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Want to know how to cycle better?

With the upcoming ride from Brisbane to the Gold Coast there are some numbers that are worth looking at. If Lance can do 6.8watts/kg for 20 minutes what can you do? On computrainer (our super cycle class) you can see this on the screen. Also with our new software you can see how balanced you are from one leg to the other with ‘spin scan’. Pretty cool! But check this article out for some good information around improving cycling performance and understanding the watts per kilogram number.

Whey Protein Isolate versus Concentrate

What is the difference? Isolate tends to be a more highly concentrated form of protein and is lower in lactose. On the downside it is perhaps a little higher in cholesterol and usually more expensive. If you would like to know a lot more about whey proteins read this. Everyone should be taking a whey protein supplement to get the most out of the strength training sessions as the unique properties of whey allow faster recovery and better muscle building and fat burning results. Sounds good. Those body builders were ahead of the curve with this one. Science is only now catching up.

Just fillin’ in the time….

I grew up in my formative years with an older mentor. He was the epitome of cool (in my mind) and I listened to most things he said. He was part surfer, part philosopher and part older brother. I will never forget one time when I hadn’t seen him for a while and I said, ‘What’s been happening?’, as you do. ‘Just fillin’ in the time between birth and death mate’ was the response. I remember thinking how depressing that sounded but I have, over the years began to see it differently. My wife is reading a book called the ‘5 Languages of Love’. Good read from what I can gather. I read one excerpt which was addressing one of the ‘languages’ which is ‘quality time’. It spoke about doing things with the partner who ‘speaks’ that language and how the worst that can happen is that you have a rich tapestry of memory stores to draw on in old age. How true it is. Why wouldn’t you want to experience as much as you can in the time we have. As I get older I see just how fleeting this life thing can be. I believe we have an obligation to live well and richly. I suppose I am talking about nothing more than the bucket list. But you know that the opportunity to experience lots is greater when you are fit, healthy and simply willing to have a go. Speaking of which, the Bridge to Brisbane was on yesterday. I was seriously questioning my decision to run it, […]

Awesome little tracker

I have always been a big advocate of tracking and recording what you do. It has been shown time and again that when someone records they get results. This little tool is something which is seriously worth a look. When you use it in combination with map my fitness you have something that will keep you on track and motivated to do more! Let me know if you get it and how it goes. I expect to have mine soon!

Exercise is medicine!

In my  mind, this is blindingly obvious but at last a movement that is pushing it. This has come from the very prestigious ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). These guys aren’t dumb and it surprises me how many people don’t and have never listened to this simple message. Would you rather take a handful artificially manufactured stuff like blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and anxiety lowering medications or make exercise a part of your life and never go near it. The biggest side effect of exercise is that you just might look and feel better. Your choice!

Useful fitness

It’s that time of the year. Bridge to Brissie time. This Sunday early! Doesn’t matter if you don’t run. Just get out and walk it. There is something about community events that I really love. We are in this together and the more active a society we have, the better we will all be. Sound pious? Maybe. But seriously if you want to be self actualised and I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to be. Look at number 5 of the characteristics and number 9 on ‘how to’. Then let me know if we will see you at the finish line! In keeping with tradition. If you are client and you don’t already have one, you can earn one of these! Surely that is enough incentive to get you over the line!

First with the head

If you are having trouble getting to where you want to go you may need to review the basics of motivation. As with all things in life, you have got to get the basics right first!

Who says eating well can’t be healthy?

You can thank me later! Check these great ideas out.

Do you know squat?

For a comprehensive review of this most important movement check out this great resource.