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Top Female Fitness Instagrams to Follow in 2019

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As we put the Christmas holidays behind us and settle into the New Year, we begin to really focus on our health and fitness once again. Some of you may have set resolutions to drop a few pounds or smash that deadlift goal. Well, to help spur on your motivation, we have conjured up our favourite fitness females to follow on Instagram.

We’ve compiled a short list, from badass deadlifters to former pole vaulters, containing awesome content to help motivate you throughout 2019.

Scroll on to discover the best female fitness Instagram accounts to follow in 2019…

 

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Elisabeth Akinwale

A perfect place to start for inspo is with five-time CrossFit Games athlete, Elisabeth Akinwale.

The athlete, from the windy city of Chicago, posts videos of herself doing what we love – Olympic lifts! But in our opinion, the best part has to be that she puts motherhood first. Her videos are often filmed by her son – showing that mothers can be strong and lift like a badass!

 

Morit Summers

Looking for some body positivity? Look no further than Morit Summers. The NSCA-certified personal trainer is based in New York and has an Instagram feed flooded with body positivity, health-at-any-size advice, and weight-lifting videos.

She also trains the celebs too – she must be doing something good!

 

Alex Silver-Fagan

Let’s face it, sometimes we feel down and get tired of the usual motivational posts. When this happens, we recommend turning to Alex Silver-Fagan. Silver-Fagan is a certified personal trainer, also based in the Big Apple, and specialises in both fitness and yoga. Ok, granted, some of her posts are a bit out there, but she’s full of great advice and wisdom!

 

Nora Minno

When it’s cold outside, getting your butt into gear can seem like the last thing you want to do. Well, enter Nora Minno. Minno’s Daily Burn workout posts will make you want to get up and move!

We especially love Nora’s food posts. She loves to keep it green and – with her being a registered dietitian – her food is always good for you.

 

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Michelle Lewin

Arguably one of the most famous fitness females on the gram, Michelle Lewin (or “The Body” as she likes to call herself) is hugely popular for many reasons; super bitesized workout videos, healthy eating posts, and hot booty shots to go with it!

If you’re looking for ab and booty motivation, hit Lewin with a follow.

 

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Amanda Bisk

The former pole vaulter and now-exercise physiologist looks like she lives in a beach-y dream, thanks to the stunning backdrops in her yoga snapshots. But even if you can’t work out in the same place, you can listen to the same workout jams—her music suggestions will inspire you to move wherever you are.

4 Apps to Help You Get Fit in 2019

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Can you believe it’s 2019?! Seriously, it seems like just a couple of months ago it was like – 2008! Time really does fly, but one of the slowest months has to be January.

The reason January seems to drag is because we simply struggle to get back into normality. Christmas seemed like it lasted a lifetime and yes, we are carrying some holiday weight! So, if you’re like us and want to hit 2019 with a bang, then here are the 4 best apps, we recommend to get you back into a fit and healthy routine this January.

Ps. They’re all FREE – Booya!

For Weightlifting: Stacked.

We came across stacked a couple of months ago and with such great ratings, it was definitely one we had to try. In simple terms, the app tracks what you lift, how often, and what areas of your body you’re working – perfect if you’re looking for weightlifting progress this year. Stacked also allows you to set goals, create custom workouts or try one of their set plans if you wish.

So, if you’re looking to add more weight to that bar in January, Stacked is a must.

 

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For the runners: Nike Run Club

Arguably the best app on the market for running, Nike Run Club is turning couch potatoes into 5km beasts within weeks! It’s an innovative app, tracking your runs via GPS, which allows you to get an accurate report of your distance, calories and even a snazzy little map layout in case you get lost!

Our favourite feature on this app has to be how community focused it is. You can connect with friends, go head-to-head and even get coaching plans from the experts.

One you won’t regret using…just do it!

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For Rest and Recovery: Sleep Cycle

One of the most important aspects of being fit and healthy is your sleep. To allow muscles to grow, we recommend 7-8 hours of sleep a day. But, let’s face it – sometimes our hectic schedules (or that new series on Netflix) lead us to having some late nights.

To tackle this, we’ve found a nifty little app called Sleep Cycle. Sleep Cycle uses your phone’s accelerometer to monitor and record your movement and quality of sleep. When morning approaches, it uses sleep cycle theory to wake you up during light sleep (within a user-defined window of time) rather than deep sleep, so you feel refreshed and ready to tackle your daily tasks and your workout!

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Stress relief – headspace

As we mentioned earlier, it can be difficult getting back into the swing of things in the New Year. Pushing your fitness goals as well as work and home – it can get a bit stressful.

Stress can be a cause of many unwanted walls – including weight gain and lack of motivation. So, to defeat it and clear your mind, we recommend Headspace.

This app offers some great meditating courses – from mini 3-minute sessions to much in depth courses lasting 30 or so minutes. Because meditation can reduce stress, improve focus and promote better sleep, you’ll recover faster, work more efficiently and – bonus! – probably be a more patient, mindful person.

Let us know if you have any other favourites by commenting below!

4 Myths about Olympic Weightlifting

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Olympic weightlifting. Just the name of it sounds quite daunting and scary, doesn’t it? The Olympic bit doesn’t help! But, it’s actually not as scary or dangerous as it sounds.

In fact, there are many Olympic Weightlifting myths that have people avoiding the exercise at all costs. But, today – right here, right now – the MYGYM team are going to debunk 4 of the most common misconceptions when it comes to Olympic Weightlifting.

Ready? Let’s go…

 

It’s a man’s sport!

We will start with the most common myth, which we hear on a daily basis. Ok, yes we understand that Olympic Weightlifting has been mostly dominated by men, since it began, but women are certainly making themselves heard in the modern day!

Since the early 80s, females have been lifting weights at both national and international level. Fast forward to today and you have the likes of Jessica Lucero, who has become an inspiration worldwide!

It’s safe to say that Olympic weightlifting is a female sport too. Don’t believe us? Come down to our gym and you will see women of all shapes and sizes throwing that bar high. Girl Power!

 

Lifting is Going to Make You Huge

Lifting any sort of weight can help build muscle, but there seems to be a myth surrounding olympic weightlifting – that it will make you huge!

At MYGYM Bristol, we practice weightlifting everyday – and it’s safe to say that none of the team are the size of The Mountain (one for you GOT fans!)

This myth seems to concern women mainly. Don’t worry ladies, your testosterone levels won’t allow you to become huge naturally. Olympic weightlifting will help you build muscle and burn fat, yes. But, you will be at the right size for your frame.

Don’t be afraid of how your body is going to change. You’re going to be in better shape than you ever imagined.

 

Weightlifting is boring

When it comes to Olympic lifting, the main actions consist of the snatch and clean & jerk. Doesn’t seem like much, so we can understand why this myth exists. But, take it from us experts, there is more to weightlifting than you think.

Aside from the countless variations of both lifts, there’s an endless amount of accessory work involved, squats, bodybuilding, balance, stretching and not to mention the hunger to beat your own personal best every week! Olympic Weightlifting is exciting and challenging – join the hype!

 

It will stunt your growth – shorty!

We overheard this myth a few months back and it nearly made us spit out our coffee! But then we realised, people actually believe this myth!

We won’t go into too much detail, but, the Olympic Weightlifters you see on the TV are short in height because they were to begin with. That’s all there is to it. We can happily say that, there has been no evidence or proof that lifting heavy weights will stunt your growth.

Want us to debunk some more myths about Olympic Weightlifting? Come into the gym and we will tell you some more…

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3 Benefits of Starting Taekwondo

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If you’re looking to get into a physical sport and start a new hobby, then Taekwondo is definitely one to add to your list! The Asian fighting style has been popular for decades and relies primarily on leg striking rather than hands. But it’s not just the fighting benefits that Taekwondo can bring. There’s much more than that.

So, here are 3 benefits you can get from starting Taekwondo…

 

It’s great for socialising

Something we love about Taekwondo is that it’s perfect for socialising and making new friends. No matter what your age range or experience, at MYGYM Bristol, we cater for everybody and that includes our Taekwondo classes too.

When working in a group, it will help keep you motivated, meaning you’re less likely to skip workouts and stay on the right path.

You can try out Taekwondo classes for FREE.

 

Learn to defend yourself

The most obvious purpose, when it comes to Taekwondo, is learning the ability to defend yourself. Yes, it’s primarily a sport, however the skills you will learn can become helpful in everyday life including if you ever need to defend yourself.

Let’s face it – sometimes we can be faced with tough situations or not nice people. It’s not something we like to think about, but it’s true. Taekwondo helps give you a new resource if you ever need to use it.

We hope you never have to use it, but if you do – Taekwondo helps you have an advantage.

 

Discipline

Taekwondo isn’t just about the physical aspect, it can help keep you mentally disciplined, too. We would be lying if we said Taekwondo was always easy to learn. Some moves require practice and patience to master.

Mastering the moves requires discipline – and only with discipline will you accomplish these goals.

You can then use this discipline in other areas of your life; whether it’s focusing on your career, or maybe helping your child stay disciplined at school.

This learning of goal setting and self-discipline will go a very long way in your daily life and will help you achieve your life goals with ease.

 

Book your FREE Class

So, if you or your child are looking to get started in Taekwondo, then come along to MYGYM Bristol for a free taster session. This way, you can get to know the team, the sport and make sure it’s the right path for you.

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How to make working out a habit

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Exercise should be an essential part of your daily routine – that’s something you most likely already know, but, making exercise a daily habit is something many people find a tough task.

Let’s be honest, does the thought of the gym make you shudder? Do you skip the gym at times with the lamest excuse? If the answer is YES, then this article is perfect for you. Why? Because we are going to give you 4 simple ways to finally make exercise a habit rather than a chore.

Ready? Let’s go!

 

Choose a time and stick to it!

If you’re more of a morning person than a late owl, then the obvious thing to do is get your workout in as early as possible.  

This step will set you on the right path. Once you’ve chosen your workout time. Stick with it. This will make you less lenient in skipping your workout.

Set a specific time and stick with it. We offer classes throughout the day, to fit all schedules. Check them out here!

 

Don’t overdo it in the beginning

When we start with fitness, we often want to go full throttle straight away. But, going too hard too soon can be damaging. If you push yourself too much at the start, then it makes burning out more likely – and when we burn out, we often quit.

The best way to overcome this is to cut your exercise into bite sized chunks. Use light weights – don’t overstay too long at the gym. Go at a comfortable pace.

 

Switch up your workout plan every fortnight

When we get caught in a routine, we leave ourselves open to boredom. Doing the same workout week in week out can make your gym sessions mundane. You want to keep things fresh, so, we recommend changing up your workout pattern every 2 weeks if possible.

This will keep the gym buzz and make your workouts exciting. It also helps to keep your muscles alert!  

 

Sort your gym gear the night before

Minimising any obstacles, which will fall in the way of you making it to the gym, is a must. When we are hit with obstacles, we often use them as an excuse or any easy way out.

Be honest, how many times have you skipped the gym because your workout gear wasn’t prepared?

Prepping the night before will keep your routine on track and allow you to simply get up and go when your workout time comes.

 

Need more help?

Want our team to help make the gym a habit in your weekly routine? Contact us – we are more than happy to help!

3 Ways Exercise Helps Your Mood

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The physical benefits of exercising are obvious and have been for many years. Rock hard abs are something we all dream of – but what about the mental aspect? Yes, it’s something we often overlook, but, exercise helps our mood just as much as it helps our physical body too!

From easing anxiety to keeping you sharp and alert, working out has many mental benefits. We aren’t talking about running marathons or lifting huge weights either – it can come from simple workouts and light cardio. So, to give you a better understanding, here are 3 ways exercise can help you mentally.

 

Minimises Stress

One of the first things we should cover is stress. It’s something we all suffer from at some point in our lives. It can be stress from work, or it could be something at home. Whatever the problem is, exercise can be used as a solution.

The science behind this? Well, Increasing your heart rate during exercise helps to reverse stress by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, which improve both your cognition and mood.

 

Increased self-esteem and self-confidence

When it comes to exercise, there are many physical achievements that we notice – from losing fat to getting more toned. With these achievements come confidence and boost your self-esteem.

When you start to receive compliments on your new figure and start noticing a change in the fitting of your clothes, it will give you motivation to carry on. Most of the time you don’t notice it until one morning and you catch a glimpse of your toned glutes in the mirror! The feeling of when this happens makes the sweat and tears all worthwhile.

 

Better sleep

If you have trouble with sleeping, then exercise could be the remedy you’ve been looking for! When we exercise, our body temperature rises and this helps to make us become calm.

More often than not, the lack of sleep can come from stress and overthinking. But, with added exercise, you will be out like a light come bedtime! And even better, when you wake up you will feel much more alert and energetic throughout the day.

At MYGYM Bristol, we have specialised classes and workouts to help you reach your goals. Feel free to try us out by clicking here.

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4 reasons you should try olympic weightlifting

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This is an exciting article. Because this article is the very first we are publishing on our brand new shiny website!

We got together and ran through some ideas on what the first article should be about and it felt right for the first article to be about something we love, but something few of you may have had the chance to experience – Olympic Weightlifting.

The first thought when you mention Olympic weightlifting to people that haven’t tried it before is always quite scarce. Many often make the mistake in thinking “To lift you must be experienced” – but this isn’t true! Everybody has to start somewhere, and with the amazing benefits Olympic weightlifting can bring, it’s time to start now!

But, if you’re still wondering if Olympic weightlifting is for you, continue reading. We are going to give you 4 reasons why you should try Olympic weightlifting.

Let’s get started…

 

You’ll get abs to die for!

One of the biggest benefits about weightlifting is how damn good it is at burning that tummy fat and building those abs of steel! There is a common myth that weightlifting will just make you huge. That’s not the case – especially not with Olympic weightlifting. The exercise of hoisting a large weight over your head builds crazy strength in your core – and it burns fat at the same time!

 

Not just abs…

It’s not just your core that gets shaped. Olympic weightlifting is super beneficial for your back and arms too – even your shoulders – something that people forget about!

Think about it; the deadlift, catching the barbell, squat, and pushing it over your head all in one movement. It requires your full body and all of your muscle groups.

Basically, performing Olympic weightlifting for 30 minutes means you’ve completed a full-body workout for 30 minutes. That’s a big deal! 

 

It’s much safer than you think

OK, we totally get it – when you see a barbell stacked with 80kg of weights, it may look quite daunting – I mean, how can you possibly lift that over your head?!

The truth is, if you use the right technique, which we will show you at our gym, it’s very safe. In fact, it’s actually one of the safest sports!

At MYGYM Bristol, we first ensure you have the right technique nailed down. This way, you  will learn the right form and minimise the risk of injuries. Our team have been doing this day-in-day-out for years. We won’t let you rush into anything if we don’t think you’re ready. But when you are ready – the thrill is something else!

 

Join a great group of people

And finally, one of our favourite benefits of joining the MYGYM’s “Bristol Barbell Club” for Olympic Weightlifting classes – the people you meet!

We run classes for beginners and those with experience every Monday and Wednesday evening. Experienced 5-6pm, Beginners 6:30-7:30pm

When you join our gym, you will meet new friends, who will not only help you to reach new goals, but they will also make it fun – something that’s important when it comes to motivating yourself.

But hey, enough talk – why not try us out?

You won’t regret it!