What is Effective Fitness Programming?

What is Effective Fitness Programming? When I write and create any fitness program or strength cycle, whether it be for a Focus PT client, my gym community, individual athlete or sporting team, I take into consideration a variety of different factors.   The key aspects are as follows:…

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Kettlebell Swings! – The Russian or the American?

Kettlebell Swings! – The Russian or the American? #betterMOVEMENT is about understanding and awareness. Doing things well and doing them for a reason. Train with intent! Which one is better? – The Russian or the American? To me it is one of the best skills…

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3 facts about life & muscle

  3 facts about life & muscle. Winter is amongst us so it is time to ramp up our training and focus on our self-worth. That is a simple plan. Set some milestones and work towards some personal records and personal bests. #PB I personally…

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Why your body is not changing? A solution!

I love being a coach.  Watching people progress and evolve is a great reward for the long hours and invested time we place in people. QUESTION: Do you know what hurts me as a coach? What hurts me is when I see people stagnate, progress start to flatline, their physical change…

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Everything is ok!

“Free Your Mind – Fridays” Everything is ok! There is light at the end of every tunnel! Keep moving towards it no matter the pace. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems at first however it is important that we accept things for what…

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Go Train

“Training Your Vessel – Tuesdays” Go Train Consistency is a word that defines your understanding of what focus truly means. To focus on a goal, task or objective, one must take steps that allow and support a progression forward. This progression must have a strong…

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I workout because……..?

I workout because……..? Ask yourself some serious questions. Be honest! As this week is about to start, take a moment to reflect on the genuine reasons why you want to push yourself to be better. If not pushing yourself at the moment ask yourself why…

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Get off the scales!

Get off the scales! We have heard this before, I say it all the time as a coach and this statement is not going to go away as this action, “Get off the scales”, is a must for all those who torture themselves daily solely…

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The Law of Attraction – The Movie

  The Law of Attraction – The Movie The Secret. It has been passed throughout the ages, traveling through centuries to reach you. This is the secret to everything – joy, health, money, relationships, love, happiness. Everything you have ever wanted. In this astonishing film…

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Know the difference!

Know the difference! Evolve your attitude towards others and the effort you make to be there for someone else when they need it most. Who do you surround yourself with? Surrounding yourself with positive, like minded and powerful successful people will only enhance your personal…

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Start doing the things you love!

Hear me out… Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are largely or entirely privately owned and operated for profit. Our lives revolve around profiteering! It is how we are taught to survive. Capitalism is a social system…

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FITT-R Principle

Successful and effective training is about having a direction and an understanding of what you are doing and what you want to achieve. Training with intent is integral for the best results and this is all relative to your individual goals. The best training programs…

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Skills by Drawing

Skills by Drawing Understanding why we train movements and focusing on the muscles involved within each skill can bring a greater awareness and better results to our training. Work movements rather than muscles as this mindset will always bring a greater result! Range of motion,…

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How does activation and mobility enhance your results?

How does “Activation and Mobility” enhance your results? If you are seeking increased speed, strength, hypertrophy, and/or fat loss, mobility is an essential part of your training regime to ensure an increase in range and recruitment of major muscle lines.  This will present a greater…

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Coffee, Egg or Carrot – Which one are you?

This is a good lesson for all of us, no matter what stage of life you’re in. This is one of those stories that people can relate to.  It is not original but it is a great one for us to remember that within any…

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Think the Same = Be the Same

Think the Same = Be the Same What does this really mean? I will be the first to admit that I had to change my thinking before I could change my life.  As I drove 40 minutes into work everyday, around 10 years ago, I remember…

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How to Embrace Change – A Woman’s Body

How to Embrace Change – A Woman’s Body I am a man about to talk about a woman’s body!  I have had some experiences but let’s face it, I am not a woman.  However, consider this, the majority of my Focus PT clients, the clients at…

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How to make lifestyle changes?

How to make lifestyle changes? One issue we face in society is the facilitation and delivery of effective services and programming that can support an individuals success towards a lifestyle change. How do we do it on our own and how do I find someone to…

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Pressure Points

Reflexology is interesting. I have tried this before with success but it is not something I do often! Does it work? Is it placebo? Either way it is worth understanding the pressure point areas and giving it a try. That is what life is about……

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22 Life Lessons – Aristotle

Mum and Dad were right? Well….maybe not all the time but one thing you can’t take away from our elders is life experience.  Life lessons are learnt sometimes the easy way and many unfortunately the hard way.  Either way we win in the end with…

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Life is an Adventure!

Life can be and is most of the time a grind. Life knows how to hurt us in so many simple ways. Life can take our breath away even when we are standing still. Life can make us cry even when we are at a…

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What you allow is what will continue!

It is my choice to be the best coach I can be and it takes up my full attention and focus. This choice ensures I am accountable and responsible for my clients and members at all times. I must show a duty of care for…

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ESCAPISM – Recharging Your Energy

ESCAPISM – Recharging Your Energy  I am a Human! This is a profound statement is it not? In life we “try” to accept that everyone is different, has different beliefs and as individuals we make choices based on what they think is best at that time….

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The Intelligent Warm Up

The Intelligent Warm Up At Elements4Life we endorse taking responsibility for your preparation, your warmup and your mindset.  This also includes the obvious like nutrition, sleep, rest and of course…The Warm Up! First thing I suggest is an activation and mobility sequence which will prepare the mind…

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Secrets to Motivation

Secrets to Motivation Want to know the secret to motivation? In my short 40 years on this planet I have discovered that not everyone is the same. No shock there but it is important to understand why and how people motivate themselves to make decisions and…

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The Power of Conditioning

The Power of Conditioning   There are many people out there who preach specific training methods based on an internal culture or a belief system that is taught. This is fine but the reality is that in order to understand how the science of the…

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6 Crucial Training Tips

6 Crucial Training Tips  Looking for inspiration? Looking for that sign? A defining moment? A defining moment can be when you make the right choice that ultimately changes your life. Read on for 6 of the most crucial tips for success in the gym and…

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Paretto’s Principle

Paretto’s Principle The 80/20 rule is something most of us have heard of, something I tend to be aware of when thinking about efficiency and a return for output.  I apply this to most things in my life.   Many of us fail to adequately…

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The Dirty Dog

On this day, a dog fell into a well. It wasn’t hurt, but it couldn’t get out. The well was deep, dark and wet. A storm was closing in. The dogs owner, somewhat of a nasty and shallow man, decided that the dog wasn’t worth…

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Quick Tip – Rest & Recovery

Quick Tip – Rest & Recovery Here is a quick tip for those looking to find ways of taking a day off training. Yes…it is hard to believe but there are people who train every day and some at “FULL ON 100% STEAM AHEAD DON”T…

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