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11/02/2014

Motivation. How do I find it?

I had a potential client ask me how do I find this? My first reaction was to say that you need to find this yourself but soon realised that I hadn’t actually helped. I then started looking for different information around this subject and found that there was plenty about how to maintain it or strategies at least to maintain it, AFTER you had started. There was not much on how to get started. Here’s my angle on it. The word motivate has it’s origins in latin – ‘motare’ or ‘motivus’, meaning to shake or stir. I think the starting point for finding your motivation is to find a quiet place and think (really think) about what moves you on an emotional level when you consider your health and fitness. Often times it is to do with people around you. Is there a reason why you would like to be able to be there for somebody else and may be not only just, ‘be there’ but also be useful/fun/inspiring/attractive/healthy (fill in what ever term means something to you)  to them and or to yourself? My motivation was to be good at sport because (rightly or wrongly) that is how I defined myself. It also fits with the ‘story’ I developed about life that says being athletic, active, capable, sporty, adventurous and functionally useful, are qualities that make life worth living. That works for me because it is a constant and is always nagging away at me when I have more than a few days in a row of not really […]
14/01/2013

Some amazingly healthy food options

A lot of you know we use Precision Nutrition as our ‘system’ for getting clients in to healthy eating and all the good stuff that goes with that. Here are some fantastic recipes that you can try at home.
14/01/2013

Grabbing the year by the throat!

Okay, it may only be the beginning of the third week of the year but it is a critical time to start making some moves. If you get started now you will be taking advantage of the driving wave of motivation that often happens related to the famous New Years’ Resolutions that many people make in an attempt to change for the better. I have said some negative things about the NYR in the past but you know what, what ever sparks you up. It will be what you continue doing that will really make the difference, but everyone knows that. So what’s it going to be for you? Last week I spoke about goals. I am hoping you have put some work in here because your personal ‘why’ is critical to success. See that post for some help with how to do that. We have a program coming up that may be for you. It is a specialised small group training program that will go for 8 weeks (likely to continue each school term this year) from January 30. 3 mornings a week, 6am starts, comprehensive group assessment to start so everyone is categorised according to their individual starting point. We will be using My zone to track progress, our training app to help you with your own strength training in our key tag access gym to which access will be included and there will also be comprehensive guidance with nutrition because we all know you just cannot out train a bad diet. Check it out here!
14/01/2013

Making us better coaches…

Hi, coming in to this new year I am always keen to see what we can do better as a business. My biggest thing in coaching is knowing what has been happening with you our clients since we saw you last. Let’s face it, even if we saw you every day for 1 hour there is still approximately another 96% of your time in which you can either do things to help your cause or hinder it! One new system that we are integrating with existing clients and making part of every new clients program is called My Zone. I have been test driving My Zone over the Christmas break and it is seriously addictive. This is how it works. I wear the heart rate monitor strap every time I do a workout either at the gym or elsewhere. Every time I come with in 20 metres of the Best Practice My Zone console…. voila my workouts download directly to my own web page and sends me an email too. It adds information that tells me how many calories I burnt (think of this as an intensity indicator because we all know calories aren’t necessary calories!), my average heart rate % of my max and also how many my zone points I accumulated. I get a running total of all this info for the week, month and year. I know that a solid work out is 120-150 points and so now I have a way to keep myself in the right intensity mode because we all know intensity counts, research […]