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Anthony Gillespie

06/09/2013

Invest in your greatest asset

No I am not talking money but if you want to Fitzy’s would be a good first stop. Here is an article I recently wrote in their newsletter. They wisely understand the link between your health and your finances.
06/09/2013

Barbecue 27th of September

Seriously I know I need my head read at times. Not once but twice did I get this wrong. But today I am on it. We are having a barbecue here at the pool on Friday, September 27. 6pm – 8pm. Two reasons. One is to say goodbye to Eoin who has been a great employee for 3 years. And two is to celebrate Spring and the warmer weather. I think I promised dancing girls last time. Check on that still. Light refreshments and some grilled stuff. Should be fun. Clients (those who are on a hiatus currently too) and their friends all invited. Please confirm by dropping you details on this form Thanks yawl.
06/09/2013

Useful fitness time….again!

Okay, Bridge to Brisbane done. The ‘what’s next’ is here! I want a stack of Best Practicians in this one. COME ON! (nothing like shouty CAPS LOCK!) Brisbane to Gold Coast Ride I know 100k’s can sound scary but it is not believe. You can do this! I have tentative confirmation from at least 8 of you. 20 would be awesome. Send me a text or email when you are booked. You will enjoy it for sure!
01/09/2013

Exercise. Once again a valid ‘treatment’ option

It amazes me how much time, effort and money people will spend looking for the pill that fixes their woes. Exercise is the simple answer. I cannot see a future where it will not be routine for doctors to ‘prescribe’ exercise as if it was some magic drug. It IS in fact one of the best natural drugs there is, fixing so many things that I don’t have space to list them. Add to the list – Inflammation. It seems as if this is the root cause of a bunch of problems. Check out this article for the physiological reasons that exercise reduces the markers of disease. You see it isn’t all about looking beautiful. If you care what is happening inside your body then read this interesting piece from our mates at Precision Nutrition.
01/09/2013

The clock got stuck!

Some of you may have read that I set myself a goal this year to ‘turn the clock back 20 years’ and run a sub 4min km pace for the Bridge to Brisbane. When I was 27, I ran the City to Surf in Sydney in better than 4min per k pace. The Bridge to Brissie is a far easier run and so I thought I was not biting off more than I could chew when I made that bold target. Well as it turns out the clock got kind of stuck! The good news is that firstly I managed to do the run, which looked highly unlikely on Wednesday when I strained a calf muscle (thanks to Body Perceptions Physio, Aspro and some serious taping for getting me to the start line). The second bit of good news was that I did end doing my best time for this particular run AND I didn’t have a heart attack. Two guys went down in Perth on their equivalent run on Saturday so definitely good news from that perspective! I am in the right age bracket for that sort of thing but yeah probably a lower risk thankfully due to my job! So I ended up 2 mins 28s short of the goal. Do I view that as failure? In one sense yes I guess, but in another definitely not.  The true purpose of these sort of targets is the ability to drive action and from that perspective it was a massive win. I know there were a number of you who went […]
01/09/2013

Goals and engagement

“We are goal seeking mechanisms. It is how we are made. Don’t fight it. Use it to your advantage”. I am reading a classic early days psych book called Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. He was a plastic surgeon who made some great insights to human nature from the work he did in reconstructing people’s faces. The crux of the book is that we can create pretty much any reality from our habits of thinking and that we can get the best out of ourselves when we recognize our goal driven nature and use it to build engagement in a process and achieve fantastic things. It’s a good read. Check it out. It’s a seminal piece on self development and highly recommended.
23/08/2013

BBQ for clients and those who used to be!

Just a quick one letting you know that we are having a barbecue and would like yawl and any friends interested in your amazing fitness routine to come along. Friday (I am pretty sure it is Friday!) September 27, 2013 here at the pool on the deck from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. The BBQ has a twin purpose. One is to say fare-yee-well (properly this time as I messed up days and dates last time and got sidetracked with a mate who was going a short jog from Brisbane to Sydney!)  to Eoin who has been a great staff member and is moving on, though not to greener pastures necessarily (- in my opinion at least! does it get any better than here?) and the other is to simply celebrate the end of Winter and socialise a little. There will be music, food, refreshments and dancing girls (katrina for example, although I can’t promise she will be dancing!). There will be a few lucky door prizes too including a one month gym membership including the all new Functional Movement Screen and program worth over $150, a high quality Swiss ball worth $67 and a sample pack of our new line of all natural protein snacks – yummeee. So you can see it is an event not to be missed. Fill in this form  to let us know if you and a friend or two (but just you is okay) can grace us with your presence! Remember, the more the merrier. So let’s say goodbye to Eoin, (sad to see him go) […]
23/08/2013

He made it!

After 18 days of running on average about 60km per day from Brisbane to Sydney! Damian King (my mate of 40 odd years) crossed the finish line in Sydney last Sunday the 18th of August. After 1000km of jogging every step of the way (no kickbiking or walking!) and braving crazy looking blisters on the verge of debilitating infection, strained muscles around his ribs making it impossible to take a proper breath at one stage, knees threatening to pack it in completely (like mine did), massive hill climbs testing aerobic function, hard hot roads and trucks whizzing by with in inches, he could finally sit down and rest and know that he didn’t have get up the next morning at 5.00am to face the music as he had done every day for the past 18. He did extremely well to say the least. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe it. As someone who joined him at various stages of the run I can affirm that it was a ridiculously hard challenge. I did about 138km in total with him but no two days in a row simply because my body said no. If you felt so inclined to donate (I know I did out of pure respect) to the cause he ran for, I know he would be eternally grateful as will the recipients. p.s. I am thinking of launching a ‘guaranteed weight loss’ program based on what he did. If you have a spare 18 days and don’t mind jogging then you too can lose 8kg! Guaranteed!! Not sure […]
23/08/2013

Online systems with Best Practice

In our quest for better service I would like to remind you of  our new heart rate effort monitoring system called My Zone which we have already installed and are upgrading soon [new permanent screens in all 3 rooms which will optionally display your heart rate when you walk in the door]. Technology is one of those things that just keeps coming at us and it is wise not to fight it! Some of it can confuse and some of it is supremely helpful. My Zone falls in to the latter category. Some of you already have the belt and are using it well. It is a great tool for us when we train you, especially in computrainer. Just make sure that you log on regularly and view how you are going, both in terms of sessions achieved each month and the quality [read: intensity] of your sessions. If there is something consistently being preached now in fitness, it is the value of intensity. But remember, I am talking about ‘relative’ intensity for you. You have to listen to your body and not push it beyond it’s means. Ask it some serious questions for sure but remember that post last week about being sensible and recovery is just as important as the stimulus of training. I would like to let you know about another system I have been working on integrating now for some time. It is called Virtuagym. It is very very useful and we are close to opening up to you. Here is a page that tells you […]