Competition Prep and Coronavirus | The Bloq

Competition Prep and Coronavirus | The Bloq

Many of our fans are fitness competitors. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the world of bodybuilding and physique competition, it requires months upon months of hard work and dedication. Lexie Clarke and Francisco Cicila are two Quest employees who have been undergoing that same rigorous training. From adhering to a very strict diet plan and hitting the gym two to three times a day in order to be ready for the stage, it was a full-time job on top of a full-time job. Like many of you Questies, we’re coping with the realities of coronavirus and what it means for our personal and professional goals. We originally planned to share Lexie and Francisco’s journey with you, from their early days of preparation through ramping up for competition to the final results. Then everything changed. But just because gyms and fitness competitions are closed or cancelled across the... Read More
Down Dog, Alo Moves, Glo, Yogaholics

Down Dog, Alo Moves, Glo, Yogaholics

Find some inner-calm from the comfort of your lounge room with 6 of the most popular places on the internet to practise yoga.  Sure, the gyms have closed. But there are a slew of great online workouts around – from free livestreams to app-based cardio challenges. Plus, there’s always the allure of simply hitting the pavement (even if the fun run you were training for’s been canned). But you’re going to need to balance all of that high intensity training with something softer. Something that stretches and revives those achey muscles. Anyone else sore from sitting at their dining room table while working from home, or is that just me who feels like they have the hunched spine of an 80-year old? Either way, you’re going to need some online yoga classes to bend you back into shape. So, in service to you dear reader, here are some of the... Read More
The Best Pre-Workout Snacks to Eat Based on Time of Day

The Best Pre-Workout Snacks to Eat Based on Time of Day

If you are getting a workout in, what you eat before definitely matters. Why? Because food acts as fuel, so you can give that workout your all. You need to feel energized, awake, and ready to sweat it out and push yourself, and if you feel starved and low in energy or too weighed down and full, you won’t be able to perform as well as you’d like to. And that defeats the whole purpose of booking that spin session or whipping out those gym clothes! And while the same nutrients for pre-workout grub apply no matter the time of day (think some complex carbs with a slight bit of fiber, a bit of sugar or sodium, and a little bit of protein and good fats to fill you up and settle the belly without overdoing it), the types of foods you are eating might differ a bit. Here’s a... Read More
A 5-minute yoga session to stretch and destress while in self-isolation

A 5-minute yoga session to stretch and destress while in self-isolation

Get your body moving and soothe your mind with this quick yoga session from fitness studio Lean Bean’s virtual programme. The coronavirus has changed your life. You’re stuck in self-isolation, have no gym to go to, and there’s a good chance you’ve been spending hours cooped up in front of your laptop as you try and adjust to life working from home. It’s in this time where exercise and movement has never been more important for your physical and mental health. “We’re not going about our usual busy lives at the moment and if we’re not getting the blood flowing, the health of your body and mind will quickly deteriorate,” founder of Lean Bean Fitness Lizzie Bland, tells body+soul. “Most of us are finding it harder to sleep because of anxiety around the situation but also because we haven’t burnt as much energy as we normally would in the day.”... Read More
how to stay motivated if your marathon or fun run has been cancelled

how to stay motivated if your marathon or fun run has been cancelled

Has the fun run or marathon you’ve been training for been cancelled due to the coronavirus? Running enthusiast Laura Hill reminds us to look on the bright side, because there’s still plenty of reasons to hit the pavement.  Around the world and here in Australia, runners are coming to terms with the fact that the race – or in some cases the races – they had been training so hard for have been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled to later this year because of COVID-19. In line with public health advice, some of Australia’s most popular running events like the HBF Run for a Reason, Run for the Kids and Puffing Billy Running Festival have been cancelled, while the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, Canberra Marathon, Adelaide Marathon and Great Ocean Road Running Festival have either confirmed or are working hard to secure new dates for 2020. Several major running events... Read More