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Are you a stimulus junkie?

Are you a stimulus junkie?

Maybe you started going to the gym for physical gains, and somewhere along the way, you fell in love with how a killer session made you feel. On the positive side, you'll rarely lack motivation, consistency or work ethic.  However, you are the perfect candidate to train excessively - pushing yourself too hard, for too long, too often.

If you’re training harder than everybody else at your gym, but all those expected gains just aren’t coming, it could be your body’s way of telling you to back off- what you need, most likely has nothing to do with set/rep schemes or the fact that your glutes aren't activated. An extra hour in bed may be better than an extra hour on the treadmill.

If you’re a stress puppy, these are my top tips to make training work for your body, not against it.





Meet Pippa, this round's Transformation Challenge Winner.

Meet Pippa, this round's Transformation Challenge Winner.

One of the most common conversations I have with clients is regarding scale weight versus how they look or feel.  Do you want to fit into your fave pair of skinny jeans, or do you want to weigh less because sometimes these are mutually exclusive and require different strategies.  I loved Pippa's testimonial because it highlights this struggle, and if you read on, you'll find out how she learnt to overcome it.

The Psychology of Strength Training for Women: A Testimonial

The Psychology of Strength Training for Women: A Testimonial

"There is nothing more rewarding for me, as a female and as a trainer, in seeing women become empowered in their training, and then watching how this translates into the rest of their life".

This is something I truly believe, and I'm reassured that it really is the case when I get to see the results firsthand of women training with weights on a daily basis.  I asked one of my clients to tell me what being empowered is really all about.  Meet Lizzie - a high powered and high profile lawyer - one of a growing number of strong, capable and result driven females trying to survive and thrive in a cut throat corporate environment.  She had never set foot in a weights room before. I guarantee you'll be inspired!

Losing the Love Handles

Losing the Love Handles

If the holiday months have managed to turn your six pack into a muffin top size problem, then now is the perfect time to get rid of that unsightly overhang.

Unfortunately training hard is not enough. We now know that your hormones affect where your fat is stored, and muffin tops are correlated with the hormone insulin. They are a direct consequence of poor blood sugar management, most often related to a poor diet, and you can't out-train a poor diet. I often refer to the hips as my "lie detector test". On the bright side, insulin is the one hormone that we have complete control over.  No one ever ate anything by accident. 

Meet the Creating Curves Online Transformation Challenge Winner

Meet the Creating Curves Online Transformation Challenge Winner

Last year I ran my first ever Creating Curves Transformation Challenge ONLINE.  The Winner was Tamzin Shotbolt, a Media PR and Promotions Manager AND single mum from Moonee Beach who lost an incredible 16.5cm off her waist!!  Whilst she only lost 2kg on the scales, you can clearly see the change in her shape and posture from all the posterior chain work we did.  See what she had to say. 

Lean Legs 101

Lean Legs 101

We now know that hormones have a big impact on the way in which body fat is distributed.  That typical pear shape that we, as women, often complain about can come down to a combination of nature and nurture.  In this article we explore what it really means to have thunder thighs and how to combat this problem area using training, nutrition and lifestyle modifications.

What Your Body Fat Says About You

What if I told you that scientific spot specific fat reduction did exist, but just not in the way you think?  Read on if you want to know why you store fat and how you can start coming up with a plan of attack to target your own problem areas.