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Another beautiful morning for a ride

Hey well done Brisbane. Over 7,500 riders got on their bike yesterday and showed their mettle by making it to the Gold Coast after a 60km or 100km pedal. Awesome work! Congratulations to Guy & Helen, Les, Michelle, Graeme, Kristy and Chappo. If I missed you let me know because getting your ‘useful fitness’ on deserves recognition. I have to admit it was pretty tough and I reminded myself again why specific training and the right refueling is critical to a good performance. I certainly could have done both of those better!

One of the most important exercises. Period.

This video on deadlift will clear up a lot of confusion around this super important move. If you haven’t heard of Gray Cook then you will be impressed after I introduce you to the creator of the Functional Movement Screen. Admittedly this video is for geeks interested in the technical aspects of the squat versus the deadlift but it is pretty interesting if simply want to understand movement better.

Always in a hurry in the morning

Most of us are! Here are some good ideas to eliminate this as an excuse for no breakfast or one that doesn’t help you achieve your goals. We are stocking the 180 Nutrition protein and it is a great ‘all natural’ product which is pretty rare these days. Let me know if you are keen to try it. I should be able to arrange a sample no problem.

Sweet Potato or Regular Potato. An expose.

The PN guys know how to really examine a subject. So if you ever wondered about the virtues and evils of the different types of ‘taitties’ then check this out!

Why runners DON’T get arthritis

Now this one surprised me a little. This is an article shared from the American College of Sports Medicine. Now these guys, in the realm of health and fitness are an AUTHORITY which in the world of bytes and bits of information of questionable value, is a breath of fresh air. I studied 4 years of psychology and the one really good thing I will say about that is that nothing is ever considered the unadulterated truth, which means we are in a continual state of learning. Whilst it is true that this may be frustrating at times, it ensures an open mind which is a prerequisite for intelligence and growth. So keep seeking the truth folks. It is the act of looking that will help you not the end point, because the truth is likely to be a little hard to pin down unless of course you know something I don’t! 🙂


Don’t believe just me about the benefits if high intensity interval training, have a look at someone else’s opinion. Check out this explanation!

BBQ reminder

Hi just a quick reminder that we are having a BBQ this Friday night, Sept 27 6pm here at the pool on the deck. 2 reasons for the barby folks. Farewell to Eoin and Katrina (if she hadn’t left on Thursday already, good luck dancing on the ceiling on the prestigious cruise liners of the US!). And second reason…A welcome to Spring and more activity for all. Clients and friends of Best Practice welcome and if you are getting this that is you! Just RSVP right here and I will make sure we have enough. Can’t promise the dancing girls anymore as previously mentioned because she will be gone and not sure Jacqui will dance on her own. But fun is still on the table! Let me know if you can make. A few cool refreshments by the lovely blue water of the Valley Pool and barbecued piece of something yummy. Sounds good?

Psycho cybernetics

Interesting name for a book don’t you think? The power of the mind has always fascinated me. I might have mentioned this book once before but I was reading it again on the weekend and it got me thinking. The author was talking how its so important to ‘blow off steam’ for mental health. It happens in nature in many ways and it something we absolutely need to do to keep on an even keel. But how many of us do it? The author referred to different strategies to achieve a calming effect from metaphorically going to your happy place in your mind. I think this is a great tactic but something that is often forgotten about is the therapeutic nature of blowing of steam, through exercise. A client was mentioning the other day a study that was showing how beneficial strength training was for dementia. I can guarantee you that there so many other ailments, especially depression that will be relieved or even prevented by good old fashioned sweating it out, that if more people did it, pharmaceuticals wouldn’t be the mega profitable business that it is. I know exercise has made a huge difference to my temperament throughout my life, I encourage you to dip your toe in the water to see how it helps you manage stress. The ‘side effects’ of this wonder drug may just end up making your doctor and your chemist redundant.

I love understanding the body better…

Some of you will know I have been doing some running this year. It was interesting using My Zone (our new heart rate tracking and automatic exercise journaling tool) to observe my changing physiology, which is an obvious advantage in using it. Only last week though the true nature of where I had been at was revealed. I was having a hard time getting improvements in my performance as I got closer to the recent Bridge to Brisbane run, which probably shouldn’t have been a surprise after having run over 130km in that one week in August helping my mate  Damo on a relatively small segment of his epic run from Brisbane to Sydney. I didn’t feel overtrained but the first signs were right there in my heart rate data. I couldn’t get a very high maximum heart rate (compared to what I had seen before) and I couldn’t maintain a very high heart rate when doing  time trials. Well just last week after 2 weeks off from cardio training, my higher maximum heart rate returned as did my ability to hold a higher heart rate in interval work I was doing on computrainer. I also felt much better doing that level of intensity. The post I put out there on recovery couple of weeks back was pesonally relevant indeed and this article from Asics (no pushing of product!) is pretty interesting if you want to acquaint yourself a bit more with how the body works in terms of adaptation. If you want to keep up with what is happening […]