Strength Training Secrets – the Lat Pulldown

Written by: Blake Lombardi AEP ( Accredited Exercise Physiologist) You have heard it all before, but it’s no surprise that with the constant sitting we do today, our postures have adapted to the sustained position we find ourselves spending a lot of our time in. So if you spend a lot of your time driving, sitting down or doing work behind a computer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But more specifically, what I’m…

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Diagnosing and Treating Anterior (Forward) Pelvic Tilt

Written by: Sebastian Mann  Bach. Exercise and Sport Science (current) What is Anterior Pelvic Tilt? Anterior Pelvic tilt (APT) is a postural condition where the orientation of the pelvis in respect to the femurs (thigh bones) and the rest of the body is moved or tilted forward away from its neutral or correct position and becomes the resting position of the pelvis. What causes Anterior Pelvic Tilt? This musculoskeletal condition is extremely common in modern…

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Strength training for endurance sports

Strength training has been shown to have enormous performance benefits for athletes (and weekend warriors!) involved in power sports such as AFL football, sprinting, tennis, squash, swimming etc.   However, there are many sports and activities such as long distance running and triathlon which are endurance based where athletes don’t make time in their training schedules to include strength training. Is strength training also beneficial for these endurance sports? The simple answer is yes – but…

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Achieving your goals: A positive approach for your journey!

Written by:  Matthew Azzopardi  (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) Achieving your goals doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are a few thoughts to remember as you strive towards your goals this year. The New Year is now under way and it’s critical to start the year by getting clear on your goals. Take time away from your schedule to sit down and write down your goals. What actions do you need to take this year to achieve your…

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Inspire personal trainer powerlifting competition RESULTS

Richard Bottomer (Personal Trainer / Strength & Conditioning Coach at Inspire Fitness) demonstrated his passion for strength and conditioning by competing successfully in his first powerlifting competition last week.  Richards commitment to training and his expertise in developing strength training programs combined to assist in developing his peak performance.   “Last Saturday I competed in my first powerlifting competition and many Inspire Fitness clients asked questions about it so thought I’d do a short write…

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Using load management in the treatment of tendinopathy

What is a tendinopathy? Written by Matthew Azzopardi AEP (Accredited Exercise Physiologist) Let’s start with the basics. Tendons connect muscle to bone and are important in transferring forces to assist movement. Tendinopathy is a condition often caused by repetitive overloading of the tendon over a prolonged period of time. It encompasses several changes in the tendon tissue fibre, such as size and cell/matrix structure changes, including a change in collagen fibre type from type I…

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The food revolution that’s preventing weight gain

Changes to our nutritional intake have radically changed in a short period the level of obesity and ill-health we see in most western cultures.  Since the low fat – high carbohydrate recommendations of the 1980’s we have seen a significant increase globally in obesity levels. With the industrial revolution 100-200 years ago, we started producing more foods with sugar and white flour.  These are processed carbohydrates and are a stark contrast to how our ancestors…

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The effects of training to failure on strength development

It’s common in many gyms across the world to see people pumping out as many repetitions as possible with whatever weight they pick until they physically cannot do any more. I mean, it makes sense, right? The best way to build muscle and get stronger is to push yourself to the limit every session, if you’re not doing this then you’re not working hard enough. Right?   Wrong…… Too many people watch videos of huge bodybuilders…

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