Are You Getting Functional Training All Wrong?

“Functional training is only functional when your body is functioning well.”
Dr. Andreo Spina

Ah, functional training, one of the many great fitness buzzwords. Remember when being functional was synonymous with arm curls on a Bosu ball and back squatting on Swiss ball. Yep, we used to call it functional. Luckily things have moved on and most folks now understand that stuff that’s great for circus and Instagram isn’t always the stuff that actually serves a purpose in real life.

Unless that purpose is Instagram, or circus.

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Insights from Move Strong’s Kettlebell Workshop

I acknowledge that 99% of my readers are not health and fitness professionals. I will briefly explain what the workshop was about and then go into how you can improve your kettlebell training.

I recently took part in Move Strong’s An Introduction to Kettlebells for Rehabilitation and Performance –  workshop in Sydney.  The founders of Move Strong, Matt and Andrea, both chiropractors, have noticed a void in the industry and are on a mission to educate other clinicians, as well as personal trainers on how to better serve our patients and clients.

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Spandex Not Compulsory – What is it about?

In case you’re wondering, yes, I am the one on the right.


Here’s the lowdown on Spandex Not Compulsory. (If you are new here, here’s a quick recap: book in progress, out soon).

Who is it for? Who is it NOT for? Should you buy it? Does it come with elf stickers? 

First, let me tell you who it is not for. It is not for those who adore spandex, fake-tan, counting calories and have the time to train more than Arnold did in the 70’s.

Now that that’s out of the way, who is it for then? Do people who don’t adore spandex even read books? Well…

It is a book for the busy grownups who struggle with time and motivation. For those who want to get more out of life by becoming stronger, fitter and more confident. But refuse to devote their life to restrictive fitness rules.

To see results you need an approach that fits your life. Yes, locking yourself in the basement, away from life’s temptations works. Or, you could learn the flexible principles that allow you to ace work and enjoy life.

In the book you’ll discover:

–     How to find motivation and stop relying on willpower

–     How to find more time for exercise

–     How training and healthy eating can work with an ever-changing schedule

–     Results-driven habits that allow you to enjoy life

–     A 12-week training program for a strong and resilient body

–     Access to the online bonus section

–     Free unisex spandex bodysuit*

–     And so much more

*Ok, spandex bodysuit is definitely not included.

Excited? If not, I hope I at least got a tiny thrill happening somewhere deep inside of you. The book will be on sale at Amazon the first week it’s out, both on Kindle and Paperback. And yes, still aiming for 14th of May, currently getting the typesetting and interior formatting done.

If you’ve got any questions, please email me. Even if it’s about the elf stickers.

Three Days of Non-Gym Fitness

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I am a big proponent of two aspects of fitness:

  1. Doing fitness-stuff outside of the gym
  2. Doing fitness-stuff inside the gym to be better at the fitness-stuff outside of the gym

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Exercises Batman Would Do: The Get Up

The one cup in Batcave that Robin is banned from using


This is a new, semi-frequent segment that I am starting where I do a rundown of some of my favorite exercises and movements. The question I ask myself before qualifying a certain movement or exercise for these segments is: would Batman perform this exercise to improve his movement, strength, longevity and stamina? If the answer is a resounding “yes” from Bruce Wayne, it’s worth writing about. Continue reading

How to Be as Flexible as JCVD (in the 80’s)

Strength. Control. Flexibility. Grace. And trees. Trees are good too.


Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg.
Jean-Claude Van Damme.

A man who moves smoother than Morgan Freeman’s voice and drops into splits faster than you can say “moules-frites”. If, god forbid, you ever get into a situation where you are required to talk dirt and handle splits and scissor kicks, you need JCVD on your side. 

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Exercise Mistakes That Limit Your Results (Easy-to-Fix)

Synchronized steps on the glass cage of emotions


There are few major, but easy to fix, training mistakes that strike a tuneless chord in my cerebral cortex. If you feel like your training and progress feels like driving a rusty, Moses-era-Swedish-Saab, held together by duct tape and chewing gum, the handbrake permanently on, running on prayers and borrowed time, try doing (or, stop doing) these. Continue reading