Are your foundations strong?

by Matt Elphick


Strong Foundations are the building block to your fitness journey.  Just like a building if you don’t have strong foundations your fitness journey will fall apart as the months pass.

You may ask what are you talking about…foundations…houses what has that got to do with my fitness journey?

Whether you are looking to lose body fat or build muscle you must have your foundations in order to see results.

At Steelextreme we ensure our clients follow the 5 FOUNDATIONS


Your gut bacteria can hinder your fat loss. If you suffer from bloating, belching and heartburn to name a few, these are all issues caused by bad gut bacteria.

Digestion issues can cause inflammation. Inflammation occurs when your body activates your immune system to fight infection.


Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise when it comes to improving our health, performance, and body composition. 

Good sleep helps our bodies and minds recover, keeping us lean, happy, mentally focused, and healthy. 

On the other hand, chronically bad sleep slathers on body fat, screws up our hormones, ages us faster, increases chronic illnesses, and drains our IQ and mojo. 


To lose fat it is essential that you minimize you stress to lower your cortisol levels.  Chronically high cortisol is associated with higher body fat, particularly around the mid section.  This means that no matter how much you exercise or eat healthy, you’re unlikely to lose fat if your cortisol is elevated because of how cortisol makes the body insensitive to insulin.


This is the most difficult part most people find.  Nutrition is a key element of your journey.  The internet is a minefield of information, some good and some not so much.  Start by cleaning up your current diet and making small changes.  Eat from the earth as much as possible and remove refined processed foods.


Whilst most would think the 1st go to would be cardio, we highly recommend strength training.  Ample research shows that strength training should be at the forefront of your fat loss journey.  Strength training is essential because it will but fat, burn calories, improves insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake and it makes you stronger.  It also produces a more favourable muscle building response, which in turn raises your metabolism to support a leaner body composition

In Summary

When embarking on your fitness journey it is important to look at all these factors and start with a strong foundation.  In order to be successful, you must work on your habits and change the basics.

Our team of qualified coaches are here to assist you along your journey, teaching you all the basics to build awesomely strong foundations!

Contact us today to book your free assessment and consultation.

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