• Critical thinking,  Weight control

    Unhealthy weight… me… whatttt?

    For the past five years, I’ve pulled a nasty trick on students taking my college Exercise Prescription course. I’d explain that the assessment for the course included a couple assignments and practicals and a final examination accounted for the other…

  • Gimmicks

    It’s magic?

    If there is one thing in the exercise, sport, physical activity and health world that gets my 10th man activated, it’s unsubstantiated gimmicks. I could throw a whole lot of products into that gimmick basket – nutritional supplements, garments, gadgets,…

  • Performance enhancing drugs

    Steroids on my muesli.

    The recent ‘shocking’ (mock shocked face) revelation in the press that up to 80 Kiwi athletes have been caught up in a PED (performance enhancing drugs) bust is all a little bit disingenuous and very much ‘non-shocking’ – really, this…

  • Exercise adoption,  Exercise prescription

    Landing it!

    I don’t believe there are any magic exercises or quick fix solutions with exercise – I certainly haven’t discovered them yet! But….. there is one fundamental principle that I think is vital for successful exercise – that principle is PERSISTENCE.…

  • Exercise prescription,  Goals,  Media influence

    Wishful thinking.

    When it comes to physical activity and exercise it seems that so many people are never really that satisfied with what they get, or are getting, out of exercise – in fact the statistics would show that most people tend…

  • Media influence

    Zombie apocalypse.

    Ahhh the power of media!! I suspect that it’s made most professionals’ work a lot more challenging. As a 60’s child I grew up in a time when a professional had pretty much sole and protected access to the information…