Fitness Coaching and Personal Training

Anthony Gillespie


Let’s not throw the baby out

It is so easy to get on a band wagon. Case in point. Grain bashing. Yes it appears that a diet too high in carbohydrate is associated with abdominal obesity and a host of other related maladies but simple carbohydrate does not equal ‘grains’. For an intelligent discussion on the subject from our associates at Precision Nutrition check this article out.

Still confused about protein?

I wouldn’t blame you. When you see respected organisations like Nutrition Australia publishing information like this and then just as respected researchers publishing stuff like this, with diametrically opposed conclusions about high protein intake, it is easy to see why people are not quite sure what to do.  I always use the filter of relying on where most research is at and…. then applying logic, common real world results and what I notice around me. There can be no doubt that the food pyramid of old proclaiming the importance (and ultimately confusion) of 11 serves of grains and cereals as the base of a healthy diet has been a spectacular failure. See the new improved (but still not perfect) one here! Low fat has led to high sugar and unprecedented levels of obesity. So let’s safely assume that a diet high in saturated fat and simple carbohydrate is CLEARLY not the way to go. Let’s also assume that a diet high in the properties that nature gave it (the closer to it’s raw form the better) is also a good strategy. There is obviously a lot more to this debate but apply your common sense to your actions  and you will do well. There is enough of the right information out there and sometimes results in the practical world are way ahead of the slow moving wheels of research and even in the hallowed world of academia, myths can be perpetuated or skewed to favour the dominant theories of recent past because let’s face it no one really likes change […]

The age old principle…

It is surprising how blinkered we can be at times. And, even more surprising how big, ‘smart’ organisations with seemingly great mission statements and philosophies miss the importance of a little investment up front to save untold expense in the long term. If you work for a company or better still, own one then you might be in a position to implement an action plan based on the sobering information below – take note on the number 70%! That same stat holds true across most of the developed world which is why some health authorities are calling the coming fall out a ‘pandemic’. Serious times folks. You however, know what to do 🙂 Exercise is Medicine bringing physical activity to the workplace Studies show that low Cardio Respiratory Fitness contributes to more deaths than obesity, smoking and diabetes combined (Blair, S. 2010). With almost 70% of the Australian adult population failing to meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity, and the World Health Organisation and the Australian Government identifying the workplace as the ideal setting to promote physical activity, EIM Australia in partnership with the Healthier Australia Commitment has developed the Exercise is Medicine ’Physical Activity in the Workplace: A Guide’ and its associated resources. Recent research shows that workplace health programs result in, on average, a 25% decrease in sick leave absenteeism, 40% decrease in workers compensation costs, 24% decrease in disability management costs and $5.81 of savings for every $1 invested in employee wellbeing. (Health and Productivity Institute of Australia, 2010).

Ride to work day

In a world conspiring to take away every opportunity for incidental exercise. Remote control this, automated that. When time is of the essence (which it is for any one living in this mad mad western world – even though we are in the south eastern part !) you have to ‘squeeze’ in your activity where you can. So if you have to travel to work, which most of us do then why not knock out some health giving exercise on the way? Go on you if you cycle to work. We salute you today. Below mightn’t exactly be riding but you get a greater energy burn with those beloved kickbikes. Either way. Get on yer bike (what ever kind)  folks!

Bootcamp is a waste of time?

I have always said, ‘doing something is better than nothing’ but if your goal is to lose body fat and ‘tone’ up (toning is a bit of a non word in my opinion – ask me personally if you want more of an explanation) then group fitness, bootcamp or what ever you like to call it is a waste of time –  if you don’t address your diet. This is why I am putting together a group fitness and nutrition coaching program starting on October 22. It may be for you or someone you know because most people fall down badly in this area and waste so much of their hard work by not getting it right. Whilst it really is rather simple, it is not necessarily easy which is why it might be beneficial to work with the support of a group. Check out this ground breaking program. By the time we start the program it will be about 8 weeks to Christmas….just saying!

The Caveman diet?

This diet approach isn’t all bad but at the same time their bold assertions may really be flawed from a scientific point of view. But at first glance some the recipes and meals that they propose are about a million times better, now it is my turn to be scientific 🙂 than the average person’s diet of Macdonalds, KFC and Dominoes Pizza! Check out some of the recipes and judge for yourself.

Hope springs eternal

Here is a link to an short article I wrote in the newsletter of a firm really respect. Check it out.

Our training philosophy in a nutshell

How should you train? Interval sessions, long distance cardio, heavy weights, cross fit, pilates, yoga? How does it all fit in if I am trying to achieve great body change results or even a maintainable exercise regime. Let’s get this straight from the get go. First, the best program in the world is, [drum roll] wait for it……”the one you actually do consistently”. You may have heard me say that before but it is true. Most people don’t exercise consistently. If you are achieving this, kudos to you. But if you want to know our philosophy and what the ultimate goal should be read on: First simply do something [but don’t hurt yourself], second build a base from which you can launch in to more challenging movements – pilates and core training is usually a good start. Next build up some cardio fitness because being able to ‘do stuff’ with out dying aerobically is just useful when it comes to being able to hang out with friends and enjoy random activities. It means you can participate well in life. After this build towards progressive strength training which means aiming to either hold on to or build muscle to both burn fat and change shape. Hint: both mean lifting heavy weights [relative to what you can handle – you will need help with this on]. Once you have a handle on that then look at the high intensity interval style training to help build during and post exercise metabolism [critical to burning body fat]. The reason this one comes at the […]

We will try anything!

It seems tacky in some ways but putting cold hard cash up for grabs in an attempt to get people moving and eating well, as we run in to Christmas is not something I am above doing! How does a grand sound? Am I being stupid? Probably but I will try anything to put a motivated bunch together. If what I am doing stimulates action (that otherwise may never have happened) and that action leads to new life habits, then it is genius because I love seeing results and there is nothing better than a group with a common goal spurring each on. It is after all the reason we do what we do. Think Drive theory, Daniel Pink. Good read that. it will explain some things you may have wondered about in regards to motivation. In the mean time check out our new program. Starts  October 22. Info night October 15. 16 seriously ready to change soon to be legends need only apply! 🙂 Is that you? Body Balance Challenge 2012