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April 27, 2015

  Blog Post by Daniel Fletcher: Australian National Bodybuilding Champion.   As a PT and Competition Coach I think it is very important to be honest and open to your client and never sugar coat things to them. You need to call a spade a spade to help them achieve their goal that they are paying you to achieve. This is important because you want results for them and for your self as a business. If they can not handle the truth, maybe they should approach someone else that will tell them what they want to hear. I also think that you need to communicate and explain the process to your client so they are clear on the direction you are heading and why they are doing what they are doing. This makes it clear in their mind and hopefully generates a trust between client and coach. You also need to listen to your client as they know their body better than you, but you also need to be careful and decipher if they are just telling you shit to make the journey a bit easier for them. As people mostly look for the easy way out and this is human nature. I also believe that you need to keep your client focused and grounded as it is common for people to change into over confidant night mares when they start to achieve results get complements on how good they look. You need to teach them how to stay humble and true to themselves. Its not as easy as people think to be a competition coach because there are so many variables during a preparation and not every one is the same. It...

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April 13, 2015

photo credit: matt knappick photography     How to Build Your Perfect Diet Low carb? Low fat? Intermittent fasting? Clean eating? What IS the perfect diet? Those following a Paleo plan would say that they have the optimal diet for health, fitness and body composition. But the IIFYM guys and girls fight tooth and nail to proclaim their way of eating “the best.” Then you have the keto crowd, the carb back-loaders, the vegetarians, and everyone else in between, all trying to promote their own methods as the “best.” The truth is, however – when it comes to the perfect diet – There is none!   What is Perfection? In terms of what gets optimal results, you can look at the science and the studies. You’d think that this would be a fairly sound way to determine what the best use of your time and efforts was, but even this doesn’t seem to be the case. Sure, we can be fairly certain that some factors play a big role in how successful a diet is, and there are things that virtually everyone agrees on – A high intake of fibre is almost certainly good news Fruits and veggies are rarely “bad” To build muscle mass you need adequate protein The majority of your food should be minimally processed Alcohol, trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup should be avoided in high quantities But apart from those, there’s debate over nearly everything. At one end of the spectrum, you get those studies that show how fasting has positive effects on insulin...

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July 22, 2014

Photo by Matt Knappick 1.)    How long have you been training for? Intermittently over the past 8 years, with a real focus on nutrition & intensity over the past 2-3.   2.)    What is your favourite bodypart to train? Nothing beats training legs. It’s an absolute love-hate thing, however nothing beats the pump from a huge high-volume leg workout. DOMS for days is one of my favourite things to wake up to! They used to be the weakest part of my physique – until I decided the ‘human carrot’ wasn’t a good look! Now they are probably my strength.   3.)    Who has your ultimate physique? I admire certain physiques for different reasons. I will forever be chasing Alberto Nunez’ level of conditioning. Joe Donnelly has arguably one of the most well-maintained physiques I’ve seen – the man is near stage-condition year round.   4.)    What is your proudest achievement in the fitness/bodybuilding industry? There have been a few proud moments including sponsorship by Activewear Online, Optimum Nutrition & Workout Meals to name a few less objective achievements – client satisfaction & results are probably the most satisfying achievements outside of these & placing 3rd at the ANB National Fitness Model Championships.   5.)    What is the one most important piece of advice that you would give to people just starting out in their journey to become competitors? Find a coach that you can trust; one that uses & promotes...

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July 21, 2014

Blog Post by Clare Ross – INBA and ANB Australian Figure Champion 1)      How long have you been training for? 6 years. I started when living in Russia and I was bored out of my mind. I had a starter pack with a gym around the corner which included 2 PT sessions. That started it all because I had a huge amount of spare time to train and research everything about building my body. I started training with a serious intention to compete once I returned to Australia.    2)      What is your favourite body part to train? Back and shoulders. They were my weaker body parts in 2010 and I decided to train to widen my back. In competitions, my front poses were my strongest points but I knew most competitions are won from the back. As soon as competitors turn around it becomes apparent who is going to be very competitive.   3)      Who has your ultimate physique? Donna Farrington Shae, IFPA Pro competitor and winner of the Yorton Cup 2013. A natural, beautiful physique with lots of muscle!   4)      What is your proudest achievement in the fitness/bodybuilding industry? Staying the course! I’m proud that I’m in the gym each and every day, training for myself, competing or not!   5)      What is the one most important piece of advice that you would give to people just starting out in their journey to become competitors? Take your time! Learn to love your training for just that, training! Competitions will come and go but your love...

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July 10, 2014

Photo by Daniel Repeti Photography   Blog Post by IFBB Pro Luke Schembri 1.) How long have you been training for? I have been training with weights for 16 years now and playing sport for as long as I can remember   2.) What is your favourite bodypart to train? Right now it is even between Hamstrings and arms   3.) Who has your ultimate physique? Ronnie Coleman for Mass Darrem Charles for something that might one day be achievable Justin Wessels for conditioning   4.) What is your proudest achievement in the fitness/bodybuilding industry? Winning my IFBB Pro Card in 2013   5.) What is the one most important piece of advice that you would give to people just starting out in their journey to become competitors? Enjoy the experience, the journey is what it is all about.  The day of the show is just the bonus. So be good to those around you that are in your life during the journey and share the rewards with them at the end   6.) What’s the hardest part of competing for you? Offseason eating and getting in enough calories from the right sources to grow and stay healthy and fit   7.) What’s the best part of competing for you? (What keeps you coming back for more?) The chance to beat other people doing something that they love Neh neh neh (evil laugh)   8.) What’s your current most favourite item of GASP or Better Bodies gear, and why?  The GASP Football Tee! This is my favourite because my body temp is always running through the roof...

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