Every felt confused by who to believe when it comes to diets like keto, paleo, veganism, calorie counting and intuitive eating?
Especially with influencers, celebrities, nutritionists and doctors all telling you why their particular ideology is the best way to eat, no doubt with studies and statistics on health benefits to back them up.
Why do people do this?
Because, in the health and wellness industry, it pays to provide comfort among the chaos. It pays to provide solutions.
When you start training at a new gym, quite often it can be more of a workout for your brain than for your body, learning approximately one thousand new movements you didn’t even know were a thing, that just change next week anyway! Not to mention all the absurd sounding names for stretches, equipment and acronyms written on the white board.
Understandably, it can leave you feeling like you’ve stepped into a foreign country that you didn’t even know existed.
So to help a sister out, we’ve put together a list of jargon that we casually throw around in conversation to help ease that transition and make you look like an expert, or at least impress us that you’ve studied up in advance!
Over the last three years this gym has morphed and adapted and grown just as much as the women it has welcomed through its doors. It has truly fostered my unrelenting belief that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
The rise in popularity of health and fitness over recent years can, in part, be attributed to an increased awareness of the important role fitness plays in maintaining overall health and longevity. While this is obviously a great thing, the problem is that with this rise in popularity, health and fitness has also become a symbol of status.
It’s often the sexier side of gymnastics that gets people in the door. Everyone wants to be able to do a backflip or walk on their hands, they want the cool “party tricks”. However once you hang around (literally) and experience what gymnastics training is really like, you’ll realise there’s so much more to it, and so much more to gain from it.
Quite often when we think of self care, we think of sleeping in an extra hour on the weekend, taking time to dial out listening to a podcast or reading a book, eating foods that bring us joy, getting a facial… the list goes on.
If you follow us on the reg, you know that we are all about empowering women and body neutrality. We often talk about the detrimental effects of diet culture and how women shouldn’t feel the pressures of needing to fit any “ideals” dictated by society and the media.
However, there is also nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, when it is for the right reasons.
Here is a 4 step guide on how to lose weight in a healthy way, without fucking up your body in the process.
It’s a fun way to exercise, it challenges you both physically and mentally and after a long, difficult day, throwing some hard punches can be just what you need to unwind (just make sure the person holding the pads is prepared before you unleash!).
But what is that boxing class actually costing you in the long run?
The initial image your brain might conjure up when you read the words “all female gym” is probably along the lines of: light weights and machines in full body, cardio based 30 minute workouts with a focus on fat burning and sculpting.
What started out as what I can only describe as a misguided band aid solution for the challenges women face in the gym, has evolved to properly support women’s true needs.
You see, women’s only gyms are not just about fitness (and I’m not talking about spa treatments and hairdresser facilities).
It’s easy enough to read about what is happening, feel horrified for the women in America who are on the brink of having a basic human right stripped away from them, and remain quiet. To remain largely unaffected, because after all it’s not happening here.
There are tonnes of ways to measure PROGRESS, but if you think about the real, underlying reasons you train, they go beyond the actual weights that you’re lifting, beyond the intervals on the bike, the wall balls and burpees.
Perhaps the most sought after gymnastics skill though, is the elusive pull up. This movement is the gateway to unlocking the more advanced gymnastics skills, and simply put, makes you feel like a bad-ass.
Whether that’s climbing eight flights of stairs when the lift is broken, jumping in on a soccer match with friends over the weekend, or lifting heavy objects while we’re moving house. Essentially, being “fit” means being prepared for whatever life throws at you, including the inevitable zombie apocalypse (because it is coming friends).
Are you watch TV whilst eating dinner, scrolling your socials and discussing your day with your partner or housemates? Or perhaps doing all that whilst reading this? Step away from the other screens and keep your focus here, we’ve got a sneaky suspicion you need this more than you know.
Instagram itself is not actually the problem, it is simply a tool that started off with innocent intentions but in the wrong hands, is causing more harm than good, and unfortunately what other people post is not within our control.