Fitness Coaching and Personal Training

Anthony Gillespie


The Perfect Exercise Program

I know you will be starting to read this with big expectations. I mean the word ‘Perfect’ is going to grab your attention every time. But is it really possible to have a ‘perfect’ anything? I know I am not the first person to have ever said this but let’s be real. The idea that there is one ‘perfect’ program that applies to all people is crazy but the concept that the best that one can do is….basically what they will do and do consistently, is actually one that makes pure sense. There is absolutely no point in having an elaborate routine that is simply too hard, to get in to the habit of doing for the simple reason that it has no chance of fitting in to your busy schedule, not now or not ever. This is something that underpins what we do here at Best Practice Personal Training. It is not about what any of us coaches have done or do or thingk you should do for that matter, it is about where the member is at when they walk in the door and what we can help them ‘buy’ in to, as something that makes them feel better when they walk out. And we need that to happen each time they workout. I don’t believe exercise has to be exhausting and painful to be of benefit. I mean who in their right mind will stick with that? Okay I can hear a few of you athlete types saying, “I will and I do!” but hey I am not […]

Jenene Spencer talks balance and undies!


Roger Jones tell us what’s special about us :)


The top 5 mental tricks to make exercise your life long habit….

Let’s face it. The reason we exist as a business is because people find it hard to get themselves to the point where regular exercise and healthy food choices are their default or ‘go to’ pattern, for life. Most people are looking for help to achieve this ‘non-negotiable’ habit as I like to call it. We are simply a tool to help them get more of that healthy, strong, fit, vibrant, energetic and calm feeling they long for and know they will enjoy if only they could be consistent with the health and fitness thing. If you haven’t achieved the enviable behaviour trait of being on health and fitness autopilot yet, then it is fully worth pursuing because literally your life, but more important to that, the quality of your life depends on it. After all, who wants a long life if it is not one you can enjoy. The field of Medicine has been great in prolonging our lives but preventative health care, the industry I align with, is where great things will happen. It is however not easy ‘disrupting’ the behaviours that lead to long term ill health. The easy option of eating badly and doing very little is simply too easy to take! So how do we put up with the short term discomfort of making different choices and doing different things for the long term pay off? Without further ado, let’s get to my top 5 mental tricks to get you to the hallowed ground of – “The life time habit of exercising regularly, calming the mind and consuming […]

Len Arico talks mobility

One of our favourite clients and expert with the ‘dad’ joke, Len Arico chats about why he exercises. It’s not all about being ‘smashed’ by a trainer, in fact that is just dumb.

Useful Fitness

We help people create what I like to call ‘useful fitness’. What I mean by this is fitness that allows you to do things, physical things that make your life or somebody else’s better. No one works out in a gym to perform well in a gym, well at least not anyone over 18 with a modicum of maturity.. They do it so they can have a more meaningful life, to feel better and simply be more capable outside of a gym. The problem I see though with a vast majority of fitness solutions on offer today is the extreme nature of it. Think crossfit, bootcamps, bikini body challenges, tough mudders etc etc. They are everywhere. No wonder people are scared of entering the world of fitness training. We take a different approach. If you are making progress no matter how small, you are going well. It really is one step at a time. You can’t go from sitting on the couch for the last 10 or even 1 year and start doing clean and jerks! It is literally crazy. And just because your PT was a ‘natural’ body building champ or a commando doesn’t mean you want to be. Sure it’s important to be challenged but as unsexy as it sounds, let’s be sensible and be safe in how we do that. It is not about how you look at the end of your 8 week challenge it’s how you are feeling 10 years in to a non negotiable habit that you have learnt from a professional fitness coach, […]
small group training at Best Practice Bowen Hills studio

They don’t want you to come!

I was chatting with a client this morning and we got to talking about 24 hour gyms and how it never really worked for her. Now it might just be professional jealousy but I was thinking just how good their business model is. The dollars charged for what you get is pretty awesome….assuming you use it that is! Human behaviour being what it is goes naturally in favour of a self sustaining business. Most people would agree that gym memberships don’t work. There is no one there ringing you to ask you why you didn’t turn up when you said you would. In fact the whole thing works so much better if you don’t come at all. The equipment doesn’t get worn out, the other members who actually come, the very small minority who have the regular exercise gig dialed in, don’t want you there either crowding up the place with your awkwardness. The other ingenius part of the set up is the whole psychology of hope and the very small cost of having it. For around 12-15 bucks a week you can live in hope that one day you will actually use it and the huge psychological blow of cancelling it, which is tantamount to giving up completely, means that you will keep that thing going which to all of us on the sideline makes owning a 24 hour gym a great looking investment. As part of a rare breed in the Personal Trainers of Brisbane, we obviously work a bit differently to that. In fact we exist solely […]

Why Pete keeps training…


8 do anywhere (and do forever) exercises.

You know often keeping it simple, is the smartest way to go. You can try to do tricky exercises and join bootcamps and flog yourself in an 8 week transformation challenge, but if you are looking for long term success, then the simple routine you stick with is going to win. I think there is a lot in the idea of choosing exercises and habits that you can see yourself still doing when you are 90. Who doesn’t want quality living in the latter years of their life or even now for that matter? This series of exercises are very simple but very effective and the great thing is, you don’t need any equipment. All you need is you and a good attitude 🙂 Click the link below and start receiving these exercises, one per day for the next 8 days. Let me know what you think too. Warning: Only do exercises that you know are okay for you based on doctors or other allied health professionals recommendations. 8 do anywhere exercises p.w. You could definitely come and see us as well to help get this habit instilled and to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly too, since we are, without trying to be too modest, your best option from the plethora of choices of the “Personal Trainer Brisbane” search term. All Best Practice Fitness Coaches are university qualified in exercise science which is the future minimum qualification for someone taking the important task of guiding you to better health, safely.