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Antonio Decaro's Transformation Story

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"Today is the 1 yr anniversary of the day I [Antonio Decaro] decided to change my life forever and go for my weight loss surgery. Just so you people know, the surgery isn't an answer but a tool.

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Make Your Life Easier

Make Your Life EasierDo you have a thousand things to do? Can’t remember where you left your keys? Balancing work, home and a healthy lifestyle can be difficult.

By concentrating on managing to simplify a few things in your life can help decrease stress and increase attentiveness. Here are a few simple ways to get started.

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How to Prevent Splints

How to Prevent Splints

Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, ‘shin splints’ refers to the pain you get along the front of your shin anywhere between the knee and ankle.

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5 Signs You're Overtraining

5 Signs You're Overtraining

Believe it or not, exercise can be unhealthy if overdone. It’s known as overtraining.

When we exercise, we push our body, and this is normal. The exertion stimulates our muscles and cardiovascular system, which makes us fitter. But when we increase the frequency of our training, or up the intensity level, our bodies struggle to recover which can bring progress to a standstill, or even send it backwards.

Everyone is different so there’s no exact formula for how much exercise is the right amount. How quickly your body recovers is affected by experience, intensity, how often you train, nutrition, sleep and other lifestyle factors. But there are a few tell-tale signs it might be time to pull it back a little.

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Margarita Pappas Transformation Story

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For one to say you have achieved your goal in fitness is ignorance. I started my journey at Matrix fitness club in 2009 after a mentally abusive relationship. After six months of working out I met Herv, one of the best trainers Matrix had to offer.

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The rep squats experience

The rep squats experience

20-rep squats – or ‘widowmakers’, as they’re sometimes known – are one of the more intense experiences you can have inside a gym. In case you’re unfamiliar, the protocol goes like this:

1. Load a weight that you should only be able to get for about 10 proper reps onto a barbell.
2. Take it out of the rack.
3. Don’t put it back until you’ve done 20 reps.

‘Resting’, albeit with the bar on your back, is fine, and necessary.

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Bulimia & Nutrition

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It’s not easy to admit to other people that you have a problem. My problem is/was bulimia. Over the past six months I have made changes, difficult and scary changes, to get myself well again. Whilst I would not consider myself bulimic anymore, I do not have (and probably never will have) a comfortable relationship with food. 

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Running a 10K without special training

Running a 10K without special training

What do you do when your best friends get in touch to see if you’d like to run a 10K with them* – despite you having not run for months and months? When this happened to me, I said yes, of course – I’m never one to turn down an opportunity to be active!

This “yes” came from me a whole three weeks ago, so I thought I’d have plenty of time to take the legs out for a stretch, if only to remind them what a bit of distance felt like.

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