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14th Feb 2017

Instant gain = long-term pain

The quicker you get results, the less likely they are to last

Weight loss is the obvious one, with set points (see next months blog), muscle wastage, dehydration, cellular changes (to store MORE fat) and lack of long-term behaviour change. But, we also see this with fitness and the popularity of HIIT classes promising instant results. These will most likely lead to injury as you will not have had to the chance to build a foundation of biomechanical alignment, posture and core support.

What do you want to do with your body in ten years time?

Is the first question we ask at Take Shape. We then build a programme backwards from this. Before you panic, yes, you get results in just a few weeks and, no, you don’t have to pay for ten years of training! Instead we change an instant fix mindset and teach you how to sustain your own personal health and fitness programme.

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20th Jan 2017

Ski Fitness

By Ollie Martin

First published on ‘Where to Ski & Snowboard’

Although general fitness can be helpful in preparing for a ski holiday, such as walking, running, cycling, if you actually want to get better, it is best to undertake a periodised conditioning programme, unique to your needs.

Periodised just means ‘stages’ but more on this later. A generic programme, or just skiing itself, does not change any postural problems, weaknesses or compensations that you have in your body, in fact it will just exacerbate them. A conditioning programme will identify the weak links in your chain of movements and strengthen them enabling better performance, quicker recovery and a reduced chance of injury.

Myth: The best way of getting fit for skiing is to ski – WRONG

The best way to get fit for any activity is firstly, to become a fitter, stronger, better aligned ‘human athlete’ and secondly, to tailor your training specifically for your activity/sport.

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