Will goes to a Yoga class: Enlightenment does not ensue – Part 1

yoga-catI’m just going to state my bias from the start here: Yoga really doesn’t do it for me. Standing, sitting, twisting and Om-ing in a hot room sweating my balls off while in close proximity to other sweaty people just doesn’t get me inspired, excited, or particularly satisfied that I’m accomplishing anything of great worth for my body.

So when a fanatical Yogi (perhaps a redundant term: virtually all Yogis are fanatical) friend of mine asked if I wanted to come along to a Yoga workshop hosted by a world class Yogi guru, on the other side of the city, on a Sunday afternoon, for three freakin’ hours, I was hardly chomping at the bit at the notion. But I agreed nevertheless. You know, new experiences and all that jazz.  Continue reading Will goes to a Yoga class: Enlightenment does not ensue – Part 1

Supplements 101

photo credit: Noodles and Beef via photopin cc
photo credit: Noodles and Beef via photopin cc

News? Hardly.
In the fitness industry, every man and his dog has their view on the worth or worthlessness of supplements and will gladly opine on such if given even a glimmer of opportunity.

Well, here’s mine. All gathered together in one neat and tidy place. And it shall henceforth serve as my standard response to every text, Facebook message and email on the matter.
At least, until new evidence shows me something different and gives cause to change my mind. You know, just to confuse you. Continue reading Supplements 101

The Lunge Bible

Any fitness professional or enthusiast worth their salt and not living under an online rock for the last 5-10 years is well aware of the benefits offered from single leg training:

Multiplanar hip stability? Check.
Inbuilt mobility and flexibility work? Yep.
Reduced spinal loading relative to bilateral lower body exercises? You got it.

I don’t care if you’re a power lifter who places the big bilateral lifts far above single leg work in the order of priority, or if you’re a strength coach looking to reduce risk in a program for large groups of athletes and therefore prioritising single leg training above all else – much in the vein of Mike Boyle – or anything else in between.
Regardless of your stance (pun intended) including some single leg work in your or your clients’ training program on a regular basis is generally just an intelligent training ploy. Continue reading The Lunge Bible

The State of the Fitness Industry: Australian Edition – Part 3

Today’s post is the last of this instalment on my overview of the Australian fitness industry.
In Part 1 I gave a broad overview of the major issues in the Australian fitness industry as I see it, and in Part 2 I outlined each of the major scenes that make up the fitness industry, from commercial gyms and bootcamps to cults such as CrossFit and Zumba.

Today, I’ll offer my perspective on what represents the grassroots level of the industry for those who work within it – the registered training organisations (personal training schools) and governing bodies – and what I feel needs to occur for us to improve and be recognised not only as the fitness industry, but as the fitness profession. Continue reading The State of the Fitness Industry: Australian Edition – Part 3

The State of the Fitness Industry: Australian Edition – Part 2

In part 1 I gave a broad overview of what in my opinion are a few of the major problems currently in the Australian fitness industry, and then went on to discuss a few options for circumventing this from both a consumer standpoint and from that of the fitness professional.
In today’s post I’ll dig a little further into the specific areas of the industry to identify some of the problems and propose a few solutions, as I see it.

So let’s take a look at a few of the major players that make up the fitness industry.  Continue reading The State of the Fitness Industry: Australian Edition – Part 2

The State of the Fitness Industry: Australian Edition – Part 1

The fitness industry is a huge part of my life.
It is the realm in which I’ve dedicated my passion and turned into my profession.

I love the science. I love learning about the body and how it works. I love the concept of getting better – that we can improve our physical capacities and, with it, our mental capabilities, and vice versa.

I love helping people achieve these improvements for themselves; that I can take all the knowledge that I’ve spent hours, months, years gathering, and figure out the optimal method for its application with that particular individual, at that particular time.  Continue reading The State of the Fitness Industry: Australian Edition – Part 1