“What I really want to stress is: by all means, success, yes. But let's accept the strangeness of some of our ideas. Let's probe away at our notions of success. Let's make sure our ideas of success are truly our own.” – Alain de Botton At the beginning of my journey as a personal trainer, I started … Continue reading Have You Succeeded?
It's difficult to map out your progress unless you make comparisons, but my issue with it is that the common way to do that now with the Internet and social media is to compare where you are with where someone else is. To me this seems to be the most unproductive and often demotivating way … Continue reading How Do You Define Progress?
Some pieces of advice are heard so often in the gym that they get taken as set-in-stone rules to follow, but is this really the case? If it were any other area of your life where someone offered advice, you would (hopefully) consider a few things before following it – for example, whether it applies … Continue reading The Musts That You Mustn’t Do…
Use it or you lose it - not only does this apply to academic pursuits or athletic skills, but also to the posture tips you pick up at the gym. Alongside fat loss, fixing postural issues is a common reason that people keep up with an exercise regime. Unfortunately, one other all-too-common thing is seeing … Continue reading Postural Fixes Outside of the Gym
This is a continuation of my last post on hypermobility. By now it should make sense that hypermobile folk should pay attention to different things during a workout. Since your body won’t be giving you the same feedback as other people’s do, it pays to spend more time on being aware of what’s different. Here … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Hypermobility? Part II
Today's post will touch on something a little more personal. Hypermobility (or, preferably, hyperlaxity) is not something I talk too long to people about because the reaction (or maybe what I perceive as the reaction) to it is usually along the lines of ‘eh, that’s not really a problem – you’re lucky to be so flexible!’ with … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Hypermobility? Part I
I recently worked on a prenatal guidesheet with midwife and longtime Fitness Compass client Sofie Jacobs for our studio, and thought it would be good to share as I found a lot of the dos and don'ts interesting. It seems to me that Asian cultures in particular tend to treat pregnancy too carefully, ending up in women forgetting … Continue reading Pregnancy training and nutrition
Most of us don't like change. Permanence is what most of us aim for, whether because it is human nature to find stability or something encouraged by society. No, you might argue, change is common when it comes to fitness and health! Isn't that the goal of your popular 12 week transformations: change your eating … Continue reading Can You Stop Change?
Reposted from the Fitness Compass blog. We at Fitness Compass have always emphasized the importance of smart training, and part of that is knowing when you need to push yourself and when you need to modify your training to let your body have enough recovery time. One mistake that most gym-goers often make is assuming … Continue reading Are You Training Too Hard or Not Hard Enough?
Functional training: the term is thrown around so much that it’s become Functional Training with a capital ‘F’ along the lines of TRX or HIIT training. It’s become associated with gimmicky-looking exercises like overhead single-leg squats on a Bosu ball – the more complicated sounding things you can throw in, the better. But if that’s … Continue reading The F Word