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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - EVENT // Foundations Health + Fitness Workshop

    EVENT // Foundations Health + Fitness Workshop

    Something’s not working. Despite all the diets, bootcamps and smoothie bowls, we’re still battling our bodies. Most people want to lose weight and get fitter, but a pitifully small percentage achieve it. Why? Is it a lack of willpower? Are we just ‘not doing it right’? Do we need another, more sophisticated, health hack?
    Actually, quite the opposite.
    No one’s paying attention to the basics. The simple rules of wellbeing that seem too ‘obvious’ to be true. Things likesleep, hydration, breathing, thoughts, functionalmovementand blissfully uncomplicatedwholefoodeating.
    Who wants to learn ‘how to breathe correctly’ or eat seasonally ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - The truth about ageing and your metabolism

    The truth about ageing and your metabolism

    Getting old. It’s something we’re taught to fear, with visions of incontinence, frailty and misbehaving bodies haunting every birthday. Rumour has it that our metabolism grinds to a halt at age 30, packing up and moving to Tahiti where it doesn’t have to work another day in its life and can sit by the pool drinking calorie-rich cocktails. Or something like that. But is that the truth? Do our bodies suddenly stack on fat and stop cooperating once we hit a certain age? Are we all destined to become weak, plump and sedentary people, despite our best intentions? Is it entirely out of our control?
    Not necessarily. When it comes to ageing and a ‘slowing ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - Want to lose weight, yesterday? Here’s why you should take it slow.

    Want to lose weight, yesterday? Here’s why you should take it slow.

    Know the story of the tortoise and the hare? ‘Course you do. It’s the tale parents tell impatient kids to illustrate the virtues of perseverance and putting one foot in front of the other. The same lesson applies to weight loss; the slower and more consistent you are, the better your results. Unfortunately, it’s not a story many of us like to hear.
    The modern approach to weight loss is WAY TOO FAST
    You see, we all want to have a bangin’ bod… yesterday. There’s not a minute to lose in the weight loss stakes, and the constant barrage of skinny imagery, beauty ideals and advertising keeps us aspiring to a smaller, leaner self. But at Enliven, we want ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - Sleep like a nanna to perform like a beast

    Sleep like a nanna to perform like a beast


    [Why 10pm is the ideal bedtime]
    Which group are you in? a) Those who scoff at people who go to bed early b) Those who go to bed early and apologise for it c) Those who go to bed early and own it We hate to play favourites, but group c) gets our vote. Why? Because sleep is a non-negotiable foundation of health; true wellness impossible without it. By now, most people understand the perils of insufficient sleep, with plenty of articles and studies bouncing around to inform us of the risks: everything from foggy thinking to decreased sex drive, and big-name chronic illnesses. And yet, the cult of sleeplessness continues, largely due to modern lifestyles that exult work, play and ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - The surprising effects of dehydration

    The surprising effects of dehydration


    [How not drinking enough water can affect everything from joints to body weight.]
    Yesterday I was hanging with some health-conscious friends and their cherubic children, when they played a pretty neat trick on the kids. (Don’t worry - it was well intentioned.) They told the kids to stretch out their fingers and pinch the skin on top of a knuckle. If it stayed standing up, they were seriously parched - and should drink more water immediately. Of course, this bit of skin is tough and leathery enough to hold a pinch for a while, regardless of hydration. But to the kids, this physical ‘proof’ was enough to get them quaffing water with enthusiasm. I thought it was a ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - Is poor soil quality undermining your health and fitness?

    Is poor soil quality undermining your health and fitness?

    Everyone has one; sometimes two or three or four. I’m talking about books that change your life . You may find them unexpectedly, like at your mate’s place while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, so you pull an interesting-sounding title from their shelf… and become so engrossed you beg to borrow it immediately. That’s what happened when I picked up Sir Albert Howard’s The Soil and Health many years ago. Written in the 1940s, it was a sensation - and has been instrumental in shaping my beliefs around ‘super soil’ ever since. It’s message goes like this: food is only as healthy as the soil it grew in.
    Carrots might all ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - Starting a new fitness program? Avoid the 5 most common mistakes.

    Starting a new fitness program? Avoid the 5 most common mistakes.


    [fear-based decision making and false economies of time]
    Is there a more determined and excited human being than the one about to start a new fitness program? When you’re feeling particularly low about your body, the most appealing thing in the world is planning a fitness overhaul. It usually occurs on a Sunday night after a wayward weekend (or few weeks), and involves grand promises to ‘be strict’, stick with it, and finally sculpt the body of your dreams ( with a sizzling after photo to match ). While positive change is a beautiful thing, some change can take you in the wrong direction altogether.
    Making decisions based on fear (i.e freaking out that ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - Hidden lies of before + after photos

    Hidden lies of before + after photos


    [A survivorship bias case study]
    Let me set the scene: I was working away preparing our group workouts for September (and flicking through fitness forums and social media channels at the same time, as you do) when I came across a pretty darn impressive before and after photo. It immediately piqued my interest, and I just had to take a closer look. Judging by the likes, comments and shares, the before and after picture was a hit. People loved James’* dramatic change – from pale and pudgy office worker to ripped gym god. He’d worked hard, trained hard, and transformed into a fit, healthy person – with a spray-can tan to match. The gym responsible for his ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - Want to hear a fitness and weight loss secret?

    Want to hear a fitness and weight loss secret?


    [Why survivorship bias is the fitness industry’s dirty little secret.]
    Humans are smart. Our intelligence and problem-solving skills have gotten us to where we are, sitting in our ezy chairs at the top of the food chain. But that doesn’t make us infallible. In fact, because we are so smart and adept at finding shortcuts, we’re also susceptible to errors in thinking. Sometimes we see something one way, when really it’s another. Sometimes, we’re convinced two things are connected, when really it’s random chance. What you’ve seen, heard or experienced has created a personal ‘bias’ - a skewed way of seeing the world - that feels rational ....

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  • Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness - The unconventional way we’re running our studio

    The unconventional way we’re running our studio

    Like our modern food system, most gyms go for quantity over quality. More members, more classes, more promotions, higher turnover, less precision. But we’ve thought hard about who we are and what kind of service we want to provide and - surprise! - it’s very different to the usual health and fitness business. We’d prefer to have fewer, stronger, more switched-on and community-minded members as opposed to thousands of nameless faces who just want an ass-kicking.
    We’d rather invest in each and every member, creating unique plans and lifelong healthy habits that take time, energy and persistence, than have people show up for a month then hop to the next ....

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