Coaching

Powerlifting Secret with Gus

By Gus Cooke / December 10, 2019 /

I had the opportunity to talk on the Wolf Den with Mark Ottobre from Enterprise Fitness straight after coaching at the biggest stage in the world of powerlifting ProRaw Big Dogs & Wild Cats. Full episode below… here is what they had to say; In this episode, powerlifting athlete and coach, Gus Cooke joins us…

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Breathing, Bracing and Building Tension

By Gus Cooke / October 2, 2018 /

The quality of our movement during the bench is dictated by we are able to maintain tension. Barebones, without any muscles, are nothing but a stack of bones. Without the continuous collaboration of the 29 pairs of muscles that make up our trunk and the fascia that holds them together the weight of our upper…

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Podcast: Females on Steroids with Victoria Felkar

By Gus Cooke / August 23, 2018 /

In todays episode of the Muscle Nerd Podcast we have a special guest, Victoria Felkar. She is world leading researcher in womens’s health and female hormone manipulation within sport and medicine. She is a practitioner, consultant, author and educator. She has spoken all over the world including the great SWIS symposium in Canada. She has…

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The Importance Of Having a Coach

By Pip Brown / July 11, 2017 /

The importance of having an expert coach! Over the weekend at QLD State Championships, it was brought to my attention that this is something I have taken for granted. I competed on Saturday at Valhalla, did an easy 8kg cut to make weight, got a couple of PB’s, qualified for Nationals and came out with 1st place…

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Like in all industries, not all advocates are wise

By Leoni Smith / June 13, 2017 /

A few weeks ago, I experienced a situation that struck a cord with me, an issue which I am very passionate about, and low and behold, here I am writing this blog on a sunday morning at 5am! A client, and long standing friend of mine, was approached by another apparent “PT”, which is not…

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The man who chases two rabbits doesn’t eat

By Gus Cooke / March 14, 2017 /

“The man who chases two rabbits doesn’t eat”. I heard this quote a long time ago in a podcast from Dr. Lonnie Lowry, and it has stuck with me since. To me, this quote brilliantly sums up the importance of proper goal setting.

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Optimal Vs. Functional

By Gus Cooke / March 9, 2017 /

In our industry, we see a lot of people going about things the wrong way. A common problem we see comes down to the issue of whether to use the optimal technique or the most functional method. Let me explain what I mean by this. Optimal describes a method or technique that is, in theory,…

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About Leoni

By Leoni Smith / November 21, 2016 /

I began my journey into serious strength training 2 years ago. In a way, this was the destination on a long journey of different training modalities and sporting experiences. I played sport all through my teens and 20’s and with every different sport, I committed wholeheartedly to the training protocols but always found that they…

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Functional Movement

By Annie Short / May 18, 2016 /

Moving functionally has arguably become the biggest fitness craze of the last decade. Everyone has a different perception of the term ‘functional movement’, some ranging far from Oxford Dictionary’s original definition of ‘functional’. As with anything like this, I believe the best approach is one coming from experience, with applied scientific knowledge and logical reasoning. Naturally, this…

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