The benefits of a Battlerope training


The use of unconventional training implements such as battle ropes, kettle bells, tyres, sledge-hammers, bodyweight suspension devices and sleds, for example, has recently risen in popularity (1). Specifically, such uses range from those within the athletic strength and conditioning realm, through to the general public in order to achieve common fitness goals (1).  The popularity of such training implements are … Read More

Who is responsible for the Burpee??


Ever do a burpee?  Ever tackled a circuit that requires, say, five rounds of 15 burpees? If so, you might want someone to blame for bringing this uniquely punishing movement into the world and to the attention of coaches, trainers and fitness enthusiasts. So at whom can we shake our sweaty, exhausted fists? It’s the exercise that only the very, … Read More

Recovery from Exercise – Looking at what’s Best


The human body operates most efficiently when it is in balance, or has achieved a state known as homeostasis. As such, optimal recovery means that all body systems have returned to the state they were in before exercise (homeostasis). However, for most avid exercisers, recovery is a limiting factor. The better you can recover, the sooner and better you can … Read More

Physical activity Guidelines for 13-17 year olds


With our future society on a rapid de-evolution of movement, I thought I’d touch base with you to inform you of the Physical Activity Guidelines for 13-17 year olds. I would like to see more activity at schools during PDHPE classes. In fact, I’d like to see the Health and Personal Development scrapped and replaced with  pure fitness, coordination and … Read More

You asked for it!! Here is Yoga!


Just to put it out there. I am not a yoga expert in any way. I do suggest people participate in a form of yoga or stretching of their choice to maintain movement, mobility and flexibility. How they do this is totally up to them. Now, how did I come up with this blog. Over the years, I have been … Read More

Cut out added sugar and change your life.


In neuroscience, food is something we call a “natural reward.” In order for us to survive as a species, things like eating, having sex and nurturing others must be pleasurable to the brain so that these behaviors are reinforced and repeated. How much sugar is OK?  Evolution has resulted in the meso-limbic pathway, a brain system that deciphers these natural … Read More

Strength exercise as vital as aerobic, new research finds


Push ups and sit ups could add years to your life according to a new study of over 80,000 adults led by the University of Sydney. The largest study to compare the mortality outcomes of different types of exercise found people who did strength-based exercise had a 23 percent reduction in risk of premature death by any means, and a … Read More

7 steps to fitness goal setting success


With Summer nearing and the weather fining up, now is the time when many people start and/or restart their fitness regime. But for those who are new to activity and exercise or are not overly confident with what to do, here are a few tips to get you on your way As you design your fitness program, keep these points … Read More

Band Training Why do it? Why do I choose to train use them to train?


The traditional force curve using dead weight is a standard bell shaped curve that demonstrates the greatest force production at the mid range of the movement. Here is some great information from Dave Smitz(The Band Man). Someone who I see has changed, developed and revolutionised the way band fitness training has evolved. Elastic vs. Traditional Dead Weight Force Production However, … Read More

Getting a D is actually OK


Being outdoors most of my days and living in a country where there is relatively equal light and dark throughout the year, I always wandered why we as Australians have a vitamin D deficiency in a growing number of people. Granted, I am on the extreme, but even so outside sunshine there are other means to absorb Vitamin D. We … Read More