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Building bulk like the hulk

So, you want to bulk up, you say… Problem is, you’ve probably heard 50 different opinions from people at the gym, personal trainers, YouTube videos, your colleague, and maybe even Men’s Health.

Where do you actually start and what’s the best way to go about it? How do you bulk up without getting fat? Let’s bust a couple of myths before we dive into the detail:

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The four physical components needed to play better golf

The art of mastering golf requires a lot of patience, dedication and precision. It’s nothing new for golfers to have fluctuating performances. One day their swings will put Gary Player to shame, other days they seem like amateurs. Barry Bridges, golf fitness trainer at Pure Motion Golf Academy, explains that in order to master your swing, you need to work on the following:

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How to shape your body into a lean, toned summer dream

Holiday season is almost here, folks. How are you feeling about that beach body? If you’re not so confident yet, not to worry! Whatever you do, stay away from fad diets or anything that can harm your health – it’s simply not worth it.

Instead, we’ve put together a couple of tips on how to build lean muscle so that you’re toned, comfortable in your skin, and ready to soak up the sun while feeling sexy this summer.

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Top Weight Loss Tips from the Experts

Spring brings a sense of excitement as the weather starts to warm up. But it also stirs up anxiety as we realise that soon we’ll need to swap our winter layers for more revealing shorts and shirts. Yes, it’s once again time to firm up those winter bodies and prep for the sunny seasons.

Instead of another fad crash diet, which is neither fun nor sustainable, we asked a few of our experts to share their top tips for shedding some kilos in a healthy way. It is always worthwhile to consult a professional who can guide your health journey, and My Health and Fitness has a range of trainers and health consultants to support you.

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How to lose weight during the winter months

It’s not easy maintaining your ideal weight during winter. It’s that time of year when exercise and healthy eating normally take a back seat as colder weather drives us indoors, and spikes our kilojoule consumption.

The best way to stay motivated during this time, is with a personal trainer who can offer you a realistic, effective exercise schedule. It’s also worth seeing a dietician to find out how you can adjust your energy intake for the colder months. Visit www.myhealthandfitness.co.za for a comprehensive list of consultants.

It’s not just about working harder though. Getting enough sleep is as essential if you want to reach your goal weight, and winter is the ideal time to catch up on your shut-eye.

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Why you shouldn’t skip your warm-up or cool-down

With our busy lifestyles, it is easy to rush through our exercise routine. If you only have 30 minutes or an hour in the gym, it might seem more efficient to skip the warm-up and cool-down and head straight into the hard-core workouts. However, while these before and after sessions don’t always feel like “real” exercise, they do benefit concerning long-term fitness and strength.

As with your standard exercise routine, make sure you are executing the movements correctly for maximum benefits. It always helps to get a professional opinion to avoid injuries and to push your body to its full potential. My Health and Fitness offers a wide range of fitness specialists and health professionals who can assist.

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Now is the time to quit

Nipping it in the bud

It is a struggle to quit smoking. Social occasions, habit or the need for a guilty pleasure might all tempt you to indulge in “just one more” and before you know it you’re back to square one. It is, however, worth chucking those ciggies once and for all and with World No Tobacco Day taking place on 31 May; there’s no time like the present to kick those butts.

According to the World Health Organisation, “about 6 million people die from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 8 million a year by 2030” if things don’t change dramatically. Not only do cigarettes harm your health, they also impact families and eat away at money that could be better spent.

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Debunking the biggest fitness myths

Ever heard the old adage that muscle turns to fat, or you’re only burning calories if you’re working up a sweat? Yup, we have too, which is why we spoke to Pierre Louw from My Health and Fitness to debunk the myths that invade gyms the world over.

Pierre knows a thing or two about staying fit and runs www.myhealthandfitness.co.za, a Cape Town brand that connects trainers and nutritionists with everyday gym-users. Though not a personal trainer himself, Pierre has forged a career working with fitness professionals dedicated to helping people get the right results.

Consider the following myths busted.

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Why it’s worth investing in a personal trainer

Get the results that you want

Let’s be honest: it’s one thing to sign up for that gym contract, filled with promises of beach bodies and your #bestlife, but quite another to get motivated once the pressures of everyday life kick in. Before filing away your membership card with your other failed new year’s resolutions, try investing in a personal trainer who can keep you active.

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