• end of year review
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    End of Year Review 2018

    This is my second instalment of the end of year review (see last year’s here. I took the idea from Katy Bowman, who has been doing a version of this review (geared toward movement) in her podcast (find this year’s here and last year’s here). The questionnaire has been adapted from Robin Blanc Mascari‘s original questions. Completing and Remembering The Previous Year What was your biggest triumph this past year? To get invited to do the Krav Maga instructors course What was the smartest decision you made this past year? To stay in Sydney even though it meant a long-distance relationship What one word best sums up and describes this…

  • New Year resolutions
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    New Year resolutions and other goal-setting strategies

    January 1st is the date most people choose for starting (or re-starting) new habits. Many people set New Year resolutions but, sadly, not many follow through. Does this mean New Year resolutions are bad? It depends. Know yourself The reason why resolutions work great for some people for not for others is that we are all different. More precisely, we respond differently to outer and inner expectations, according to the amazing framework developed by Gretchen Rubin. She has categorised people into four tendencies, of which upholders are the most likely to set and meet New Year resolutions. Obligers may meet them if they are accountable to someone other than themselves.…

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    How to stay healthy during the holidays

    Christmas and New Year are almost here and many people are wondering how to stay healthy during the holidays. Some people don’t even think this is possible and just surrender to gluttony. Tips for staying healthy Below are some ideas that hopefully will help you mitigate the damage during the holidays. Be consistent most of the time. The holidays and a few other occasions (e.g. your wedding) are not times to stress about “clean eating” if you eat well the majority of the time. Move often. Exercising can be a challenge during the holidays because of social commitments and the fact that most gyms are closed. However, that doesn’t mean…

  • weightlifting categories
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    New weightlifting categories

    Olympic weightlifting is a weight class sport, meaning you compete against athletes that are within your particular weight range (plus gender and age range). A few days ago, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced new weightlifting categories, which hadn’t changed essentially since 1998 (there was a minor change in 2017: one extra category added for women). Current weightlifting categories There are 2 sets of categories, one for competitions organised by the IWF and one for the Olympic games (approved for Tokyo 2020), which is essentially a subset of the former. 10 new bodyweight categories have been approved by the IWF Executive Board and will now be submitted to the IWF…

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    Product review: Future Whey

    Future Whey is a newish sports supplement. I decided to try it mainly because I got a free sample, but also because the packaging got me intrigued. It looks like detergent. It looks like a prank product. It is not. The name implies this is a whey powder product, but it claims to be dairy-free – this is confusing. Future Whey is really a collection of amino-acids, including the branched-chain amino acids or BCAAs, which are the ones preferentially taken up by muscle cells. What is in Future Whey? From the website: essential amino acid blend (L Leucine, L Threonine, L Valine, L Isoleucine, L Lysine, L Methionine, L Phenylalanine,…

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    What is Krav Maga and why I do it

    Krav Maga is the self-defence system used by the Israeli Defence Force. Therefore, it is not a sport, a martial art or a fitness class. Krav Maga was created by Imi Lichtenfeld in the 1940s for army purposes. He later adapted the system for civilian populations. There is a grading system that works like most martial arts: with a belt system that reflects the practitioner’s level. This is mainly to determine which techniques are taught to which people. More advanced practitioners, for example, learn third-party protection (i.e. how to defend others). Training topics include holds (e.g. chokes – including head locks, wrist grabs, shirt grabs, bear hugs, takedowns, etc.), weapons…

  • Weightlifting
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    What is weightlifting and why I do it

    Weightlifting or Olympic weightlifting (a.k.a. Oly lifting or lifting) is an Olympic sport (hence the name) that consists of 2 lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk (see videos below). When people ask me what I do for exercise (I look fairly strong and fit for a woman my age), I just say “weightlifting” knowing that most people will assume I mean “I lift (pink) weights” or “I do bodybuilding”. Less often, some people think I do powerlifting, which is a completely different beast. I tried to avoid saying the word “Olympic” because some people think this means I actively participate in the Olympic games (LOL!). Training for Olympic…

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    Bye, Fitbit (again)

    I bought a Fitbit on February 2016 because I was curious about how much I was walking and up my game if required. I lost it twice (the first time I got a replacement unit courtesy of Fitbit, the second time someone from my building found it), misplaced it twice and washed it in the washing machine twice. I chose the One model because I wanted to wear it on my hip as I think it’s a more accurate location to track steps than the wrist. I wore it almost every day for almost 2 years (except for the handful of times that I forgot it at home and when…