Interview and Slideshow

I decided to interview a very interesting man names Sundesh, from gym I train at following my technical glitch and got a great insight into how he firstly, migrated to Australia in search of asylum during a political coo, in Fiji during the late 1980’s in which he was a radio journalist himself.

Sundesh was captured by military and explained he was hung by the arms for three days straight, in punishment of reporting on what was going on in Fiji. He decided to flee his country, and sought help from a politician in Australia. He was able to secure residency and relocated after three months of correspondence.
Sundesh, went on to explain how he now thinks of Australia as home. And a country who provide him and his family safety, food and a sense of belonging during a time of need.
Sundesh explained he trained at the gym, we were currently at during his relocation to Sydney. But then went on to travel 127 countries in search of a story to write a book upon.

He is now 74 years old, and has found himself back at the same gym he trained at all those years ago. Vince and Roz’s gym is one of Australia’s longest running gyms, having been operating at various locations around Sydney since 1953.
Sundesh explained that having broken his back during his travels in New Zealand, physical therapy was the only thing that has made him as mobile as he is now.
He is happy to be back at his old training ground, having re-joined the gym Just two weeks ago.

This is what he had this to share with us, about his triumph over serious injury.

Athletics Australia Announces Summer 2017 Competition Structure

Australian athletics fans, are in for a delight as Athletics Australia finally announces the competition structure for the 2016/2017 summer season.

There are some major changes to the association’s most anticipated competition: The 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, National titles. Once formally a four-day long event, for both abled-bodied and para-athletes Open aged category athletes.

The decision to combine both junior and senior competition, has created and eight-day long event for next year’s National Titles.

This new structure was designed in conjunction with Athletics Australia’s Member Associations and will be the largest annual athletics event in Australia and the Oceania-Pacific region. With an estimated 3500 Athletes to be competing, next March.

It will bring together participants of all ages in the pursuit of Personal Best’s and national championship medals, to the host city of Sydney, held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.

Another major change to the competition schedule is the ‘’Summer of Aths’’ Grand Prix Event. This is the first time it will be held over two days, hosted by the nation’s capital, at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, ACT.

The aim of this change, was to attract more spectators to the championships. The two-day elite series, will welcome the very best able-bodied and para-athletes as they make final preparations for the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships.

‘’Nitro Athletics’’ is another exciting addition to the calendar. This is something Athletics in Australia has never seen before. It will be a ground-breaking team-based athletics series that will pit the best athletes from across Australia and around the world against each other across three events. More information will be confirmed on the Athletics Australia website, but there is a promise that the Fastest Man in The World, none other than Usain Bolt will be making an appearance, in this new exciting event.

Other smaller, structural changes, to each state and territory were made in this year’s calendar. Predominately including more competition and more elite level competition, with the change to record performance eligible for overseas competition.

For more information on the exciting changes, keep checking Athletics Australia and relevant state and territory associated websites, for updates.

Body Building a Legitimate Career.

I’ve been curious about the hard-core world of body building since the first time I saw my Dad practicing a ‘’Double-bicep’’ pose in the mirror. He was an amateur body builder in his glory days and finds great joy in telling me his stories of competition journey, the different equipment they would use back then and his brief moment of fame, in shaking hands with the Greatest of All Time, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The world and the sport have both progressed, since Dad’s hay-day and I took the time to sit down with an up and coming body builder from Anytime Fitness Macquarie Park, John. John explained he has been a body builder since his early twenties and at twenty seven years of age, he hasn’t looked back. He firstly begun lifting weights to gains size for his chosen sport, Martial Arts. But then soon, found a passion for growing muscle and the rest was history.

When asking him about what he has gained from his competitive body building career he begun by saying ‘’you gain your first essence of control.’’ ‘’You find your limits, and you develop mental toughness.’’ That’s some very interesting knowledge, shared by someone with the mental drive, to purposely dehydrate themselves 24 hours before stepping on the stage for a body building competition. The athletes do this to ensure they look most vascular on stage. Which is one of the three categories they are judged on, along with Symmetry and conditioning.

John shared that he has met some interesting characters, during his time training 6 days a week twice a day; on his body building journey. We discussed the temptation involved within the sport to make it easier for himself: performance enhancers. Many others competitors, just like John choose to inject themselves with performance enhancing stimulants such as testosterone or human growth hormone. This is legal in some categories of body building, but John remains ‘’All Natural’’ competing in the ANB (Australian Natural Body Building) category. He is constantly on a strict diet, but not the typical athlete’s diet that you’d think. John indulges in a high-protein high-carbohydrate loaded meal plan, with the goal to eat six times a day! This is to maintain his impressive triple figure scale weight. Because John trains so vigorously, he maintains his muscular physique rather than putting on weight around his waistline.

John went on to explain it is an ‘’ongoing triumph,’’ to maintain size. As he works as a laborer during the day, it can be easy for him to lose weight, unintentionally. ‘’I’ve got to remember to eat someday,’’ he jokingly explained, of his demanding physical lifestyle. Most body builders are fortunate to make preparing for a competition their full-time job. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for John, whose work demands a nine-hour day, sometimes six days a week.

John had some great final advice to give to young athletes, desiring to make body building career of their own: ‘’Leave your ego at the door, constantly challenge yourself, do not think. Act.’’ Sounds easier than it looks to us.
If you or someone you know is interested in embarking on their own muscular-growth journey, you can find out more by visiting: http://www.anb.com.au

Personal Training; a lifestyle – not just a qualification.

Vince and Roz’s Gym, a family business renowned as ‘Australia’s longest running gym,’ located in Sydney’s inner Western Suburb of Ermington. Is the office for Australian Fitness professional, Elizabeth Richmond. She has been involved and working within the fitness industry for over twenty-five years and says it’s her passion that has kept her interested for so long. She soon realised exercise for her became a lifestyle choice, rather than a job.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dqpcm3zqhffrqye/IMG_1503.MOV?dl=0

The fitness industry in Australia, has somewhat become unregulated recently; with the rise of online study. Elizabeth believes she gained her knowledge and expertise from physically learning on the job, rather than ‘‘reading the books and getting the piece of paper.’’ There are seventeen different Certificate four in Fitness Training courses available, in Sydney alone including respectable colleges such as Australian Institute of Personal Training, Tafe NSW, FIA Fit Nation as well as Open Colleges. This course is available to study online in over ninety percent of them. The debate here is, can you really be a qualified personal trainer if you aren’t personally, physically training someone?

Elizabeth explained, when she was learning to become a personal trainer during the 80’s, there wasn’t a formal qualification to study a Fitness Training certificate. Instead, she was granted her first job from the knowledge and physicality she leaned from other trainer’s around her gym and her experience in competitive body building. This suggests that the fitness industry, should ensure all online courses entail a physical component. This will enable trainers aspiring to enter the industry have sufficient skills, knowledge and training techniques to both safely and competently train a person in real life.

Elizabeth said, she hasn’t stopped learning; twenty years later. When formal regulations eventually entered the fitness industry, Elizabeth completed her qualifications like anyone else. But she only last year, decided to return to studying yet again to completer her Diploma in Training, to be able to teach other people to become quality personal trainers; like herself.

Personal training isn’t just like a 9:00-5:00 job, Elizabeth has various clients of ages, abilities and locations around Sydney that she is loyal to and trains regularly. She doesn’t stick to a typical regime or program either. ‘’I believe training someone, is to suit their specific needs and goals,’’ Elizabeth explained. She has clients that operate weekly from Vince and Roz’s gym facility and experience a resistance and cardiovascular based workout, in the gym environment. But she also adapts to clients location, by training clients in the comfort of their home as well as walking with them as a form or fitness, but also therapy.

A personal trainer is not just a physical trainer, they are there to support a client’s mentality also. Elizabeth offers motivational coaching and goal setting as part of her services. She also mentors an elderly group of ESL (English Second Language) ladies, by leading an aerobics style workout to suit their needs and ability.

Elizabeth’s success as a personal trainer, is based solely on her. She markets herself on the success of her clients and retaining long-term clients. Elizabeth doesn’t use any other form of marketing or social media. This is surprising in the popularity of online personal trainers such as Emily Skye and Ashy Bines; who rely solely on their popularity on popular social sites like Instagram and Facebook. Elizabeth believes her popularity goes past the materialism of social media marketing. She continues to train herself, week in and week out and inspires her clients to continue to do so, in the process. A testimony to her art, Elizabeth is an example of a real trainer who keeps to fitness industry alive.