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 […]
The odometer on the old body recently clicked over another year. It is times like these that you tend to reappraise and cast your eye over the year that was and as a guy, ALL the years gone to this date. “Am I where I thought I would be at age 47?” “Have I done what I thought I would do?” And perhaps a little desperately…”How much time do I have left to fit the rest in?” I guess all this get’s put under the microscope a little more when you get a letter in the post (almost on the day of my birthday) saying quite jauntily that “since you are now in the 45-49 year old age bracket, you have been selected for a regular health check (lucky me!) as things start to go bung at this time” I made up the last bit but that was definitely the implication when I spoke to the nurse today. Well I had that check up and all seems okay at the moment thankfully but it get’s you thinking. Life is this precious resource and there is just so much to do. If you are 40+ guy, what are you doing to ensure the second half of your life goes well? It’s no surprise that I would be suggesting regular exercise as part of that preventative plan. Or, do you wait for an issue and ask for a prescription from your doc to ‘fix’ it. My goal is to be listing vitamins I take rather than medications when I get to my […]
Here is a great breakfast eating option alternative to our cultural favourite – highly refined rubbish with athletes on the packet (yes it does taste good, sweet always does and those athletes do look inspiring!). There are some other great recipe ideas for other meal times from these guys too. Check it out!
You workout. Great. You are in the minority of the population so already you are pretty special. How many of you in this elite group feel like you are pushing the intensity (you know you need deep down) to make a significant difference? Not many I am guessing. This is why we exist. A brand new tool in our arsenal to ensure you are hitting the right intensity is My Zone. This is a brand new system which has been utilised well in advanced clubs all around the world to help people just like you get the intensity of their training in to the right zone. I have been using this myself over the past 6 weeks to get a feel for it. It is a GREAT piece of technology that engages and creates accountability even with out us as trainers. But when used by us it is even better. Check out this short video on how it works and look for it in our PT room in your next workout. I will be moving it to the computrainer room at times so you can see it in action. If all goes well I expect consoles and screens in all spaces of Best Practice. You don’t have to watch the whole video and whilst we don’t do classes exactly like this nor look like these trainers -I have been called the thinking person’s personal trainer :), you will get a good idea how this system gives direct and immediate feedback when working out. It also can viewed on your own […]
This diet approach isn’t all bad but at the same time their bold assertions may really be flawed from a scientific point of view. But at first glance some the recipes and meals that they propose are about a million times better, now it is my turn to be scientific 🙂 than the average person’s diet of Macdonalds, KFC and Dominoes Pizza! Check out some of the recipes and judge for yourself.
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.
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! http://www.mapmyfitness.com/shop/fitness-sensors/fitbit-tracker Let me know if you get it and how it goes. I expect to have mine soon!
If you are after the truth then you will know that we are almost fanatically driven to provide it. There is so much misinformation out there it is frightening how easily even a relatively educated person in fitness can get it so wrong. I have been mentioning ‘metabolic precision’ and the system that I will be studying over the coming months. It provides more support for what I studied at university and what I have learned in the real world since. Here is a link to QUALITY information. In a world where personal trainers are popping up all over the place after an 8 week course you can depend on what we do. Check this article out and let me know what you think.