Strength training for the deep stabilizing muscles

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Written by:  Nathaniel Christoforou  (Exercise Science student, Deakin Unviersity) Everyone with an interest in strength training knows the importance of targeting the large muscle groups such as those in the legs, back and chest:  as these help build muscular strength.  Training these larger muscles is also visually appealing.  However, in many training circles it’s often the smaller, deeper muscles that are overlooked. There is a gap in the understanding of these smaller muscles and the vital…

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Spinal Flexion during strength training: Is It dangerous?

Written by;  Nick Angus (Exercise Science Student-  Deakin University) Many exercise physiologists, personal trainers and strength and conditioning  coaches teach the importance of maintaining a neutral spine throughout strength training exercise. Numerous studies have pointed to this being pivotal in preventing chronic back injuries that can arise holding spinal flexion under loads. However, there is opposing evidence suggesting this debate isn’t so black and white.  Indeed, many researchers argue spinal flexion during strength training may be of…

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Exercise Right Week 2018

Exercise Right

This week from 21st to 25th May is national Exercise Right Week 2018 promoting the importance of people in Australia undertaking physical activity and exercise programs designed appropriately to their own individual needs. Whether you undertake an exercise program with the goal to lose weight, increase fitness, build muscle or for increasing your general health and wellbeing; the message of Exercise Right Week 2018 is to ensure you have a program specifically tailored to your…

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Sugar increases your risk of Alzhelmers

The many dangers of sugar on your health have been documented in many academic publications.  Amongst other things; sugar makes you fatter, can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer, can increase you risk of stroke and heart attack. Emerging research on the health consequences of eating sugar revolves on the impact it is having on your brain.   Sugar is proving to compromise brain function – with studies showing there is short term…

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Strength and endurance training benefits for older adults

Strength Training at Inspire Fitness

Written by: Allen Howell (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) The Australia population is ageing, and unfortunately we are also performing less physical movement. Aging is a complex process that involves many variables such as genetics, lifestyle factors and chronic diseases. These factors strongly interact which greatly influences the speed of the ageing process. Participating in some form of physical activity on most if not all days of the week can elicit a number of beneficial responses within…

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The Basics of Strength and Endurance Training

Written by: Sebastian Mann (Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science) When you fail to get the results you want from your training; its easy to think “I need to push myself harder” or “I need to be training longer and more frequently”.  Sure these things aren’t a bad approach, however training harder, longer and more frequently will only get you so far. The real questions you need to ask yourself is: Am I training smartly?…

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Fasting for optimal health; a research review

Written by; Rory Scott (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) There are many varied opinions on the best nutritional strategy, especially in this age of information overload.  This can make it difficult to determine what is good, bad, right, and wrong. As such you probably have regular conversations with friends who tell you that you must try what they are doing with their nutrition and that they swear by it! So on the occasion that you are convinced…

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The Effect of Stress on Weight Loss

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Written by: Isabella Peters (Bach.Ex.Sci) Stress can have a detrimental effect on the body as well as impair our ability to lose weight. When experiencing stressful conditions or when you are constantly battling with stress;  this can release hormones which inhibit us from losing weight; whilst increasing our risk factors for many chronic health conditions. This is a summary of the physiological and biochemical effects of stress; which can impair your ability to lose weight.…

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