Behind the neck presses - complicated or just plain contraindicated?

The following post was written by Alisha Smith, Network's education manager.

Fitness wouldn’t be fitness without heated discussions regarding ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ exercises. Some say there are certain exercises that simply should never be performed, while others say that there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ exercise – only bad technique.

One such proclaimed ‘bad’ exercise is the Behind the Neck Press (BNP).  Read More

The Biggest Loser, friend or foe of fitness?

The following Blog Post was written by Alisha Smith, Network's education manager.

The Biggest Loser. Let’s face it – we’re all watching it, and if we’re not then, at the very least, a solid majority of our clients and class participants most definitely are.

There’s no debating that as a nation (and particularly, as an industry) we’re captivated by the show’s drastic techniques and equally drastic transformations. From the airing of the first episode of a new series right up until the country gathers around the TV to witness the crowning of ‘The Biggest Loser’, we enjoy (in a slightly masochistic manner) observing the contestants struggle and – dare I say it – thinking to ourselves ‘thank goodness I’m not like that’.  Read More

Exercise proving positive effects on cancer patients

The following post was written by Kat Weihen, online trainer for Network's ePT course.

Cancer, in all forms, is one of the leading causes of premature death in Australia; however, more than half of all cancers diagnosed in Australia are successfully treated and survival rates for some common cancers have recently increased.  Read More

Can exercise raise the risk of developing pre-eclampsia?

Can exercise raise the risk of developing pre-eclampsia?

Pre-eclampsia is an increase in blood pressure (compared to pre-pregnancy levels) and high levels of protein in the urine, usually occurring in the 2nd half of the pregnancy. While mild pre-eclampsia can be managed, if the pre-eclampsia is severe, the only way to cure it is to deliver the baby, which of course can be very risky for mother and baby depending on how early delivery is.  Read More

The missing Fitness link: POSTURE!

Picture this; a beautiful girl decked out in designer clothes with perfect makeup and hair – but something is wrong. Her head pokes forward, her shoulders round over and there is a slight hump on her upper back – and this is when she is sitting down. It gets worse. She stands up in her patent heels and her backside sticks right out and the arch in her lower back looks very uncomfortable. You’ve seen this girl before at the gym and working with a personal trainer on the weights floor, but all of her efforts have not addressed a very important factor of fitness: posture.  Read More

The benefits of Self Myofascial Release

At the recent Network 08 On Tour event, exercise physiologist, nutritionist, personal trainer and fitness educator, Paul Taylor, explained the benefits of Self Myofascial Release.

Self Myofascial Release (SMR) is reported to increase neuromuscular efficiency, alleviate the effects of overactive muscles and influence the autonomic nervous system.   Read More

Barefoot training, yes or no?

In the last twelve months or so we've seen a huge increase in interest in the concept of barefoot training among both personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts. While the idea has been around for some time now, it has only recently exploded onto the scene at local fitness facilities.  Read More