July 19, 2020

Back in 1991, women in a weight loss program were asked, before the program began, how well they thought they’d do. Shockingly, the ones who were pessimistic about losing weight, who thought the process would be difficult and that they might not succeed, ended up losin...

July 19, 2020

One of my first ever personal training clients was a guy named Greg. He’d been told by his Doctor that he should start exercising and came to me knowing he should lose a few kilos and start strength training.

Notice the shoulds?

I prescribed him a great training program,...

July 1, 2020

"I have no time to exercise..."

It's the most common reason in the world. And it's a fair one - with family commitments, hectic work schedules and overwhelming external responsibilities, how the hell do you find time to work out?

But examine this reason closer and you ma...

July 1, 2020

Why do you want to be healthy? What’s your motivation?

Is it to show off your body at the beach next Summer? Impress others? Or do you just, quite simply, love the feeling?

In Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, he draws on the research from ‘Self-Determination Theory’, and the...

December 18, 2019

If you know anything about me you know I’m not one for quick-fixes or band-aid solutions.

In every first consultation with a potential new client, I’m very honest - I tell them that there is no finish line. You may have a goal, and milestones along the way, but ‘health’...

December 9, 2019

Tough call… I know.

But hear me out.

I’ve been reading ‘Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker and it’s opened my eyes to how powerful sleep really is. 

I knew it was important already but some of the stuff he talks about is blowing my mind.

  • Insufficient sleep is a key lifest...

December 3, 2019

“Alright, I’m going to lose 4kg so I can look and feel good in my speedos down at the beach this Summer.”

You set your goal, it has some meaning, and you’ve started taking action. The worst thing you can do now is to stop.

What’s going to keep you from stopping?

  • Deter...

November 20, 2019

The majority of personal trainers are in their 20’s, myself included. Sometimes this can blur the lines of how to most effectively strength train.

What works for people in their 20’s isn’t optimal for those in their 40’s. 

I’ve seen it too many times, a young trainer has...

November 18, 2019

One day I’ll write a book.

It’s half the reason for the pile of blog posts I've written over the last few years.

Writing a book isn’t complicated, just lots of words put in a certain order. Writing a book worth reading is. One worth remembering, worth sharing, worth buil...

November 11, 2019

Which of these are more likely to give you cancer?

Eating salami or smoking cigarettes?

This may shock you...

They are EQUAL. 

They’re both type 1 carcinogens. According to the research they are classified in the same category of cancer risk.

Other processed meats which fit...

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