OUR COACHING APPROACH
Strong, toned, resilient
We promote regular daily movement over exercise alone. But we’ll help you explore the best type/s of exercise for your unique needs and goals. And we’ll look for the most efficient and effective ways to do this. We’ll also help you build regular movement into your daily life. Our mission is to help you find pursuits you love so that you repeat them freely. Watch video here.
Lean, healthy, energetic
Take control of your eating habits without feeling deprived or starved. You’ll start a lifelong healthy eating journey, enjoying “bliss” foods too. We’ll review your health using an in-depth questionnaire. Results, in graph form, show your state of health and areas of weight/health blocks. Personalised advice is given for effective weight loss and health gains. Watch video here.
Motivated, educated, capable
Adapt your habits so you can maintain them for life. Give up the idea of diets, a “perfect” body, and “magic” solutions. Our coaching approach will help you achieve your best body ever for life! Trying to change a habit without changing your subconscious beliefs is tough. It’s like putting new code into old software. To succeed, you need new software. Watch video here.
THE PHILOSOPHIES DEFINING OUR COACHING APPROACH
Our over-arching philosophy is that what you do most of the time counts. However, what you do some of the time doesn’t. Below this “umbrella” view, there are a few useful sub-philosophies that support it.
It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back! These days we carry plenty of straws, but how many can we handle before we break? Managing our “camel” load gives us leeway. Now, it’s true that we all get stressed periodically. And if the camel is mostly happy, it can take a little load sometimes.
Our coaching approach will help you understand what constitutes this “little” load! This is where my value lies when it comes to helping my clients. Whether to achieve high energy, health, leanness or longevity. I’m the veritable camel whisperer!
OUR BODIES ARE CARS
Like cars, our bodies need ‘petrol’, ‘oil’, and water. Mostly, we should eat for the ‘car’ (healthful foods). But our emotional needs may require foods that aren’t great for fuelling the car. What they do offer though, is momentary bliss. While a good diet is the bedrock of health, there’s power in bliss too.
It’s what you do most of the time that counts. If your car is well maintained, there won’t be an issue joy-riding some of the time. This coaching approach allows you to have your cake and eat it. Literally!
GET OFF THE WAGON
Our exercise and eating habits have become a “wagon” to many of us. Be more disciplined! No pain, no gain! Just do it! When we fall off we go overboard in the opposite direction. Then we climb back on, only to repeat the routine.
My deep work with clients isn’t about measuring success externally. It’s not about weight loss, or achieving an activity goal. Our coaching approach aims to teach you about letting go of being “perfect”. And it’s about embracing their body in that moment. The only way not to fall off the wagon is not to get on it. Ever!
MORE ABOUT MOVEMENT
Ever tried the hard-core, sweat-to-death routines, but given up soon after starting? For sure, there are some benefits to high intensity exercise. But you can also reap huge gains from slower, more focused training. This is especially important for avoiding injury.
CHOOSE YOUR BODY
Is it a toned and strong body? Or is it a slim one with low muscle mass? Your answer to these questions will determine your programme approach. So, be sure to give your goal some thought before spending time and energy on it. Either way, your goal should easily fit your lifestyle now, and into the future.
Training with good form helps you avoid injuries. It also ensures the best outcome in every exercise. And it builds a strong “engine” – an engaged, stable core and trunk. Once this engine has power, you can focus on your ‘chassis’ – the limbs. No sleek and sexy sports car ever existed without a potent engine!
Exercise should mimic everyday activities. Functional strength helps you handle your daily demands. Do you ever keep your body utterly still and use a limb in isolation? Even opening a jar needs more than just arm or hand muscles. Whether gardening, dancing, or vacuuming, be stronger and better equipped to enjoy life.
MORE ABOUT NOURISHMENT
Nourishment is all you expose your body to on a regular basis. These things impact the expression of your state of health. It starts with your food and eating habits. We go further to include your daily lifestyle habits too. Our approach assesses your “weak spots”, and steers you on a healthier path.
An intensive questionnaire tests your various bodily systems. Your gut, liver, thyroid, adrenals, and hormones are assessed. Also, mood, kidneys, immunity, central nervous system and more are covered. The results are reflected in a graph for visual insight. This shows low, moderate or high scores for each system. This gives clues about what’s preventing weight loss or health gains. Further, a diet assessment will show if your food intake is blocking your goals.
There are no diets involved in our approach! Sure, we can use tools to get you losing fat and gaining health fairly quickly. But all within the context of eating “healthfully” most of the time. (We purposefully include “some-of-the-time” foods too). To help you succeed with your physical goals we have a long list of tools. Things like intermittent fasting, bespoke nutrition, and addressing your health graph. Also, specific activities, and activating certain fat stores can help.
MORE ABOUT MINDSET
Ever yo-yo dieted? Joined a gym and left after a few visits? Tried, but failed, to feel better about your body? Your daily thoughts can support or sabotage your health/weight. Taking care of your health and wellbeing isn’t a selfish act. It’s a way of ensuring you’re the healthiest, happiest version of you. This is an important approach for yourself and your loved ones.
OUR APPROACH TO HABITS
Repetition is key to maintaining positive habits. Our brains create networks of neurons that support ways of thinking (and doing). So we need to create fresh networks that support new thinking/doing. This will help us change over the long term. But it takes time, patience and energy to ensure that the new habits stick.
Stress often leads to negative habits. Therefore, it’s useful to be aware of your normal responses and what triggers them. I’ll help you create leverage to maintain a degree of control over stress. Having a sense of control offers the least damaging reaction to stress. This is vital for good health over the long term. We’ll create chances to ease up the pressure you’re experiencing. This approach makes space for new and positive habits, even if just relaxation.
OUR APPROACH TO CHANGE
Many people believe they’re “lazy” when it comes to making key life changes. But this isn’t actually true. Your level of incentive for a task relates to the barriers your subconscious mind has put up. These barriers obviously block success. We’ll unpack them to facilitate better motivation into the future.
Once you know what healthy habits you’d like to bring in, we’ll focus on practicing. Think about when you first learnt to ride a bike. You set the basics into a pattern which your body followed in time without real thought. In essence, it created a shortcut to the action. We all set up shortcuts in our subconscious minds. This allows our brains to process data without all other tasks ceasing. To change negative shortcuts our brain needs to learn new ways of responding.