What are the top 3 things you see people do to mess up their exercise and nutrition?
- not make a priority list based on their current status (injuries, resources, current training load) and what their goals are
- judge results too soon and use the wrong measures to make these judgements
- lack consistency and neglect the effect of habits (both good and bad ones) on their performance and results
How has your perspective on nutrition and exercise changed over the years?
In some ways it has changed but I still use some guiding principles that I have used since I started working in the health and fitness industries. Although we have more access to specific details (training tools, interventions, food comparisons, research studies) and more and more research about tiny comparisons keep coming up, in the end they are only useful if they are applicable to your client's situation.
Therefore the task of understanding
1. what someone wants,
2. what they understand,
3. what they are willing to change or try and
4. what their expectations are
is still the most important part of my role in helping them achieve results (both in rehabilitation and in fitness). And I think we as people and as an industry have not improved in this fundamental area despite improved tools, technology and access to research and information. We are too easily distracted.
So if I have changed my perspective in any area, it is that I endeavour to constantly expand my understanding of the above four points for each client. I also approach my role more as an educator and try to highlight what is applicable and what is a distraction to my client base more than previously. I am also constantly looking for tools, blogs, and developing analogies to help people improve their understanding of what does and doesn't apply to them. And I try to keep the conversation going and keep the lines of communication open wherever possible.
What is your current favorite quote?
“Promise me you’ll always remember:
you’re braver than you believe
and stronger than you seem
and smarter than you think”
Christopher Robbins to Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
My current motto: Move Better, Feel Better, Be Better
Fast food is…
often fake food
(not always; some vegetables and other options don't take too much prep time or are easy to access... you just need to know what suits your body and health goals)
The key to my fitness and health success is…
- Having, creating or finding events to train for
- Knowing my training priorities (and accepting I can't work on everything or focus on every sport at the same time)
- Listening to my body
- Focusing on the process, not the outcome, and making the process as fun and interesting as possible
- Appreciating and believing many small steps done consistently will help me achieve my goals
Bonus: What do you foresee in the future for fitness and wellness?
With the technology available and the ability to use big data, I'm hoping people can start to learn to use more appropriate measures for themselves, understand where in a wellness framework they need to work on and learn to distinguish what information applies to their life and what's just a distraction.
Look at that smile!
Mick has been with our family only a short time.
But wow, have we seen some amazing changes, some amazing results, and loads of hard work.
Someone who is at almost all of our Fit Camps weekly, he brings his energy and hard work to the session.
The first to jump in and always there to support others, his hard work and dedication is admirable and inspiring.
As well as this, hearing his lessons about trying new things, learning new ideas and taking more and more steps. Sharing every step with our fitfam online and always bringing a smile to our faces.
Mick really is living, breathing proof that you can consistently get healthier and healthier, and continue to make progress, wherever you are in life.
We asked mick some questions about his time with pf:
Why did you start going to Precision Fitness?
I received a “red package” gift voucher for my birthday. The gift voucher had many options to pick from (whiskey tasting; wine; dinners at good restaurants; martial arts lessons; etc), but the one that instantly stood out for me was the precision fitness package which consisted of 1 x pt session and 4 x fit camp sessions. Having recently moved to hong kong, i had already been looking for a new gym to go to and having read about the pf approach i wanted to give this a try.
Over the previous 9 years, i had made some remarkable improvements to my health and well-being (i have now lost 48kg (including my time with pf) over that time period), but my exercise routine had become “same old; same old” with no variety and i had reached a plateau where i was not improving any more. I was doing the same thing over and over again and in the words of coach ryan i had to ask myself “how’s that working out for you?”
With precision fitness i was attracted by the very individual approach to (really) understanding my goals and tailoring a program perfectly suited to me. Within 1 pt session with coach ryan i could instantly tell that the pf team had a different philosophy to training, fitness and nutrition and that these guys knew what they were doing.
What do you like best about the program?
Coach Ryan and coach daniel are outstanding and i truly appreciate their approach in taking their time to understand me; what i need; and what motivates me. However, hands down the best thing about the program is the pf family. I did not at all expect to meet such a wonderful group of supportive people. The pf family really motivate you during the fit camp sessions and because everyone is relying on you, i always drive myself much harder in the group environment than when i am working out by myself. Even more impactful is the love and support from the pf fam on the facebook group. I sometimes cannot believe just how open people are on the pf facebook group. What has created such a supportive environment and culture that makes you very comfortable to share your own thoughts and challenges in the knowledge that other people face the same or similar difficulties and that everyone will support you and provide great suggestions based on their own experiences.
I am very proud to be part of such a great group of people and i am very happy that i joined.
What are your results so far?
So, I have broken the plateau that i was stuck on and i have lost more weight. However, i am not going to dwell on this because i have achieved other results that are for more important than what the body weight scales tell me.
In terms of fitness, i have dramatically increased my overall physical strength and athletic ability. When i started i could not do a single pull up and box jumps scared the hell out of me. I am now doing multiple sets of each and when i doing box jumps i am stacking multiple plyo boxes on top of each other to make it challenging.
My entire approach and philosophy to training has changed. I used to run and run and run (10km runs; 15km runs; half marathons; and sometimes further; and this was multiple times a week). There is no doubt that i lost weight with this and gained cardio fitness. However, a very important lesson i have learnt from the pf team and experience is that i get substantially better overall results from shorter training sessions with higher levels of intensity.
More important than any of the above results is my improvement and complete change to my approach to nutrition. This is another thing that i never expected the day i walked into the studio for my first pt session with ryan. My investment in the precision nutrition program has really been life changing. I am completely re-learning everything that I thought i knew about food and nutrition. This has included trying (and really enjoying) foods that i had previously convinced myself that i would not like and breaking a life time of poor nutritional habits that i did not even realise that i was doing. Following the precision nutrition program and habits has made a dramatic impact on my overall wellbeing and even my whole mental approach to food and eating.
How often are you taking classes on a weekly basis?
I really wish that I could attend every single fit camp session. I love working out with such a great bunch of people that motivate me to drive myself harder and the variety that coach ryan and coach daniel bring to the sessions makes every session a great experience.
However, with my crazy travel commitments this is highly unrealistic. I attend every session that i possibly can when I am in hong kong, but I travel pretty much every week.
However, not all is lost. From the great variety we get from the fit camp sessions (and with fantastic support from coach ryan) I am now able to invite my own mini-fit camp style workout sessions when i am travelling. I do these either in local parks or i find a local gym.
Any last thoughts about PF?
I cannot recommend pf highly enough to anyone who is looking for a total approach to fitness, health, wellbeing and nutrition. The pf coaches are amazing in their level of personal attention; they genuinely care about all of their clients. Finally, the entire pf family are all wonderful and supportive people that have made me feel very welcome and happy.
Mick, congrats on being our client of the month, were so proud of how far you’ve come and look forward to seeing you make further progress to come!