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Physical and Functional Assessments

  Steve King (Physiotherapist and Osteopath) and I will be performing Physical and Functional Assessments at Goodlife Chelsea in December. The sessions are free. Register your interest by filling in the form at Goodlife Chelsea reception or contact Mark on 0414 842584.   Everyone has muscle imbalances. Many are caused by everyday living. However, they […]

Posted November 26, 2014 by Mark in Fitness, Fitness News

Cardio vs Strength Training and Workout

  Here is an interesting article comparing the effectiveness of cardio workouts and strength workouts. Strength wins out in most but not all cases. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/cardio-vs-strength-training-workouts?page=1 And here’s a great circuit workout to try. Many of my clients have commented that they liked this one! 10 Pushups 20 Box Jumps 20 Bodyweight Squats 20 Mountain Climbers […]

Posted November 26, 2014 by Mark in Fitness

Barefoot Running

Great video from Nature about the research into barefoot running. If you’re going to give it a try my suggestion is to start slowly, REALLY slowly! Although you may be able to run 30+ kms I would suggest your first barefoot outings should be 1 km tops. Most people’s calves (and other lower limb muscles) […]

Posted May 10, 2014 by Mark in Fitness

Partial Reps vs Full Reps, or Both?

  Great article on the Bret Contreras (the Glute Guy) web site. Explains the current research results (with references). Well worth a read for the serious exercise enthusiast. http://bretcontreras.com/partial-vs-full-reps-or-both/  

Posted May 7, 2014 by Mark in Fitness

Turkish Getups are tough (but awesome)!

Turkish Getups are tough to do well with a smooth and seamless motion. But they are an awesome full body workout just on their own. However, like any exercise, they require practice and patience and regression. Practice them in stages and perfect each stage. A tip: The placement of your points of contact with the […]

Posted May 6, 2014 by Mark in Fitness

Box Jumps done right

Box jumps are a triple extension power movement. They’re not a test of how high you can raise your knees. They’re great for training, using just your own bodyweight, the same movement pattern to use when doing Cleans and many other powerful movements. Your box jump height is (truly) measured by how high you raise […]

Posted May 6, 2014 by Mark in Fitness

Life is not sagittal

Life is not sagittal? What?? What does sagittal mean? These are the usual responses I get when I talk to people after they’ve seen me training myself and/or clients. There is a component of “Writing 101” about using that phrase. i.e. Write positively, don’t be conditional. The phrase should be “Life is not only or solely sagittal”. I don’t […]

Posted May 6, 2014 by Mark in Fitness

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Check out the Macpherson Fitness Client Area Every Macpherson Fitness client has individualised access to the ptEnhance client area where their exercise programs, videos of exercises and history and other reports of their training are available. There’s also a schedule of Mark’s availability (so you can request training times) and your own training schedule is […]

Posted May 6, 2014 by Mark in Fitness News

Why you must workout

A regular workout is good for many well documented reasons: you look good; you feel good afterwards; you live longer; the chances of succumbing to many modern diseases is reduced; exercise has been shown to grow neurons; stress caused by uncontrollable events in other areas of your life can be alleviated by regular exercise.   […]

Posted February 15, 2014 by Mark in Fitness

The Tragedy of Euan and Kate published

I decided to finish and publish The Tragedy of Euan and Kate first, as part of the Version 2.0 project. Some character alterations were required. As well as some of the plot items. The ending was a bit weak, I thought. It was based on some real life things that happened to me but I […]

Posted September 9, 2013 by Mark in Books & Writing