As Australia’s leading fitness offering, Fitness First attracts some of the best Personal Trainers in the country. For this month’s 60 Seconds With.. we sat down with celebrated PT Shannan Ponton (The Biggest Loser trainer), who calls Fitness First Dee Why home.   IS THERE A FITNESS PHILOSOPHY OR METHODOLOGY YOU LIVE BY? ‘Hard, but fair.’ I train […]

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Exercise can hurt, particularly if you’ve been out of action for a while. While gritting your teeth and repeating the mantra ‘no pain, no gain’ might get you so far, using your big human cerebrum might just get you the rest of the way.      1. FIND YOUR ‘WHY’, ‘WHAT’ AND ‘HOW’ Think. To […]

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We’ve​ ​all​ ​been​ ​there.​ ​You’ve​ ​packed​ ​your​ ​bag​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​the​ ​gym,​ ​head​ ​to​ ​the​ ​change​ ​room​ ​to​ ​get changed​ ​-​ ​only​ ​to​ ​notice​ ​that​ ​offensive​ ​workout​ ​smell.​ ​Didn’t​ ​I​ ​just​ ​wash​ ​this​ ​tank?​ ​Yes,​ ​you​ ​did.   That​ ​dreaded​ ​workout​ ​stench​ ​is​ ​a​ ​universal​ ​phenomenon,​ ​an​ ​enemy​ ​feared​ ​by​ ​gym​ ​goers​ ​the​ ​world over.​ […]

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It’s no secret that winter can put a freeze on exercise motivation. Warm beds call, cold air deters and stiff muscles increase injury risk. These five winter workout hacks will keep you moving injury free – and hopefully heat up your motivation, too.   WORK THE WARM UP   Familiar with the ‘tense’ feeling that […]

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Fresh and fashionable from head-to-toe Workout wear has come a long way since leg warmers, leotards and more recently, all-black anything. But with thanks to the rise of luxe athleisure wear, there’s now a whole industry of fashion-meets function brands that encompass both style and performance elements, that will easily take you from gym to […]

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Whether your immune system is weak due to stress, lack of sleep or excessive training, these five foods can help boost your winter workout. ROLLED OATS This fibre-rich wholegrain does more than just tame cholesterol. The beta-glucan (a type of fibre) found in oats helps boost the activity of white blood cells that gobble up […]

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