Would you try ‘cockroach milk’ to gain muscle?

Almost every week there’s a new supplement, a brand new ‘thought’ on muscle building, or the next big thing in dieting that’s going to take your sessions to the next level. Recent research by the Institute of Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine in India released evidence that the new key to muscle gains is thanks to the humble cockroach. Yep, the cockroach.  Read More

Changes coming to music licences for gyms and clubs in 2018

The greater the challenge, the sweeter the reward?

What can we learn from the growth of boutique fitness clubs?

This post was written by Australian Fitness Network’s Executive Director, Nigel Champion.
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What is immersive fitness – and can you use it to boost your business?

This post was written by Australian Fitness Network’s Editor, Oliver Kitchingman.
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What is YogaFit?

This post was written by Lisa Greenbaum. Lisa holds her E-RYT 500 in yoga and is the Program Development Manager for YogaFit Australia and Director of YogaFit Canada.  Read More

Are Personal Trainers being paid the correct rate?

A media release from the Fair Work Ombudsman this week highlighted the issue of confusion around pay rates for personal trainers who are employed by fitness facilities.
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Al Kavadlo’s Progressive Calisthenics to hit Sydney!

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.

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Why does boxing for fitness pack such a powerful punch?

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

How will we stop obesity crushing our society?

‘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