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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.

You can’t store fitness…..

The perfect fitness program is……the one you do! You have probably heard me say that before but I would like to add something to that. “……only if it is getting you the results you want.” There is no point in doing the same old thing if it is actually not getting you where you want to be. When it comes to these matters it is true that indeed everyone is different. One person’s healthy and fit, is another person’s lazy and fat. Decide how you want to be and then set about making it happen, but you should keep in mind that looking at yourself through rose coloured glasses isn’t doing you any favours. And yes I am speaking to you mate! Guys are the worst at this. “Hey look I am really okay, I used to play football. I trained 4 times a week I used to be able to do 50 push ups…. and not stop!” That is all great but in the words of Janet Jackson and I paraphrase, “What have you done lately???” Case in point the featured photo of this article. This was taken from the Bridge to Brisbane 3 years back. Yep that is right, the past! I can only look to now and the future, which is why I am training now for the 2016 B2B to create another memory and then yes, reset. Who is going to join me? So yes, the one true fact is that you can’t ‘store fitness’. It is the continuously renewable resource. I know that is tough […]

10000 steps. Enough? Or Not Realistic?

I was generously given a step counting device (Neo Health) and a body composition analyser (Onyx) aka body fat% scales from the founder of Virtuagym, Hugo Braam, which is now in the Energy Zone here at Best Practice. The scales link with our client’s personal profile on the Virtuagym App and automatically updates to their profile when connected via Bluetooth, as does the pedometer for me. Fit bit currently does this too for anyone of our clients who have one. This is very cool indeed as anything that buys us time and gives value feedback about what is getting done and the results produced from doing it, is much appreciated these days in the crazy busy lives that we all seem to lead. I thought I would road test the step counter/pedometer, as I have never actually used one before, not even a Fit Bit! I know that makes me a bit uncool according to my boy but better late than never right? But I have always encouraged more activity for our clients and the tracking of steps is a simple yet very effective motivational tool for achieving that. I have to say though that I was a little dismayed the other day. Admittedly I can’t expect to accumulate much activity sitting behind the computer for most of the day (ironically encouraging others to move more!) but you know I am up and down the stairs here at the studio a bit…… but apparently not that much in terms of steps! Anyway on this particular day I decided to up […]