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by Oliver Kitchingman | Friday, August 05, 2016
by Oliver Kitchingman | Wednesday, July 13, 2016
This blog post was written by bodyweight strength authority Al Kavadlo.
Hey hey hey!
I’m Al Kavadlo, lead instructor for Dragon Door’s Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC). This September, my PCC co-instructor Grace Kavadlo (who also happens to be my wife) and I will be bringing the PCC workshop to Sydney for the very first time! We’ve taught this curriculum all over the world and we’re very excited to finally be teaching it in NSW.
When I led the first ever Australian PCC in Melbourne in 2014, I got to spend a few days in Sydney en route. I loved every minute I spent there and knew it would only be a matter of time before I returned to teach a PCC in Sydney. Since then, I’ve personally led this 3-day workshop over two dozen times, continually refining and updating the materials presented. Every time I have the privilege to teach the Progressive Calisthenics Certification, it gets better and better. I know you Aussies take your training seriously, so I expect that PCC Sydney will be the best one yet!
A lot of people have been asking me about the workshop, so I wanted to address some of the questions that have been coming up and provide as much information about what to expect from this 3-day event.
The PCC is open to anyone who wants to improve their knowledge and performance of bodyweight strength training. Though the coursework is geared toward personal trainers and other fitness professionals, anyone who is curious to learn more about calisthenics is encouraged to attend.
The workshop contains decades’ worth of personal experience and information from Grace and myself, as well as the teachings of Paul Wade, author of the groundbreaking book Convict Conditioning, which changed the way the fitness world approached bodyweight strength training.
There will be a lot to learn, and attendees will come away with something that cannot be gained from a website, book or DVD – real life experience! Nothing in the world can replace firsthand knowledge. That’s why much of the weekend is spent practicing various bodyweight exercises, in addition to discussing the coaching techniques and theories behind them.
Nowhere else has such a comprehensive selection of powerful bodyweight movements been brought together and taught in a progressive environment. The PCC represents the ultimate bodyweight cert, and whatever your field or specialisation – from strength training to rehab, bodybuilding to team sports – you will come away from this three-day cert with vast resources of training knowledge unavailable anywhere else.
The curriculum covers a vast array of bodyweight exercises, including many different types of push ups, pull ups, squats, back bridges, bar levers, handstands and, of course, the infamous human flag. All of these skills are presented with regressions and progressions to suit any fitness level, from the raw beginner to the elite athlete.
In addition to this comprehensive certification, attendees will receive a copy of the 600+ page super-textbook, The PCC Instructor’s Manual, featuring the contents of the course, as well as unique information that you won’t find anywhere else. This book will only be available to PCC attendees, so don’t miss out.
For many, the PCC is a life-changing experience. Not only can the certification open up new doors for you professionally, the information presented can also help you progress your own training to new levels. And as strong as the people who attend PCC are, the friendships formed at these events are often even stronger. The PCC posse keeps getting bigger!
We hope to see you at PCC Sydney....read more
by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, June 13, 2016
This blog post was provided by the team at Boxing for Fitness.
Boxing for fitness is nothing new, but with more personal trainers incorporating elements into their training, especially in small group training and outdoor group sessions, we thought we’d take a moment to remind you exactly why it is a serious winner when it comes to a strong body composition and burning fat (and, crucially, keeping it off for the long term). ...read more
by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, June 06, 2016
‘We will have to build factories to cut off people’s toes’ screamed the front page headline on the Sunday paper; ‘Dire warning on diabetes’.
A bit sensationalist, surely? Perhaps not. Perhaps this is the in-your-face approach needed to keep the obesity epidemic at the forefront of mainstream conversation.
But it’s already in the mainstream, isn’t it? Shows like The Biggest Loser have highlighted that Australia is no longer the fit and healthy nation that it is often perceived to be. True, but do we really talk about society’s problem, or merely that of the handful of people on our screens? ...read more
by Oliver Kitchingman | Friday, April 15, 2016
If you work in the fitness industry you’ve probably heard of FILEX. And you’ve probably also heard about the Fitness & Health Expo. Some people have mentioned cool training gear they bought at FILEX, while others have said the same about the Fitness Expo. So are they the same thing?
In a word, no. But they are held alongside each other, because those who attend one of the events will probably have a strong interest in attending the other one as well.
So, what is the difference between them? ...read more
by Alisha Smith | Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Fitness education is a cornerstone of the development of the role of fitness professional. Entry level qualifications offer prospective trainers and instructors a sound footing on which to determine their own training philosophy and career direction, alongside a plethora of continuing education options. For more experienced fitness pros, an eagerness to share their knowledge and skills with the next generation of trainers leads many to consider moving into education. ...read more
by Oliver Kitchingman | Tuesday, March 29, 2016
by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, March 21, 2016
The following post was written by Optometry Australia’s resident optometrist Luke Arundel.
It’s a common adage that carrots are good for your eyes – but is that really true? Here are ten foods that, in addition to other health benefits, will boost your eye health and help you protect them against eye disease. ...read more
by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, March 14, 2016
I recently read an essay titled ‘No diet, no detox: how to re-learn the art of eating’ which included the assertion that ‘the art of eating …is a question of psychology as much as nutrition. We have to find a way to want to eat what’s good for us.’
The same could be said for fitness. Those who live sedentary lifestyles and baulk at the concept of physical activity cannot be forced to adopt exercise as a regular lifestyle habit. We have to find a way to make them want to do it.
More and more leaders in the fitness industry are embracing the idea that, for long term results, the body needs to follow where the mind leads it – not just where a personal trainer leads it for an hour or two each week. Empowering clients to take control of their own wellbeing by wanting to move more and eat well is the key to lasting success. ...read more
by Oliver Kitchingman | Monday, December 21, 2015
Network’s Events team packs a huge punch for the small size of the department. Pivotal to the success of events like FILEX, WAFIC and QFIT is coordinator, Bel Fong. Bel has worked in the fitness industry for over 12 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, gym manager and triathlon coach, and she became an integral part of the Network team in 2012. We probed hot chip-loving Bel (who’s also known around the office as ‘Fong’, ‘The Fonginator’, ‘Fongalongadingdong’, ‘The Fongzie’ or ‘Ben Fang’) for the inside info on what it’s like to be Network’s Events Coordinator.
What does a typical day look like for you? ...read more