I really loved this post I found regarding the importance of the deadlift and rehabilitation of a back injury. It touches at the very heart of how I am shaping what we do here at Best Practice. Most of you know I have been studying Metabolic Precision which is a process and structure for transforming bodies and living an extremely healthy existence. It encompasses a very strategic way to eat combined with a scientifically prescribed training program to get the utmost return for effort put in, which is absoultely fantastic. But what about the person who has an old injury to deal with? How do you get to the big exercises that stimulate the most growth? Important moves like the squat, deadlift, a rowing action and or a bench press. when there may be compromised movement patterns in place? It will always be about firstly identifying issues, getting appropriate musculo skeletal treatment when necessary and then not being afraid to push for real and continual progression to improve integrity so more challenges can be met, for both daily living and other goals such as muscle growth or at least maintenance – remember that most of us lose muscle as we age which seems to be strongly associated with everything we label ‘as getting old’. Way to avoid? Lift progressively heavier weights and vary the movements as the body adapts. Read this post because it is intelligent and makes sense. p.s you can probably pass on the videos unless you are as geeky and as interested as I am in the […]
Forget this, “I don’t want to bulk up” line. If you are the average person, unless you actually strive to get stronger you won’t not only not stay the same you WILL get weaker because of the old “If you don’t use it you lose it” principle. You see as we get older we seem to get more efficient at conserving energy with our movement, which physiologically means we recruit less muscle fibre, which in turn leads to muscle wastage, which is unfortunately pretty much a certainty of aging. What you may be able to control with a concerted effort however, is to reduce the amount and speed of that loss and with a science based strength program you may in fact be able to still build muscle in to your 90’s. Now, how much quality of life do you think you will have if your muscles can still help you move the way you want to do the things you want to do in your life as you get older? More than the person who doesn’t address this issue and ends up not being able to get out of that chair I can tell you! If you are a client of best practice expect to pick up a scientific review of why muscle matters so much from the studio or gym this coming week. It will give you all the evidence you need to start knowing why you absolutely have to starting lifting weights and I am not talking little ones! The intensity of training is another variable that […]
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child in to old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm”. Wise words from Mr Aldous Huxley apparently. But I can tell you enthusiasm is a lot easier to muster when you are able to…. get out of the chair. A client told me she read some where credible that the main reason people had to go to a nursing home was because they could simply not get themselves out of a chair anymore due to muscle wastage. Now there’s a vote for strength training if ever there was one. So you just have to lift weights. Agreed? But I can hear blokes screaming. “I don’t want to be Arnold Swarzanegger or anything you know!!” or the ladies who cry in disgust, “I don’t want to bulk up”, as if this was an easy thing to do. I am here to tell you that just hanging on to what you already have is going to take a pretty major effort in itself and if you want to build some, then get ready for some real work! There is no doubt having some muscle makes the human body look better but it make go way deeper than that. Read this article on the ‘fountain of youth; and tell me if you would like to spend more time on the treadmill or are you ready to start lifting some weights?
New information coming to light raises question marks over what has been the generally accepted thought about calories. Food has calories which we consume and our bodies burn calories which we expend. I don’t think there is any argument about that. It is just the measurement of these that has come under scrutiny. Read this interesting article and let me know what you think.
I have said before that the best training program in the world is…. the one you actually do. I still strongly believe this, because doing something will always be better than doing nothing and you will be better off than 90% of the population. But how about answering the question for those who already are in a habit and are not getting the results they want? What about you? Well in my pursuit of trying to do this job better I have learned some great things about nutrition lately as you may have already read in recent blogs. But I have also found out some interesting things about program design that will improve the way I do things when I train and also the way I will program others for strength and cardio training and it is good news. Put your hand up if you like spending hours in a gym on a treadmill or a bike pounding it out trying to eke out more calories, to ‘pay’ for that beer or that cake you had on the weekend? There may be some relaxation value in that (and certainly some evidence of determingation) but not much else. Sure, again better than doing nothing but most of us exercise for a reason and it is usually to have some good looking muscle or ‘tone’ and to be functionally useful, both from a strength and a cardio perspective. Check this out now – The ultimate way to train!, it makes sense on a lot of levels, the least of which is the […]
Some of you already know that I am pretty motivated to help people and nutrition has always been one of those things that I have desperately wanted to provide serious support on. Even if you train 6 hours a week (3% of the total amount of hours available to you) which by the way would be a GREAT effort (you can get results with less….but read on) there is still the other 97% of your time that can either make or break what you do. Everyone has heard how you can’t out train a bad diet. Our job, if you train with us is to get in your head enough to impact this other part of your life. I now have the best system there is for delivering education and programming that will (with your commitment) lead directly to meaningful behaviour change and guarantee improved long term health, function, fat loss and muscle building for life. Sound good? I am writing this from Sydney airport after spending the weekend here for a certification in what is known as Metabolic Precision. If you haven’t heard about it, don’t worry you aren’t alone. At this point in the fitness industry there are only a handful of seriously switched on trainers around the country who know it and train it. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that if you are being trained or training yourself for fat loss and you the key principles of MP are being broken then you are missing out on the most complete […]
Just a quick reminder. This Saturday, the 18th is your first measuring day opportunity for the year. Remember it is very difficult to improve what you don’t measure. This free service is open to all active personal training and outdoor group training clients and is an important part of being held accountable. We will track what you want to see change in 2012 including girth measurements, skinfolds/body fat% and or photographic change (there will be a serious prize for the client with the most impressive result this year). We will be presenting the best documented photographic change at our Christmas party in December via big screen slide show to a cracking sound track. Who’s brave enough to step up to the challenge? A public statement that you want to make some serious changes this year and a commitment to tracking that change might be just what you need to make this year your best ever. Usually the larger the stakes the more dramatic the action taken. That is just how psychology works. Use that quirk of human nature to your advantage! To be eligible we need 6 months of photos taken by us and this Saturday will be a great opportunity to get your first one. Let us know if you would like to be involved and or that you will be attending the BBQ by filling in the form below. The BBQ is open to all members of Best Practice after the measuring is completed at approximately 11.30am. Bring any friends and family and receive a special free 1 […]
I came across this quote from the Dalai Lama yesterday. It says it better than anything else I have read or could express in words myself. When asked what he finds really puzzling about humanity, the Dalai Lama answered something like this. “Man. He spends half of his life making himself sick whilst trying to make money and then spends the other half spending that money trying to make himself better”. Better late than never though! But I guess sometimes there isn’t enough money to correct the big problems created from a lack of looking after oneself in the critical years. Think about this. There is a reason why they say put YOUR OWN oxygen mask on first if there is an emergency on a plane. You might think you are putting your family first by working yourself in to the ground and sacrificing all your time but I would say you haven’t thought about that enough yet!