0 comments on “WEIGHT LOSS vs FAT LOSS”


Weight loss Vs Fat Loss – Whats the difference ? Is there one ? Some say you should throw your scale away ! Some say you should only be concerned about fat loss !

How do you work out Muscle mass vs Fat mass without the scales total ? How is it that just because most people and even some personal trainers don’t know how to manage their clients and teach them about what numbers are important and what numbers aren’t … Do we think it is ok and necessary to discard a method of measure entirely just because most are unaware how it works ?

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What to Believe, 7 Myths of Training ?

The other day I was chatting to a member of my Academy (TopShape Academy), about squatting. The conversation started when I told him that I had A young Guy doing his Personal Training Diploma and how he was doing his practical hours at my gym. In fitness and sports, one of the Primary Points of Performance is the fact that your squat needs to be as low as possible. Now, this discussion has many reasons and roads it can go down, like the fact that if you don’t break parallel, you aren’t using nor are you engaging your posterior chain as you should. However my point for now is revolving around the reason why I train in the first place. FUNCTIONALITY ie is it applicable to your everyday life!

2 comments on “What Eating Plan Is Best For Me ?”

What Eating Plan Is Best For Me ?

Whenever someone asks about what diet I would recommend, one of the key questions I ask is, “What kind of food do you eat every day?” About half of all the people will say that they have been on some kind of diet in the past. Some had good results, and some had terrible results with the same diet.

How can this be?

6 comments on “Burpee Equivalence”

Burpee Equivalence

As always my clients are the motivation for most of my articles and posts. This weekend it was taken to another level . While away with some good friends, a rule was made that the word “MINE” and the number “10” cannot be mentioned without the penalty prize of 10 Push-ups. To cut a long story short the majority of my time there was spent laughing and doing Push-ups. Close to 700 if you must know.

Now I know you must be wondering “what does this have to do with burpees?”. The fact that I was doing 9+1 Push-ups every 15 minutes for the duration of my stay got me thinking that it was OK to be indulging in a little bit of weekend treats as I was probably burning negative calories the whole time anyway. As nice as that is, imagine you had to do push-ups every time you ate ?

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” I had to throw away my skinny jeans and get 2 sizes smaller! “

I have always struggled with my weight my earliest memory being 10 years old, going with my dad to Weight Watchers and as quick as my colourful ribbons got stapled on my book(which was an indication of kilograms lost) they got pulled off. This has been the story of my life right into my 30’s “ribbons being won then ribbons being yanked away’. We all know every girl has a pair of jeans in her  cupboard they label  “their skinny jeans” Well I have not been able to get mine over my thighs  for over 6 years. My kick in my but came when I couldn’t even fit into my “fat jeans” – I needed an intervention; that intervention came in the form of a trainer with serious bite, dedication, constant encouragement and skill.

2 comments on “Fashion and Grooming Editor Takes a ‘Swing’ in The Right Direction”

Fashion and Grooming Editor Takes a ‘Swing’ in The Right Direction

I took on this challenge because I wanted to bulk up and look better in what I wear. Fashion is my life and I enjoy looking good. I decided that it was high time to add some meat to these stylish bones. There was one problem, though: I hadn’t seen the inside of a gym in five years. A friend recommended City Bowl Fitness – Strength and Conditioning ( www.citybowlfitness.co.za ), so I went for it and met with personal trainer Nicholas Caracandas. 

4 comments on “How My Lifestyle Has Helped My Diabetes”

How My Lifestyle Has Helped My Diabetes

My current lifestyle started 17 years ago.  The day I was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes I knew that I stood at a crossroad, and was facing two choices.  Having a mother with 5 years of being a type 1 diabetic behind her, I knew my options were limited.  One option was to carry on as I was, and start my diabetic life in denial, OR realize that life had thrown one of its curve-balls my way, and it was up to me to decide my fate.

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What the 3 Month Challenge Did For Me

Cue violins: Two years ago I was trying on boots and couldn’t zip them up without another pair of hands to help case my legs in like sausages. There are a lot of things I couldn’t do two years ago. I struggled to walk long distances. Climbing stairs was an Everest expedition. I struggled to bend over to pick things up: If it fell on the floor, it stayed there. I couldn’t run; I couldn’t skip; I couldn’t jog… My feet began to hurt if I stood for too long. No wonder, when you consider that I stand at 1.52m and was carrying the same weight as a rugby prop (the really big guys with no necks).


In 2010 I met Nicholas.