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

Skip your way to Summer Success


If there’s one form of cardio that you should start doing in your workout program to maximize your success, skipping would be it. Far too many people completely overlook this form of cardio and instead gravitate to the usual – slugging it out on the treadmill or cycling away while reading a book or magazine (which is a sure sign … 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

What can we learn about the shoulder.


Hi, For those who are not aware, I have had shoulder impingements for the last 4-6 months due to a weakness in my rotator cuffs. I was actually only made aware of this when I was in quite a bit of discomfort and thought it was only lack of flexibility in my chest and lack of mobility in my shoulders. … Read More

Cucumbers! Not a superfood but definitely have them in your diet.


Cucumbers are a great food. Lots of water, not  an overly strong taste so it can be eaten with other foods and not spoil the taste and can freshen up your cold glass of water. Researchers have long been familiar with the presence of unique polyphenols in plants called lignans, and these health-benefiting substances have been studied extensively in cruciferous … Read More