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My Coaching Mistakes (well, some of them…)

My Coaching Mistakes (well, some of them…)

As I am closing in on 10 years as a trainer/coach/whatever there are certain past practices that I now look back at with an awkward awe. I’ve been thinking about some mistakes I’ve made along the way. I wouldn’t call them regrets, but signs of professional growth. And sometimes, ripples in my evolution as the person I am today. With that out of the way, here are (some of) my coaching “ughs”. Mistake 1: Strict movement screen for everyone I…

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Setting Up a Home Gym

Setting Up a Home Gym

You don’t need much for the home gym to cover your training needs. When we acknowledge and agree on the reasons for training at home in the first place, convenience and results, most of the home equipment requirements dwindle down to few essentials. As long as we treat training as work, a practice of getting better for life, and not a source of excitement in itself, we can make the convenience and results collide efficiently. The non-negotiables for a functional…

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“Always Do This. Never Do That.”

“Always Do This. Never Do That.”

The internet has made all of us experts on everything. Be it coronavirus, gluten (“bread makers are puppets of the big pharma!”) or the geopolitical situation of the South China Sea. I know how how to manage my own money. I’ve even read a book or two on personal finance. I know how to spell Warren Buffett. But that doesn’t make me a financial adviser. Just because we have the access to information layered with our own personal experiences doesn’t…

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One To Rule Them All

One To Rule Them All

When improving our health and wellbeing we can get sucked in the vortex of trialling different easy-to-implement habits. Less snacking, cut down alcohol, avoid the foods that grow on red desert sand, or removing carbs because: “That guy on Instagram said so and, see, how lean is he?! I think I can see the outlines of his kidney.*” Often we bounce from one habit to the next with no progress. Frustration boils over and we heave arrows of blame at…

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What Kids Can Teach You About Movement

What Kids Can Teach You About Movement

On our daily walks with our son, I often have to lure him to keep moving forward. With a combination of “there might be a digger around the corner“, “maybe we can see a motorbike or a blue bus“, or “let’s go and see if the puppy is there today.”* We also make the walk about collecting leaves and the fuzzy dandelion seed “flowers” which keeps him going for a good while. And I get it, for a two-year-old walking…

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Noticing

Noticing

The purpose of training our body at the gym is not to become better at training at the gym. No, we train so we can live a better, more fulfilling life outside of that space of bright lights and soulless pop music. Similarly, the reason for meditating is not just to get better at being present during the daily 10 minutes of practise. The reason we do it is to have the benefits of the practise spill into the rest…

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Why I Rarely Use Barbells

Why I Rarely Use Barbells

The gym-less self-isolation training hasn’t been a challenge for most of my clients. Not because any of them have proper gym set ups at home. But because when we train at the gym it’s mostly with kettlebells, dumbbells, resistance bands and bodyweight. Stuff that’s easy enough to set up at home. Sure, there are some aspects we are now missing. Cable pulley system-machine-whatever-you-want-to-call-it, the power work with medicine balls, trapbar deadlifts and the access to landmine exercises. The last being…

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Stopping The Afternoon Snack

Stopping The Afternoon Snack

Pay close attention to what happens before you reach for that snack. What is it that acts as a trigger? If you’ve eaten a proper lunch it’s probably not so much about hunger. But a deeply ingrained habit. Is it pouring (or ordering, for you high rollers) a cup of coffee? You mustered all your willpower to have just the coffee, but the action of filling your cup with steaming black magic sets off a cascade of habits to follow….

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The Problem of Outsourcing Our Health

The Problem of Outsourcing Our Health

Let’s say we’ve always outsourced cooking. How much in a shit would we be if all the restaurants and food delivery services would have to go into a full lock down? Not just “we still do takeaway”, but “closed for business”. Or what if our partner who always does the cooking would get sick and couldn’t dish up our favourite potato bake? Would we have to resort to eating cold pea soup concentrate out of a can? To bite into…

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Objectivity for Contentment and Improvement

Objectivity for Contentment and Improvement

Judgemental attitude is unproductive. Whether it’s judging ourselves and our actions, doing the same for other people, or for things and life circumstances in general. Judging our way forward doesn’t take us anywhere worth going. If anything, judging puts a negative spin on our day-to-day life. It can stop us from taking action. It’s almost like judgemental attitude gives us a ticket to bask in helplessness. To be the victim. The more productive alternative, not surprisingly, is much harder. Your…

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