Weak or tight muscles are a result of repetitive work, bad posture or years of improper training

Weak or tight muscles are a result of repetitive work, bad posture or years of improper training.

This can cause the joints to become out of proper alignment decreasing their function, worsening posture and ultimately leading to impaired health: Upper or lower back pain, knee pain, shoulder or sciatic nerve pain can result.

With biomechanical assessment we identify the imbalances of the muscles’ kinetic chain to find out which muscles are causing pain – if there are any – impairing health or decreasing sports performance. Then Structural Balance Testing follows.

With structural balance testing we identify the client’s muscle to strength ratio which is compared with Optimal Strength-Ratio data. Only then a tailored Weight Training Programme combined with specific stretching will be designed to offset improper strength-ratios among muscles, realign the joints and most importantly, to eliminate the problem.

The fastest way to permanent weight loss

Nowadays everyone seems to want to get trimmer not only to look better but also for health reasons, which makes sense, New Year’s resolution or sometimes pressure from magazines and fashion.
This is not an easy task and although some succeed, indeed very few achieve it in a healthy and permanent way.

The whole endeavour can easily become a nightmare with so much conflicting information on the internet, the new celebrity’s fitness video, with no theoretical or formal education in the field, or even worse: the media biased and manipulated information.

So when people attempt to lose weight they usually take one of the following approaches: they start a diet consisting of what they believe is healthy, some of them go into a fad diet and some others go further: joining a gym and taking exercise according to their best knowledge or instructed by the gym’s consultant. I might break some hearts now but let me tell you one thing: dieting along will not do the trick, YOU HAVE TO EXERCISE. With that said I assume that you understand that this article is aimed at people who not only want to lose weight permanently but also look their best: Fit, Lean and Strong in the shortest possible time.

While an overweight person can lose a substantial amount of body weight it does not mean that the person will look great, although his or her health may improve a little bit.

In case you are wondering, LOSING TOTAL BODY WEIGHT IS NOT EQUAL TO LOOKING GREAT. You can roughly lose total body weight in four different ways: fat, muscle, water or glycogen but only one is healthy. Anyone? The correct answer is fat.

So if a slightly overweight or obese person loses let’s say the desired amount of body weight but half of that lost weight was muscle I can assure that the person may fit into his o her dream clothes but will be nowhere near being fit. Rather like a balloon that gets deflated.

Needless to say, for that person will be virtually impossible to keep his or her lost weight off permanently. That is why many people who lose weight sometimes look great – dressed! NOT so much naked, or on the beach. So for you gym warriors, males and females, here is the secret: The fastest way to lose weight AND reshape your body is to INCREASE the amount of muscle tissue while reducing the amount of fat. You know, it is muscles that reshape your body not the fat.

So the dilemma for the fit-to-be people is: how to do it? Answer: through proper personalised nutrition and weight training!! YES, even females and NO, women will not get huge or turn to the female version of the incredible hulk.

Muscle tissue is responsible for burning 75% of the calories a person consumes per day just to maintain the basic biological functions like breathing, body temperature, heart beating etc… The rest of the calories from the diet are burned through physical activities such as working, studying, making love etc. Now, I am not an expert on cars and mechanics but imagine the performance and fuel requirements of a Formula 1 car engine and an ordinary FIAT car engine – or about the nutritional requirements of a rugby player compared to that of an office employee. Can you see the picture? Therefore, if we increase the size of our body’s engine (muscle tissue) while reducing the amount of fat, we will not only achieve a fit and sculpted physique but also keep the excess fat off for ever. This is because your caloric need will increase to maintain the newly gained muscle or in other words you will be able to eat more without getting fat. Don’t you hate being hungry? I do!

I hope this article lights your road to your success.

Three basic common mistakes that ruin weight loss

fruits-200x1851) Poor nutrition: strangely enough people tend to forget that the human body functions with… Food! among others needs.

I cannot remember the number of people following celebrities diets or showing up to train without having had breakfast only to faint within 30 mins through the work-out. Those incidents could have been easily avoided had they taken a nutrition consultation with me before insisting on ‘my diet is good’.

My professional experience tells me that most people who embark on a weight loss program have already many nutritional issues so my advice beforehand is: fix them first.

2)Poor training methodology coupled with orthopedic problems such as flat feet, muscle imbalances, injuries, etc and a lack of systematic goal setting and monitoring.

I personally call this ‘training like a headless chicken‘: you do not know neither where you are nor where you are going.

3) Cardio, cardio, and more cardio.
It is not their fault but people have ingrained in their heads that to lose weight they have to do cardio: running for hours on a treadmill, riding the bike, rowing machine, stair climber/master or these new fancy cardiovascular pieces of equipment.

Every year or so a new wonder piece of cardiovascular equipment is launched, endorsed only by the manufacturers and the commercial gyms that want the members to use them. Not by exercise physiologists. What? cardio does not work? yes, it does but only for 6 to 8 weeks max before the body adapts to it FOR LIFE. On the other hand, continuous aerobic work has a darker side: it is too catabolic, it burns some fat initially but also destroys muscle tissue which is exactly the opposite of what we want to achieve.

Ideally, we want weight loss from fat only, not from muscle tissue, but why?

Muscle tissue is responsible for burning 75% of the calories a person consumes per day just to maintain the basic biological functions like breathing, maintaining body temperature, heart rate etc… The rest of the calories from the diet are burned through physical activity such working, studying, making love, etc…

For years people have dieted and done cardiovascular exercise in an attempt to shed weight which also destroys muscle tissue, this effectively reduces the size of the ‘engine’ of the person and of course the need for calories, so when the person stops dieting after some time, the weight lost comes back but this time with a vengeance: a few extra pounds.

Do not get me wrong, some people who love cardio and run or ride the bike look fit and great but they are the minority not the norm.

So in order to burn the fat, reshape the body and increase calorie expenditure, even at rest, we need to increase muscle mass.

You do this through weight training.

I can assure you that you will get fit and look the best you can according to your genetics in a permanent way. Sadly, the free weights area is always the smallest in commercial gyms and many times ladies feel intimidated about going into the ‘male area’. Couple that with the misleading information of the fitness industry: a new training device every six months or so promising unbelievable results with minimal effort and commitment like the Power Plate, Bosu Board etc.

Driven by financial pursuit they tell people what they want to hear not what they need to hear but that my friends…that is another story.