Paddington Feature Member: Nick Scott

Nick has been a member of Body by Brando for just under a year and has increased both his physical skills and confidence within the group setting in leaps and bounds in that time. Prior to BBB Nick was taking part in a lot of running and HIIT classes but couldn't quite find his groove as the occasional niggle would throw out his consistency. With little experience with Olympic lifting and gymnastics Nick was a bit nervous to join the group classes in fear of “embarrassing myself and being a member of the bottom of the pack”.

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How to prevent the winter flab

Winter is on its way, which means you have 2 options. You can either let it consume you, eat like the world’s ending, let yourself go and stack on 5kg of extra warmth, (resulting in having to work twice as hard through Spring to get it back off). Or you can keep on top of your body composition and enjoy the confidence of rocking a lean and performance-driven frame all year round. The best part is, you don’t have to give up your social life or miss out on your favourite winter comfort foods in the process. Here’s some of our top tips on maintaining a lean physique (even when it’s hidden by layers of peacoats and denim jackets)

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What is the difference between being fit and being healthy?

Health refers to regular metabolism in the absence of sickness. Which is great. You could be a healthy individual with no sickness. But how much wiggle room do you have? Fitness on the other hand, is an extension of health. Still in the absence of sickness and great blood/metabolic markers, however, now with an increased ability to express the 10 physiological adaptations with more efficiency.

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Are there such things as “bad” foods?

Rather than thinking of foods as “good” or “bad,” we should reframe the question to: “Is this particular food suited to my goals at this time?” Are you aiming to eat for health or are you aiming to eat for body composition? This does two things. Firstly, it acknowledges and reinforces your goal. Secondly, it then puts that food/meal in the context of your goal.

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How to break self-sabotaging habits.

How much are you willing to sacrifice in the short-term, for long term satisfaction? We all chase after things we think will make us happier now. But how often do you question whether an action is going to be the best decision for you in the long-term? In certain circumstances, the quickest route to contentment isn’t always the most beneficial for us overall. The concept of sacrificing something immediately satisfying for the potential benefits of something greater in the long-term is known as delayed gratification. It’s all well and good to be aware of the concept of delayed gratification, but how do you get better at it then? Well it’s not easy - just like a muscle being trained, you can develop your ability to do it. But just like training muscles, it’s not miraculously fixed overnight. Here are several, actionable ways to work on improving it.

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5 simple tactics to boost your mental and physical health.

Food is one thing that has evolved massively throughout the last few generations . We transitioned from a diet based in meat, veggies and some fruits to a wide variety of processed food-like substances with artificial flavours and poor nutrient density. Our bodies were developed in adversity. Everyday was a battle to survive and because of that we developed different strategies or tools to stay alive. If it was too cold we would cover our bodies with animal skins or make fire to cook and warm-up ourselves. The seek for pleasure wasn't something free but a strategy to overcome the adversities that we faced daily.

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Paddington Feature Member: Lewis Chan

After weeks of research and contemplation Lewis decided to take the leap! “I had nothing to lose. I was bored with solitary training and doing my own programs which evidently weren't working as I wasn't putting on weight and I kept injuring myself”. Initially coming in with the body composition goal of wanting to increase his lean body mass after months of lockdown, “I was pretty close-minded when I first started. All I wanted was to put on the weight I had lost during lockdown to feel less skinny and more confident”, this eventually shifted to performance goals as his confidence grew.

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Optimising your training around your menstrual cycle

As a female who regularly trains, have you ever considered how your time of the month affects your performance in the gym? If you haven’t, then I hope this blog elucidates the complexity and power of your body, and you walk away becoming more aware of how it operates on a monthly basis, and more importantly, how to use this to your advantage in the gym.

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Waterloo Feature Member: Carly Schutt

Our newest superstar has been with us for just over a year now! Carly leads a busy life, balancing full-time work and study. She’s managed to learn new movements, whilst becoming pain-free and move well through a large range of motion. The results she's garnered from training at BBB has allowed her to live a more energetic lifestyle, and give her an insight as she hopes to move into the health and fitness industry.

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