Nina's Blog

When was the last time you went to the gym or did a workout and you just felt like you couldn’t do anything, you felt weak and almost a little bit lost?

Trust me!

I’ve been there. It only seems like yesterday when I ruptured my Achilles and I was completely out of action for quite some time. Once my ‘beautiful’ boot was taken off I was left with a baby calf that equaled a bone with a degenerated muscle attached and a ton of weakness.

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Exercise with mindfulness, belief and intention as opposed to “just doing it”. What’s the purpose behind your workout? Why are you putting yourself through it? Remember your goals and if you really want it you’ll get so much more out of your session. Read More

Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? …I mean if you could think yourself into shape, why wouldn’t you just do that?

 But maybe you’ve actually been doing the exact opposite: “Thinking yourself out of shape”?!

  • Do you believe you’re fat or slim?
  • Do you believe you can lose fat or not?
  • Do you believe you can achieve your goals or not?
  • Do you believe you can be discipline when you need to be… or not?
  • Do you believe you can create the version of yourself that you deep down desire? 
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… Do you ever feel like you could do better?

… Do you ever feel like you should be a step further or have achieved more?

… Do you get down about where you are right now?

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It’s easy to answer, right?

… A house

…Lots of money

…A family

…Educated children

…Great career

…Be slim and look great

Maybe this is just an answer that has been engraved in us by society?

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I’ve come to terms with it: Looking after myself is where all the magic happens.

Have you ever noticed that when you put yourself first which means you make yourself a priority before anyone and anything else, things flow a lot easier on a daily basis?!

Do you sometimes feel:

Tired, Reactive, Impatient, Frustrated, Overwhelmed……..?

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Yes that's exactly what I'm saying. :)
What great news, right?
Whenever people hear "gymnastics" they freak out.
"Aaaaah I could never do that"!
You don't have to do a back flip.
Or a handstand.
Or a summersault.
BUT MAYBE one day you will.
The beauty of gymnastics is the principles of gymnastics that make you super strong
super fast!
So it doesn't matter where you are at you can start NOW!
There are exercises that everyone can do, literally EVERYONE.
Here's the "plank of gymnastics" and we call it "hollow hold".
Awesome core exercise. Try it. I mean now. Get down on the floor and give it a crack.
Your core can only get stronger right? Read instructions below...
Stage 1 + 2
Stage 3
How to do a hollow hold?
> The goal of a hollow hold is that your pelvis is posteriorly tilted which means you tuck your tailbone under and you imprint the lower back into the floor
> Shoulders are slightly peeled off the floor, long neck, look up!
> Start with Stage 1 legs bent and arms by the side. You must be able to maintain actively pressing the lower back into the floor before progressing the exercise!
> Complete 3x 10sec with 10 sec rest
> Progress to 2x 20sec with 10 sec rest 
> Progress to 2x 30sec with 10 sec rest
> Progress to 1x 40sec, then 1x 50sec
> Make sure you are able to do a full minute before progressing to stage 2
> Stage 2 your legs are extended. Again: you MUST be able to press your lower back into the floor!
> Complete above progressions before trying stage 3.
> With stage 3 arms are next to your ears and shoulders are protracted, reach away from the body
> Go through progressions...
Whoop! So much fun :)

Oh my god!

The weekend has just gone by and it happened again!

Those 2 kg that you had just lost are now back on.

How frustrating!


You’ve put your mind to it recently,

You’ve made some lifestyle changes,

You’ve been working out more regularly and

You HAVE seen some results but then…

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Your career is really the main commitment in your life and that hasn’t really been your choice, it’s just kind of what everyone does these days. The workload is crazy most of the time and frequently you can’t leave your job before you’ve done a 10-12h day or a ‘at home night shift’.

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You know when that time has come, when you just feel completely tired, exhausted, run down, every Monday you’re swimming in a pool of tasks and to do’s for the week. Every other day you feel like you’re coming down with something and there’s just SO MUCH to do! Everyone needs something from you and your attention. Read More
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