Do your clients and members really want to spend time with you?

This blog post was written by Oliver Kitchingman, Australian Fitness Network’s editor.

I don’t mean to be rude, but do your clients and members really want to spend time with you? Or are they just there because they feel like they need to be? If it’s the latter then odds are they won’t be training with you for long.    In the Winter issue of Network magazine Australian Fitness Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Steve Jensen, alludes to the importance of making our clubs, studios and sessions the ‘third place’ for our clients and members. The third place is the place, aside from home and work, where people choose to spend their time because they like to be there.The key word there is ‘like’. Not ‘feel obliged’ or ‘deem it necessary’.   Read More

Encouraging your clients to exercise could save their sight

This blog post was written using information provided by the Macular Disease Foundation Australia.

Regular exercise and a healthy diet would help save the sight of 1.1 million Australians living with diabetes.

Diabetic eye disease is a common complication of diabetes and the leading cause of blindness among working age adults in Australia. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater their risk of developing diabetic eye disease.

Although diabetes cannot be cured, the complications and related health problems can be significantly reduced or prevented in the vast majority of people with optimal management of blood glucose levels, careful attention to diet, weight management and regular physical activity.  Read More

Winter workout excuses busted

This blog post contains content from legendary former Australian ironman Guy Leech. For more information on what Guy’s up to now, visit

With the cold weather and dark mornings curbing our motivation to get out from under the doona and get our bodies moving, it’s hardly surprising that half of Australians put on up to five kilograms over winter (Dieticians Association research, May 2015). Former ironman Guy Leech reckons it’s time to ditch the excuses and toughen up: ‘Winter often provides the perfect excuse for people to skip workouts, or drop their workout routine all together. But the reality is, consistency is key, and you can’t build a strong and healthy body by bailing out three months of the year.’

Here, Leech slams the most common excuses for skipping winter workouts and replaces them with solutions.
1. It’s too cold to get up!
‘This is one of my favourite excuses,’ says Leech, who suggests making a fool-proof plan to get you out of your warm and cosy bed; ‘Put a heater in your room and set it on a timer so it starts cranking twenty minutes before you wake up. Additionally, lay out your workout clothes the night before so you can literally jump out of bed and put them on. If that fails, recruit an exercise buddy and enforce a ‘no cancellation’ policy between you’ he suggests.  Read More