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4 Reasons Why Small Group Training is so Popular

Posted on Sep 10, 2018 | Mitch Paar

We were recently asked by a journalist to shed some light upon why small group training was becoming so popular and shaping up as one of the real fitness trends of 2019. As you’re no doubt aware, we’re very passionate about the concept and were happy to share the follo...

8 Reasons NOT to have that drink: Alcohol and Training

Posted on Feb 01, 2018 | Mitch Paar

We get it. Plenty of us enjoy an alcoholic beverage on the weekend. Some of us partake on a weeknight too; often many more drinks than we know we should. But what are the impacts to our body from alcohol, beyond an initial warm and fuzzy feeling, followed by misery the...

Training for the long term

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 | Mitch Paar

In Jujitsu the journey from white belt to black belt can take up to 10 plus years. For each graduation, the student needs to show a regular commitment over a long period, a strong understanding of the movements and have the mobility and strength required to progress to...

Strength training for children.

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 | Mitch Paar

Introduction Research shows young athletes can enhance physical performance and reduce their risk of injury when exposed to the appropriate training. It’s imperative that this training stimulus is programmed for the individual and delivered by a qualified coach...

5 Quick Fix Nutrition Tips

Posted on Nov 24, 2017 | Mitch Paar

We all know that a healthy and nutritious diet is integral in keeping the machine that is our body ticking along. As a trainer, I like to my clients to pair strength and conditioning training with an intelligent approach to eating. Of course, we don't always remain on t...

What is Strength and Conditioning ?

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 | Mitch Paar

Strength and conditioning: some truth-bombs As a trainer, I feel that I have an incredibly important responsibility to not only look after our members’ bodies, but also to educate them on what makes for healthy, sustainable training that will achieve their goals. Stre...

5 exercises you should be doing now

Posted on Nov 21, 2017 | Mitch Paar

The following five exercises can be worked into the fitness regimen of almost anyone. They offer a range of benefits in developing strength and conditioning, no matter what baseline you are progressing from. #1: Carry Carries and all variations including farmers carries,...

Group Training vs Personal Training

Posted on Nov 20, 2017 | Mitch Paar

Having provided personal training services for many years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to improve people’s movement - an absolute essential for a healthy life. This has particularly been the case when there is the time and space provided by a one-on-one session betwee...

Quick tip for a strong core #2/3

Posted on Nov 16, 2017 |

Efficient transfer and resist movement (This post follows on from Tip #1 on achieving a strong core) 2) Holding a braced core while limbs are moving. As the core's main job is to transfer energy from arms to leg and vice versa with minimal loss of energy, we train and...

Foundation

Posted on Nov 15, 2017 | Mitch Paar

The base to any strong and impressive structure is to have a well laid out foundation. A strong foundation means structural integrity and moving parts will work as they are intended to without dysfunction. The base at Benchmark Canterbury is our Foundation sessions wi...