Optimising your training around your menstrual cycle

As a female who regularly trains, have you ever considered how your time of the month affects your performance in the gym? If you haven’t, then I hope this blog elucidates the complexity and power of your body, and you walk away becoming more aware of how it operates on a monthly basis, and more importantly, how to use this to your advantage in the gym.

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About to quit? Here’s how to talk your way out of it

Everyone faces adversity. Some may be harder than others, but adversity is necessary if we want to grow. Without the stimulus, there is no adaptation. Much like a diamond is just a rock that has been under pressure for 1000s of years, we too can come out the other side in a much better position if we learn how to cope with the short term discomfort. Most things that we face in life are less about what actually happens and more about how we react to what happens. If we can learn to control our emotions about the circumstance, rather than trying to control the circumstance itself, we will be able to move through adversity a lot more efficiently.

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Why is load management so important to stay injury-free?

Did you know, there is no such thing as good and bad exercise? There aren’t exercises that are dangerous and there aren’t exercises that are safe. There are just exercises. The factor that determines whether it is safe or not, comes down to your current capacity and your ability to manage load.

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Want to get better results? Then do the following.

February is almost gone. You probably started 2021 with a list of personal goals for this year. You felt motivated, ready to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to get where you want to be. You were fired the f*** up when you wrote them, (if you actually did). You began your journey, your first pull-up, first handstand push up, first muscle up, first kilo of many off the scales. You started, guns blazing after every session doing those extras a coach told you to do. A few weeks go by, and you are smashing the extras but haven’t gotten the result you were hoping for. The motivation is dimming, you start to slack off on those extras, you feel as though the finish line is a tad out of reach now. If you feel this way you’re not alone. Studies show that only less than 30% of people work through their goals and accomplish them.

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How to prevent injury

During training, we all want results RIGHT NOW, which is why we often push too hard past our capacity and tolerance. Injuries most commonly occur to muscles that are neglected due to altered movement patterns, which decreases their capacity, but are then forced to exceed their tolerance in a single bout (or repetitive overuse).

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