What I’ve Learned From Years Of Back Pain

My personal do’s and don’ts of treating back pain.

I’ve struggled with back pain for years and spent a lot of time researching for ways to relieve my misery. Name a form of treatment and I’ve done it. In this article I want to give my personal experience with what helped me with my back pain and what did not seem to make a difference, so maybe you have an easier time navigating through the treatment jungle.

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Training Intensiveness

How hard should you train?

How hard you should train is an important variable in training and I think many people lose a lot of time durdling around at the gym without making any progress because they fail to implement enough intensiveness. But does everybody have to go “balls to the wall”, or are there finer nuances to it? And what are the drawbacks of high intensiveness? Well, let’s take a look!

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How To Autoregulate Your Training

Making almost every training program better.

Autoregulating training programs are the new way to go when it comes to program design. They have a lot to offer, leaving the old cookie-cutter templates from muscle magazines outdated by comparison. Still, autoregulative training isn’t for everyone. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of this great tool in this article!

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The Online Coaching User Manual

The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Coaching.

I feel there is still much confusion about Online Coaching out there. People still are quite sceptic about it and therefore I want to help the public to understand Online Coaching better. To shed more light on this awesome tool, I have decided to write a user manual, explaining what is important when working with a coach in an online setting. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot about communication!

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Upates Part 2

Update on my postdoc’s life, coaching, education and more

Stefan already wrote a nice update which you should check if you have not done it already. There was a lot going on for both of us, therefore I will add some additional points. By the way it is the first article of mine since ages and I am glad having some time for writing. This will also be one of the last personal blog posts for a long time as we want to get back to proper content and recipes for you!

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Training And Workout Frequency

How often should you go to the gym? A basic question, misunderstood most of the time. Most people assume “more is better” and put much pressure onto themselves, trying to hit the gym as often as possible, only to get frustrated by the high time consumption of doing so. So let’s take a look at the most important factors that influence training frequency, allowing you to make an educated decision for yourself.

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Training Volume

Finding the sweet spot for your training volume.

Recently training volume caused a lot of discussion in the evidence based fitness scene. People started fighting each other over the seemingly simple question: How much should I train? High volume zealots and low volume purists collided, leaving no definite answer behind. So let’s take a look at the data and figure out ourselves how much to do at the gym!

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Keep Moving

My fitness journey and why you should keep moving too!

Chantal: I love movement, that’s why my standard hashtag on Instagram is #keepmoving. I am thankful that my body allows me any kind of movement. It is impossible for me to understand why some people hate physical activities. So let me tell how everything started, maybe I can motivate you.

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Strength Training For Women – Part II

Practical applications.

Welcome back to my Strength Training For Women series. This time we will take a closer look on how to apply the gender differences I discussed in Part I of this series. I am happy you came back to learn how to build muscles. It’s a great decision to get stronger, build up, improve and stop the mindset of “becoming less”: eating less, exercising in a less “manly” way, exhausting yourself less. Now it’s time to grow!

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Alcohol And Dieting

Let’s be honest, in December the alcohol consumption can increase exponentially, especially here in Austria. Every office has its own Christmas party, where free alcohol flows generously. After work you go for a stroll to the “Christkindlmarkt” (Christmas market) and meet some friends for a punsch or a mulled wine. On Christmas you will have two or more generous glasses of wine because you are so fatiqued of talking with the whole family. And there is no New Year’s Eve without bubbles. Well, alcohol throws an additional challenge on the hard dieting folks which should first have a look on Stefan’s great article on how to manage holydays. But is alcohol really impairing your fat loss? Let’s have a closer look to it.

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