Why do human bodies respond differently to the same training or treatment?

November 18, 2018

The human body is a complex and wonderful structure.

The unusual part for us to understand is that  certain treatments or training protocols that work well with one individual, but will not  achieve the desired result with another. The easy response to this outcome is to think we are not committing to the program, not following  instructions. The harder response is to try to understand how the two systems or bodies differed.

Human Bodies can respond quite differently to the same training or treatment

An example of this is strength training: two people can do exactly the same program (exercise and diet) and have different responses. One can get stronger, improve lean muscle mass and feel better, while another may not respond as well.  The musculoskeletal, digestive and nervous systems interact and can either enhance or supress each other’s responses. The non-responding person may, for example, have a gut microbiome imbalance preventing absorption of the nutrients required to increase muscle mass. They may also have central nervous system problems: mental fatigue, poor sleep patterns and emotional issues such as depression and anxiety have been shown to have a negative influence on physical training outcomes.

It is important to understand that chronic (long term) pain actually alters both brain chemistry (neurotransmitter profiles change) and affects how different areas of the brain communicate. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other, many of these are produced in the gut. So a poor digestive system (gut issue) can affect brain function and pain sensitivity. Hence, the person whose pain is not reducing with treatment as expected may have a digestive system issue affecting their nervous system response.

The nervous system is most influential in the body’s responses - Remembering that the nervous system has three elements: the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves), autonomic nervous system (parts of the brain and nervous system that control automatic functions of the body) and enteric nervous system (gut), it stands to reason that if you can get the nervous system to respond appropriately, it takes the rest of the body’s systems along for the ride.

Chasing optimal physical performance usually involves getting into ‘the zone’ or ‘flow state’ – a headspace that allows the body’s training to be most effective. Taking care of your whole body is essential so that you can then train well, this includes managing sleep, stress, healthy diet, taking care of injuries and health issues, and managing your mental health. Then you will get the most from your training sessions. 


Strength Training

November 12, 2018

 It is important in building lean muscle to help your body perform and look better.

Lifting weights is also a metabolism booster by building lean muscle you will burn more calories and add definition to your body.  The right strength training plan can prevent injury by improving your posture, building core strength, and helping with joint alignment.

Here is what you need to know regarding reps and load, if you are just starting to lift weights or have plateaued and want to start seeing more...

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Squash the benefits

July 22, 2018

is a fast-moving sport and is an excellent cardiovascular workout. It is a game that can be played at any age and is easy to learn. There are many modified game types and various equipment can be used to suit every size and skill level, enabling squash to played as either a leisure or competitive sport. Squash has even been recognized as the number one health and fitness sport.

Devlops agility – Leaping, spinning, stopping, bending, jumping, sprinting and running are just some of th...

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How to Overcome Obstacles and Make Permanent Changes in Your Life

July 2, 2018

Many people think that what you need is willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won’t get you there.

Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your relationships, lose weight, get fitter, be happier, write a book, — willpower won’t help you with any of these things.

If you’re required to exert willpower to do something, there is an obvious internal conflict. You w...

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Have you considered the benefits of cold-weather training??

June 21, 2018

Before you start to make excuses because of the cold and plan to pull over the blankets at 5.50am, you should consider the potential benefits of cold-weather training.

Aside from helping to ease the potential winter weight gain, exercising outdoors in colder weather has numerous health benefits. The average winter weight gain ranges from 2-10 kgs.


While many avoid the cold,  winter workouts are a great way to increase fitness.  If outside or even getting in and out at gym, the fresh air ...

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Snuggle in? or get out and get moving?

May 23, 2018

Winter Woe: Your body's chemical switch has flipped to storing more fat.

Get your motor running. University of Colorado researchers discovered that their production of ATLPL, a chemical that promotes fat storage, almost doubled during the winter and dropped during the summer. But you're not doomed to don fat pants all season, scientists say. Exercise may increase SMLPL, the muscle enzyme that promotes the burning of fat, to offset the sneaky winter gains and promote effects of ATLPL. "We found...

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April 15, 2018

Did you know that the human body is comprised of almost 70% water and more than 70% of the population is Dehydrated?


Here Are Some Signs Of Dehydration:

  • If you are thirsty, you are ALREADY dehydrated

  • Dry chapped lips

  • Foggy brain, headache, dizzy and lethargic

  • Muscle cramps anywhere in the body

  • Feelings of hunger (mistaken for thirst)

  • Cloudy and dark urine

  • Constipation

  • Achy joints

  • Moodiness

Here Are Some Benefits Of Being Hydrated:

  • Increases metabolism - metabolism can slow d...

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Chocolate the GOOD and the BAD ...

March 22, 2018
The good news 
Chocolate is rich in antioxidants which means that, as part of a balanced, varied diet, it can contribute to good health ...

Chocolate may lower cholesterol levels. Chocolate contains high levels of saturated fats, one of which is called stearic acid. Research shows that stearic acid does not raise blood cholesterol levels, while some studies have suggested that stearic acid may actually help the body break down cholesterol build up. 
Chocolate may make you live longer. A recent s...

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New years resolutions .... are they worth making?

January 14, 2018

The short answer is  YES .... researchers say that, despite the tough success rates, making a resolution is one of the best ways to actually make a change, particularly if realistic goals are set in the first place. Resolutions involve us moving our goals from mere contemplation to actions.

Want to know how to encourage yourself to keep going and peruse your New Year’s resolution of getting fitter and healthier? Check out these tips;

             Getting into the habit of exercise takes pra...

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Tips to stay on track over The Christmas Season

December 8, 2017

'There's a strong undercurrent of 'but it's Christmas' mentality that is rife amongst us all. And while we do need to let our hair down and have fun during this time of year, we also need to look after our bodies. And no, Christmas is not an excuse to abuse it,'

If your goal is to stay fit and healthy through the festive season, then small changes go a long way. Never go back for seconds, no matter how tasty the buffet is. Eat slowly and enjoy every mouthful. It's easier not to over eat when...

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