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Do you Know What a Deadlift is?

Do you know what a deadlift is? You may have heard people talking about them before – you may have even done them yourself. It is very important that you learn how to deadlift correctly. A deadlift involves picking up a weight off the floor, and standing up with it. Learning this movement will literally help you to futureproof your body, because not only does it build strength all over your body, burn a huge amount of calories, and send your heart rate sky high, deadlifting means that you will be able to pick things up from the floor SAFELY FOREVER.

Have you ever heard the adage – lift by bending your knees, not with your back? This is a good tip, but one that is incomplete. Because when you bend your knees and round your back over to pick something up, you are still putting your back in a very dangerous position. Deadlifting correctly keeps your back as straight as possible, transferring the load correctly throughout your back muscles and reducing the pressure on your spinal disks and facet joints.

 

Who Should be Doing Deadlifts?

Simply put, everyone. If you sit at a desk or in a car or chair all day, deadlifts will help you avoid that rounded back, hunched over posture. If you have knee pain, deadlifts will help to strengthen your glutes and hamstrings to support your knees. Because the knee angle is very open (you don’t need to bend your knees a lot to perform a good deadlift) they are accessible for those with existing knee pain or coming back from serious knee injuries.

 

What do I gain by doing Deadlifts?

Aside from learning how to safely pick things up off the floor, the deadlift works all the muscles that you can’t see in the mirror – eg everything on the back of your body – your upper and lower back, your glutes (butt muscles), hamstrings, calves and even feet. It is a great exercise for raising your heart rate, increasing your strength, especially in your lower body and back. Basically, if you want to be healthy, have an awesome butt, and toned legs, deadlifts are your friend!

Also, deadlifting correctly teaches you to stand up straight and improves your posture by strengthening your back muscles, resulting in a healthier and more mobile body!

Now you know why the deadlift is such an awesome exercise. This series continues with HOW TO DEADLIFT which is coming next week so you can incorporate them into your own training safely, along with easy ways to progress or regress the exercise to make it work for you. If you have any questions please make sure to message us!

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Sports Performance Training – You’re Doing it Wrong – 3 Tips to improve your Athletic Performance

Improving your sports performance can mean any number of different things depending on your current level of performance, which is why sports performance and athletic based training is so athlete, and sport specific. It is important to remember that each individual’s sport places different demands on the body. Read on to find 3 tips which will help improve any athlete's sports performance.

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One Young Man's Journey back from Open Heart Surgery

Today, I feature an article of inspiration from someone else. Nothing to do with me, The Active Lifestyle, or my training or history. This article was sent to me by a good friend of mine who I have known for a long time and hold dear to my heart. I don't know the man in question, but it's clear from what my friend has told me and what she has written that he is deserving of all the successes in his personal battles and life issues that he has overcome.

This should serve as an inspiration to us all. Those who struggle, those who have struggled, and those who continue to struggle. Have a read and share in his success.

https://flowfinder.london/blog/2016/05/11/how-i-used-outdoor-gyms-rehabilitate-after-open-heart-surgery/

One of my supreme life passions is the health, fitness, and the well-being of others. Forget the stupid crash diets, weight loss shakes, or gimmicky tools like the vibration plates and other infomercial tat. For some people, at some times, they have their place and their use. Fine.

But if you have real problems, actual life threatening illnesses or issues, then the ONLY solution is actual hard work, training and the determination to better yourself every day, as shown by Guy in the article above. The only solution to his recovery after open heart surgery was getting up, working through the pain, and getting shit done - in a smart, controlled, progressive way. There really is no substitute for hard work. We have helped many people after their surgeries and injuries, some on a more short term basis, some more long term with conditions such as fibromyalgia and other debilitating illnesses. And the absolute most rewarding thing is seeing their improvement, and their smiles.

 

 

One thing that has been shown time and time again is that you need to have the personal drive and determination to really summon reserves of strength you never you knew you had. And more often than not you come out of it a better, healthier person. Well done Guy, I hope to meet you one day and I hope you are very proud of your story, just as I am very proud of mine.

Go and do something good for yourself today.

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