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My BIGGEST takeaway after 7 years in the industry

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I was thinking about this a while back. Ive been in this industry for 7 years now, and WHAT specifically has influenced my coaching development…..

“QUALITY over QUANTITY”
Every aspect of training is becoming increasingly confusing with each day. There are guru’s in every corner, instafamous fitness models and “athletes” with supposedly the latest and greatest exercises, but at the end of the day here’s what they focus on….QUANTITY. They want to hit a large audience, with information for the masses, thats generic and mis leading. Over time, this has lead people to focus more of their training towards this exact training factor of trying to get MORE and MORE down with each session. As coaches we see it time and time again, injuries, or a very poor movement quality. The 1 thing they could have done to avoid any bad situation is prioritising ‘Quality’.

SO, let’s talk about what has lead to me priorities this over the years.

CONVERSATIONS

Im always talking to past, current and new clients, with so many having the same conversation in common…..”what about this person on instagram?”, “This person trains every day though..” or “I need to train more often”. These all arise from our age of “Information Overload”.

Let me break it down simply:

– if you never build a great foundation there will always be gaps that need to be filled

– everyone is individual

– we are all in different stages of development with all aspects of training

– lifestyles will always play a factor (most ‘cross fitters’ you see doing amazing things, or athletes always training are doing it full time…..never compare yourself because thats stupid and unrealistic)

EDUCATION

After years of developing myself under the best coaches around the world they all have one thing in common. Quality first, foundations first, the INDIVIDUAL first. If the best in our industry push this why are we not seeing this incorporated. Stigma? Does everyone prioritise getting MORE done, believing that in return they will see greater results?

EXPERIENCE

Over the 7 years I have coached a LOT of people…..and put simply the ones who have achieved the best results have the HIGHEST “Quality” training patterns. They come in and put effort in with great quality, they produce the greatest stimulus they can every session and recover with good quality recovery sessions. Science based, simple training, executed properly is the king of results. Always has been and always will be!

WHAT I WANT YOU TO TAKE AWAY…….

YES hard work is important, YES you will always need to do a little more and stress your body a little more…..BUT…..

NEVER CHOOSE QUANTITY over QUALITY!

If you want a result, prioritise QUALITY!

 

Coach Cal – Chief of Programming at Perform 360

INSTAGRAMS DISTORTED REALITY

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Today I was scrolling through my Instagram, and spotted one of my fitness idols sitting on the beach, looking lean, shredded, tanned and beautiful in her tiny bikini. Next to her was a protein shaker containing a fat burner. Her post was about how she was staying lean thanks to this fat burner…. is she serious? How misleading???!!! Fair enough they are probably paying her for the post, but she’s giving women a distorted reality of what it actually takes to get that lean.

This chick recently competed in a body building competition so was still at a very low body fat percentage. Her diet would have been immaculate for months leading up to her compettion, and her body 1 week post competition would still be almost just as lean as she was stepping on stage (for those who don’t know how lean, 10-15% Body Fat). I am saddened that she is basically discrediting her 6 months of hard work, sweat and determination by saying she’s lean thanks to a fat burner.

Statistically, supplementation accounts for a mere 1 or 2 % (if that) of performance or body composition (think, if you are on a 2000cal diet, thats only 20 calories!!). Most fat burners (if legal by the FDA) in the majority of studies come up short when it comes to containing an evidence based amount of substance to elicit a therapeutic benefit.

She’s lean because she probably has great eating habits, high metabolism, plenty of lean muscle and has just competed in a body building competition. She’s lean because she’s conditioned to be lean.

At the end of the day, remember:

  1. Instagram posts can be misleading. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. Don’t waste your money on fat burners or supps unless you are also investing your money in a good gym program and good nutrition.
  3. There are no magic bullets .. nothing can be found in a pill that a shit ton of hard training and long calorie restriction can’t do when it comes to lean body composition…  I would love to be proven wrong on this.

On another note – https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au September 3-9 is the Butterfly Foundations promotion of “love you body week for schools” – the impressionable age where students can promote positive body image and  build body confidence … unfortunately all IG images like this don’t promote health, let’s learn to love our bodies and appreciate what they can do for us without thinking we need pills to get lean and feel good about ourselves.

Coach – Soni

My Kids Brought Out My Inner Superhero

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“My kids gave me the most powerful moment of my life…”

Just the other day, I caught up with a member outside of the typical ‘gasping for air’ setting which is common post workout and actually had an in-depth conversation about a few important topics around training. One of the topics we spoke about and the one that stood out the most for me was how training can change your role model status with your kids.

It was a great ‘chin wag’ to say the very least and fair to say that this conversation struck a very powerful chord.

The biggest take home for me during our flowing conversation was that her three kids now saw and thought of their mum in a completely different light since she began her exercise regime.

She began to explain a particular scenario when all three of her children came to the gym with her. The intention was for the kids to sit quietly and do their homework in the gymnastics area whilst mum busted out a sensational session.

However, sitting quietly on this day was not an option for these star struck children. They were in awe of what their mum was doing and they couldn’t help but to cheer her on in support which ultimately gave her a huge boost.

I’m sure you could imagine how powerful this was for Mum and trumps any coach saying, “You can do it!”

“Having my kids support me during training was one of the proudest moments of my life!” she said. And to know that this was the first time they’d cheered for her, as opposed to the usual scenario of a mum cheering on her kids, was a truly humbling experience.  Even if you don’t have kids, you can appreciate how this moment would be a life changing one. At the very least, this moment has encouraged this particular mum to want to keep going.

To know her kids are proud of her is the epitome of motivation.

Everyone wins here… Not only is this mum motivated to continue with her training but she’s also setting an awesome example for her kids to follow. So, my question is this; what type of role model are you? And what type of role model do you want to be? Because whether you are aware of it or not, you are a role model to someone. So how do you want them to live their life? Remember, most kids don’t listen to what we tell them but they certainly do what they see.

 

Jason Clark – Co Founder of Perform 360

THE ART OF BEING SELFISH

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Sometimes I feel sad. I feel down. Sometimes you get down too. We all get down moments. Whether it’s because you lost someone, you have money problems, you broke up with your partner, hate your job or feel overwhelmed with life. It happens. Sometimes we just lose our way and need a little help finding the path again.

I sat down recently with a friend who reached out to me for help. The day she called me, I could tell she needed help. She was less chatty, not as enthusiastic as she normally is and just seemed down. We arranged a catch up over coffee for the following week.

That next week, as we sat down in the sun with our warm cup of coffee, she said to me, “It’s funny, as soon as I told you I needed help, I felt as though a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.” She said she then went on and spent the whole weekend  doing things for herself. She drove to the beach, sat in the sun, read a book and just spent time enjoying her own company. I could tell her entire manner had changed. She was happier. Since she shared her deepest thoughts with me, she focused on herself, and she now had hope for change. Sometimes even just sharing your feelings with someone makes all the difference.

It got me thinking about what I do when I get down, and how I pull myself out of the slump. It seems, to me, that sometimes that life can feel all too much when we aren’t focusing on the small things in life that matter. Self Care. Self Love.

Here a a few things I have found over the years that help me feel alive, and feel happier within.

  1. S U N S H I N E….. Sit in the sun for one meal a day. Wait for your morning coffee in the sun. Go for a walk. Expose your skin. But make sure you build up your tolerance to the sun slowly. Start with just 3-5 minutes then increase by a few minutes every week. Decreased sun exposure has been associated with a drop in serotonin which is a chemical made in our body, which stabilises our mood and regulates anxiety and happiness (among others). The light-induced effects of serotonin are triggered by sunlight that goes through the eye, so try to get a little exposure without sunglasses on.
  2. P R O B I O T I C S  &  F E R M E N T E D F O O D S….. Studies are showing, that your brain and gut are closely connected. You can improve your gut health by consuming more fermented foods. But if fermented foods are too ‘hippy’ for you, opt for a probiotic every day. But if you are keen on giving it a go, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi make a great addition to your health.
  3. C L E A N  Y O U R S E L F  U P….. Sounds silly right? But think about it, when you are feeling lazy, lethargic and unmotivated, the last thing you want to do is get off the couch and shower, brush your teeth or put on moisturiser right? So get off your butt, allow 15 minutes, take a shower (for extra invigoration = 10 minutes of cold water), do a body scrub, clip your toenails, paint your fingernails, pluck your eyebrows, put on moisturiser. Go on, treat yo-self. If you don’t feel better after that, then keep reading….
  4. P O W E R  P O S E….. Open your chest, stand proud. Fake smile. They all trick your body into thinking it’s happier and it will release all those feel-good endorphins.
  5. P L A Y  M U S I C….. Pump it. Feel the Beat. Do a little wiggle in the kitchen while you are cooking.
  6. G O  O U T D O O R S….. Ever heard the saying “You need some fresh air.”? Be with nature. Wriggle your bare toes in the grass, sand or dirt. Research negative ions. They are abundant in nature, not so much in the cities. They can contribute to a healthier body and mind.
  7. T H E  B I G G E R  P I C T U R E….. If all else fails. Look at the bigger picture. You could have a worse job, live in a 3rd world country, not have one of your limbs etc etc etc. Come to think of it, you are pretty lucky. Right?

Simply, it’s just about being a little selfish, looking after yourself first, and do things that light a spark within.

 

Coach Soni

Instagram – @Sonijay

Compound Your Health

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The Government forces you to put aside/invest 9.5% of your wage (which will no doubt rise with inflation) for Superannuation because it doesn’t trust that you’ll be financially fit when you retire.

What if the Government insisted you put aside/invest a measly 2-2.5% of your wage into health & fitness? Would you object or would you welcome this idea?

I do believe in investing in Super and I also strongly believe in investing in your health for the long term (like in your 60’s, 70’s and beyond).

After all, you only have one shot at life and to live life on your terms with fulfilment in both wealth and health as a retiree is how life is meant to be lived. Right?

Have you heard of the story of a lady whose life goal was to walk a section of the Great Wall of China? Well if you haven’t, I’ll summarise it for you now.

Let’s call this woman, Mrs Jones. Mrs Jones’ life goal or bucket list adventure was to walk the Great Wall of China. When Mrs Jones finally had the freedom in terms of time and finances she was able to book her once in a life time trip.

The only problem was Mrs Jones had let her health deteriorate as she aged. In fact, her health plummeted so much that she was unable to walk more than a few meters at a time.

What did Mrs Jones do? Well, she still went to China but only to see the wall…not to walk it like she’d dreamt of for so many years.

It’s so sad to hear of bucket list adventures being stripped away from millions of people due to poor health and ignorance. If only they took their health a little more seriously whilst in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

The problem is, most people think they’ll live to Don Bradman’s average of 99.9 with a full functioning body. Hate to break it to you, but the odds are definitely not stacked in your favour.

So, my question is this – what are you going to do about it? Like Super, are you chipping away and investing in long term health? If not, do you think you should start thinking about it? Do you think you should start slow and “compound” your health?

Well, all of this depends on the aspirations you have for when you retire…but ultimately, the choice is yours for the taking. I know what I’d prefer!

Coach Jay – Co-founder at P360

2 things that will make you stronger

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What you think about in the lead up to a big lift will completely determine the result. How are you mentally preparing yourself the moments before is so important to successfully hitting the lift. It’s the make or break.

For example, hitting a 3rep max effort set is distinctively different then hitting a comfortable 3 reps. We coach people to treat every set as if their going for a max effort set. We get them to set their intention before approaching the lift and accelerate through the left with maximum velocity (after their technique is perfect), so when they go for a max effort set they’re ready physically and psychologically. This is something that takes practice so the more you do it, the better you’ll be at it.

The human body is amazing with its ability to adapt and develop strength. We’ve all heard stories about ordinary people performing extraordinary feats of strength when someone they care about is in a life or death situation. Of course a life and death situation is vastly different to the gym environment and nothing is going to simulate that scenario, but what if you could get close with a bit of practice. What if in your head you play a little game that this is life and death. In your mind you have to want to move the weight more than anything else in the world at that time or you wont fire up the nervous system enough to complete the set. It doesn’t matter what self-talk is going on in your mind as long as you’re firing yourself up to go after it.  

Being mentally strong and having the ability to push yourself to the limit is one way. Having an amazing training environment is another way to elevate your training to the next level. Strength and hard-work is contagious and iron sharpens iron. If you’re training with a crew that’s pushing it every session then you’re going to get better…fast! Having an environment that’s lifting you up and cheering you on during your lift will only help in your success. If you want to be a lion, then train with lions!

Coach Cogs

Co founder at P360

Red Velvet Pancakes

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Red Velvet Pancakes w/ Macadamia Cream Frosting

Time: 20-25 minutes

Serves: 2

GF, DF, Vegetarian

Ingredients:

Pancakes

2 medium/large bananas

1/2 Cup Hazelnut Meal

23g (Approx 10 whole) Macadamias

4 Eggs

2 Tsp Vanilla Essence/Powder

1 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tbl Cacao Powder

2 Tbl LSA

2 Tbl Desiccated Coconut

30g Fresh Beetroot (approx. 2 medium slices)

 

Macadamia Cream Frosting

100ml Coconut Milk

1/3 Cup Macadamias

1 Tbl Maple Syrup

1 Tsp Lemon Juice (optional)

Method:

If you are making the Macadamia Cream Frosting:

Place all ingredients into a high power blender and whiz until smooth – pour mixture into a small pourer and set aside. There will be plenty left over to use in future so keep refrigerated in an airtight jar.

You don’t need to wash the blender before moving on to the pancakes, otherwise, you can just skip this step and move straight into the pancakes!

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth – this should take a couple of minutes, scrape down sides once or twice.

 

Hailey Grey – P360 Member and cooking enthusiast

5 tips for perfect Salmon

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5 tips from expert Chef to Preparing and Cooking your Salmon – Matt Fury from Hummingbird House Charity

 

  1. Buy a quality piece of salmon that is a even thickness, no slime and a nice rich orange colour.

 

  1. The skin protects the fish when pan frying.You can always take it off after cooking if you are not wanting to eat it. This allows fish to stay really moist.

 

  1. When white drops start to appear at the meeting point of the fish and the tray when baking your fish, it means the salmon will be around medium rare, the higher the white drops on the piece of fish the more fully cooked it is.

 

  1. Salmon cooked straight out of the fridge cooks very unevenly, so it is best to get out of fridge what you are going to eat and sit it on the bench (around 10-20 minutes) to come up to room temperature before cooking.

 

  1. Salmon is best rested just like a steak. Rest half the time of cooking as a rough guideline. It continues to cook even after it is out of the pan or oven and be aware salmon cooks through very fast.
Enjoy.
Head Chef – Hummingbird House

It’s Ok

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A few months ago I decided I would take up Capoeira. If you’ve never heard of it, It’s a martial art that’s disguised by music, dance and acrobatics….so it looks more impressive than it is effective. Not something you would use on a couple of thugs trying to take your wallet. However Capoeira is full of good vibes and you can learn some new mad skills that you didn’t know the body can do. 

I was exited about my first class and the first couple of sessions went off without a hitch. We went through the fundamentals and I was confident that this was my new thing I’m going to love doing for many years. After my third session I was invited to a mixed level class on a Saturday and I was reassured that I would be fine even though I was a complete novice.

Saturday arrives and I walk through the doors and soon realise that I am the only beginner. It didn’t phase me so I warm up with the rest of them. Then this is where things went down hill. If you have ever seen Capoeira then you’ll know that there is a lot of coordination required which I thought I had…I was wrong.

On this particular day, the teacher was covering for the teacher that I had previously. Clearly she wasn’t used to such a beginner in the midst of a group of intermediates. She quickly showed a sequence of moves and then without any further instruction everybody would follow suit.

I felt like a potato with legs. What made it worse was the entire wall was a mirror, so my attempts at looking semi-competent were futile. Every time I would stuff up, the teacher instead of coming over would just shout “Just do the first bit” and about 20 heads would turn around and look….If the ground opened up and swallowed me I would of been ok with that. I felt like an idiot (more so than usual).

Then it dawned on me.

I hadn’t been in those shoes for quite sometime. The shoes that people have on when they walk through the gym doors for the first time having no idea what they are doing.

It’s easy to forget how it all begun when we have been doing something for many years. We’ve got to remember that we all once started somewhere.

Keep going, persist and be stubborn. It’s going to be ok. You have to be uncomfortable sometimes and you will be stronger for it. One day it will be nostalgic when someone else walks through the doors in those shoes and you’ll remember where you once were….maybe go over and say hello.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Coach – Alex Low

When Shit Hits The Floor

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SHIT flying all over the room, on the floor and in my hands… literally! I’m still yet to experience “shit hitting the fan”, however, but it seems to be a very real concept and not just a figure of speech these days.

Yup, that’s what happens when changing an 18 month old toddler who is defiant, strong minded and resistant, refuses to be changed and wants nothing more than to sit in his own squishy poo for hours on end.

So how does one deal with this situation? Perhaps this a metaphor for life? How can you use this situation to your advantage in life?

I’m going to switch gears a little and get a bit personal. Over the past few months I’ve been feeling quite agitated and lost which has contributed to fatigue, disconnection, sickness and feeling apathetic towards life, family and friends (which is somewhat out of character for me).

Sure, there are days we all feel like this when all we want to do is stay in bed for the day, eat donuts and watch binge worthy TV on Netflix. The days where the world seems too hard to face and being wrapped up like a cocoon is all that we long for.

What are these thoughts and feelings exactly? Why did they arrive? Where did they come from? Never mind these questions; we just need to remember that these thought processes can be changed… and instantly!

We’ve all heard before that we are the creator of our thoughts and WE have the power to change them. Easier said than done when you’re feeling angry, agitated, fatigued, stressed, anxious etc… right?! It’s important to remember though that these emotions are all dictated by our thoughts… YES the thoughts or story YOU tell yourself and how the world owes you something. Hate to break it to you, the world owes us nothing… we owe the world.

So, how do we change these thoughts so quickly?

Firstly, remember that thoughts are just thoughts. They don’t necessarily hold any truth and you have the choice to not place any weight or importance on them. Just watch them drift in and out of your mind like passing clouds.

Secondly… BREATHING! Not the short shallow breathing the resembles stress and anxiety. The big, deep, full inhales and exhales that bring about instant calmness, clarity in thought and composure. In this moment, you will feel a huge sense of presence which creates space between what happens to you and how you react to it. Isn’t this life summed up in 10 simple breaths? Learning the ability to not be reactive in stressful situations?

I can honestly say that I have used this very technique when changing my resistant 18 month old boy. I take DEEP breathes before (when I know it’s time) and DEEP breaths during the 10 minute process (that was once a huge and stressful ordeal for us both). Sure, shit could still fly out and smack me in the face at any moment or shit could hit the floor and splatter into multiple little gloops of more shit… but who cares? I’d much rather have clean up afterwards as opposed to dealing with the situation poorly and then ruminating incessantly over how I could have done it better.

So, who’s with me to use this same metaphor in life? Actual shit is WAY easier to clean up than mental shit… SO LET’S START BREATHING!

Try giving this technique a go…

Square breathing (or box breathing as it’s sometimes referred to) is a super simple technique you can try in any stressful situation that will calm the nerves and help you to relax. Simply breathe in for a count of 4, hold for 4, breathe out for 4 and hold again for 4. Give it a go and see how you feel.