January 12, 2020

Maternity Dietitians Ireland is a new organisations whose sole focus is to make evidence based recommendations for women in Ireland in terms of nutrition both during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. Aoife discusses the topics covered which relate to what she sees in FFS Gyms day-to-day working with both pregnant and postpartum clients.

October 6, 2019

The pelvic floor is something that, as women, we often don’t think about until we experience a problem or until we’re learning about pregnancy and how our bodies will change. This blog gives an overview of pelvic floor muscles and a step-by-step guide to incorporating pelvic floor activation into your breathing.

August 11, 2019

Over the last year or so, we have had more pregnancies among gym members than ever before and Small Group Training for Pregnancy has been up and running since the beginning of 2019 with Mama & Baby Small Group Training soon to begin. Aoife MacNeill writes about strength training and aerobic training during pregnancy, pelvic floor function, diastasis and returning to exercise post-pregnancy.

February 16, 2019

Going to the gym was most likely quite straightforward prior to pregnancy, the biggest question being "Do I go to the gym today or not? In this post, I cover the main questions about prenatal exercise which have come up from our PT clients and members at FFS.

January 29, 2017

In the first weightlifting blog post I shared my personal weightlifting story and why I love it. The second post focused more on the overall benefits. This time we’ll get more into the basics and what’s worth knowing before beginning weightlifting.

So as we already covered, there’s two lifts - the snatch and the clean & jerk.

The snatch is the faster of the two and involves moving the bar from ground to overhead in one movement.

The clean and jerk requires two se...

January 15, 2017

In the first post about weightlifting I covered what it is and why, for me, it absolutely rocks. Having trained with my fair share of different athletes over the last few years I can confirm that those subjective reasons are generally shared by others. Here’s a summary of those good-for-your-soul reasons along with some more benefits there for the taking:


When learning a lift (and I don’t just mean beginners, weightlifting is one of those ‘never stop learn...

December 24, 2016

Powerlifting, bodybuilding, CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting – you’d be well forgiven for not being totally clear what any one or all of these are. Here’s a quick visual explanation:

What is weightlifting?

Olympic weightlifting (often referred to simply as weightlifting) is a competitive sport which involves two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. During the snatch the bar is brought overhead in one movement, using a wide grip. The clean & jerk has a narrow...

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