Do You Need a Personal Trainer?

Michael Cunico, National PT Manager FF exerciseA couple of weeks ago I spoke to Michael Cunico, National Personal Training Manager at Fitness First, to get a little insight into the most common mistakes he sees happening in the gym (you can check out the full post here). Today he’s back, and we’re talking personal trainers – how a good trainer can help combat these mistakes and what you should look for when you’re searching for a PT. [Read more…]

10-Minute Burpee Mash-Up

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My love of burpees is well documented. Some would go so far as to say that it’s borderline unhealthy, but I find it’s best not to listen to those people – #hatersgonnahate and all that. [Read more…]

Are You Making These Common Workout Mistakes?

Technique on point.

Technique on point… Michael Cunico shows us how it is D-O-N-E.

There’s no denying that the gym can be a daunting place. So many machines. So many people. SO MUCH TERROR. Unfortunately, when this lack of knowledge is coupled with an inability to ask for help you’ve got a recipe for disaster. A quick scan around the gym before a workout often has me cringing involuntarily – I see a lot of people doing some pretty questionable things. So this week I sat down with Fitness First’s National Personal Training Manager, Michael Cunico, to chat to him about the most common mistakes he sees around the gym. And this is what he had to say…

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Skipping + Bodyweight HIIT Workout

skipping.bwLast Saturday was a bit of a manic day for me. Priorities were pretty much: Lou-walk, spray tan, inordinate amount of washing, pedicure then mad dash to a wedding (spectacular wedding by the way, but that’s a story for another day). Anyway, I knew I wouldn’t have time for a proper workout, but I also knew that I really needed to do something. Situations like this are tough, and the easy way out is just to skip your workout altogether. But we all know that the easy way usually isn’t the best way, right? Right.

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The Filthy Fifty Workout (bodyweight)

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Oh my god this cold weather is KILLING ME. Over the weekend I finally (begrudgingly) acknowledged the fact that summer is over with a little winter-centric shopping spree… given my wardrobe up until now has pretty much consisted of singlets and shorts this was not so much an indulgence as a necessity though, and I can now say with a little more confidence that I think I’ll survive ’til spring. [Read more…]

10-Minute Abs

10-minute abs

Can I let you in on a guilty secret? I’m always skipping out on ab stuff. Unless I sneak it into the middle of my workouts there’s no freaking way I’ll be doing it… I just always find something better to do, like run off to my next appointment, eat my lunch, watch the grass grow. So usually I try to approach abs in a similar way to a mother trying to get her child to eat veggies without it noticing what’s going on. Except in this scenario I’m the mother and the child. It’s a bit like squats, push-ups, plank, lunges… what? Noooo, no abs here Jess, you totally imagined it.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Let’s face it, it can be hard to fool yourself in this kind of scenario. I shouldn’t be such a baby about it though. After all, I know how good it is for me, and who doesn’t want a killer six-pack? (Or at least a two-pack, right?). And throughout the 28-Day Abs Challenge I’m really diligent! But then I fall back into back habits.

Anyway, this week I’ve decided that I will commit to a short standalone abs workout on five of the seven days. It’ll only take 10 minutes and you should do it with me!

Whaddaya ya say?

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Walk In Her Shoes Fundraiser – Train With Me!

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Live in Sydney and want to help me raise money for a good cause?  Come to my fundraising training session! See above and RSVP by Wednesday. I’ve got an awesome session planned, with lucky door prizes from some amazing companies – so get on board! [Read more…]

Skipping + Burpee Workout

Skipping + burpees

I love working out… which is lucky really, because otherwise being  a personal trainer would have been a very poor career choice. [Read more…]

Top Training Tips from Andrew ‘Pap’ Papadopoulos’

Andrew 'Pap' Papa

Andrew ‘Pap’ Papadpoulos

Andrew ‘Pap’ Papadopoulos is the newest IsoWhey® Sports ambassador, owner and operator of BattleFit Australia and was the star of ESPN’s search4hurt Season 2.

A fortnight ago I was lucky/unlucky enough to take part in a session run by Andrew and sponsored by IsoWhey® Sports. 100% honesty, I loved every sweat-filled second of it. Andrew takes a pretty honest, no bullshit approach to training – which I love – so I wanted to find out a little more about him, his own training ethos and steal some of his tips for getting the most out of training.

I did it all for you, ladies. [Read more…]

Monday Morning Kickstart Workout

Monday morning kickstart

Mondays. It’s fair to say that not many people really truly love them. It’s kind of a shame really, because they offer so much; a fresh start, a clean slate, a whole week of opportunity! But I won’t go into that in too much detail because hearing that on Sunday night will probably make you want to hit me. [Read more…]