. This is not an over sight on our part, as to be blunt most cardiovascular equipment is a waste of time and training on it often does more harm than good.
Strength is the mother of all fitness qualities so it is very important to build a good foundation of strength regardless of your fitness goals. This phase consists of 2 workouts done alternately. Ideally this program should be performed 4 x a week.
Strength is the mother of all fitness qualities so let’s take a look at phase 2. This phase consists of 2 workouts done alternately and ideally performed x4 a week.
With today’s growing diabetes rates becoming epidemic blood sugar management has become a major topic of interest. Imbalanced blood sugar levels are at the heart of many health issues from diabetes and obesity to heart disease. In this article, we are going to have a closer look at blood sugar management and how it affects your health.
Following on from structural balance we introduce phase one of strength training. This phase consists of 2 workouts done alternately. Ideally this program should be performed 4 x a week.
You’ve clean up your diet through cutting out pro inflammatory foods and basing your meals around single ingredient foods. With any luck, you should be experiencing better energy, digestion, sleep and performance in the gym. As discussed in part 1 of this series, a great deal of benefits can be gained from cleaning up our diet with a modified elimination diet.
I recently spent the weekend in the company of Wolfgang Unsöld, he is currently one of the most successful Personal Trainers and Strength Coaches in the world and is the founder of the Your Personal Strength Institute (YPSI) in Stuttgart, Germany.
As you should be well aware despite what the latest bestselling diet book is trying to tell you, there is no ‘magic one size fits all’ diet for everybody. This is the reason you get such wildly opposing nutritional views from die hard veganism to exclusive carnivores.
We are in the results business but we are also in the ‘people’ business. It’s important to have a life outside of the gym and this time of year for many it will involve social nights out and drinking. With this in mind we thought it a good idea to give our take on alcohol.
Christmas can be a tricky time of year for the goal orientated training population. On top of the ‘healthy’ stress of training comes inevitable social late nights out, alcohol and excess food. Although it is important to enjoy your life outside the gym there are a few points worth making to help better prepare you for the holiday season.
Typically in the past Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy was only used by the rich and famous, however it is now a common treatment broadly used by everyone worldwide. Whether you’re looking for an increased sense of wellbeing or an energy boost there is a cocktail of nourishing vitamins and minerals to suit all.
To achieve and maintain a healthy body weight the importance of controlling your blood sugars cannot be understated. Let’s look at what you can do…
We recently had the pleasure of hosting world renowned Functional Medicine Practitioner and body transformation expert Christian Maurice for his 3 day Level one seminar. Needless to say, it was a fascinating 3 days packed full of cutting edge information and practical advice on how best to transform your body.
Even though we are getting heavier and heavier as a western society, our calorie intake is actually getting less. In studies looking at hunter gatherer societies, in which no members of the tribes were overweight, they found that the average calorie consumption was 2800 per day. In our modern society we consume an average of 2000 calories per day. Yet we have significantly higher fat levels.
The concept of bioprint was developed by Charles Poliquin who was the first to make strong correlations with body fat measurements and corresponding blood hormone profiles.
Coach Wolfgang Unsöld is the founder and director of Your Personal Strength Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, a facility with some of the best equipment in Europe. In this article we share 3 lessons we learnt to improve your life from his 1 day hypertrophy, strength and fat loss seminar in southampton.
Ageing and getting older is a fact of life that we all must accept. However, the way in which we age and how healthy we stay can be manipulated. As science advances, we are learning more about the process of ageing and in doing so developing insights into how to stave off decline and stay youthful.
Here at CoActive we are a huge fan of chin ups, no other upper body exercise gives as much bang for your buck when it comes to building strength. A chin up with perfect technique is a full body movement requiring excellent core stability, great shoulder mobility and of course great elbow flexor and back strength.
Romanian deadlift targets the lower back, glutes and hamstrings. It is a great compound lift that builds strength in the posterior chain and has awesome carryover to the full deadlift. We are a big fan of using this lift here at CoActive to really groove the hip hinge which is fundamental to lifting in the gym.
We recently had the pleasure of hosting strength coach Tom Hibbert for a great seminar on ‘How to fix your clients squat’. Here at CoActive we’ve always been a big fan of squatting so any information on how we can improve our clients squat was always going to be of great interest to us. In this article we’ve outlined some of the key take home lessons that can help you to fix your squat too!
Modified Strongman training or MST consists of intense physical conditioning carried out in a group setting. Encompassing a huge variety of functional equipment, no other group exercise class comes close to matching the strength and anaerobic demands placed on its participants.
Semi private personal training entails one trainer looking after up to four members in a session. Members are given a bespoke programme to follow with the coach on hand to guide, motivate and record.
Last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting world renowned strength coach Andre Benoit for 3 days here at CoActive Health. The weekend was a great learning experience for all that attended and here are just a few of the gems of knowledge picked up by the CoActive team.