Most people choose a PT based on a referral

This blog was written by Celeste Kirby-Brown, Director of Sales, Marketing and Relationships at Ezypay, a direct debit solutions provider for the fitness industry.
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‘Weather’ to train outside or not?

This post is written by Owain Matthews. Hailing from Wales but now living in NSW, Owain is an amateur triathlete who has the long term goal of transitioning to 70.3/Ironman racing, and the hope of competing at a professional level. Read more of his blog posts at
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Back pain? Walk it off…

The study, published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation, analysed the effects on back pain of a program that involved two to three bouts of walking per week – for between 20 minutes (initially) and 40 minutes – compared to a standard muscular strengthening program of two to three sessions per week.

The results indicated that both groups significantly improved their back pain, demonstrating, in this study at least, that a basic low intensity aerobic program might be as effective as more conventional treatment. The benefit of the walking program (in addition to the cost savings) over the rehabilitation program, is that it encourages patients to follow a healthier lifestyle overall, therefore helping to keep back pain at bay, said the authors of the study.

As I see it, the best course of action, for those of you who train clients with this potentially debilitating condition (which is probably every one of you!) is to combine a strengthening program with a low intensity aerobic program. Click HERE to read the study abstract or to gain access to the full study article.

Do you train clients with back pain? If so, what's your usual course of action, referral to physio or an alternative rehab program?
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New Fitness Australia guidelines for boxing, kickboxing and MMA for fitness

This blog post was written by Doug Rouessart, the national manager of Punchfit® Global. Punchfit® is Australia’s leading provider of professional and authentic educational boxing and kickboxing courses designed for fitness instructors and personal trainers seeking to learn the skills to effectively instruct boxing and kickboxing classes.
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Challenging the stereotype of ageing

The following Blog post was written by Kay MacKenzie, a fitness professional with over three decades experience. Kay is also Network's Ambassador for SA.

I was interested to read about a recent study by Victoria University into the efficacy of exercise for older adults which highlighted the fact that it’s never too late to start working out. Hooray to that!
If you think about a class for ‘older adults’ what do you visualise? Now that I am considered to be one (demographic over 50), I have been reflecting on the stereotype of the older adult and exercise – and it doesn’t sit well with me. I have been working with older adults for over 30 years, and my experience is that the hundreds of men and women I have had the privilege of teaching flourish in classes that are planned to challenge their ability, regardless of age. In fact, I believe that what you expect may well be what you get.  Read More

Do we need a Code of Conduct for PTs?

The following post was written by Meredith Julliard, a personal trainer, coordinator and group exercise instructor.

I have worked in the fitness industry for the last 16 years and have had the privilege of helping hundreds of people reach significant fitness, health and, more importantly, personal growth goals.
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What is the dollar value of a Personal Training session these days?

Some years ago when I first moved to Sydney, I *gasp* took some time off exercising after having taught classes for more than 10 years. After a few months of getting rather porky and feeling pretty unfit, I decided it was time to make my way back into the health club scene. I promptly joined a local chain of gyms and began working in earnest to lose some of the beer and pie weight accumulated over the previous six months.

After working very hard on my own for a while, I decided to do some research into hiring a personal trainer to help me achieve my fitness goals. By this stage I was already working at Network and being immersed back in the fitness world I was sure that a PT would be just the thing to whip me back into shape. After speaking to the personal training manager at the club I was a member of, I was referred to a trainer who promptly interviewed me and did a very thorough needs analysis. We then moved on to the sample workout which was outstanding.  Read More

Hot topic: Gym Waivers, Client Liability and Duty of Care

In the recent decision of Belna Pty Ltd v Irwin [1], the NSW Court of Appeal considered the duty of care owed by a gym operator to a client who suffered a serious knee injury while performing lunges as part of a program designed by an employee.

Ms Irwin dislocated her knee while performing lunges at a Fernwood gym. The exercises were part of a prescribed gym program formulated by a consultant of the gym and the incident occurred while Irwin attempted a lunge for the first time. Her leg gave way, she fell to the floor and was then taken to the hospital where it was found that she had dislocated her knee.   Read More

Biggest Loser – A hit show or offensive?

Based on the popularity of our previous Blog Post called "The Biggest Loser, friend or foe of fitness", when we came across Justin Tamsett's recent post we thought it pertinent to re-post here. You can visit Justin's very informative blog at

As filming has begun on the next series of Biggest Loser in Australia, I was thinking does this reality show help or hinder the over weight problem in Australia.

The journal Obesity Management explored the attitudes of people toward the Biggest Loser here in Australia. The group they surveyed were overweight: 42% classified as obese and 58% as morbidly obese. Here are the results:  Read More

What would you do if a client suffered cardiac arrest during a training session?

The following post is written by guest author Danielle Fera, an exercise coach from NSW.

Most personal trainers will at some point have clients who have less than healthy hearts – in fact, that may be why they are training with you. Have you ever considered what you would do if one of your clients suffered a cardiac arrest during a training session?  Read More