Hip Hinge: The Fundamental Movement | GEORGE MENELAOU

Hip Hinge: The Fundamental Movement | GEORGE MENELAOU
Mar 13, 2018
by ASP Admin

7 MAIN MOVEMENTS required per week to round out your program in ALL the fundamental movements of life.
1. Hinge
2. Squat
3. Lunge
4. Push
5. Pull
6. Carry
7. Gait

The Hip Hinge or Hinge Movement is a fundamental movement pattern involved in flexion and extension of the hip, this involves what we call the “Posterior Chain” muscles to act in unison in order to extend the hip. The muscles that are involved in a Hip Hinge, though not limited to this, are the erector spinae, lattissimus dorsi, trapezius muscles, quadratus lomborum, glute muscles, hamstring muscles, calves, rear deltoids, and rotator cuff. 

– Clean Grip BB Deadlift
– Snatch Grip BB Deadlift
– Sumo BB Deadlift
– Romanian Barbell Deadlift
– Deficit Deadlifts
– Rack Pulls
– Block Deadlifts
– Chain Deadlifts
– Resistance Band Deadlifts

– Deadlift Isometrics
– Sumo Stance Romanian Barbell Deadlift
– Romanian Dumbbell Deadlift
– Hex Bar Deadlifts
– Good Mornings
– Back Extensions
– Reverse Hypers
– Snatch Variations
– Clean Variations
– Kettlebell Swings

Just look at all of these exercises variations! These can all be easily manipulated with things like tempo, pauses, range adjustments, and 1 and 1/2 or 1 and 1/4 reps. A Bodybuilding Deadlift is very different to a Weightlifting Deadlift and THAT is also very different to a Powerlifting Deadlift.

The position for the first 3 deadlifts varies depending on a person’s goal, program, size, and levers. This will dictate start, mid and end position. How these exercises are used in programs is dependent on the client and their needs. Are they hypertrophy based, performance based or strength based?

a) It taxes the nervous system more than any other movement
b) It is normally done poorly due to weakness usually through hamstring muscles
c) Unlocking your hip flexors, activating your glutes and mobilising your spine will improve your lifts

Get to work!

Is going all in stopping your results? | PATRICK HAMMES

Is going all in stopping your results? | PATRICK HAMMES
Mar 4, 2018
by ASP Admin

When it comes to striving for a health, fitness or lifestyle goal, there’s one type of mindset that consistently stops people from achieving what they want: the all or nothing mindset. As the name suggests, you have two options: 1) you go all out and do everything you’re supposed to do, or 2) you don’t do any of it. There’s no grey area. Before I continue I want to say that sometimes, an all or nothing mindset can be beneficial. For example, if you’re an athlete or fitness competitor preparing for a competition you may need to go all out for a short period of time. Or, you may have an event (e.g. reunion, wedding, Stereosonic) and being stricter on your goals is necessary. But for the person looking for long term, sustainable health, and being happy with their body, then all or nothing thinking can keep you stuck where you don’t want to be.

All or nothing thinkers tend to pile on their to-do list and go 100% all out and remain 100% perfect for the entire duration. They will overhaul their entire diets, their routine, hit the gym X number of days a week, and make sure that this plan is executed to a T.

But what happens if an all or nothing thinker slips up? Well, for an all or nothing thinker, one slip up usually means game over. For the next few meals, day, or even days, it’s a free for all of pizza, chocolate, crisps, cake and some beverage that’s pretty good at cleaning coins. The thinking behind it is generally “well, I already messed up, so what’s the point?”

For some the thinking gets a little more extreme. I’ve come across individuals who refused to make ANY lifestyle changes (no matter how small) until their life circumstances (work, home life, etc.) allowed them to go all out. Of course, this never happens.

As you can probably imagine, all or nothing thinking has a pretty high failure rate, but only because it sets you up for failure from the start. Firstly, by tackling too many changes, it opens up a lot of room for error. If there’s one thing we know about habits, it’s that they can be extremely difficult to change. One habit alone can be a monumental task that requires long term diligence to break or recreate. Secondly, because all or nothing thinking demands perfection, and because no one can be perfect all the time, eventually you will slip up somewhere. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when, and when it happens it’s usually wrought with feelings of guilt, stress and self-criticism.

In my experience, the people who succeed in the long term are people who understand that it’s not about doing everything perfectly, it’s about doing better. Better doesn’t mean better in a big way (at least not right away); it can mean being better by even the smallest step. For some people, the first step might be ‘get to the gym X number of times a week’. Forget about nutrition at this stage, it’s too much to handle right now. Once they achieve getting to the gym regularly then they can focus on something new. Maybe preparing home cooked dinners 3 times a week, instead of having takeaway. Once they master that, they could step it up to 5 or more nights a week. The point here is that the changes can be small and happen one at a time. There is no change that is too small as long the change is for the better. It is also much easier to succeed with a habit change when the change is small and easily achievable… and it’s empowering when you master the change and move on to a new one.

Probably the most important thing to remember for anyone looking to form healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits is that if you stray from the path once in a while, it’s okay! Focus on getting back on track as quickly as possible. However, if you do find yourself going off track too frequently, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the change. Perhaps choose another change or dumb down the current one (e.g. instead of “I will stretch every day” change it to “I will stretch 3 times a week). You’d be surprised, some changes will require other changes along the way. For example, doing more meal prepping may mean having to plan more grocery runs. That’s TWO changes in one!

If you think you’re an all or nothing thinker, it’s important to catch yourself out when you’re doing it. Changing a mindset is not always easy but being aware of how you think and the steps your mind takes can be half the battle won. At the end of the day, the main thing to remember is that perfection doesn’t exist, and trying to strive for it only breeds stress, anxiety and, in some cases, depression. As long as you are striving to do better—step by step—you will always know that you are heading in the right direction.

Patrick Hammes
ASP Coach

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Top 4 supplements for getting lean | MITCH MCKENZIE

Top 4 supplements for getting lean | MITCH MCKENZIE
Feb 27, 2018
by ASP Admin

One common question I get asked time and time again from friends and clients is which supplement is most important for fat loss and do I really need to supplement if I eat a healthy diet full of protein, fruits and vegetables?

Firstly, it must be understood that supplements are named so due to that fact that they are designed to ‘supplement’ not replace a nutritious diet. This means that you cannot expect a supplement to work effectively if you have not first managed factors such as total calorie intake and macronutrients (i.e you definitely cannot out-supplement a poor diet).

Although the following supplements will assist most of the general population to improve their body composition, the focus should always be primarily on structured eating and a well-designed fat loss training program.

Do you really need to supplement if you follow a healthy diet?

In today’s society, even with a diet full of whole foods, there are still nutrients that we probably lack. This is due to commercial farming methods of animals, fruits, and veg, increased pollution, and poor soil quality which in turn reduces the levels of vitamins and minerals in our food.


Magnesium is a mineral that affects over 300 processes in the body and a deficiency can lead to an array of problems such as poor sleep, metabolic problems and stress.

  • Magnesium reduces the effects of cortisol by boosting the hormone DHEA
  • Magnesium reduces inflammation by boosting the immune system
  • Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. If taken before bed, can improve sleep quality which will enhance recovery
  • Magnesium increases insulin sensitivity which is the key hormone involved in fat loss


Fish oil is an extremely anabolic supplement and is used by the body for many different health benefits. Since this article is strictly focused on fat loss, we will focus on those.

  • High intake of Omega 3s has been studied to show improvements in body composition by turning on fat burning genes in the body and turning off fat storing ones.
  • Omega 3s work to increase testosterone-cortisol ratio in the body which helps fight stress
  • Fish oil has potent anti-inflammatory effects on the body as inflammation is associated with fat gain and obesity.


Research shows that if you have low vitamin D, you will be more likely to be overweight and have less muscle mass.

  • Low Vitamin D levels lead to fat storage and increased inflammation in the body
  • Low Vitamin D levels influence insulin sensitivity in the body which increases risk of not only gaining weight but also risk of diabetes.
  • Research shows that men with adequate levels of vitamin D have higher levels of testosterone


  • Zinc is critical for optimal hormone production, increasing healthy levels of testosterone and growth hormone, which help promote the development of muscle mass
  • Zinc also helps increase the muscle sensitivity to insulin
  • Zinc has super antioxidant effects, protecting the body against free radical damage which causes inflammation

Mitch McKenzie
ASP Coach

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Why you should never stop learning | KATHERINE GOFF

Why you should never stop learning | KATHERINE GOFF
Feb 22, 2018
by ASP Admin

University and tertiary education is no longer the be all and end all when it comes to being an industry leader. A qualification does not guarantee expertise, and experience is becoming much more valuable across all sectors.

Perhaps you are a personal trainer. You completed the basic courses to become certified and now you take short courses to keep your certification.

Constant learning is key, but more importantly, it’s important to understand who you are learning from, and whether they are teaching you quality content that has seen proven results. Why would you want to learn from a personal trainer or educator who does not walk the walk or has no experience? There are many courses available that are certified, but are you getting your money’s worth? At the end of the day, finding a quality company or educator with a wealth of knowledge and experience is worth the extra research, when you consider the impact on your own training, your business, and your client’s wellbeing.

Perhaps you are a client. You never knew that your personal trainer spends thousands of dollars every year to remain qualified and keep up with current research to ensure your progress and success.

Invest in a personal trainer who will invest in themselves. A winning bodybuilding competitor is not always going to know more or know how to apply knowledge more. Having said that, it is important to find someone who has applied and understands their own training methods. When finding someone who you trust with your health and fitness goals, you should be confident that they have had results with their clients and want the same for you. It may also be worthwhile educating yourself so that you have a solid foundation to keep you on track. There are plenty of courses available for the general population, and may even give you a foot in the door of the fitness industry…

Entry level personal training courses teach basic fitness instruction. If you want to go beyond and have a deeper understanding, studying exercise, nutrition, psychology, health, and business from industry leaders is key. If you are looking for courses in 2018, Australian Strength Performance has released the dates for the next few months of courses worldwide, and we are excited to be speaking at many conferences this year. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for updates!

Katherine Goff
Marketing & Content Manager

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5 Healthy Eating Guidelines For Beginners | SHARON LEE

5 Healthy Eating Guidelines For Beginners | SHARON LEE

Feb 11, 2018
by ASP Admin



When it comes to getting optimal results for yourself or for clients, specificity to training and nutrition always breeds the best results. That is, training and nutrition should always be specific to the person. But with everyone being their own individual person with individual needs it can be confusing to know what will work for one person and not another person. How many carbs can you have? Do you carb cycle? Will intermittent fasting work for you or will it mess up your hormones? What about if it fits your macros (IIFYM)? What macro portions should you have? Will taking fish oil help you lose fat like it did for person X?

You can ask a hundred questions and depending on what your goals are, there can be a hundred questions that you could look at. A professional athlete or a physique competitor will often need an expert to give them nutrition and lifestyle advice, but for most people, nutrition doesn’t need to be overly complicated. At the end of the day, nutrition is often quite simple for most people; it’s the daily habits and routines that complicate things.

Having said that, I do understand that not everyone aims to compete in a physique competition or join a sporting event. Some of you may have just decided to start your healthy lifestyle and are simply looking to hit the gym and clean up your food.

If you are a beginner just hopping on the fitness wagon and aren’t too sure where to start your nutrition, here are 5 healthy eating guidelines you can follow to make sure all your hard work in the gym pays off.

1. Don’t get caught up in what worked for someone else.

The first thing you should understand when it comes to healthy eating, is that no one diet is going to work for everyone. The diet that the fitness model on Instagram model raved about for months may not work for you. Track your diet and then make changes based on what works and what doesn’t work. Track and experiment until you find something that works for YOU.

2. Eat whole, natural foods.

Whether or not you believe in eating meat, dairy or grains, your diet needs to revolve around whole, natural foods. The more local and organically produced you eat, the better (but not completely necessary, cost can be a factor). Cut out processed food and foods with a hundred different ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. Cook as much as you can with whole foods.

3. Don’t fall for labels.

Just because something says “All-Natural,” “Low Fat,” or “Gluten-Free,” doesn’t mean it is healthy or good for you. Do not fall for labels that are just meant to sell you a product. Stick with whole, natural foods as much as you can and read the ingredient list to determine for yourself if something is healthy.

4. Keep it simple!

All too often we overcomplicate our diets. We get stuck on tons of small details when we don’t even have the main pillars of our diet set. Start with the basics. Then worry about the details. When we get bogged down in the details, we get overwhelmed and generally give up on our diet. Pick out a few healthy foods you enjoy and build your diet around them. Pick out recipes around these foods. Try to pick recipes that require many of the same ingredients so your grocery list is short and simple. Keep it simple but also learn to add in a little variety every once in a while to prevent you from falling into a rut with your diet.

5. Preparation is key.

When we aren’t prepared, we give ourselves an excuse to deviate from what we know we SHOULD be doing. Meal prep and planning are extremely important especially when starting a new healthy diet. The easiest way to be prepared is to cook meals that make more than one serving so that you have leftovers for later that week. Preparation is also key for when you travel and even plan to eat out. Decide ahead of time how you are going to eat. Are you going to “cheat?” Or are you going to stick to your diet? If you make up your mind ahead of time, you will have an easier time not deviating from your plan. A great way to prep for trips or meals out with friends is to look at the menus or at least know what your basic healthy options are when you dine out. The more you can prepare yourself for different situations, the better off you will be. Being happy with your decision is also key even if you aren’t completely prepared. If you do end up cheating, don’t regret it. Enjoy and get right back on track the next meal!


Sharon Lee
Operations Manager


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Grip: Pinch Grip Reverse Curls | BEN SIONG

Grip: Pinch Grip Reverse Curls | BEN SIONG

Feb 5 , 2018 
by ASP Admin


I love my grip toys. For one, grip strength is one of the most underrated factors in elbow and shoulder stability and strength, and is often what limits our pressing and pulling progress. Secondly, a set of well-developed guns can only be built on the foundation of strong forearms.

So, to cap off a session, I squeezed a few of these pinch grip reverse curls into my routine. The focus here was on keeping an isometric contraction in wrist pronation while taxing the brachioradialis in a reverse curl.

The majority of the exercises focusing on bicep growth stresses the supinated position – of course, given that the biceps brachii is a strong supinator. However, a lack of wrist loading in the pronated position will lead to muscular imbalances, weakness and eventual pain in the elbow joint, that may radiate to the shoulders and neck.

This simple exercise is a great way to balance out the forearms and promote bicep growth. By utilising a pinch grip on a dumbbell in a reverse curl, I’m also overloading the weakest point on strength curve of the biceps and exposing my nervous system to a different stimulus – doubling as a plateau breaker. Win-win!

Benjamin Siong
Founder and Master Strength Coach



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Aug 15 , 2017 
by ASP Admin



Director Ben recently competed in the WBFF Australia Sydney 2017 show and we are extremely proud of his journey! Here’s two videos to highlight part of his journey pre comp and post comp! Enjoy! 🙂



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5 Winter Essentials to Stacking on Lean Mass | BEN SIONG

5 Winter Essentials to Stacking on Lean Mass | BEN SIONG

July 19 , 2017 
by ASP Admin



5 Winter Essentials to Stacking on Lean Mass

It’s that time of the year again where gym warriors start their annual ritual of ‘bulking up’.  With little opportunity to display the lean, chiseled six-pack forged over summer, winter has become a popular season for stacking on mass, building strength and a seemingly good excuse to be more relaxed with the diet. However, this ideal is often plagued with multiple challenges. Statistics have shown that the colder, gloomy months also promote a loss of workout motivation, an over-indulgence in carbohydrates, alcohol and comfort foods, as well as an increased likelihood of falling sick.

As such, keeping on top of your game over winter is crucial. Often, this can mean more than just working out and increasing your overall macronutrient intake. Because of the way foods are grown, manufactured and packaged nowadays, there is a loss of vital micronutrients, like vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, that play a pivotal role in our muscular development and optimal health. The lack of these dietary essentials can stagnate your muscle-building efforts in the gym and set-you back for the upcoming summer.

So, if you are looking to avoid muscle-building plateaus and maximize your gains in the coming months, you will need to ensure that your diet continues to include a good balance of essential nutrients. Here are 5 key essentials that are guaranteed to help you build lean mass, optimize fat burn and keep you motivated in the weight room.



Vitamin D

This vitamin has been identified to have receptor sites within all of the body’s cells, making it crucial for life itself. In addition, research has also shown that supplementing your diet with vitamin D can help increase the size and strength of type 2 muscle fibers (these are fast-twitched muscle fibers most prone to growth), boost testosterone levels in men and maximize the body’s ability to build lean muscle mass. Vitamin D additionally helps in the elevation of mood, which is why we feel so much more motivated to train when it’s nice and sunny outside.

As Vitamin D is produced by the body’s response to direct sunlight, it’s more than likely that we will not produce enough of this vitamin throughout the winter moths. Ensure your levels are topped up and maintained by consuming a vitamin D supplement, two to three times per week and in larger doses.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant, and has been shown to boost immune health, a factor that is directly correlated to one’s ability to build muscle. What’s more, by adding a minimum of 2 grams of vitamin C to your post workout shake, you can effectively reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and aid muscle recovery. Numerous studies have also linked supplementation of vitamin C to increased levels of testosterone production, making it not just an anti-catabolic, but also an anabolic agent.


It is estimated that about 70% of our neurotransmitters are manufactured within our gut. From Serotonin, which regulates our mood, appetite and sexual function, to Neuropeptide Y, which influences our food choices and overall motivation, our gut is central to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. By maintaining optimal gut function with a good, resistant probiotic, we are able to facilitate effective absorption of nutrients for muscle growth, as well as maintain a high level of motivation for training.


Many of us do not consume enough zinc, especially from our diets. Zinc has a pivotal role to play in effective digestion and nutrient absorption. It also greatly influences the production of testosterone, a primary muscle-building hormone. Furthermore, zinc also acts as a primary aromatase agent, preventing free testosterone from converting into estrogen, a female hormone, within the body.


Carnitine is responsible for transporting fat into the cell to be used by the mitochondria (energy producing centres of the cell) in the production of energy. The increase of muscle carnitine levels has been shown to decrease visceral belly fat, improve performance by clearing lactate levels and maximize the body’s anabolic processes. It also helps with the body’s ability to handle sugar, and can thus acts as a buffer to the sugar spikes caused by those heavy carb meals over winter.

Acetyl-L carnitine, among other forms of carnitine, is the only form of carnitine to cross the blood-brain barrier and is best used as a brain energiser and mood elevator.

A carnitine supplement is best consumed pre-workout, and works best when it contains at least two different forms of carnitine so as to ensure optimal absorption and utilization by the body. Additionally, if you are aiming to fat burn, take in equal proportions of carnitine with an omega-3 oil, like a high quality fish oil.


Written by

Benjamin Siong

Founder and Master Strength Coach

Australian Strength Performance


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Sissy Squats | BEN SIONG

Sissy Squats | BEN SIONG

July 19 , 2017 
by ASP Admin





The sissy squat is a great tool to zone in on VMO development, aka, the tear drop muscle that serves as a critical stabiliser for knee extension, overall knee capsule stability and speed development.

Here Director Ben is using the sissy squat as a finisher to his leg routine. Trust us, at the end of the session, just body weight itself is more than enough!

To ensure you exhaust all your fibres maximally, start by leaning your torso backwards to increase the loading on the eccentric movement. Once exhausted, immediately follow that with a ‘drop-set’ with more reps, now with your body closer to the pivot point, thus making the exercise easier.
This mechanical advantage technique effectively allows you to use your body position to change the loading without having to change the actual weight used 👌🏼💪🏻.

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Paused Deadlifts | SHERYL LEE

Paused Deadlifts | SHERYL LEE

July 19 , 2017 
by ASP Admin






Paused Deadlifts – 120kg x 3.


Few things in life are more distressing than a long insufferable strength plateau. These Paused Deadlifts are currently one of Coach Sheryl favourite deadlift assistance exercises.\

She performed these in a descending rep scheme – 7 7 5 5 3 3. Sheryl was a bit more conservative with the weights here. The focus, instead, was on maintaining perfect positioning in the pause – hard quasi-isometric lat contraction and a nice neutral spine. What was meant to be a full 1-sec pause was more a 0.6 – time goes a lot quicker in our head sometimes.

Effectively, this increases the time under tension at your weakest point in the lift, and hence forces you to stay tight to control the weight.

Give these a go! You’ll find that once you slap the weight back on the bar, your technique on regular deadlifts will feel much crisper 👌


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Tips to Improve Your Sleep | BRAYDON CADD

Tips to Improve Your Sleep | BRAYDON CADD

July 19 , 2017 
by ASP Admin



Tips to Improve Your Sleep





Feeling  stressed?

How’s your sleep?

Do you even relax bro?

Your priorities are wrong.


If you have limited money/time/effort supplements, put invest in your recovery.
Training hard and performing day in and day out is easy when you feel good.


Here’s a few of my favs in constant rotation:


– Magnesium, fixes everything. Fact. I personally take  Bioceuticals Muscleze and GABAmag from Trilogy Nutrition.

– Melatonin; darkness signaler in the body, also helps to reset/force adaptations in body clock. Has been shown to have some links to depression in people who are deficient in it.

– Inositol: a carb which functions as a powerful adaptogen, meaning it’s very effective and returning the body to baseline. Whether that mean turning down arousal or helping bump up energy! Also, some studies have shown Inositol to be as good, or better than both placebos and even as anti-depressants!

-Bonus points: As always, pro and pre biotics, because gut health is everything!

Also, try downloading flux on you laptop, or turning on the night mode on your phone before bed. It’s not as good as no electronic devices, but everything helps!

Remember, sleep is everything everyone!



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Your choices, your mistakes, your lessons- Your Growth | SHARON LEE

Your choices, Your mistakes, Your lessons- Your Growth | SHARON LEE

July 10 , 2017 
by ASP Admin



Your choices, Your mistakes, Your lessons- Your Growth



Have you ever woken up in the morning questioning yourself and your capabilities? Why do you what you do? Are you good enough? Do you have what it takes to achieve your goals?


You made a mistake or you tripped up in work, life, or love. You’ve said the wrong thing, or didn’t come through with your end of the bargain.


You think, how did I let that happen? I can’t believe I did that, again. If only I could turn back time and undo them.



These aren’t the greatest feelings, it’s true. However, we live our lives in irony. Though we dislike how we feel having just tripped up, we continue to beat ourselves up way after the fact.


We cause our own suffering. Furthermore, we seem to forget that when we make mistakes, we grow. An atmosphere of growth is integral to happiness. So create happiness by seeing mistakes as true growth opportunities.


Although we have been told to live in the moment, I say we are not just living the present moment.


We are very much our past experiences and choices as well. Every choices we made leads us to who we are today and we must learn to use our past mistakes to yield a shiny new perspective and, in turn, create a new outcome. If we allow them, our mistakes can fuel our awareness. In helping us decide how to act and react in a fresh and fruitful way, they can bring us closer to happiness and further away from causing our own suffering.


If you are struggling today and you feel like made a mistake in life just remember, you are wiser today than yesterday. Though you might feel bad because you’re encountering the same or similar problem, this time it’s with a different view and varied perspective.


Accept where you are. You will immediately suffer less. Remember this is merely one moment in time. It only defines you and your worth if you choose to make it a defining moment.

Ask yourself, how can I respond from this higher place instead of causing myself pain? What can I do differently to grow from this? Remind yourself as many times as needed that you have a view. You hold wisdom. You have the power to turn your life around and make your dreams a reality.


Think it. Say it. Act on it. Let it create your new character.


Best regards,

Sharon Lee

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July 7 , 2017 
by ASP Admin





Study by Dr. Rhonda Patrick on heat conditioning from the sauna to gain muscle.




Endurance Enhancements

1. Increase blood flow to muscles

2. Increase blood flow to the heart

3. Allows body to regulate heat and stay cooler through sweat

4. Improve Endurance

5. Increase in Plasma Volume and increase in RBC count.


Increase Muscle Mass through 3 factors


1.Induction of Heat Shock Proteins

– Repair Damaged Proteins

– Present Oxidative Stress

– Increase Glutathione Production

– Prevent degradation of Proteins

– Increase net Protein Synthesis

– Decrease in Muscle Atrophy

2. Induction of Growth Hormone

– 2 x 20mins Sauna sessions at (176°F) boosts GH levels by 2-Fold

– 2 x 1hr Sauna session over 3 days (176°F) boosts GH levels by 16-Fold

Improving Insulin Sensitivity

– Decrease in Insulin Levels

– Improve Insulin Sensitivity

– Increase in Glucose (Glut-4) transporters in skeletal muscle.



– Increase Norepinephrine, which improves attention and focus

– Increases Prolactin, which caused the brain to function faster

– Increases Brain Drive Neutropic Factor (BDNF) increase neurogenesis (growing new brain cells) and enhances learning/memory.

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Jun 21, 2017 
by ASP Admin



Squatting and Lunges with knees past toes?

If your trainer tells you not to let your knees travel past your toes when squatting or lunging ask them why… Common answers being it is ‘bad for the knees’.


  • The highest compressive force on the knee is actually at 90 degree of flexion when squatting to parallel.


  • When you keep the knees behind toes, the greater the flexion at the hip leading to more stress at the low back (ie bending foward)


  • The knee travels foward past the toe every time you walk up/down stairs.


  • In Australia we sit down all day at work all day and sit down to 💩rather than squatting like in most asian countries which limits our normal Range of movement or ability to squat all the way down


  • Olympic weightlifters push their knees over their toe in every lift and have one of the lowest rate of knee injuries. * With the exception of some injuires and variations of powerlifting style squatting.

(This video shows a 1 1/4 style walking lunge in where the knee travel forward each rep & the hamstring contacts the calf placing more stress on the Vastus Medialis)

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Jun 21, 2014
by ASP Admin

In my book progress is progress no matter how big or small. Chris a father of two, we embarked on a decision that being super shredded was not a priority, getting healthier, looking and feeling better and getter stronger was No. 1 on the list but most of all keeping up with his kids after a long day of work as a Carpenter.


So what we did:

1) Improve Gut Health by introducing Kefir, Super Greens, removing Milk, removing high Insulin Loading Carbs

2) Introduce more whole protein sources, eggs, chicken, fish, Kangaroo, fish like Salmon, barramundi, rockling.

3) Upper Fibrous carbs such as Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Cauliflower

4) Reduce Starchy carbs such as Pasta, white rice, breads

5) Introduce more Fats such as butter, Olive Oil, nuts, fish

6) Create a better understanding of sleep and its benefits and improve from 5-6 hours to 6-7 hours of sleep

All this is aimed at improving on a lifestyle that is already overly stressed by making small changes on a weekly basis.

Training for Conditioning and Strength was a key factor to training.

Phase 1 we improve muscular imbalances

Phase 2 aim for Fat Loss and Hypertrophy

Phase 3 was a base introduction into stricter Hypertrophy

Phase 4 aim was Functional Hypertrophy to get stronger

Something that is quite common is parents not having the energy to keep up with their young and energetic children. At @trainasp we aim to improve somebody’s quality of life in some way whether it’s sleep, gut health, nutrition, strength, fat loss, gaining muscle, all geared to improving someone’s lifestyle.

A minimum of 2 but a maximum of 3 training sessions were performed every week over this period. Strength went up tremendously, the ability to consciously activate muscles improved, and Chris got leaner as well. By the end he deadlifted over 100kgs as well. Fantastic work mate!



April 24, 2014
by ASP Admin

What are the key factors we look at during training and program writing when looking at Muscle Hypertrophy (what causes muscle to grow)?

As always with these topics they are likely to generate questions and queries, so please feel free to Contact Us or post your questions, feedback, and experiences on our Facebook Page.

1. Mechanical Tension

It is unclear at what percentage of your 1RM you should work with in order to maximise muscle growth but it is best to work with different loads, as an example 85% of 1RM, or 70% of 1RM. It can vary and should always change every month. Time under tension also comes into this factor as you want to stimulate different fast and slow twitch muscle fibres for maximal growth.

2. Metabolic Stress

Is the cause of Metabolite build up normally due to mid to high rep exercises as your body gets into the breakdown of glucose for fuel. Metabolic stress can drive Hypertrophy and drives great Fibre recruitment and cell swelling.

3.Muscle Tear/Damage

Micro tears caused by muscle damage due to the stretch position and full range of motion.

These are factors of training, mechanical tension and TUT determines rep ranges, outside of training we can look to Nutrition and sleep for muscle growth.

Strength such as Powerlifting, speed strength such as Weightlifting and Functional Hypertrophy training are great ways of strengthening your body to give you the ability to put on muscle when getting back to Hypertrophy ranges.

5 Tips To Get You Squatting Deeper

April 24, 2014
by ASP Admin

Following our recent post discussing the benefits of squatting squat ‘arse to grass’ we have here a much-needed follow up post providing five tips for HOW you can perform such an essential, but somewhat difficult exercise, and safely. As always with these topics they are likely to generate questions and queries, so please feel free to Contact Us or post your questions, feedback, and experiences on our Facebook Page.

1. Stretch Your Calves

Often the main reason you may not able to go deeper in your squats is tight calves. Try loosening up your calves using an isometric stretch on a leg press – holding each stretch at the lowest position for a minimum of 20 seconds and changing the position of your feet from pointing inwards, neutral and outwards.

2. Elevate Your Heels

By elevating your heels on a platform, you shorten the calf muscles and push the knees forward. This allows your body to be kept more upright as you move deeper into the squat, and also has the added advantage of making the squat a more quad dominant exercise.

3. Stretch Your Lower Back

A tight lower back can often cause your back to round as you descend into the squat, putting unnecessary stain on the lumbar erectors. Performing supine windmills beforehand can help loosen the back muscles, facilitating a deeper and more effective squat.w to get a better night’s sleep! In the meantime, sleep tight!

4. Widen Your Stance

Place your feet slightly wider than your hips, and turn your feet slightly (10-15 degrees) outwards. This creates a greater degree of movement for the femur (thigh bone), at the hip joint, allowing you to squat past a ‘parallel thigh’ position. Anatomically, this position tends to be more ‘natural’ and further activates the strong gluteal muscles, enabling you to lift a heavier load with increased stability.

5. Squat With Chains

Using training aids like chains are useful not only in overloading the squat at the top, but also assisting in deepening the range of movement at the bottom of the exercise.

Squatting Arse To Grass– Why Should We Do It?

April 7, 2014
by ASP Admin

All too often we are taught to limit our squatting to just below parallel rather than perform full ‘arse to grass’ squats, because it is a ‘safer alternative’. The main argument being that a full squat places a lot more stress on our knees and ligaments.

While from a static anatomical standpoint, this argument is seemingly true, our body actually behaves different in a dynamic movement under load. For example, supporting structures like cartilage and ligaments work to dissipate the intensification of stress on joints. On sensing the increased load, stretch receptor cells in the joint alert the brain to increase the muscular and ligamentous stability in and around the joint capsule, thus preventing injury.

There are circumstances a full squat would not be initially advised, such as for individuals with disintegrated or damaged knee cartilage, post knee operation patients, or individuals with disc bulges or spinal issues. In the majority of clients with knee issues though, it is ironically their years of half squatting, poor technique and the lack of full squatting that forms the root of their problem.

The Benefits

So, if a full Range Of Motion (ROM) squat is not bad for us, what exactly are the advantages of performing such an exercise?

  • Recent research has shown that full ROM squats help to strengthen the ligaments around the knees, and maintain the capsule integrity.
  • Squatting through a full range of motion helps to minimise imbalances of the quadriceps muscles by forcing the muscles to work through the lower half of its movement capacity, as well as reduce imbalances between the quadriceps and hamstrings.
  • It encourages optimal muscle recruitment and activation over a larger range of motion, leading to better quadriceps development.
  • Deep squatting helps to activate the lower fibers of the Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO), which serve a critical purpose of stabilizing the knee during movements like running and jumping.
  • Full squatting is an instinctive movement pattern of the body, like walking or breathing. For example, perfect squatting techniques are best observed in children, who perform the exercise with ease and without instruction.
  • It can help to eliminate knee pain caused by patella-femoral tracking syndrome which ironically can be caused by muscular imbalances and tight iliotibial band as a result of partial squatting.