Category: Blog

January Goals Calendar

Welcome to the new year!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas / New Year / Summer break and are now getting stuck back into normal life again, feeling refreshed, and motivated for the year ahead.  It feels weird writing this a month into 2017, but as so often happens at this time of year, that everything is out […]


My TOP TIPS for surviving the Silly Season

Did you know that most people actually put on 5-10 kg every Christmas that they never lose.  So to avoid that happening to you, you can follow the simple steps laid out below for the 12 days of the Christmas, New Year celebration. In General Keep up your training, homework & healthy eating routine Plan […]

National Touch Championships

What I learnt from watching kids elite sport for 5 days straight

I hope you’ve had a fabulous start to Spring and are now enjoying being active and outdoors in the sunshine again!  It’s been a busy month here at My Trainer (nothing new there) and on top of my usual business & family responsibilities I had a week in WA to factor in.  With my habits of multitasking […]

Obese Scales

The Body Paradox

In spite of growing up in a sport vacuum myself, in a town as sport mad as Melbourne it’s hard not to be swept up in the excitement that is finals footy. Whether you’re supporting the red white blue, the red & the white or filled with purple pride this weekend, it’s sure to be […]

RIO OLYMPICS Athletes Hard Training

What Can the Olympics Teach Us About Ourselves?

Like most of you, I immersed myself in the Rio Olympics. Although I’m not much of a sports person myself, there is something about witnessing people achieve at that level, that I find inspiring. Of course there were the usual suspects, like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt that won’t be matched for generations, but it […]

Pushup Closeup

Is exercising for 6 minutes once a week the answer?

Many of you have asked me, and been discussing, the recent Catalyst Report on the benefits of high intensity training.  This is a topic that has been regularly discussed in exercise science circles over the last 15 years, and has being made popular recently by commercial exercise trends such as CROSS-FIT, SPIN and HIIT.  The […]

Walking in Autumn

Can getting back to nature help to recharge your brain?

With global warming tricking us into thinking the sunshine would last forever, Autumn has now fully arrived with a shock.  The rain is beating done outside and the elms in my street are dropping their leaves on mass.  This all makes for a slight shift in habits and activities, as we search for wet weather […]


So is it the Chicken or the Egg?

Easter is a special time of year for most of us.  Whether you celebrate for spiritual or recreational reasons, it’s a nice point early in the year (very early this year) to take stock of how we are tracking with our goals. You see, “checking in” as I call it, is just as important as setting […]

People Running on Bridge

Short Bursts of Exercise to Improve Health and Fitness

Australian public health advisory recommends spending an average of 150 minutes of aerobic exercises per week. But many people complain of having no time to exercise, so what is the solution? A recent study by Prof. Martin Gibala and his team and fitness expert Anja Taylor showed that doing a short burst of high-intensity exercise can actually […]