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EMS Group Training: A Dangerous Development With High Consumer Risk

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Group training is becoming increasingly popular as a fitness programme. In groups of varying size and under supervision of a single instructor, the athletes approach their limits or the given training goal. Many activities are now offered in this manner today. The most popular courses are aerobic, aquaFit, yoga, Pilates or cycling, but more intensive training programs like Bodypump or ...

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Hit the Trails This Spring

Spring is the perfect time to channel your inner mountain goat and get trail running ready! National Product Development Manager at Virgin Active South Africa, Ceri Hannan, has five key pieces of advice for hitting the mountain paths in the best way possible. Build strength Trail running differs from road running in that it requires full-body strength. Uneven paths and ...

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Indoor Training To Become A Better Outdoor Athlete

If you’re preparing to run your socks off in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in September, or in any other long distance event, biokineticist Richard Woolrich advises that the road is not the only place where you should be training. Woolrich, who is also an award-winning personal trainer at Virgin Active, has five key reasons to use your health club ...

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Aneeka Buys’ Top Workout Moves

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Aneeka Buys is a South African fitness superstar. She’s a personal trainer at Virgin Active’s Collection Club in Cape Town’s Silo district, founder and CEO of Fit Girl, and a Training Ambassador for Adidas. Aneeka firmly believes in compounded and functional exercise; “My go-to moves incorporate more than one muscle group, ensuring more muscle recruitment towards the major movement, and ...

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Take the First Step to Fitness Success

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The hardest part about beginning an exercise routine for the first time is just showing up and walking through the gym door. If you can manage that despite the fear that lurks in the corner of your mind, consider it to be a win. It doesn’t matter what the voice in your head has been telling you so far, what ...

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What You Need to Know About Foam Rollers

Foam rolling is fast becoming an essential part of many gym goers’ warm-downs and recovery routines.  The foam cylinder is used to self-massage pressure points to relieve muscle tension and pain. The long-term benefits include better circulation, more flexibility, improved spinal health and less stress. “According to The American College on Exercise (ACE) the benefits are often compared to getting ...

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How to Run/Skate/Walk/Cycle Your First 5km

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By now most people have heard that SA’s most luminous race, the Neon Run, will be hitting Jozi soon. Taking place on the 2nd September, the 5km race is fun for the whole family, a sparkling experience filled with entertainment and neon lights that will have everyone aglow with excitement. There isn’t too much to be stressed about, but for ...

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Mentally Prepare For Race Day

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Mental performance coach, Tom Dawson-Squibb, shares his views on the importance of mental strength as well as some tips on how to mentally prepare for a big race. Most people would agree that being able to get the best out of yourself requires your mind to help you out during training and on the day of the big race. Unmanaged ...

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Skip Warm-ups, Cool-downs At Your Own Risk

With our busy lifestyles, it is easy to rush through our exercise routine. If you only have 30 minutes or an hour in the gym, it might seem more efficient to skip the warm-up and cool-down, and head straight into the hard-core workout. While these pre- and post-workout sessions don’t always feel like ‘real’ exercise, they benefit long-term fitness and ...

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Consistency is Key

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It doesn’t take walls lined with prestigious degrees, or fine expertise to discover that consistency is an essential ingredient in successfully changing your lifestyle and overall health. Evidently, it takes considerable effort to build a consistent routine of regular exercise and healthy eating, but as with anything worthwhile, it’s not an easy ride. Most days start off with a surge in ...

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