4

Sep

Performance, persistence… and budgie smugglers.

We are a performance based gym. We predominantly work with people who have some type of performance goal in mind.

Whether that be to get stronger, to perform better at their chosen sport, to stay injury free while competing or to get the very best out of themselves as they compete or in their daily lives.

We also work with many people who are not competitive at all and focus on helping them to be able to enjoy their day to day life and to tackle any of the current or new challenges life may throw at them and enjoy them to their fullest. Like a desk bound tech entrepreneur tackling his first marathon, an 80 year old retiree setting a world record or a stay at home domestic engineer pulling a double body weight deadlift.

These things won’t pop up on your walk with your dog but if a friend asked you tomorrow would you like to hike throughout the grampians this weekend, would you be ready?

If you got the opportunity to go snowboarding, skiing or surfing this weekend would you be confident that your body would cope?

If you got the chance for a weekend on the beach in Hawaii would you be confident enough to rock out your best budgie smugglers or bikini?

We are not a body sculpting gym.

We are not a body building gym.

We are not a physique gym.

We are not a weight loss program.

We are not a body transformation centre.

We are here to help you to perform at your absolute best. We want to help you to get as strong as you possibly can.

We want to help you to become as fit as you possibly can by increasing your steady state and power endurance.

We want to help you to become supple and flexible yet strong throughout great ranges of movement and feel confident to tackle challenging tasks.

We want to empower you with this performance mindset to eat and fuel your body in a way that supports these outcomes, eating nutritious whole foods from a diverse range of sources.

We want you to focus on the practices that help you to recover well from each training session by being conscious of your sleep, movement, rest and work outside of the gym.

We want you to listen to your body and not thrash yourself when you’re under enormous stress loads either at work or within your personal life.

We want you to be able to achieve all that your desire in your professional life because your body and mind feel fresh, healthy and capable of the day to day rigours of your career.

What we want as a by product of all of this is for you to earn a body that you are proud of, that others notice and enjoy a level of health that is at your body’s pinnacle.

We understand that while everyone who walks through our door does not do so because they want to lose 5kgs or drop 5% body fat what we ALL want regardless of how many kilos we have been able to add to the barbell or how many seconds we have been able to shave off our 2k row, is to look better naked!

So whilst our focus isn’t on the aesthetic outcomes, the by product of all of your hard work, is that by following the process and continuing to put in place all that will enable you to perform at your body’s peak you will obtain the physique of a highly tuned athlete with the capability of one.

We want you to be strong, fit, mobile and to look the part.

That’s what we believe in.

1

May

Instaneck?

Is your Instagram addiction affecting your performance in the gym?

Chances are, you’re reading this on a mobile device. You’ve been staring at your screen with your neck tilted forward and your arms in what can only be described as ‘the T-Rex’. Chances are, it’s not news to you that spending long amounts of time on your phone or laptop isn’t great for your posture. And it’s almost certain that quite frankly, you gave up trying to spend less time on your phone or computer a long time ago.

Forward neck, rounded shoulders and a hunched upper back are all the result of prolonged periods of device use. Even more worryingly, as of recently these well-known signifiers of living your life online are turning into severe real-life conditions. Studies have reported a rise in cervical and lumbar spine injuries and even thumb ligament issues due to overuse of devices! If forgetting to look up from our screens are having this effect on our posture in general, how does this translate to our performance in the gym?

Getting fitter, lifting heavier and progressing with health in general has plenty of it’s own challenges. Now add in tight hip flexors. Shortening of the hip flexors due to prolonged sitting affects your range in squatting movements, not to mention making it harder to fire up your glutes and leads to weakness in the lower back. And if you were wondering why just holding the barbell for a front OR back squat is more painful for you that doing an actual squat, chances are your upper back muscles are too tight to create good rack positions, and your shoulders are rounded making it almost impossible to keep your elbows up. Not only does this hinder our progress, it also means longer recovery times, as the muscles that are already tight and overworked from sitting in a squat position all day and frozen in the ‘push position’ (from holding a tablet or phone) are put through more of the same (but with weight!) during a workout.

So what can we do to negate the effects of Text Neck and T-Rex arms? Firstly, limit the amount of time in one sitting that you spend using your device. Keep drinks or snacks in a separate location so you have more reasons to stand up. Secondly, STRETCH. If you know for a fact that you are tight in certain areas and are someone who trains, 2 minutes before and after a session is not enough. Invest in a proper warm up routine and flexibility techniques. Lastly and most importantly, look up! When was the last time you looked around you while walking down the street as opposed to at your phone? Try it, you might find a few new cafes to Instagram your meals in. And while you’re at it, stand a little taller, you look good when you’re not looking down.

–  Quincee

References:

How Poor Posture Affects Your Health and Athletic Performance | BoxLife Magazine. (2018). Boxlifemagazine.com. Retrieved 1 May 2018, from http://boxlifemagazine.com/5193-2/

Hughes, A., & Labs, S. (2018). Can too much screen time affect your kid’s posture?Screen Time. Retrieved 30 April 2018, from https://screentimelabs.com/is-excess-mobile-device-use-harming-your-childs-posture/

Joshua M. Ammerman, M. (2018). Is Your Cell Phone Killing Your Back?SpineUniverse. Retrieved 30 April 2018, from https://www.spineuniverse.com/wellness/ergonomics/your-cell-phone-killing-your-back

Jung, S. I., Lee, N. K., Kang, K. W., Kim, K., & Lee, D. Y. (2016). The effect of smartphone usage time on posture and respiratory function. Journal of Physical Therapy Science28(1), 186–189. http://doi.org/10.1589/jpts.28.186

30

Mar

Long awaited Online Programming and Coaching now available

We are taking registrations of interest for our first initial intake for our online programming and coaching program.

This is a unique opportunity to work with our highly skilled and qualified coaches even if you don’t have the ability to head in to work with us here at the gym in South Melbourne.

This opportunity would be idea if you’re outside of Metropolitan Melbourne or if you’re someone who prefers training on your own rather than in a gym setting.

If you’re keen to be a part of our initial intake of only 10 individuals please get back to us immediately as this is an extremely limited first intake.

This limited intake will be able to take advantage of our unique Foundation membership 50% ongoing discount.

To take advantage of this foundation discount and lock in this ongoing rate head across to our online store via the links below and use the discount code: revoptonlinefoundationmember

Who will you be working with?

The coaches launching our online programming and coaching program are none other than Jaimie-Lee Brown and Nathan McCulloch.

Jaimie-Lee Brown: “Strength and happiness comes from finding balance.”

Before personal training, Jamie-Lee was a teacher for children with special needs.

While the classroom may seem worlds away from RevoPT, to Jamie-Lee they’re not so different.

In both roles, she helps people realise their best selves – something that takes patience, understanding, communication and trust.

She moved into training after using exercise as a personal stress-relief that offered mental and physical results. When people started asking her for advice, she knew she’d found a new career. With clients that range from their 20’s to their 70’s, Jamie-Lee doesn’t have a set training style. Her focus is on using your individual strengths and goals to create a tailored program that suits you.

You can read more about Jaimie Lee here: revo.pt/jaimieleebrown

Nathan McCulloch: “Change is the best thing you can do.”

Like most people who’ve completed the Overland Track, Nathan has a natural sense of adventure and it comes through in the way he trains.

He loves clients who don’t just enjoy a challenge, but provide them too.

Whether it’s requesting a new type of exercise or working around a physical limitation, Nathan believes that every session should be something you shape together. He’s flexible, relaxed and always open to new ways of working.

Nathan believes that change is the single best thing a person can do. It’s what saw him move from Tassie to Melbourne, complete a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, change his lifestyle and ultimately start a career in Personal Training.

You can read more about Jaimie Lee here: revo.pt/nathanmcculloch

Hear Jaimie and Nathan’s recent appearances on our podcast here:

  

 

 

 

Don’t forget that you can catch up with any of our post episodes of the podcast via:

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BASIC Membership Normally $30 Per Week

Our Foundation BASIC member special ONLY $15 per week ongoing. Offer ends April 30th 2017!

Our Basic coaching package is the ideal way to get started with your Coach

 

 

  • Customised goal setting
  • Daily custom programming
  • FitBot online account
  • Up to 7 emails weekly

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ADVANCED Normally $50 Per Week

Our Foundation ADVANCED member special ONLY $30 per week ongoing. Offer ends April 30th 2017!

Includes all of the services offered with our Basic Coaching Package PLUS:

  • 1 hour initial assessment
  • Regular phone contact
  • Regular email contact
  • Input from multiple coaches

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Take advantage of our Foundation member ongoing 50% off rate

To take advantage of this foundation discount and lock in this ongoing rate head across to our online store here via the links below and use the discount code: revoptonlinefoundationmember

23

Nov

Can you get strong without bulking up?

Everyone’s perception of their ideal body varies. While many of us want definition, not everyone wants muscle bulk. There are many myths around that state lifting heavy weights will increase your muscle bulk but many of these are simply not true. An example could be that lifting lighter weights for more reps aims to tone, while lifting heavy builds bulk.

Lift Heavy – Why to lift heavy

A better understanding of basic weight training methodologies is first needed to understand why load bearing exercise is necessary. In very simple terms, there are three broad styles of resistance training. These are:

  • Strength
  • Hypertrophy
  • Muscular Endurance

Each of these styles has a recommended repetition scheme and intensity level associated with it. These are as follows:

  • Strength (2-5 sets of 1-6 repetitions at 85-95% of 1 rep max)
  • Hypertrophy (3-5 sets of 8-12 repetitions at 75-85% 1 rep max)
  • Muscular Endurance (2-3 sets of 12-20 repetitions at 50-75% 1 rep max)

Typically we see most gym goers using a hypertrophy program, usually associated with a bodybuilding approach, or a muscular endurance program, with a perceived “toning” effect as the ultimate goal. But why should we consider lifting heavy and using a Strength training approach?

Firstly, strength training improves bone density. This is hugely important as we age and helps increase our body’s longevity. Secondly, it does exactly what it says on the label – it gets us stronger! Why is this important? We need functional strength as we age, the ability to pick up a heavy weight from the ground and transport it to another destination – think picking up the kids or carrying shopping bags!

A huge misconception is that lifting heavy weights will make you bulky. Quite the opposite in fact – lifting heavy weights will tone and cause what’s referred to as “functional hypertrophy”. This means that the cross sectional area of your muscle will expand without holding on to excess sarcoplasm or water. “Non-functional hypertrophy” is typical of the bodybuilding approach where a trainee gets much bigger musculature without actually significantly increasing the force that can be applied by those muscles.

Work for shorter periods to fatigue – increases strength

A huge advantage to strength training is that you work for shorter periods of time prior to reaching fatigue. This means a shorter and yet, more effective workout.

Even better, it requires minimal equipment. Here is a list of recommended equipment to get you started:

How to get best results

As with any type of training, it is important to have routine and structure in order to maximise your results. It is wise to talk with a trained professional to get the best advice however, below are some links to some basic starter programs for strength training:

One final thing – ladies, the likelihood of you adding significant mass by doing any type of resistance training is incredibly minimal. Our primary growth hormone is testosterone and to foster significant changes in muscle size, one needs a significant amount of this hormone. Females simply don’t possess enough testosterone to “bulk up” in the same way as males. In fact, males produce 30 times more testosterone than females!

Dave Robertson is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with over a decade of industry experience. He enjoys blogging for Little Bloke Fitness and in the past has also owned a personal training studio in London & a CrossFit gym in Melbourne. He is completing postgraduate studies in Sports Coaching, is a former semi-professional rugby union player and has coached two national record holders in Powerlifting & one state champion in Olympic Weightlifting.

21

Jan

You don’t know SQUAT!

The squat is arguably the king of all strength exercises. It requires you to be able to sit in deep flexion of the hip, knee and ankle while maintaining a neutral spine. Couple this with load and you have a brutal exercise that challenges you not only physically, but mentally as well. Despite having only been the industry for a short time, I have seen some absolutely horrendous squats. Let’s go over the basics to get you moving better, help you stay injury free, and stack a whole heap more weight on the bar!

SQUAT TECHNIQUE

1. Start by lining up your hands by putting your pinky finger on the ring engraved into the bar. With your hands grasping the bar, move under it and sit the bar on your traps. If you don’t have the flexibility to have your hands in closer, play around with having them out wider. Not matter your hand position you should be pulling you shoulders BACK and DOWN. Keeping the muscles of the upper back activated and tight is crucial throughout the squat.

2. Unrack the bar then sit back into your butt slightly, turning your knees outwards and keeping your chest nice and big. Walk the weight out by taking three steps to get into position. One step back, and two steps outward.

3. Standing nice and tall with your head facing up and forward, descend into the squat with your hips travelling backward and your knees travelling outward.

4. Once you have reached depth, drive through the heels, push your knees out and your back hard and up into the bar. This will ensure you are recruiting all the right muscles to get the weight up.

Note: We are all individuals that possess different limb and torso lengths. These steps are to be used as a general guideline. It is highly recommended you seek an experienced personal trainer or strength coach to find the best squatting style for you.

SQUAT MOBILITY EXERCISES

1. Squat hold

 

2. Wall stretch

 

3. Ankle mobilisation

 

4. Diamond stretch

 

PROGRAMMING THE SQUAT

A common and effective way to increase your squat is complete 5 sets of 5 reps at a challenging weight, and increase this in small increments (e.g 2.5kg) each week. Say you reach the 4th week and you find that you are losing form or can’t make the reps, scale back a few KG’s or so and work your way up again. This way you will be making strong steady progression.

Example exercise diary log:
Week 1: 5×5 @ 60kg
Week 2: 5×5 @62.5kg
Week 3: 5×5 @ 65kg
Week 4: 3×5, 2×4 @ 67.5kg (Time to scale back)
Week 5: 5×5 @ 62.5kg

etc….

There are many other ways to program, but for a novice lifter this simple and easy to understand program will be more than enough. Main focuses should be on developing an efficient motor pattern, mobility work and simple and effective programming.

Included in most programs will be supplementary exercises called assistance/accessory lifts. These lifts can aid us in bringing up weak areas, but should never be prioritised over or be too different from the main movement.

Listed below are some common accessory lifts that lifters use to get them stacking more weight on the bar:

– High and low bar squats (High and low bar refers to the position of the bar on your back. Powerlifters will often squat with the bar sitting lower on their back to gain a better biomechanical advantage in order to squat more weight)
– Front squat
– Pause squat
– Safety bar squat
– One and a quarter squat
– Box squat
– Split squat

DO’s, DON’Ts & DIFFERENCES

Below we have a beautifully constructed collage of some classic do’s, don’ts and differences in squat technique.

First up, we have the lazy ass…

alex do dont 1

 If you find your knees coming in like these, get a thera-band around your knees and aim for 50 bodyweight squats a day for the next month. That should get your new and efficient motor pattern happening nicely… and build up some strength in your butt!

Next we have the half squatter…

alex do dont 2

If your hip joint isn’t descending below or at least parallel to your knee joint, you ain’t getting’ low enough! Get some mobility happening through the mobility exercises outlined above and squat DEEP!

Lastly, we have the difference between a high bar and low bar squat position…

alex do dont 3

This was mentioned above in my list of squat variations. A low bar squat is typically only used by powerlifters in order to squat more weight. This is because it changes the biomechanics in a way that allows you to use your posterior chain muscles (think glutes and hamstrings) a lot more than a regular olympic style/high bar squat. Low bar squats are increasing in popularity in strength and conditioning programs for athletes, and are mainly used for variation and also the extra load the athlete will be able to move with the lower bar position as well as solid posterior chain development which is crucial in sport.

Feel free to comment with any questions or clarifications. Get squatting!

This article was written by Revolutions Strength Specialist Alex Deken. To learn a little more about Alex you can view his full personal trainer profile here. To book a session with Alex email us at hq@revopt.com.au or call 1300 362 311. Alex runs many of our Pure Strength classes which can be accessed with one of our Group Personal Training memberships.

For some more advice on mobilisation and stretching techniques to improve your squatting and overall performance you can grab a copy of Revolution’s Activation and Mobilisation eBook or our Stretching and Felxibility eBook.

They are both available for digital download on the Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks stores by following the links below.

Activation and Mobilisation eBook (great for warm up and preparing yourself pre-training):

Amazon Kindle Store – revo.pt/activationebook

Apple iBooks Store – revo/pt/activationibook

Stretching and Flexibility eBook (great for cool down and flexibility work post training)

Amazon Kindle Store – revo.pt/stretchingebook

1

Oct

Vanilla Coconut Protein Pancakes

These are delicious. Give them a go and let us know your thoughts!

vanilla cocnut protein pancakestackIngredients

2 Tbsp spelt flour

2 Tbsp almond meal

3 Tbsp protein powder

1/2 Tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 Tsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp shredded coconut

1 Egg

2-4 Tbsp almond milk

Directions

Combine all dry ingredients into a bowl. Then add wet ingredients (start with 2 tbsp of almond milk and add accordingly. it will generally depend on the consistency of the protein powder as each is different) and stir together. Heat a pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour tbsp of batter to form each pancake. Once the batter starts to bubble on top flip the pancakes and cook for another minute or two.

Serve with toppings of your choice.

Suggestion – 2-3 tbsp of greek yogurt, 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, water to thin  out to preferred consistency and some shredded coconut on top!

This recipe makes 4 pancakes.