Are Your Hormones Making You Fat?

It’s just not fair!
Whilst your brothers and boyfriends and husbands seemed to be able to stuff bread and chips down their throats all day without any serious ramifications, you’d just have to think about a slice of cake and blow up.
The sad fact is, women tend to be more insulin sensitive than men. It’s not fair, but there it is. Our physiology is very different and we have evolution to blame for that.
Men tend to have more central fat deposits, whereas women have more peripheral fat. In other words- ours is more obvious! It’s also higher- again evolution.
It’s significant that many post-menopausal women develop more visceral fat.
This doesn’t mean that it’s all totally beyond your control. Obesity is on the rise in this country and there are serious health risks attached to it. It also has a detrimental effect on the quality of life.
At the end of the day- what you consume directly affects your body fat levels, so think twice before you reach for the Timtams to cheer you up.
Weight gain is often a choice, perhaps not a good choice, but definitely a choice. As the late Charles Poliquon once said, “I’ve never heard of anyone who got fat from eating too many apples”.

BEWARE OF TECH NECK!

Another 21st Century Ailment If you spend most of your day hunched over a screen, it’s pretty likely you’ll have this. The name alone is self-explanatory. Its symptoms can range from pain and/or stiffness in the neck, shoulders and/or upper back. Even if you’re not at a computer every day, think about how many times […]

My Pelvic Floor

All women should be able to sneeze with confidence! 

I’ve had this really nasty tight hip flexor on my left and started to also get sciatica down the right. This bloody hip flexor just wouldn’t release no matter how much stretching or pounding and it’s rotating the hip forward.

I had a brainwave and went to see a physio who specialises in women’s health. Turns out my obdurator was locked up. This is one deep muscle and can only be reached internally- yes, what you’re thinking is right.

The obdurator helps rotate the head of the femur and if it gets locked- you’re in all sorts of trouble. Constant nagging pain around the top of the hip flexor, painful sex, and a leg that doesn’t want to stretch.

She released it and it’s like- heaven!

Many women just suffer through this stuff when it’s not necessary. There are plenty of physiotherapists who specialise in this area. 

You can get some great tips as well, on pelvic floor exercises.  I find out that sometimes, doing pelvic floor exercises can aggravate a problem. Get the problem treat first, then you can squeeze and flex for all you’re worth!

Gym Etiquette You Need To Know…….

What do you actually do in a gym? What are the mysterious rules and is there a code of conduct?

One of the recurring things I hear from women is that they don’t know what to do in a weight room, so it puts them off. Learning to use the equipment is only one part of it. Knowing how to act, where to go and what the right thing to do is a huge part of being comfortable in the environment.

When I first started weight training, I was as blind as a bat, so I wasn’t particularly threatened by what was going on around me. It was all just colour and movement anyway. There was a 140kg powerlifter who screamed, “Get out of my fucking mirror”, at me once. Once was enough! No one has ever had to say that to me again.

What really prompted this is I was training a male client the other day and asked a girl if we could work in with her on a piece of equipment. She’d only just started and she scuttled away, clearly thinking I was kicking her off, despite me trying to assure her we just wanted a turn when she was between sets. I felt terrible. 

It’s not the first time I’ve seen this, a woman undervaluing her own workout- as though it’s less important than a man’s workout. If we want respect in the weight room, we don’t so much need to earn it- as expect it. I think it was a blessing being so myopic in the early 80s- if there were any derogatory looks, I was utterly oblivious. It made me quite assertive- not aggressive-just assertive.

Of course there are bullies in the weights room, I won’t deny it, bullies are everywhere in this world. But to you women out there- remember- you have paid your membership fees and have every right to be there. Stand your ground! If someone asks to work in- don’t read too much into it, men really aren’t that complicated, they usually do just want to take turns.