Weather got you feeling SAD? Try These 4 Mood Boosters

Posted by Dejan Stojadinovic on Nov 14, 2018 3:50:40 AM

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a combination of biological and mood disturbances typically occurring in the autumn and winter months. SAD is characterized by recurrent episodes of depression, hypersomnia, carbohydrate cravings and weight gain.

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Topics: depression, exercise, SAD, season, Seasonal Affective Disorder, sunlight, vitamin d, Advice, autum, Seasons, Winter

How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

Posted by Dejan Stojadinovic on Nov 14, 2018 3:10:47 AM

There are many myths and misconceptions regarding optimum protein intake and the effects of protein on body composition, performance, recovery and metabolism. 

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Topics: casein, exercise, protein, soy, whey, BCAA, muscle gain, muscle recovery, Advice, whey protein

Speed, Agility & Quickness: An Insider's Guide to SAQ Training

Posted by Dejan Stojadinovic on Nov 7, 2018 6:05:16 AM

Speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training is too often associated with sports and other physically demanding activities. Upon closer observation, we realize we have missed the everyday events and activities that can greatly benefit from SAQ training. You never know when you’re going to run after your kids, play a pick up game of basketball, or cut through the trees during your next ski trip. This method of training can help with the previously mentioned scenarios, but will also enhance workouts for anyone who is involved in recreational sports, exercises on a regular basis, or simply enjoys activities such as walking a dog or playing with their child.

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Topics: cone drills, exercise, quickness, SAQ, speed, speed ladder drills, workout, agility, performance, Advice, performance training

MASTERING THE BENCH PRESS WITH NASM-CPT MIKE FANTIGRASSI

Posted by Dejan Stojadinovic on Oct 16, 2018 9:38:20 AM

The bench press is among the most popular gym exercises, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple. “If you’re not using correct form, you can put a lot of stress on the shoulder joints,” warns Mike Fantigrassi, NASM-CPT and Master Instructor. “The shoulder has the most mobility of all joints,” he adds, “which makes it less stable” and more vulnerable to injury. Try Fantigrassi’s tips to make the most of your bench press exercises:

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Topics: chest, exercise, Sports Performance, strength, workout, bench press, OPT model, Personal Trainer Tips/Advice

DONATING BLOOD AND EXERCISE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Posted by Dejan Stojadinovic on Sep 19, 2018 2:39:38 AM

Do you ever give blood? According to the Red Cross, we need over 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients in need across England which is why there’s always a need for people to give blood.

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Topics: blood, exercise, performance, Advice, donating

HOW TO DESIGN A WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMME LIKE A PRO

Posted by Dejan Stojadinovic on Jun 11, 2018 8:26:12 AM

A quick Google search for the topic of program design for weight loss provides well over 2 million results. Needless to say, there is a lot of information, and sometimes misinformation, on the “best” ways to lose weight.

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Topics: cardio, exercise, reps, weight loss, personal training, Advice

BOOSTING BRAIN FITNESS – UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN-EXERCISE CONNECTION

Posted by Dejan Stojadinovic on Apr 18, 2018 6:28:59 AM

Neuroplasticity was a relatively unknown term until the 1970s when scientists began accepting the notion that our brain is a not a physiologically static organ, becoming fixed shortly after birth with approximately 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) (1, 2). Over the past 15 to 20 years, this field of study has expanded dramatically given the discovery of various compounds capable of changing both brain structure and function throughout life and how each is positively impacted by exercise, physical activity and even mental exercises (3, 4).

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Topics: brain, brain exercises, exercise, exercise mental, mental decline exercise, brainfood, Advice, brainfitness, mental exercises, neuroplasticity