FLUID SURFER – THE SURF FITNESS BOOK

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This book is about helping you move as nature intended, to move more efficiently and to maximise not only your surf performance but also your physicality for anything and everything in life. In Fluid Surfer, you can learn techniques for keep each of these body areas nimble and ninja; Neck, Upper back, Shoulders, Upper Arms,Read more

PALEO FITNESS – AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE

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Power Lifters and Weight Lifters may tell you that jogging is a load of crud and Marathoners will say that heavy resistance training makes you bulky, less agile and gives you a heart attack. Pretty profound statements but that’s just the truth of the matter when there’s an emotional attachment. It seems engrained in people’sRead more

FAT LOSS. REDUCING YOUR DERRIÈRE AND LOVE HANDLES

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What’s a simple, easy, effective work-out for the biggest fat-loss effects? For years they used to recommend uber-long sessions of cardio. You’ll still see many women (and men) in the gym today slogging it out for hours on treadmills, bikes or cross-trainers with the intense desire to lose that stubborn weight that has hardly shiftedRead more

SHOULDER PROBLEMS IN SPORT AND EXERCISE – part two

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Lifting, throwing, punching, wrestling, pulling, surfing, paddling, swimming and pressing with gnarly shoulders is a common problem these days. There’s too many causes to list here, but to throw out a few examples we’ve got most people walking around with hunched upper backs, heads that droop forward, chests that slump, high hips, rotated hips andRead more

GETTING STRONG – NOT ALL STRENGTHS ARE EQUAL

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There is so much confusion regarding how to get strong. If you read fitness magazines, the health section of the paper, have ever watched The Biggest Loser or have ever entered a commercial gym, it’s no surprise if you find yourself standing in the middle of the room unable to make up your mind whatRead more

LAUGHTER MEDICINE

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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. Mark Twain, 1835 — 1910 Just start thinking about laughing and notice what happens…We’ve all heard of the benefits of laughter, yet it’s not just humour that lessens tension, but also just anticipating laughter. Research at the 2008 Annual Meeting or the AmericanRead more

LOWER BACK PAIN AND LOWER BACK STRENGTHENING

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Back pain is a massive problem today. There’s something absolutely retarded about sitting all day in front of computers, out to eat breakfast/morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea/dinner/after dinner snack, in the car, out to coffee, reading the paper, writing.. heck, I even notice that when I’m out I start looking around for a chair!  It doesn’t quiteRead more

TRAVELLING STRONG, FIT & LEAN

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Checklist –  comfortable, breathable clothing (shorts, tee) –  waterbottle –  imagination –  winner, healthy, clean, positive mindset I’ve just spent a week on the beautiful NZ North Island and initially came to the immature conclusion that my training would naturally drop to 50% or less, or I would just take the opportunity to have anRead more

SPRINTING OR JOGGING FOR FAT LOSS?

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  In most western societies, the overabundance of energy-rich (and nutrient-poor) foods, lack of physical activity and highly stressful lifestyles have created an environment conductive to overweight and obesity among both men and women of all ages. Taking the exercise aspect into account, emerging studies suggest the benefit of high intensity exercise training as aRead more

MMA CORE TRAINING

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There exists an argument between strength coaches as to whether the spine should be flexed to work the abdominals, such as with crunches, sit-ups and hanging-leg raises, with concerns that the spine has a finite number of flexion cycles and that too many flexion movements will lead to degeneration of the spine. Some fitness expertsRead more

STRONG GLUTES

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The glutes are fairly underrated pieces of your anatomy. Your glutes are your biggest and most powerful muscles (ideally), they protect your back, protect your hip joint and pelvis, improve your squat and deadlift, vertical jump, sprinting speed, ensure you don’t overload your hammies, and look damn good when they’re conditioned. It’s common to have glutesRead more

STRENGTH TRAINING WOMEN. PART THREE

Weight Loss, Tummy Fat and Core Function And finally the last post of the 3-part series – that part of the body from the top of the ribs to the pubic bone. An important muscle to restore and maintain function is the transversus abdominis (TVA). The TVA, through its connection to the thoracolumbar fascia, hasRead more

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