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02/09/2015
Dave Heath 2007 to 2015

A great success story

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 […]
30/06/2015

The Wheel of Life

The wheel of life goes round and round. How smooth is your wheel and how close to the edge are you? Health & Fitness is the stand out priority no matter how wonky your wheel might look. Literally everything hinges on it. Let’s take a look and put that little assertion to the test.  Career & Work. I hear this one a A LOT! “I have no time for exercise because I am working so hard to forward my career and build a future for my family, so my job is my main focus for now. When I get on top of this then I will spend more time with my family, and then get to looking after myself”. How much time do you think you have in this life? It’s a no brainer that you will perform better when you are healthy and fit, and your family will want to spend time with you when you have the energy to give. Cart before the horse and all that!  Also, let’s get one thing straight. No one ever said on their deathbed, “gee I wish I spent more time at work”. So if your career and work are getting on top of you (and you will know this by the stress you feel) carve out some “me”  time now, because the investment reaps dividends every time. Even if you think it won’t… Trust me I am a personal trainer 🙂  “Me” time by the way is not getting to the pub and downing 6 schooners at lunch. I worked in a fitness […]
18/06/2015

The Power of One

Sometimes when it comes to change, it can seem overwhelming. Paralysis by analysis. Sometimes it feels like that the job is just too big… When members come to us with this feeling, I like to break it down to one thing only because this focus allows positive movement. I always ask what is the one behaviour that you know you need to change and are 99.9% sure you can achieve in the next week? I tell them to make it such an easy thing that success is assured. This is where confidence starts to build. Each week, you start to add just one more thing.  I feel that it is good advice in all aspects of a change program whether it be rehabilitation, a new nutritional plan or the start of a serious transformation. The longest journey starts with but a small step. There is often much wisdom and truth in the age old clichés. When I was playing tennis, the one thing that helped get me in the zone (which unfortunately often wasn’t enough) was when I could focus, not on the one tournament I was in or the one match ahead or even the one game I was playing. It wasn’t even the one point….. it was the one hit. This laser focus allowed me to get into the moment and just enjoy the process of playing the game. It stopped me from the “what if’s” and the fear that comes with the territory of an outcome focus. This is because there are just so many things you […]
26/05/2015
BPPT logoman

Enjoying old age

What is the biggest limiting factor when it comes to enjoying old age? I guess some would say money but they would be missing the obvious – which of course is our health. As a professional in the field of fitness and behaviour change, I see it all the time. People who have for a long time ignored the one big thing that influences every part of their life. “I don’t have time for it now”, “I’ll get to it, but I know it is important”, “It’s not a priority at the moment but I am getting there”. Sobering fact number 1: most people NEVER get there. This is the primary reason I say, “act and act now” whenever someone takes time out of their busy day to ‘enquire’ about starting a fitness program. I never tire of seeing the joy it brings to someone, who has perhaps for the first time in their life started to experience how good it feels to be strong, healthy and fit. But as with all things worthwhile in this life, the path to it is not always easy. Make no mistake, it is simple but this is a very different thing. The key factor to change is identifying the need and then connecting with the reason for wanting to change it. Our best clients, the ones most likely to achieve real and lasting change, are the ones who have experienced some major emotional upheaval, usually as a result of having lead a profoundly unhealthy existence. The reason they do so well is that […]
12/05/2015
four personal trainers having fun at pool area

Depression and exercise. Your first line of defense.

It has been reported by the World Health Organisation that depression is the BIGGEST cause of disability worldwide right now with over 350 million people living with it. It is a serious problem. The definition of depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. The Mayo Clinic discusses in more detail what it is here. There are many treatments depending on the severity, but what I wanted to talk about was the consistent research supporting the efficacy of physical activity, both aerobic and strength training. In some studies it has been shown to be as effective if not more so than antidepressant medication. I guess I see it as a preventative strategy just as much as a treatment. As many others do, I have depression in the family. Fortunately for me, I have always exercised as a function of my upbringing and personal desire to be athletic. This was so I could perform better in my chosen sports of rugby league and then professional tennis. This habit that I got into has persisted now into my late 40’s and I suspect has been something which has kind of fortified me against depression. I cannot say I have suffered from it personally at any time so I can’t attest to it as a treatment for myself, but I have certainly seen it do it wonders for those around me including family members as a first line of defense. If in doubt you should really check out this fact sheet from the Black Dog […]
20/04/2015
Your comfort zone, where the magic happens

Tolerance – Achieving What You Thought Was Impossible

When you do a search for the meaning of tolerance you see phrases like ‘capacity to endure’ and words like ‘fair’ and ‘objective’. When it comes to fitness, my angle on the topic is that tolerance shows us yet again the amazing ability of the body to adapt and become better. What a gift that is from mother nature or God or whatever your beliefs. Tolerance is what happens when you ask your body a question it is not quite ready to answer, and the sweet spot that ensues in the time immediately after yields a kind of magic. This is where there is a reorganisation of the organism at the cellular level which allows the body to be ready to step up and handle or tolerate that same difficult question thrown at it the next time round. That question might be: can I pull my body up to look over the wall for my kids ball he just kicked? The attempt sees us momentarily peering over as our arms give way rather quickly. Now thanks to an enthusiastic and maybe even talented young boot we get to repeat this move each day we spend hanging out. What we soon notice is we can hold ourselves up there a bit longer until even a one arm hold seems like a possibility (even though that might be a tad optimistic). But the lesson here is that what once seemed hard or even impossible, provided we go about it the right way, becomes 100% do-able. How cool is that? The trick is […]