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

Are FILEX and the Fitness Expo the same thing?

If you work in the fitness industry you’ve probably heard of FILEX. And you’ve probably also heard about the Fitness & Health Expo. Some people have mentioned cool training gear they bought at FILEX, while others have said the same about the Fitness Expo. So are they the same thing?

In a word, no. But they are held alongside each other, because those who attend one of the events will probably have a strong interest in attending the other one as well.

So, what is the difference between them?  Read More

Meet the Network team! Paul Bulatao, National VET Manager

Fitness education is a cornerstone of the development of the role of fitness professional. Entry level qualifications offer prospective trainers and instructors a sound footing on which to determine their own training philosophy and career direction, alongside a plethora of continuing education options. For more experienced fitness pros, an eagerness to share their knowledge and skills with the next generation of trainers leads many to consider moving into education.  Read More

How to build a PT website (infographic)

The following blog post and infographic was produced by the team at TotalCoaching. If you want to read more, check out the full 4,000-word guide.   Read More

Ten foods to improve your eye health

The following post was written by Optometry Australia’s resident optometrist Luke Arundel.

It’s a common adage that carrots are good for your eyes – but is that really true? Here are ten foods that, in addition to other health benefits, will boost your eye health and help you protect them against eye disease.   Read More

We need to be mentally fit before we can be physically fit

I recently read an essay titled ‘No diet, no detox: how to re-learn the art of eating’ which included the assertion that ‘the art of eating …is a question of psychology as much as nutrition. We have to find a way to want to eat what’s good for us.’

The same could be said for fitness. Those who live sedentary lifestyles and baulk at the concept of physical activity cannot be forced to adopt exercise as a regular lifestyle habit. We have to find a way to make them want to do it.

More and more leaders in the fitness industry are embracing the idea that, for long term results, the body needs to follow where the mind leads it – not just where a personal trainer leads it for an hour or two each week. Empowering clients to take control of their own wellbeing by wanting to move more and eat well is the key to lasting success.  Read More

Meet the Network team! Bel Fong, Event Coordinator

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?  Read More

How to drink less but still have fun this party season

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.  Read More

Should I juice or should I blend?

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.  Read More