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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 […]
14/05/2013

Tribute to mums

I hope all the fantastic mums of Best Practice had a great day on Sunday. What a job you do. I know it was my mum who set the scene for me as a child, to a lead a healthy and happy life. Thanks ma! I know a lot of you out there feel the same. I trust you spoiled your mum on Sunday. And if it was you who was spoiled. You deserve it. It can be a thankless task sometimes but know that what you do shapes the future trajectory of lives and there is no job more important than that. Thank goodness for mums around the world.
26/03/2013

What you need to know about whole grains

We talk about consuming carbs only after intensive exercise, be it strength training or cardiovascular. But we are not talking about any old carbs, we are talking about healthy whole grains. Check this article out from our trusted resource in nutrition – precision nutrition to see if you know what these really are. You might be surprised.
27/02/2013

A Strong Core is Vital!

This photo captures the importance of core strength when it comes to excellence in performance. Imagine how hard it is to sprint at maximum speed across a tennis court and then slow down in time to set the legs and the rest of the body and importantly the head, to then swing a racquet and make perfect contact. That is a strong core in action. Check out this article for a great description of exactly what the core is, how to train it and importantly, why training it is vital for some many things in life including dealing with back pain.
18/01/2013

5 healthy eating habits that will guarantee a healthier you

Habit 1: Eat slowly and stop eating at 80% full Habit 2: Eat protein dense foods with each meal Habit 3: Eat vegetables with each meal Habit 4: High starch foods only after intensive exercise Habit 5: Eat health fats daily For a useful “cheat sheet’, you can carry with you from Precision Nutrition, go here!
18/01/2013

Sugar. How sweet it is! Not!!

How much is too much? Well the typical Australian has around 34 teaspoons a day. This is way too much! It should be less than 5 teaspoons if you are serious about being healthy. Here’s a typical not so healthy Aussie day of eating. Easy to get 34 teaspoons+ if you come from a carbohydrate upbringing! Breakfast: 1.5 cups of cereal, 1 cup of OJ, 1 cup of milk. 10 teaspoons Snack: 2 little pastries and 1 can of softdrink. 15 teaspoons Lunch: Sandwich, muesli bar, apple juice. 7-15 teaspoons depending on size of the apple juice bottle. Snack: Gatorade. depending on size 7-10 teaspoons. Dinner: Salad with dressing. Potato. Pork chops. Bowl of icecream. 25-30 teaspoons. The end point of eating like this regularly? Obesity. Look for fat accumulation around the mid section and shoulder blades for tell tale signs of varying levels of insulin resistance and the icing on top – Diabetes. A healthy body fat level for men is between 10-15%. For women, 17-35%. Do you know what yours is? We can do this for you if you want to know and give you a plan to deal with it. Ph: 3854 0386 now. Operators standing by 🙂 It is a great motivator to see where you are at now and then set a firm target by years end. What’s 12 months when it comes to the rest of your life? Your call.
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 […]