We pride ourselves on being of what I call the future of personal training. What I mean by this is the departure from the old school, ‘do what I say or else’ type dogma. You know the image I am talking about, trainer in tracksuit with whistle around his or her neck, military flavoured haircut with square jaw beneath, barking orders staccato style. We are more the confidante and coach meeting you where you are at, changing plans if you turn up with an unexpected issue, be it physical or mental, listening more than talking, adapting. So quick quiz. You decide. Intelligent personal training or….not? 65 year old with knee issues doing aggressive box jumps? Large group of people, with a mixed level of training experience all doing the same exercises in a circuit type set up? Client turns up late. Trainer pushes client straight in to a high intensity move so as ‘not to waste time’ I think you guessed the answers! Best Practice Personal Training. Working hard to earn the title of Brisbane’s best personal trainers.
At Best Practice Personal Training here in Bowen hills, we see ourselves as the front line of healthcare and the future of ‘fitness or health coaching’ – this is what I and more and more professionals are calling, ‘personal training’ these days. There is a lot of talk in the fitness industry right now of where everything is headed. I don’t want to sound like a ‘know it all’, but it is something that I suspected from the day I started this journey all the way back in 1990, when I completed my Fitness Leader’s Certificate (equivalent to Cert 3 today). I could see that the future was more than just aerobics and leotards, and believe me there were plenty around in those early days. I saw it as being about the whole process of going from sedentary to active or unhealthy to healthy or fat to fit. This by definition incorporated – think, eat and move better elements and is incidentally the philosophy behind Best Practice Personal Training at Bowen Hills, arguably Brisbane’s Best Personal Trainers! I had a thirst for knowledge about all things performance related and was very motivated to become an expert in this field. After all, when my dreams of being one of the best tennis players in the world didn’t come to fruition, there was a considerable vacuum that needed to be filled. The thing about sporting ‘performance’ is that it entails so many elements including motor learning, nutrition, psychology, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, just to name a few. This fact guaranteed that I […]
At Best Practice, we are big on behaviour change and we like to use every little psychological trick in the book to achieve it. When it comes to the best tricks, I look at how games are designed and then use the addictive nature of such ingenious methodology to mould the action of clients towards the ‘good’ habits, as opposed to the numerous bad ones we form, seemingly without even trying. And you know what, I think that last point is key – ‘without even trying’. When I finish a workout now, I almost can’t wait to tick the box in our systems that says, in graphical form, “hey you got something done pal”. My little calendar, which is easily accessible on my smart phone displays a little orange man on the day when ever I have completed a workout. As simple as that is, the accumulation of little men means I know at a glance that I am active in that week, and I will do almost anything to make sure I can tick the box that means I get a little icon to show up. I guess another big reason this works is because ‘being active’ is one of my KPI’s for a good life and like anyone, I want a good life. We use this method with our clients and members because it is easier to drive new behaviour with the simple rather than the complex. You should give it a go. Even a simple walk get’s you a tick and an orange man. Our two group […]
It’s the time of year for the ra ra. Same old, same old goal setting blah blah! If that is how you see it, I want you to stop what you are doing and go to take a good hard and long look at yourself in the mirror. If you can maintain the wonder of a child you will live an awesome life. Do you want an awesome life? Come on, don’t be an oxygen thief! There’s not that much room on the planet. Participate, contribute and understand that unless you can play the violin like fiddler on the roof and impact people’s emotions, sing like an opera singer in a concert hall, swing a racket like Roger Federer, make chess moves like the Bobby Fischer, make business moves like Warren Buffett, present like Steve Jobs did, act like Robert Deniro…….and so many other things that I can’t even think of, then you have no business being cynical about setting goals and shooting for stuff because the job will never be done. I don’t know about you, but that makes this life exciting and motivating. It is the process that matters too – engagement in the activity and just plain old ‘taking action’. The best people I like to hang out with are always creating, thinking, doing, laughing, planning and aiming for new things. Now, if you have stared in that mirror long enough and thought about all the things worth chasing or trying, then there is no time to be bored, cynical or tired. Get to it! Shimmering eyes, […]
You know what they say… “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone“. I was thinking about this the other day when I was lamenting those who got close to pulling the trigger on a life changing program this year, but didn’t quite get there. It struck me that one’s decision to start exercising or not, is quite similar to Pascal’s Wager if you have ever heard of it. He was a 17th century French philosopher and mathematician who had some interesting ideas around decision making and the risk/reward ratios of believing or not believing in God. It posits that the risk of not believing, which at the time was believed to be eternal damnation (and I guess is still believed by some), was just too big a downside to not believe. Now, the question of ‘choosing’ or pretending to believe aside, this was a pretty good argument and one that I see as very similar to the quandary most people have around exercising. Have you ever heard someone defending their reason for not exercising or being healthy with lines like ‘well my grandpa smoked all his life, he didn’t get cancer and lived to 92‘ or ‘my overweight aunt never exercised or ate well and she lived to the ripe old age of 99‘? So let’s look at it plainly. What do you risk by exercising your whole life and eating healthy foods, even if by some small chance it was in your cards that you too could have lived to the ripe old age of ninety something […]
Let’s face it, it’s hard to stay on track on holidays. Also, we live in a very fortunate place where a lack of food is not usually our problem. Ahh yes the doubled edged sword! We are not going to starve but will we eat too much this Christmas? Whilst we don’t count calories here at Best Practice, it is a solid fact there is much ‘energy’ stored in the various tasty treats that get thrust in our face a bit more so than usual around the Christmas period. Without being accused of being the Grinch of Christmas, let’s look at some strategies for incorporating a bit of naughty whilst staying nice to our temples. We all know that there is a price to pay if we let things get out of control, so read the list below and think about it a bit when next faced with the calorie oblivion of the staff Christmas pudding. We may not know exactly how many calories are in that mince pie, but I can tell you that it does equate to something extra that must be dealt with somehow. You can decide whether it is worth it when you really consider the reality of ’cause and effect’. After all, you know what your body can handle – so listen to it this Christmas and keep exercising too. It is simple mathematics when you consider what the end result might be of nothing going out and stacks going in. It doesn’t end pretty! So here are my Top 7 strategies to avoid big […]
Is there anything better than a good night’s sleep? Research is now telling us that it is much more than just a subjectively ‘good’ thing to do. Let’s have a look at the magical power of sleep… How’s this for a list of general benefits? If you’re wanting to reach optimal levels of brain power, make sure you rest nicely. Just as we need enough rest to function physically on a day to day basis, your brain needs enough also to be most productive and efficient. This seems like common sense, but it’s definitely worth mentioning at least as a reminder. Creativity – getting the right amount of sleep essentially works its magic on your brain which enhances your creativity levels. So if you’re thinking about taking your art supplies out on a beautiful sunny Saturday, make sure your Friday night sleep is a good one! Some of you might find it hard to believe, but sleep has actually been shown to improve your memory. “How?” I hear you ask… Research shows that you actually practice certain things you learned (or attempted to learn) while you were awake whilst you sleep! If you’re thinking about going on a diet, have a think about this: in the brain, the same sector are in control of metabolism and sleep. Diet studies have found more fat loss is associated with well rested people. This one might seem pretty obvious, but getting adequate rest helps you improve your quality of life. If you’re resting too little (or even way too much), the way you feel on a […]
Boy oh boy, do we have a great success story to share! The person involved in this story is 43 year old David Heath who is a previous Best Practice Personal Training member. Read what David has to say below: “I thought you could pat yourself on the back for some habits from my Brisbane days. I always remember you telling me “you can’t out-train a bad diet….“, so I’ve finally got around to doing something about it (after my wife, Narelle, said she wanted to do something as she had been feeling lethargic etc). Not advocating one particular diet over another or anything (I still have my Precision Nutrition/examine.com feeds directly feeding into my inbox) but Narelle landed on whole30.com as it didn’t seem too ‘left of centre’/extreme. I simply ate fresh fruit & veg + meat and gave up dairy/sugar/alcohol/processed grains for 30 days (& threw the scales away) to see what happened. I definitely haven’t skimped on portion sizes & have enjoyed cooking up eggs/mushrooms/tomatoes/salmon for most breakfasts! Always feeling full so not a starvation diet. Well today was day 31 so I actually weighed/measured myself and was pretty amazed at the results: 66.5kgs, 77.5cm waist – so dropped ~6kgs & 5-6cm off my waistline. I don’t think I’ve had such a low weight/waist measurement since early uni days. I think I got to 80cm whilst in Brisbane working with Best Practice but definitely not as low as 77.5cm. I am still riding regularly (200-250km/week) & started lifting weights again so keeping the exercise up (I […]
A new healthy lifestyle… One of the things that gives us great satisfaction and in fact is the reason we do what we do, is seeing clients/members of ours achieve big goals. Now, it is not always about fat loss and massive body transformation, but it is always about simply ‘feeling better’. Brett Campbell started with us about 12 months back and has actually achieved both of these things. Check out the picture below to see the change he has experienced. It is very inspiring. And what is even more inspiring is that he is still going – he is building more strength after a great initial effort and continually improving his nutrition and activity levels. Life is feeling much better with 20+kg less, a slimmer waist and more energy. Good on you Brett for finding that new healthy lifestyle! It is now your new habit which means will power is no longer needed. It’s just what–you–do.