This is a great post about the funnily named ‘Pilates’ Remember we have our first course for some time starting April 18. 2 spaces left only. Check out more about it here and or book the last remaining space if you are fast!
Myself and a few hardy clients made it up Mount Cootha on the weekend. It was a heck of a climb. To prove how hard it was check this short video of a graph of my heart (thanks to My Zone) wanting to jump out of my chest! Congratulations to Michelle Leversedge, Guy and Helen Maxwell and Clint Holmes. Awesome effort guys! That was no walk in the park. A few of you will know that I talk about ‘useful’ fitness and that’s what going in these type of events are all about for me. There’s no point in working your backside off in a gym if you never doing anything useful with your nicely developing fitness. Now riding up a mountain mightn’t be it for you but there are countless ‘useful’ things you can do with an active body and I want to hear about it!
I have never really watched the biggest loser but I have started watching this season. Man is it good television! But I am not quite sure how they get away with some of the things they do and some of the things they say. I do acknowledge that there is a lot of ‘theatrics’ going on here which is not necessarily best practice training methodology but certainly part of ‘watchable television’ 101. Let’s start with what I like. Before starting their ‘weigh loss journey’ (more on this misnomer later). They got all them to jump off a 10 m cliff in to the water which was a great exercise in overcoming fear and pushing yourself to do what you think you can’t, both really good metaphorical lessons in what needs to happen when undertaking such a massive project. Just as an aside: Let me just say I have nothing but respect for these people who take this on. They have everything going against them – genetics, environment, social conditioning and usually, a massively negative attitude seriously ingrained over time. Make no mistake, getting past all these things to turn their lives around will take nothing less than olympic level dedication and determination. The only difference I see between these people and Olympic athletes is, natural talent and ability. The effort and the pain to achieve great things is no different regardless of whether you are buff or not. Now for what I don’t like. The head trainer Shannan was berating one of the members for only doing 10 minutes of […]
We talk about consuming carbs only after intensive exercise, be it strength training or cardiovascular. But we are not talking about any old carbs, we are talking about healthy whole grains. Check this article out from our trusted resource in nutrition – precision nutrition to see if you know what these really are. You might be surprised.
If you are short on time and think that you can’t get good results from 10-15 mins per day of exercise then you need to read this article to challenge you a little. There are some critical components to this approach so make sure you pay attention to that detail!
A lot of you receiving this won’t be able to take advantage of the offer I made to clients and members to come a long for a go on our famous kickbikes this Saturday morning but there still is a message here for you. When I started the business back in 2005 here at the Valley Pool I was keen to offer stuff that was different and fun whilst keeping to solid scientific principles of training. The kickbikes fit the bill for different and fun. Check out this video to see a relaxed ride from some colleagues of mine from the Australian institute of Fitness last week. Good way to tour Brisbane! This Saturday morning at 630am leaving from New Farm Park I am taking them out for a run and at last count there were 3 spots left. This is a no cost offer to try a kickbike and yes something different. If you are nearby to us here at the pool let me know and you might get a spot still! The moral to this post though is find something that you like doing when it comes to fitness because if you like it, you will do it! The best fitness program of all is the one you actually do. It doesn’t have to be boring folks.
I will be honest. I was a really bad crammer when I was at school and at uni. There was something about the pressure which made me ‘get it done’. This same approach doesn’t work so well when it comes to preparing for a physical challenge. I was reminded of this fact last year when I attempted to ‘cram’ my training for the Nissan corporate triathlon on the Gold Coast. Whilst it is not an extremely arduous event it is still around 50 minutes of sustained effort. Any way long story short, I did some cramping damage to my calves in the week leading in to the event and went in woefully underprepared swim wise. My results on the day reflected this, so this year I have decided that things will be different. I am not the greatest swimmer in the world but have the fortunate situation of having a pool right on my door step, so no excuses huh? Well there are 7 ish weeks to go and I have two swims under my belt and already quite a few runs. The goal is to do at least 20 swims before the event and another 14-18 runs. So what about you? What is on your agenda? I have spoken about committing to various events throughout the year as they bring focus. The first step is to pick one, then enter it. Once you have done this, start planning your training and then more importantly start ‘doing’. I think about ‘process focus’, meaning don’t worry about the outcome just concentrate […]
This is a great post about genetic testing and where things are at right now in terms of what the testing can tell you. We had a gene test available to us a few years back here at Best Practice but the company went out of business. The information we got was still very useful but things have moved forward since then and there are still a ways to go before what we find out is a full on summary of what your code means in completely (& perhaps scary) accurate detail!