Strong is Amazing

Wanting to look slimmer or wanting to lose unwanted body fat is great in my mind. A drop of unwanted body fat is healthy, lowers risk of many diseases and improves quality of life. For most men, a body fat of 15 to 18% is healthy and attainable. For most women, a body fat of 20 to 24% is healthy and also attainable. How to get skinnier is a not a question I like. Anyone can starve themselves skinny, but that will result in a loss of strength, function, longevity, health and a host of other benefits that being strong and fit brings. The question I prefer is, “how do I get stronger and leaner?”

Of course the answer is to exercise and eat better but there is more to it.

A suitable exercise plan must involve strength training before interval training. If all you have is 2 hours a week, that time needs to be prioritised on getting stronger with the safest movements that stimulate the most amount of muscle mass. No ‘isolation’ exercises. Think big hitters like squats, bench press, pull ups, and some tricep and bicep specific movements (can’t forget the arms!)

If more time is available, then interval training can be added. To encourage the body to burn as much stored body fat as possible, the correct style of high intensity repeat training should be employed. Yet again, this must be the safest choice of exercise to get out of breath with.

Eat Eat Eat…

Nutrition must be the most contentious subject when we start to talk about fat loss. However, the most effective solution is also the simplest. Eat real food. Eat for your goals. Nutrient dense vegetables in abundance. Fruit is not evil. Seriously, no one ever has become obese eating strawberries or tomatoes! Protein in all its variation should be eaten often. The exact quantities depends on the individual.

The Amazing 12 Brisbane is a finely tuned program that delivers all the above. Exercise selection, nutrition and programming is optimised for the individual, for every single week and session of the 12 week program.

The results deliver not just fat loss, but athleticism in every participant.

#1 Optimisation of Exercise Technique – We’ll show you step-by-step the optimal (and required) techniques and their subtleties to master each exercise and minimise risk of injury even as you progress through higher and higher strength levels.

#2 Optimisation of Nutrition – The food you eat is very personal and if you battle through hunger or if your body craves something that’s missing, you will suffer needlessly. And then you’ll stop and eat what you want. The stakes are higher when it comes to fitness programs because the diet versus exercise debate has traditionally accepted the view that “It’s 90% diet.” We’ll teach you how the reality is that it’s actually 90% training when it comes to a body TRANSFORMATION (sounds bogus we know, but look at our results…we’ve proved it and we’ll prove it again and again). 

#3 Optimisation of Exercise Programming – Great technique and great nutrition are not enough. For optimal results, you need optimal programming. And since the vast majority of programs out there do not get results (and most fitness coaches fail to deliver results for their clients), something is clearly broken with fitness programming.  The main problem is the accepted view of “no pain, no gain.” It’s inspiring talk, but it’s no way to get long term results and is physiologically counter-productive. The reality is “Any pain, no gain.”! To perpetuate progress we shouldn’t leave our comfort zone…we should EXPAND it until it envelopes our previous limits.

Check out the Amazing Upper Back development on this client.

Want to know more? Want to get Amazing? Want to get stronger and leaner? Get in touch.

I’m always happy to answer your questions, so get in touch.

Jamie

www.amazing12brisbane.com.au

Crawlebration Day 2

Yesterday I introduced setting up for basic crawling along with a healthy wrist mobility video.

Today – let’s get moving.

#crawlvlog #crawlebration#albanycreeksbestgym #originalstrength #crawlforhealth #crawlstrong #fitstrongbrisbane #merrychristmas 

The Results Magic Bullet

Whether it’s flossing your teeth, preparing meals, daily movement or gym time… consistency is the magic bullet. #timanderson #originalstrength #movewellmoveoften #movingisliving

Transformations for the Busy, Every Day Person

Visitors to the Amazing 12 transformation gallery often assume the before and after photos are of people with athletic backgrounds, or they are fitness models or that they have heaps of disposable time to dedicate to food preparation and gym time. 

The reality is, every one of the people you see in the transformation gallery are everyday people, with jobs, families and other elements to their lives that take up time. 

They are special people though. Each and every A12 participant has chosen to change their lifestyle and how they feel about themselves both physically and visually. 

Some of these people had been going to the gym but never quite got the results, working very hard, maybe too hard, only to feel inadequate in their ability to get results. They believed it impossible for anyone to achieve significant natural gains in strength, muscle gain, fat loss, and cardiovascular conditioning simultaneously in ANY period of time– let alone in 12 weeks… until they graduated the Amazing 12.

What a client said about starting:

‘I needed to make changes in my life as I was not happy about the way I looked, and felt I did not represent the person I felt inside.’

And if you’re thinking about starting… ‘Go for it!!! You will definitely not regret it, it was not a hard program like you’d imagine and you will feel so much better for doing it.’ – Vivienne

If you’ve got the passion to change how you feel about yourself and want help and a realistic pain free program, book in NOW to discuss the details of the Amazing 12. I am building the 2022 list now, with the first participants starting January 10th. 

www.amazing12brisbane.com.au 

Meet The Real You In 2022

I am looking for a small number of people in the Albany Creek 4035 area who want to transform how they look and feel.

The Amazing 12 will show you how to release your UNLIMITED potential without drugs, gimmicks, and most importantly, without PAIN.

The A12 delivers an unprecedented body transformation in a surprisingly short period of time, every time, no matter your age, experience or genetics.

The A12 will start on Monday 10th January 2022 and be complete on Saturday 2nd April 2022.

🔻LEARN MORE AND SET UP A CONSULTATION HERE 🔻

www.amazing12brisbane.com.au

The A12 program delivers and advanced system of optimal nutrition, optimal exercise choices, optimal techniques and optimal programming that is tuned to your ability for every single training session.

What clients have to say…

Vivienne: ‘The program and the diet were surprisingly achievable even after a tiring day at work. I was so happy with how the results gave me more confidence in my appearance and loved the compliments I received. I look forward to doing the program again to see what else I can achieve’.

Bashier: ‘I love the disciplined approach to the whole program but I can’t believe how how easy and reasonable it has been to follow. No pain, clear instructions and a private gym to workout in’. I’ve lost over 6kg and I’m only half way through the program’!

What you get:

✅ Professional 12 week program

✅ 1 technique week

✅ Private, safe, clean gym

✅ Realistic and achievable results

✅ Advanced coaching and support throughout

✅ Sustainable habits once the program is complete

✅ Before & After Photoshoot to see how much you’ve achieved

❌ No fad diets or unsustainable lifestyle

❌ No starvation

❌ No egos, shouting or negativity

❌ No soul destroying workouts

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To secure a place, you will need to:

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• invest in yourself for 12 weeks

• be able to train 3 x per week for 45 minutes

• bring a positive attitude and motivation to change yourself

• be coached to train at sustainable efforts (no training to failure)

• be willing to learn technical excellence in the exercises involved

If this is you, click through to the A12 Brisbane website to arrange your FREE consultation.

🔻ARRANGE YOUR CONSULTATION HERE🔻

www.amazing12brisbane.com.au

Crawlebration

If you have difficulty with general movement, coordination, restrictions and perhaps some nagging pains and recurring injuries, maybe uneasy undertaking some tasks, it may be down to an out of use reflexive strength aka your Original Strength.

Not to worry, reflexive strength can be restored with some practice, especially with one movement!

‘Crawling can help you restore your original strength you were meant to have and unlock strength in many areas of your life.’

Not only will your physical strength and movement improve, your acuity will improve, your mood will boost and you’ll feel more capable and resilient to other physical demands of day-to-day life.

To quote Tim Anderson, co-founder of Original Strength, ‘it feels good to feel good’.

Throughout December I’d like to celebrate what crawling can give us with a festival of daily crawling.

FOLLOW MY BLOG TO JOIN THIS CELEBRATION

Each day I’ll share a short video blog or a ‘crawl vlog’ to demonstrate various crawling methods and levels to offer something for everyone, because e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e can benefit from crawling.

All I ask in return for my gift to you, is that you share the daily crawlvlog on social media, perhaps with the following hashtags for good measure, plus your own of course.

#crawlvlog #crawlebration #albanycreeksbestgym #originalstrength #crawlforhealth #crawlstrong #fitstrongbrisbane #merrychristmas

Why Do we Practice ‘Get Ups’?

Squat, deadlift, push, pull and various body bracing activities might be the meat and potatoes of our programs for strength.

BUT, I also add in the spices so to speak. Practicing various forms or jumping, crawling and getting up from the floor adds spice to our movement vocabulary and prepares us for when we might actually need the skill… it’s also great fun to play with these physical movements!

Falls, trips and accidents happen, whether during sport or day to day life. But did you know that many people just don’t know what to do when falls happen – they don’t know how to get up when injured, how to crawl or carry themselves to safety or to get help.

Practicing these simple movements, moving us from standing to the ground and back up not only make us stronger and fitter, but better prepare us for ‘woopsadaisies’.

Here’s a quick time-lapse practice.

The Hierarchy of Exercise for Fat Loss

EXERCISING FOR FAT LOSS takes time, but don’t let time STOP you.

If low on time, prioritise the Big Strength Movements for sets of more than 5 but less than 20 reps.

If you’ve got more time, add short 5-10 min interval sessions with safe ‘go-hard’ movements.

Got more time, add daily (or most days of the week) simple aerobic activities.

Nutrition is important – keep it simple and just eat natural proteins, carbs and lots of vegetables.

The Dad-Bod redefined

As a personal trainer I have always put my clients needs ahead of mine and found it easy to hide my own wobbly waist under baggy T-shirts and singlets. Deep down though, I felt guilty for not putting my best, more inspiring self forward to lead by example to my clients. 

My business ‘had’ mostly focused on helping people gain strength and movement skills, like lifting heavy stuff, headstands and joint health. All great activities, but I had avoided going down the weight loss path for many reasons. We’re not a judgemental gym. We celebrate good food, whiskey and wine as well as movement.

However, 2021 showed me that there are a growing number of people who gained some Covid kilos! It was time to face the proverbial elephant in the room – no, not me! It was time to start reaching out to offer some new assistance.

In early winter – July 2021- I decided to sign up and dive into some very deep study with the worlds most successful transformation program The Amazing 12

The Amazing 12 – click for more transformations

The A12 training mantra follows a similar model to my own PT business in that it is not a beat-down program. The A12 program supports reasonable, repeatable efforts that in fact,  does not stress the body to change, but encourages the body to progress by expanding the bodies comfort zone. 

It’s such a well designed program that people up to 70 years of age have graduated and many other people graduate and then restart another wave again. It’s so reasonable and effective that participants can follow it on a continual basis! Not many, if any transformation programs can claim that.

Immediately after successfully certifying I undertook the 12 week program myself. 

Our photographer took the before photos which was a reality check! I had appeared to embrace the dad bod a bit too much. 

My job over 12 weeks was to follow the training and nutrition program as best I could to re-define the ‘dad bod’. 

Quickly it became apparent that the program was even more special than the study made it out to be. The Amazing 12 founder, Paul McIlroy, is a genius with training program mathematics and this was very clear as every session smoothly progressed without ever feeling stressed or under pressure. The nutrition plan too was very simple to follow. It’s what I call a non-diet as it focuses on building a healthier, well rounded relationship with natural foods. Supplements were not even needed. 

The A12 is not just about the six pack. The program really does help trainees build a healthier relationship with exercise techniques, appropriate intensities, training consistency and of course, not overcomplicating nutrition. Additionally, the A12 is a performance program. Whilst my own 5rep max Squat increased to a 30 rep ‘sub-max’, my Bench Press 10 rep max increased by 10kg even though I never worked that hard. My wife, also a graduate, increased her 10rm Bench Press by 75%!!! She also added 55% to her 5 rep max Squat… but did it for 30 reps haha – my wife is a legend. But, this all proves the A12 adds real strength as well as body fat loss.

Having just graduated the program last week, I am happy to share my Before and After photos as I am very proud of my accomplishment. I never thought I could lose 11kg or get a hint of a six-pack, but here’s the evidence. By the way, I’m not that guy who normally whips his shirt off in public, so my sharing these photos is justice to my pride in accomplishing graduation as well as being an Amazing 12 Instructor.

I am now working with a small group of people in Brisbane who are on track to achieve similar awesome results just in time for Christmas. Then it will be time again to launch another 12-week wave for the successful applicants.

APPLICATIONS

If you are keen to transform your physique, strength and fitness, head over to Amazing 12 Brisbane for more information and to book a chat. Maybe you want to redefine the dad bod too… or mom bod.