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Client of the Month January 2018 – Steph

*** Client of the Month***   Congratulations to Steph who is the first ever Inner Strength Client of the month!   When we first started training Steph she said that she wasn’t “much of an exerciser” and she would never set foot in a gym so we began training at home.   Since we started Steph has completed the Couch to 5K program, lost over 20kg and as you can see from the picture she is more than comfortable in the gym!   I asked Steph a few questions about her training experience, check out what she had to say: […]

Tips for Combatting Gym Anxiety

I meet a lot of people who are scared of the gym, and I get it. Gyms are scary, risky places. Even as a personal trainer and powerlifter I still have moments of terror when I’m in an unfamiliar gym. Over the Christmas break we were staying with friends in Croydon and we went to do a training session in a gym there. Now when we walked into this gym I had one of those moments. It was full of big sweaty men, half naked women and a whole load of machines that I’ve not had a whole lot of […]

Regain your Power

One of the most important things I learnt last week is how to be comfortable with myself. I’ve always been the person that has to look good to everyone else, never say no, or disappoint anyone. Having someone dislike me or letting someone down was pretty much THE WORST thing that could happen to me. I mean, if I thought that someone didn’t agree with something that I’d done it would play on my mind for days, literally. I would replay conversations or even worse, play out conversations in my head that hadn’t even happened yet. If you’ve been there, […]

Oli loses incredible 21kg in 14 months – Inner Strength

 Hard Work and Consistent Effort Pays Off! Today, I want to recognise my online client Oli, who has been training hard since August 2016 after a couple of years break from the gym. Oil wanted a kick back in the right direction and had the intention of just trying out coaching for a month, but he has now been a client for 14 months! His initial goals were to try something different to his familiar body building style of training, to gain strength and to lose some fat. To say he has hit those goals is an understatement: In total […]

*Training for Mental Health* I want to feel better but I’m not motivated to exercise!

When we think of motivation, quite often we think of it as something that we must have already or something that we find by luck. You might wish that you had more motivation, that you could dig deep to find motivation, or even think that you’re just “not a motivated person”. Other people who go to the gym and train regularly must be really motivated and have something that you don’t, right? They must just be that type of person. Im just not a motivated person. Is wrong. Nobody is motivated to do something they think they won’t enjoy, regardless of […]

How depression can affect your brain

Depression is a debilitating illness which can affect everything we do. It’s not simply a feeling of sadness. Its symptoms can range from a feeling of hopelessness or despair to irritability and anger, and the inability to perform normal daily activities. Depression can range from milder mood disorders which last weeks or months, to major depressive disorders which can last years. Its causes are not fully known, though research has pointed to stressful life events, genetics, hormone imbalances particularly after pregnancy and during menopause, and biochemical reactions as potential triggers. Recent scientific research has found that inflammation in the brain, […]

4 exercises to boost your body and mind in 2017

If you’re feeling the need to make a change after the Christmas festivities, now’s the time to consider which forms of exercise are right for you. Which workouts to benefit the whole body would fit best into your daily and weekly routines?   Walking An excellent low-impact exercise which can be built into your every-day activities. Best of all, it’s free! It has numerous health benefits. It: Exercises the whole body including the heart. A Harvard study found that walking for 3mph for 30 minutes a day can cut the risk of heart disease in women by up to 40%. […]

How to have a cracking Christmas – without damaging your progress

  Christmas can be a time when we lose sight of our health goals. The truth is, though, there are some simple things we can all do to help us limit the damage the festive season can inflict on us:   Limit the number of mince pies you munch It’s all too easy to get carried away with Christmas treats. The average mince pie has 289 calories, though. So, eating more than a couple over the Christmas break racks up the number of extra calories you’re taking in.   Watch what you nibble at Christmas parties Many of the snacks […]

Can Exercise improve Anxiety, Stress or Depression? – Guest Blog

Can Exercise improve Anxiety, Stress or Depression? – Guest Blog from Fitness HQ In a nutshell, yes! Exercise or even physical activity as a whole can improve anxiety, reduce stress and help relieve some of the symptoms of depression. The benefits of physical activity and exercise on physical health have been well documented over recent years. Some of these benefits include a stronger cardiovascular system, better lung function, improved strength and flexibility and even an improved sex life. However, there is now more research and testimonials from people who used to suffer with one or more of the mental health […]

27 & Going Strong: A Self-doubting Woman’s Perspective Part 2

    It’s Monday. Mood: A little bit prickly. I haven’t touched a weight for a couple of days which is probably why I’m a bit cranky. Monday actually doesn’t generate the kind of loathing for me that it does for a lot of other people, but I do end up pretty caffeined up by the end of the day – “2 coffee Sabrina” is the best kind of Sabrina – after the 3rd coffee things go a bit downhill.  I really love my job but the long days are a killer and 5 am starts – 8:30pm finishes take some getting […]