Author Archives: Luke Scott

Is Your Foot on the Accelerator in Life?

Foot on the acceleratorLast year there were 2 amazing statistics that blew me away in regard business:
·         24.1% of founders of start up companies suffered start up burn out; and
·         54.2% of founders who feel their business adversely affected their personal life and health!
So why the hell do we do it to ourselves!?!
And I am one of this start up founders who have their life arse about – sorry about the French!
Seriously, as I strive to make an impact with Justin Tamsett.com in new industries I have been putting in long hours of reading, writing and web surfing. I consider this fun but my wife considers it work!
But when I step out of my life and into a helicopter to look down on my life, I say “What are you doing!”
I am one of these statistics! And what is worse I think I have met the 54.2% of founders of start ups who are suffering on Twitter or in LinkedIn or a Facebook – especially on Sundays!!
Us entrepreneurs are all workaholics! But it is not in our DNA, we can change . . . if we want!
I have never been an alcoholic (though my mum may challenge that as she remembers my days at Uni, I certainly can’t!) but according to TV, you are not an alcoholic until you admit you have a problem.
Well small to medium business owners . . . look in the mirror with me . . . we are all workaholics!
And we bend the truth: “It is not work because I love what I do”
Oh puleaze!!!!
I can empathise with every founder of a start up and owners of a SME because I was like you – skipped breakfast, didn’t work out, checked emails after 6pm, ‘play’ with work thoughts on the weekends. But these actions are killing us – potentially literally & metaphorically.
My wife has been much happier over the past 12 months as she gets up at 5:45am and walks for 45 mins. I hit the pavement 2 or 3 times a week and the gym a couple of times too. By taking time out for ourselves we both feel better about ourselves and together. There is an obvious change to the status quo when we lack time out.
I challenge you this week to take 30 minutes every day (second day if you have not admitted you’re a workaholic) to do something completely unrelated to work that will help you relax: read trashy magazine, watch a re-run of Seinfeld, walk, go to the gym, massage or even sex!
The way I look at it . . . if starting up a new business kills you then why do it?

About the Author

Justin is Australia’s leading fitness business management consultant. He’s worked in the industry since 1989, as a personal trainer, sales manager and health club owner. In fact, he is Australia only consultant who has ever owned a health club for 15 years or more! As an international sought after speaker he really understand how the fitness business works and as a result is the only fitness business coach in Australia. He practices what he preaches with the unique “JT’s Quality Assurance Guarantee: pay what his advice is worth to you!” Follow him on Twitter @JTActiveMgmt or check out his personal blog www.JustinTamsett.com or become a Facebook fan: www.facebook.com/ActiveManagement

Tuesday Newsday – Isn’t it time to ban smoking for good?

After viewing a story in ninemsn yesterday about Hobart and it’s ever tightening anti smoking laws and hearing an interview on the radio yesterday morning form a leading Adelaide lung surgeon calling for a total ban on smoking I too am drawn to ask… Isn’t it time to ban smoking for good?

There are no butts any more.  No buts about whether or not smoking is bad for you or not.  It is conclusive.  Smoking is not like alcohol and other vices that can have little to no harm with small amounts of consuption.  As we have all heard time and time again in the Quit campaigns, every cigarette is doing you damage!

So why are they not banned?

I, as I’m sure nearly every other Australian is, have been personally touched by the curse of cigarettes.  They took my grandfather from my family far before his time was due.  He was an addict.  He found it impossible to quit.  So why don’t we make smoking  impossible to all smokers?

Are the 20,000 something other grandfathers, grandmothers, mums, dads and brothers and sisters lives who are lost each year not worth the hassle?  Or is it that the billions of dollars ending up in the governments coffers too valuable?  Surely the cost to the health system would outweigh that tax anyhow!

Many smokers may argue that it is a lifestyle choice, and that they know the risks they are taking. However other harmful drugs that many people would also claim are lifestyle choices are highly illegal and very firmly policed. Why should cigarettes be any different, especially when you consider that many of those other drugs do not have the direct effects on other people that cigarettes can have. According to Quit it is estimated that over 1500 people die each year as a result of the passive smoke that has been proven to cause lung cancer and heart disease.

Do the non smoking general public really deserve to have those risks imposed on them by people who do choose to smoke cigarettes?

Would you like to see smoking banned for good? Let us know by commenting below.

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The best excuse I heard this week…

Now I’m definitely not one for excuses. I don’t give them the time of day. I have been a personal trainer for almost 9 years now so I’ve heard most of them. Some of them are fantastic and deserve a little credit for their creativity. So I’ve decided to dedicate a post every Friday to the weeks more creative excuse I have heard form my customers or Friday as to why they haven’t or have done something they should have.

If you’ve got something better I would love to hear it in the comments.

I hope you enjoy this because I will!

Is Busting Your Butt Really Worth It?

LOutdoor Personal Fitness Trainingast year there were 2 amazing statistics that blew me away in regard business:
·         24.1% of founders of start up companies suffered start up burn out; and
·         54.2% of founders who feel their business adversely affected their personal life and health!
So why the hell do we do it to ourselves!?!

And I am one of this start up founders who have their life arse about – sorry about the French!
Seriously, as I strive to make an impact with Justin Tamsett.com in new industries I have been putting in long hours of reading, writing and web surfing. I consider this fun but my wife considers it work!
But when I step out of my life and into a helicopter to look down on my life, I say “What are you doing!”
I am one of these statistics! And what is worse I think I have met the 54.2% of founders of start ups who are suffering on Twitter or in LinkedIn or a Facebook – especially on Sundays!!
Us entrepreneurs are all workaholics! But it is not in our DNA, we can change . . . if we want!
I have never been an alcoholic (though my mum may challenge that as she remembers my days at Uni, I certainly can’t!) but according to TV, you are not an alcoholic until you admit you have a problem.

Well small to medium business owners . . . look in the mirror with me . . . we are all workaholics!

And we bend the truth: “It is not work because I love what I do”

Oh puleaze!!!!

I can empathise with every founder of a start up and owners of a SME because I was like you – skipped breakfast, didn’t work out, checked emails after 6pm, ‘play’ with work thoughts on the weekends. But these actions are killing us – potentially literally & metaphorically.

My wife has been much happier over the past 12 months as she gets up at 5:45am and walks for 45 mins. I hit the pavement 2 or 3 times a week and the gym a couple of times too. By taking time out for ourselves we both feel better about ourselves and together. There is an obvious change to the status quo when we lack time out.

I challenge you this week to take 30 minutes every day (second day if you have not admitted you’re a workaholic) to do something completely unrelated to work that will help you relax: read trashy magazine, watch a re-run of Seinfeld, walk, go to the gym, massage or even sex!

The way I look at it . . . if starting up a new business kills you then why do it?

About the Author

Justin is Australia’s leading fitness business management consultant.  He’s worked in the industry since 1989, as a personal trainer, sales manager and health club owner.  In fact, he is Australia only consultant who has ever owned a health club for 15 years or more!  As an international sought after speaker he really understand how the fitness business works and as a result is the only fitness business coach in Australia.  He practices what he preaches with the unique “JT’s Quality Assurance Guarantee: pay what his advice is worth to you!” Follow him on Twitter @JTActiveMgmt or check out his personal blog www.JustinTamsett.com or become a Facebook fan: www.facebook.com/ActiveManagement

Outdoor Personal Training

Outdoor personal training is what we do best and as the weather heats up what better way is there to exercise.

So where ever you are in Melbourne we can help you to get out and about and utilize the beautiful open spaces Melbourne has to offer.

We offer running sessions at the Tan or Albert Park, resistance sessions at Princess Park, and even stretching and flexibility sessions along the foreshore in Port Melbourne.

All of our trainers are fully equipped to provide you with the highest quality personal training available in Melbourne.

So what is it you are looking to achieve?

To find out what sort of program we can design for you in your area please give us a call on 1300 362 311.  We look forward to hearing form you!
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Tuesday Newsday – Horses for courses

Etihad Stadium's GlowFirstly, a big apology for my Tuesday post hitting the web on Wednesday this week!  I have been focused on my study as I participated in a coaching course over the weekend.  We also seem to be inundated with new and motivated Melbournian’s wanting to kick start their fitness regimes in the cold winter months to be ready for another hot Melbourne summer!  So Tuesday Newsday is here… On a Wednesday.

Anyhow Friday night I headed down to Etihad Stadium with a few friends from interstate and around 49,000 other Victorians.

My interstate friends hadn’t heard all of the whohaa about the surface down there at Etihad over the earlier part of the year.  They are Gold Coasters and the AFL hasn’t entirely invaded there community… Yet.

The ball was bounced and after the first contest and the noticeable slip and slide my interstate companions looked to me and asked “geez whats wrong with the surface?”.  Clearly a lot is wrong with the surface.

It needs a lot of work.  What needs to be done is not the topic of this post.  Enough is being said on every media outlet and talk back program, however the question I would like to ask is; What are the obligations of organizations to provide a safe playing surface for participants?  Personal Trainers included!

In my opinion it is inevitable with the state of the surface on Friday night that a serious injury would occur shortly as a result of the condition of the ground.  It was a blessing that no serious injuries had resulted that evening.  By all accounts by Saturday night there had been a considerable improvement.  A huge amount of work had been done over night with a positive result.  As you can see from the photo I took this morning whilst out with my morning customers the work to  repair the problem is continuing day and night.  Hopefully this weekend the result will be a safer state of play, and a greater spectacle for the supporters in the stand and sitting in front of their boxes at home.

All of that said as a neutral supporter that was one of the most exciting games I have watched live in a long time.  The draw for me was a fitting result!

However back to my question, as a personal trainer it is my responsibility to provide a safe location for my customers to train.  We are a mobile personal training company meaning we head out to see our customers all over Melbourne at varying locations and on a number of different surfaces.  It is our responsibility to ensure that wherever we train, our customers are safe and a duty of care is shown. My question is would you be happy to train on a surface such as Etihad?  Not if you are planted staying in one location, but if you are running, jumping, twisting, turning.  Would you feel comfortable with the risk?  If not, surely it is not appropriate for elite sport to be played on that kind of surface.  As a spectacle the the fans are not getting what they deserve and the athletes are not provided with a safe place of work.  I would love to know your thoughts.