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Why Your Child Should Train

Kids are a huge component of the entirety of Hybrid, we structured this gym on the idea that young athletes will promote healthy lifestyles and confident youths going into school and into adulthood. We look at training and nutrition the same for kids as we do for adults,...

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Energy Expenditure

I understand better how to manage my calorie intake, but what about my output?   One of our previous articles discussed the energy balance equation and the importance of achieving a calorie deficit through different types of diets. This time we will focus on the second half...

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Resistance Training for Beginners

We brush shoulders every day with people who go to the gym for various reasons: health, performance, aesthetic or simply just for the love of it. At Hybrid MMA, we have introduced a variety of group sessions that aim to provide you with resistance training...

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Maximising your Hybrid training week

If you were an Olympic 100m runner, would it be wise to prescribe 100m distances in training and nothing else? No, of course not. The same applies within the gym environment.   In order to become stronger, fitter, leaner, you have to expose yourself to a variety...

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8 reasons why women should lift

Even though more and more women have started to incorporate weight lifting in their daily routine, some still refuse to pick up dumbbells heavier than 2 kgs because they don’t want to “look like men”. The truth is, lifting weights won’t make women look like men, simply because women naturally do not have enough testosterone to bulk up like men. Instead, weight lifting offers so many benefits to the ladies! You will burn more calories. Yes! You read that right! Weight training has the “after-burn” effect aka. “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption” which allows you to continue to burn fat even after your session. By building lean muscle mass, your basic metabolic rate (BMR) will also increase, meaning you burn more calories even when you rest. You will feel stronger mentally, and physically.  You will look awesome when you lift some serious weights at the gym, you will feel unstoppable when you reach a “personal best” at the gym. Heavy lifting also makes you stronger in other aspects of life, you will find it much easier to complete physical tasks, i.e. doing your grocery shopping for your entire family, carrying 5 bags at once… You will sculpt the body shape you want.  All exercises will allow you to burn some calories and lose some weight (if you’re in a caloric deficit); however, no exercise can help you change your body composition and create that hourglass body like weight training does. Just like if men wanted to build big arms and chest, ladies would have to do the same (lift weights) to get the round shoulders and glutes. Your mood will lift, and you will feel less stressed. Weight lifting will encourage your body to release a great amount of endorphins a.k.a. hormones that offer pain-relieving and anti-depressant effect. With less stress, your sleep quality will also improve. You will look and feel younger. It’s been suggested by researchers that weight training can reverse ageing process by reducing muscle and bone loss, increasing energy, improving brain function, and insulin resistance etc. Weight training will also improve skin tone and elasticity. You will live longer. It’s no secret that exercising promotes good health. Not only does weight lifting help to boost your immune system, maintain a healthy heart, and blood...

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Brazilian Jiu-jitsu: a way to change your life?

What is Jiu Jitsu?   Jiu Jitsu is more than simply a competitive sport. It is an ever-evolving martial art, and practical form of self-defence that is both intellectually stimulating and great exercise. It brings people together from all walks of life with a common goal to...

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Which type of cardio is best to shed fat?

There are predominantly two kinds of cardio when people are looking to lose fat and improve cardio vascular endurance: high intensity interval training (also known as HIIT), versus low intensity steady state (referred to as LISS). Both have their pros and cons, but which kind...

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Trunk Training: Is it time to put the belt away?

The human body moves through an array of movement planes and patterns; the dominant three being frontal, sagittal and transverse. In short, these planes of movement allow us to hinge, squat, pull, push, lunge and rotate. A simple day to day activity such as walking up stairs...

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4 Reasons Why You Should Try Wrestling

If you’re looking for a sport capable of getting you physically fit, then wrestling may be just the sport for you! Wrestling also helps people develop important and valuable qualities such as self-esteem, sportsmanship, work ethic and leadership skills.   What is wrestling?   Wrestling is a combat sport, under the...

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