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FILEX 2015 - that's a wrap!

by Ryan Hogan | Friday, April 17, 2015

The annual FILEX fitness convention and Fitness & Health Expo were held from 10 to 12 April 2015, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

FILEX is owned and organised by Australian Fitness Network (Network). Network’s CEO Ryan Hogan, says, "The event was fantastic, with 120+ presenters delivering more than 250 sessions over three days. It's no wonder the 2,000+ delegates who attended over the weekend delivered such rave reviews in response to their experience!" more

Let’s get some more zzzzz’s…

by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, March 30, 2015

This post was written by Cyndi O’Meara, nutritionist, author and founder of healthy lifestyle business more

How fit do you need to be to sit in a car?

by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, March 09, 2015 more

This is what inspires greatness

by Network Admin | Sunday, February 22, 2015

This post was written by Kirsty Nield, Group Fitness Manager for Blackwood Fitness.

The theme of this year’s FILEX fitness industry convention is ‘Inspiring greatness’. As a presenter at FILEX I was asked to write a paragraph about what inspires me. This is a really tough question because when you work in an industry as positive as the fitness industry, inspiration comes from many different areas and people.

When I thought about it harder, I thought about what gives me the best satisfaction at work. What pushes me to be better, try harder and use my skills to their full potential? The answer is new instructors – in particular, instructors who have made the decision to enter the fitness industry as a result of a life experience or in an attempt to discover a new and more fulfilling career. Having left an office job which was stressful, had long hours, was totally frustrating and unfulfilling, I can really relate to anyone who is looking for a more rewarding career. I count myself lucky to have a job which I actually look forward to doing each day. If I can help others discover a better balance between work and pleasure, I will.

This is why I am passionate about training new instructors. I am committed to helping people obtain and develop the skills which I have learnt during my 15 years in the industry. We have a strong and successful mentoring program at Blackwood Fitness. Through this program we have trained some of our most popular and successful instructors. I am very proud of what they achieve and am continually inspired by their determination and commitment.

Getting up in front of a class full of people is confronting and very challenging. Due to the loyal, patient and understanding members, our trainee instructors feel supported, encouraged and, hopefully, not too overwhelmed. Huge thanks goes out to our members for helping our instructors become great at what they do and helping us keep group fitness strong and successful.

So after much reflection, here is my paragraph about what inspiring greatness means to me. I hope it inspires you in some way…

‘To me, to be inspired is to be passionate, motivated and happy. Inspiration gives life meaning, gives the drive to keep trying and the desire to get better. Like most people working in an industry which is full of rewards, excitement and passion, every day I am inspired. I am inspired by the people who come to my classes, the people I work with; who become more than just colleagues but lifelong friends, the educators who teach me and the people close to me, like family and friends. However, in my job, I receive the greatest satisfaction and inspiration from training new instructors. I especially love helping people discover a new career path, who are looking for a job which will ‘inspire greatness’ in them. I am inspired while watching them grow and develop to become the inspiration of others. ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.’ said Steve Jobs. I chose not to settle with a job that didn’t inspire greatness in me. Being able to share the skills which have given me a job which I love and am passionate about, helping others discover this passion, is the best reward I could ever ask for.’ more

You’re more than a fitness professional. You’re an agent of change.

by Network Admin | Thursday, December 11, 2014 more

Australia’s mental health: the time for action is here

by Oliver Kitchingman | Thursday, October 09, 2014

A complete approach to wellbeing recognises the value of mental as well as physical fitness. In National Mental Health Week, and on the eve of World Mental Health Day, we look at a proposal to reform Australia’s approach to mental health issues. more

How running helped me quit smoking

by Network Admin | Thursday, September 04, 2014

This post was written by avid smoker turned even more avid runner Andy Hines. more

Fitness First sells WA clubs to Ardent

by Oliver Kitchingman | Wednesday, August 06, 2014 more

This is why too many CrossFitters are setting themselves up for injury

by Paul Bulatao | Monday, July 21, 2014

When it comes to CrossFit, practitioners need to learn to walk before they run, says National VET Manager of fitnessU, Paul Bulatao. more

How to avoid exercise injuries this winter

by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, May 26, 2014

As the days get shorter, colder and drearier, Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) urges Australians to ignore the temptation to go into exercise hibernation this winter. more

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