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Cognitive Performance

By Luke Walker
Dare Head Coach
Weight Lifting Woman

Ready to level up at work? Increase cognitive function and decrease stress through training and nutrition. Our team are well versed in optimising the minds and bodies of high-achieving intellectuals and academics and are here to show you how to use training as a strategic business tool.

There are many well-known benefits associated with healthy nutrition and strength training. Some of these include a better body composition, increased strength, mobility and improved metabolic health.

Perhaps one of the biggest yet not often discussed benefits of strength training include the enhancement and preservation of cognitive function.

Studies have shown there is a direct correlation between strength training and improved cognition. Some of these benefits include:


Are you looking to get that mental edge over your work colleague by being more productive and focused at work? If so, training and nutrition could be your secret weapon. Training has been shown to increase the production of key neurotransmitters and chemicals such dopamine and serotonin which inversely affect mood, sleep, cognition and learning. Increased dopamine levels can leave you feeling happy, motivated, alert and focused. Which are all the right ingredients for a successful day at the office.

While increased serotonin will help regulate your mood leaving you feeling happier, calmer and more focused on the task at hand. The ability to focus for extended periods will allow you increase learning and improve productivity which might just lead you to securing that new promotion.


It goes without saying one of the major benefits of adopting a nutrition and training regime is the massive increase in energy levels. This can have a positive impact in all areas of your life but especially in regard to focus and concentration. By eating better, training and sleeping more your overall health will improve. This will enable more output in your career or other areas as it allows you to achieve more without running out of gas. All the top CEO’s and high performers worldwide focus on health as a number one priority as they know they need to optimise this area so they can perform at their peak.


Recent studies have shown that strength training can prevent and halt brain degeneration in particular Alzheimer’s disease. It has been shown that training can improve blood flow to areas of the brain which increases brain plasticity and the development of new blood cells and neurons. Another reason to train well even into your later years. After all strength training isn’t just for the young, Its for everyone. People from all ages should be lifting weights and aiming to be as strong as possible for as long as possible.


One of the major benefits of strength training is that it is a fantastic stress reliver. There Is nothing like the cascade of chemicals, feel good hormones and endorphins that are released during and after training. This definitely makes you feel alive and one of the main reasons people become addicted the feeling being strong and pushing themselves.

These chemicals have a major positive effect on your mood and overall outlook on life. What sometimes seems like an insurmountable problem before, after a hard training session suddenly seems insignificant. Due to the regular release of neurotransmitters people who train experience lower levels of overall stress, anxiety and depression.


When people start focusing on good nutrition and regular training they naturally look for other ways to improve their health and boost performance. The next lever people generally pull is trying to improve their sleep. This indirectly improves cognitive function as people who sleep better have a better ability to focus, have improved memory/cognition and energy levels. It goes without saying sleep is a super power aim for 7-9 hrs of uninterrupted sleep per night.


People that train regularly know that they need to show up day in and day out to get the job done. Regardless of feelings or emotions the weights don’t care. One training session doesn’t make your strong or give you 6 pack abs. It’s showing up consistently over the years being disciplined and dedicated to your goals. This creates individuals that are not only strong physically but also mentally. Hard training and overcoming obstacles in the gym strengthens the mind. The ability to not give up and push through hard training sessions create resilient and strong individuals.

As you can see from the list above strength training does wonders for cognitive function, overall wellbeing and mindset. One of the best decisions you will ever make is deciding to make regular weight training a part of your lifestyle, getting strong and staying strong is a priority for you.

Happy lifting. See you in the studio.