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Ross Hanrahan - "Womens Healthy Advisory Board"

April 1, 2017


With International Women’s Day having just passed us by (March 8th!), I wanted to take the opportunity to write a blog post about some exciting work that has recently come my way. Being recognised for doing something you love, and letting certain things fall into place organically (while working your ass off the rest of the time) are fantastic.


So, here’s the story…


The Women’s Health Magazine Advisory Board appoints a group of professionals who write their own columns, or give advice as necessary. Some names that you might recognise are:

  • Dr. Klaus T. Kallmayer M.D., Ph.D, M.A., Cardiology

  • Dr. Tara Wyne, Mental Health & Psychology

  • Dr. Kiren Sahota, Family Medicine, and  

  • Dr. Shereen Habib, Gynaecology amongst many others.  

Editor-in-Chief at Women’s Health Middle East, Yi-Hwa Hanna comes to FitCamps. When she first started, I had no idea who she was or what she did for a living. After several sessions, we found FitLife in the 'spy' section of the magazine with a great review from Yi. That’s when things started to fall into place, and we began to work together on some small things that she needed in relation to the magazine. It then became apparent that we could deliver the goods as far as Women's Health went, and I was elected as part of the Advisory Board in February 2017. Our first article before this spanned across 12 pages, which I know is prime real estate as far as a print magazine goes! This really isn’t something I imagined could be possible the first-time round for FitLife, especially since it was in its early adolescence. Being part of Women’s Health Magazine is a huge boost, to what I do, to my years of experience, and the expertise I have honed along the way.


Women On My Mind


I say this because while the whole Personal Training industry has changed by miles, it’s women’s training that I think needs to be addressed here. Did you know till very recently, people believed that women shouldn’t lift weights - at all! Crazy, right? We most certainly think so! I’ve done some reflecting on the last 10-odd years of fitness that relates to women and I’ve put down the biggest myths (annoyances, if we’re being honest!) I’ve come across, and tried to bust them the best I can.

  • Women shouldn't lift heavy or they'll get bulky is by far the biggest change in recent history. You've got to put years of effort into your training to even promote physical enhancement in all the right places, so this is definitely something that women should begin to incorporate into their lifestyle.


  • What’s the point if you don’t lose weight? Checking weight is the next biggest - All women used to talk about losing weight, and losing weight, and losing weight - it's still quite a hot topic, but at least now women are beginning to realise it's not ONLY about the weight. It's about the body-fat percentage and how you feel in that dress or when you look in the mirror. 


  • Cardio to lose weight is also on the list - 1 hour of running on the treadmill sounds horrible, doesn't it? And not too much fun at all! So, why do it? Women are now realising that metabolic conditioning or HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) style training is the way to go.

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