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?
This post is written by Catherine Saxelby, an accredited dietitian and nutritionist who is a member of the Lion Beer Advisory Panel and has overseen the introduction of nutrition information panels onto Lion’s entire range of beers.
If we could just contain things to a one-off Christmas Day blow-out, our bodies could cope. But it’s those indulgent gatherings in the long lead-up such as end-of-year farewells, speech nights, office parties and family picnics that can wreak havoc with our best intentions. Then it spills over into New Year with fatty finger food and salty chips.
The silly season is also the peak time for drinking, from a glass of bubbly on arrival to a cold beer at a barbecue, but it can undo your hard efforts at the gym if you go overboard. Small wonder this over-indulgence is linked to holiday weight gain.
This blog post was written by Lisa Craven, author of Juice It! Blend It!
With party season upon us, and the increased opportunity to indulge in snacks and alcohol that this entails, you might want to give yourself a pre-emptive health boost by packing more nutrients into your day. And whizzing a whole bunch of fruit and veggies into a drink is a great way to quickly get a massive hit of goodness.
But should you juice or blend? Juicing and blending are both great, but for different reasons. Juices are made using juice extractors and smoothies are made in blenders. Although some think they are the same, they are in fact quite different. They taste different, have a different consistency and different health benefits. You can have a few juices in one day, but just one smoothie will fill you up.
In 2016, the annual FILEX fitness convention will turn 21, and we’ll be celebrating by giving you all the information and opportunities to ensure you can help your clients and members reach their full potential – and so you can become the best version of yourself, as well!
If you’ve attended a FILEX event before, then you’ll be stoked to discover that we’ve introduced a number of awesome new reasons to attend the largest annual fitness convention in the southern hemisphere. These include:
Congratulations! The fitness industry is a really positive and vibrant industry to work in. You have the skills and power to hugely improve, and even transform, people’s lives – and there aren’t many professions in which you can say that.
So – now you’ve got your cert III or IV in fitness, what do you need to do to get started working in the fitness industry? There are a few things.
1. Get registered – most employers will require it
You may plan to run your own studio or training operation, but most people will start out by gaining experience working for an established gym or fitness facility. Most club owners/operators will require you to be registered with a fitness industry registration body before they will employ you or contract you to work in their facility. Why? Because registration (which requires proof of ongoing education every two years) helps to maintain high industry standards.
This blog post was written by Tess Wilson, a Membership Consultant with Australian Fitness Network. A former competitive swimmer, Tess is passionate about healthy living and the life-enhancing power of healthy, nourishing and delicious real food.
Can you tell where a food product comes from by reading the label? In most cases the answer is not as clear as it should be. Food labels are regularly awash with perplexing and misleading terminology; making it almost impossible to tell where a product is made or produced.
You may have just qualified as a fitness professional in Australia – getting your cert III and/or cert IV in fitness.
You’ve heard mixed and confusing messages about having to register and become a member of some fitness organisations before you can start working. And something about insurance too.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
What are ‘Fitness Australia’, ‘Physical Activity Australia’ and Fitrec?
Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia and Fitrec are industry registration bodies for fitness professionals in Australia. Most fitness facilities will require you to be registered with either one of these bodies before they will employ you.
This blog post was written by Jen Brown, chief coach at Sparta PT. Jen is presenting ‘Ladies, New to Triathlon? How to Start and Finish Your Race with Confidence’ at the Australian Triathlon Endurance & Cycling Expo being held on 4-5 July at The Dome, Sydney Showground.
Whether it’s a Mud Run or City2Surf, a local park run, triathlon or ocean swim, events are a great way to stay motivated through the colder months.
Unlike weight loss goals which can easily be changed as you struggle with motivation, events give you a fixed deadline. You can't tell yourself ‘I’ll start next Monday’ because eventually you'll run out of Mondays and race day will arrive whether you’re ready or not!