Posts Tagged 'gym'

Should I Supplement with Creatine?

Lately i’ve been getting a lot of questions from clients about creatine supplementation and the potential benefits for bodybuilders and recreational weight trainers. Creatine is certainly one of the most popular supplements around, attracting a ton of hype and plenty of misinformation.

So, I thought it was time to get the information from the most reliable source and had a look at Sports Dieticians Australia’s (SDA) website. It turns out they have produced a great fact sheet on the topic, so just follow the link below. This will allow you to make a decision about creatine supplementation based on reliable scientific evidence.

If you would like clarification on anything creatine related feel free to contact me or  SDA direct.

Creatine supplementation and sports performance – Fact sheet

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Ditch the gym and buy a Wii?

Are you planning on using the Wii-fit to lose weight and increase your cardiovascular fitness? If you are, it may be time to think again.

A recent study of 10 women aged 30-58 conducted by the University of Queensland, found that using the Wii-fit for 30 minutes twice a week for 10 weeks did not significantly improve cardiovascular endurance, mobility, weight loss or overall wellbeing. The study did find that using the Wii-fit significantly improved balance and lower limb strength of the participants.

Take home message

Increased physical activity is beneficial to good health and can help an individual lose weight and increase their fitness. However, I would not recommend that the Wii-fit be the only exercise an individual engages in, as there are more effective and lower cost exercise routines available. If you would like to give Wii-fit a try I recommend you use it in addition to a well structured exercise routine.  Based on the University of Queensland research, balance and strength training games are more likely to yield the best results.

– Chris Vavakis

 

Reference:

Is the Wii Fit™ a new-generation tool for improving balance, health and well-being? A pilot study

J. C. Nitz, S. Kuys, R. Isles and S. Fu
Climacteric
October 2010, Vol. 13, No. 5 : Pages 487-491

 

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Get in great shape this winter!

As winter hits and the weather gets worse, Mobile Trainer has started training a number of clients in their apartment complex’s gym or fitness centre. With the average Perth gym membership setting you back at least $700 a year and always increasing there has never been a better time to start using the one already provided for you.

Mobile Trainer has a number of short and long term personal training packages available and can even design written training programs for those who just need a little guidance. Why not start your heathier lifestyle this winter? Summer is just around the corner…