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Fitness SA May - June 2015

Fitness magazine covers all aspects of the female health and fitness lifestyle, with dedicated training sections that delve into everything related to gym based-training and various sporting codes. This includes health and fitness product news, trends and techniques, as well as expert nutritional and supplementation information from the industry’s top experts – all delivered in a well designed, attractive looking layout that entices readers to carry on feeding their hunger for information.

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find the fun in fitness

My knees were buckling under the squat rack the other morning as I tried to muster up all the strength I had left in my legs. It was a face-off with gravity and I was losing the battle. Against all odds (my odds weighed 60kg) I made it. However, several hours later any sudden movement that activated my glutes felt like an instant playback of my near failure. Leg day isn’t normally this dramatic. However, I decided to try something new that day; working in a bit of ‘fun with fitness’ on the advice of Jen Jewell, our March/April issue cover girl, who recently hosted a few workshops in South Africa. Lateral shuffles is the name of the game and believe me, they work – set the treadmill incline to the highest level…

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health news

More than muscle! Kettlebell training seems to offer more than just a means to develop strength – it also has an aerobic benefit. A recent study conducted at an NCAA Division I college in the USA found that female soccer players who trained with kettlebells for one month significantly increased their aerobic capacity. AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY, AS THE OLD SAYING GOES. This adage has endured for a number of reasons, including the high fibre content of apples – leave the peel on as it adds an extra dose – as well as the phytonutrients, the flavonoid quercetin, a powerful antioxidant, and the boron and vitamin C they contain. 1 CUP of rice contains 204 calories. of almond milk contains 40 calories: 3.58g of fat and 1,51g of protein. of egg whites contains…

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our top fitness reads this month

1 THE ROLL MODEL: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO ERASE PAIN, IMPROVE MOBILITY,AND LIVE BETTER IN YOUR BODY By Jill Miller Pain is an epidemic . It prevents you from performing at your best because it robs you of concentration, power and peace of mind. But most pain is preventable and treatable, and healing is within your grasp. Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe have taken life ‘by the balls’ and circumvented a dismal future of painkillers, surgeries, and hopelessness by using Jill Miller’s groundbreaking Roll Model Method. The Roll Model gives you the tools to change the course of your life in less than five minutes a day. You are a fully equipped self-healing organism, and this book will guide you through easy-to-perform self-massage techniques that will erase pain and…

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events & stuff

HOTPOD YOGA DESCRIBED AS THE FUTURE OF YOGA STUDIOS, HOTPOD YOGA IS THE LATEST CONCEPT TO HIT THE LOCAL HEALTH AND FITNESS INDUSTRY. Hotpod Yoga is a yoga concept that was born in the United Kingdom, providing hot Vinyasa Yoga classes in unique inflatable, heated studios – an intensive and balanced physical workout, restoring calm and clarity to the mind in soothing, cocoon-like pods. The regulated 37°c temperature warms the muscles and aids flexibility, and also makes the heart work harder. Thousands of years of yoga tradition are pared down to some critical, logical and powerful elements, creating highly accessible, high-impact yoga for all ability levels – and popping up in places you might not expect. Visit www.hotpodyoga.co.zafor more info. NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 3 The Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 pairs plush Lunarlon cushioning…

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crossfit gear and accessories

WEIGHTLIFTING BELT: Weightlifting belts come in various materials – generally leather or Velcro – designs, shapes and sizes, and are fit for purpose as either powerlifting, bodybuilding or Olympic lifting belts. Why: They may help to prevent injury to the lower back during heavy lifts, and can increase performance by exerting greater internal intra-muscular pressure on the erector spinae muscles. By increasing the pressure in your abdomen you can better stabilise your core, which protects your lower back and spine, and boosts performance. An athlete may also derive a psychological boost from a belt, as it makes them feel more secure and safe performing big lifts. However, belts might inhibit motor learning in abdominal muscles if used too soon, and your lower back might also weaken with prolonged use. At CrossFit PBM…

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training notebook

THE MOVE: PLYOMETRIC SINGLE LEG SPLIT SQUAT STARTING POSITION: Stand upright, with your hands by your sides, and a flat bench behind you. Extend one leg back and place your foot on the top of the bench. THE MOVEMENT: Squat down by flexing the knee and hip of your front leg. Drop down until the knee of the leg that is positioned on the bench almost makes contact with the floor. Extend the hip and knee of your front leg forcefully to return to the starting position. As you approach the fully extended position, drive up through your planted heel to lift your front foot off the floor. Land softly, regain your balance and move immediately into another rep. Repeat for the required reps on one side before continuing with the opposite leg. Tip: Keep your…