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The brain that changes itself

If you ever thought that the postive thinking fraternity and Anthony Robbin’s style teachings were bogus get prepared for some serious science to back most of it up. Read this and stop doubting!

The ultimate functional exercise

The humble chin up is probably the greatest measure and challenge of someone’s relative strength. When I say relative I mean ability to move one’s self. I guess when it comes to useful fitness, being able to move yourself well is the ultimate goal. Sure it might be nice to be able to lift a car but I mean how often will you need to be able to do this? But when it comes to getting your own body weight up a set of stairs or getting up off the floor or pulling yourself up on to a rock when you are bushwalking, now that is no so uncommon. So how do you get to be able to do a chin up? The best way to start is with the lat pulldown. That exercise uses predominantly the same muscle group. Progress this up by doing a weight that allows you to do 12 reps only and then build it from there to a weight what you can do maybe only 4 or 5. (hey quick disclaimer here: only do this if you have doctor’s clearance and have seen a health professional first! Hopefully that is enough to keep the lawyers at bay!). Lat pulldowns Negative chins (that is lower yourself with control) Do jump chin ups (use your body weight with the momentum of the jump to get up there) Attempt to pull yourself up (use underhand grip) Do full proper pull up. (from full hang position, slowly pull yourself up to get your chin over the bar, lower yourself […]

Fat burning myth?

It is amazing how new information can change how we think and ultimately what we do. There used to be this idea in the fitness industry that it was better to exercise at a low intensity if you wanted to burn body fat, low intensity being a heart rate of 120-130bpm. Depending on your fitness level this is probably a walk. New research of late suggests that greater amounts of fat are burnt post exercise for longer if you do higher intensity bouts of exercise. So who is right? Will it all change again? The way I look at these things is to do weigh up where most research is and then serve up a combination of methods that are likely to first: do no harm and secondly give the client the most chance of achieving the goal they are after. The bottom (not trying to be funny!) line as usual for optimal fat loss is to simply use up more energy than you consume on a daily basis and the only way to track this is by regular measuring and a good understanding of the energy densities of the foods that you eat and the energy output of the activities that you do. You old school teacher was right, mathematics does make the world go around!


This is a bandwagon you should jump on. There is no downside, only endless good news for your body. I really like to see patterns broken because they are usually associated with lazy thinking and boring repetitive behaviour. It is human nature to battle change so why not change something this month that could be holding you back at best and damaging your brain big time at worst?  If nothing else you will have exercised some valuable self discipline which has the major benefit of reminding you that you can do something you set your mind to and this belief is vital for true success. I am talking about not drinking alcohol at all in February, the shortest month by the way! Below are a few snippets taken off their website. Participating in FebFast delivers real health benefits: 60% of past participants said they felt healthier after completing the month, and one in five reported losing weight. (Based on 2008 survey). FebFast provides an opportunity to feel better about yourself, reflect on past consumption behaviours, reduce your waistline and save some money! That all sounds like it fits in with what we all are trying to achieve this year. I am about to register and would like to have a best practice team. Email me if you are in and I will tell you what we need to do or do it by yourself. Go to and see what it is all about. I would love to hear from you!

Downlow on Detox?

It is now February and after a crazy two months of the festive season, which always seems to drag out into January, the talk about town in the diet world is “detox”. All the trashy magazine’s love this stuff, because either celebrities swear by it or they tag it with dropping kg’s quickly. They frame it with being oh so good for your body after it has just been run through the ringer copping a hiding with toxins. BUT is the whole detox thing really good for you?? Lets have a look. The theory behind detox is to cleanse your body, including  liver, bowels, kidneys of the built up toxins, waste and chemical by-products from cigarettes, alcohol, food pestercides, caffeine  etc. all in an effort of improving health and wellbeing. The problem is some of the prescribed detox diets out there end up being quite harmful to not only the body but also the all important metabolism. Cutting calories from 2500 per day down to 1000 may see you jumping for joy on the scales initially, however, long term it will give you no help in speeding up your metabolism, nor will cutting macro-nutrients out of your eating (which alot of detox diets do) which make you lose muscle! All in all these quick fix fad diets look to have you regaining the shortfall in no time. With your body being one of the best detoxification machines going around, here are some tips to rework your nutritional intake this year. Tips to clean up your eating and De-Junk it Definitely give up the smokes […]

Move better!

Can there be any argument that we were built to move? The human body in it’s finest form can do amazing things. We can climb, jump, spin, turn, push, pull, run, swim, flip, cycle, dance, wrestle, throw, swing etc etc. Or……. at our most average, we can just sit, watch and deftly manoevre the remote control. What do you want to do with your life? How do you want to live your life? We work out in a gym, a park or a best practice personal training studio (even!) so we are functionally better and can do more. Think about why you are working out. I believe it is to have more options and as a consequence a better life. In the words of the ill fated ( I say ill fated because it clearly didn’t work with 65% of men and 55% of  women either overweight or obese) 80’s government  campaign, Life Be in it!

Eat Well!

People often ask me what is a good breakfast. First things first. You just HAVE to have breakfast. It is the best opportunity to fuel up and have the energy in place to power on for the day. With out breakfast you are in high risk territory to just get anything in when you finally get hungry. When you get your eating cylce right you will want to eat when you first get up so ‘fake it’ till you make it. Don’t think that if you miss breakfast you are saving on the calorie in side of the equation. There is a thing called metabolism that is extremely important and eating early oddly enough kicks it in and fires up your body to start functioning well for the day. Ideal breakfast? Boiled egg, rocket lettuce, cherry tomatoes, smoked salmon, sprinkle of parmesan, drizzled with a spicy tomato chutney and if you are really hungry, a slice of high fibre rye toast. Bring it on. I am hungry just writing about it. Get in to it folks and chow down!


If I told you to aim at a target but you couldn’t see it, you didn’t know how far away it was or even the size of the object…. then how can I expect you to hit it?????? Many people go through life like this, simply living life day to day, having nothing to aim for or targets to hit (maybe the exception of work deadlines or sales targets)  and the years just rush by with not a lot really achieved. People become too afraid to set goals for fear of failure, they simply don’t have the skills to set them properly or it is simply too hard to think about!! Sound familiar??  In case you forgot, this THURSDAY 21st JANUARY at 7:30pmin our small group training room we will be bringing you everything there is to know about getting your year off to the very best start and knowing what to aim for.   Don’t be one of those people you hear time and time again with unrealistic/brash New Years statements of what will be attempted without putting too much thought or into it. Come February/March and generally it’s all but over, the year rushes by you, not much is achieved and the cycle repeats itself.  Anthony will be drawing upon his years of experience in psychology, business and coaching to not only help you set goals for your number one asset. Learn the formula’s and secrets which  will really set you in good stead to achieving some great things this year not only in health and fitness but in family, financial, personal and business/work life. Fill in your details […]

Amazing results in 2009

If you missed this last year than you absolutely need to see this. Click here and preapred to be super  impressed!