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Friends & Family Workout Challenge

KEEN ON SOME FUN FOR A GOOD PURPOSE!? The Friends & Family Workout Challenge will be running for a total of 7 weeks from October - December 2017. Lots of fun activities are sure to keep the heart pumping and the calories burning as you learn different ways to stay fit. The challenge will take place at the Fit4u Studio in Piketberg and Sports Scientist, J.J.Benn will run each session. Workout format : 5/100 5  x Exercises and 100 reps per family. Workout Weekends: The challenge will take place each ... Read more

Table View Sports Massage

We have an outstanding team of qualified sports massage consultants in Cape Town. Book your sports massage at the Fit4u studio (Table View). Contact 021 556 05 24 (week ) or 082 854 9862 (weekends). Sports massage is an effective and beneficial form of physical therapy, not only for active people, or those requiring therapy after a soft tissue injury, but also for those people seeking relief from muscle tension or requiring massage for the maintenance of healthy muscles. Sports massage involves the skill of manipulating ... Read more

How to breathe efficiently while running

By adopting a more efficient breathing pattern you can: 1) prevent injury, and 2) increase your oxygen capacity which decreases your times. How Can Proper Breathing Prevent Injury? If you are one of those runners who always finds themselves injured—especially on the same side of the body— it could be because of your breathing pattern. The impact on your body is two to three times your body weight while running. When you inhale you cause your diaphragm to contract (your diaphragm is a muscle ... Read more

Pilates or Yoga, which practise is best for you?

The differences Origin Pilates originated in Germany during the Second World War. Joseph Pilates created a form of strengthening exercises to rehabilitate bedridden soldiers. The origins of Yoga have been speculated to date back to around the sixth and fifth century BC in ancient India. Yoga gurus later introduced to practice to the west and in the 1980’s yoga became a popular form of exercise across the Western world. The Class Pilates is more structured and likely to be very similar at any studio. Yoga ... Read more

Summer bodies are made in winter

3 Tips to shape your body to prevent winter kilos from getting the better part of you 1. Start today As human beings we are really good at making excuses, even more so where exercise is concerned. Most of the times our excuses are so good that we even convince ourselves. But let’s face it, invariably they’re all lies. So, don’t wait for the beginning of next month. Don’t even wait for Monday. Get off the couch and ditch the fast food today. ... Read more

Posture and Pillow choices

Most people don’t think too much about their choice of pillow unless they sleep badly or suffer from pain (usually neck or back pain), but the right pillow can make a big impact on your quality of sleep, your health and your well being. A pillow is designed to fill the gap between your head, neck and the mattress to maintain the spine in natural alignment and a good pillow should dynamically assume that shape during position changes as you sleep. If ... Read more

Training intensity for weight loss

Will I burn a greater percentage of fat if I exercise longer at a lower exercise intensity? This is the question a lot of clients are asking their personal trainers every day. People all over the world have been walking and walking for hours at low exercise intensities, because they believed that that is the way to train if you want to lose weight. So you’ve heard about the “fat burning zone”. In other words, if you want to lose weight, you need to exercise ... Read more

Diabetes and food choices

Diabetes is a disease that can be inheritable, but can also develop because of insulin resistance (common in obesity and pregnancy) or illness, like pancreatic cancer. Insulin is needed to take glucose into the cells where it is used as energy. Regardless of how diabetes is caused, the principal problem in diabetes stays the same, i.e. glucose does not get into the cells, because insulin is absent or the body is resistant to the insulin. People with diabetes should keep their blood glucose levels around ... Read more

Baby let’s move!

Exercise and Pregnancy Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel your best. It can also improve your posture and decrease some common discomforts like backaches and fatigue. If you were physically active before your pregnancy, you should be able to continue your activity in moderation. Don't try to exercise at your former level; instead, do what's most comfortable for you now. If you have never exercised regularly before, you can safely begin an exercise program during pregnancy after consulting with your health care ... Read more

Overtraining, to train or not to train

Highly motivated athletes can easily overtrain. Overtraining is a process of placing to much strain on your body and also demanding too much  over a period of time. If your training time is more than 5 hours a week and your training is becoming a borderline addiction even at the expense of possibly doing more harm than good, it would probably time to reassess your goals. The ideal position would be, if you have the assistance of an experienced personal trainer that would ... Read more
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