Posts Tagged ‘Canberra Fitness’

Succeed Make Final 5 for Telstra Australian Business of the Year Awards

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

ACT businesses excel and thrive on passion  

 7 July 2009 – Leading small and medium businesses, today named as finalists for the 2009 ACT Telstra Business Awards, are proof that following your passion is a great way to achieve success.

 Five ACT companies – whose businesses vary from constructing mountain bike tracks to personal training – were today announced as finalists across four categories in Australia’s largest and most prestigious small business awards program.

 Telstra Business Group Managing Director and Telstra Business Awards Ambassador, Deena Shiff, said while the finalists from the ACT operate in a diverse range of industries and vastly different scales, this year’s finalists are all driven by their own unique passions and a love for what they do. 

 “For 17 years, the Telstra Business awards have applauded and inspired the strength and spirit of Australia’s entrepreneurs as part of Telstra’s support for the engine room of the economy,” Ms Shiff said.

 “As economic conditions get more difficult, the role of these awards couldn’t be more important. And the ACT finalists are rising to the challenge.

 “They are turning their passions into sustainable businesses, creating new markets and jobs while doing what they love every day.”

 For Darren Stewart, Managing Director of Makin Trax Australia, the decision to go into the business was a matter of following his heart. 

 “The business encompasses all of my interests from machine operation and business building to riding mountain bikes. It is a true privilege to be paid to do what you love,” Mr Stewart said.

 Founder and Company Director of Succeed Personal Development, Jesse McConaghy, said he was following advice he was given years ago to ensure you “do what you love” and today he is doing exactly that.

 “Providing people with the knowledge and tools they require to change their lives is our passion,” Mr McConaghy said. “We have succeeded because we are passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and opening their eyes to their personal potential through the empowerment of personal fitness.”

 Ms Shiff said each finalist has undergone a rigorous self-assessment process with their plans and processes assessed by a panel of independent judges. The judging panel has also visited the site of each of the finalists and obtained verification of financial data. 

 The winners of the ACT awards will be announced on July 24, and the winners of each category will proceed to the national awards to be announced in Sydney on August 20. There is over $400,000 in cash and prizes to be won.

 ACT finalists in the 2009 Telstra Business Awards are:

  • Succeed Personal Development (health and fitness) of Greenway;
  • Contract1 (professional services) of Braddon;
  • Makin Trax Australia (design and construction) of Curtin;
  • PSI Asia Pacific (professional services/infrastructure) of Braddon; and
  • Point Project Management (professional services) of Braddon.

 They are vying not only for the ACT Telstra Business Award but are also in the running for the businessowner Micro-Business Award, the MYOB Small Business Award, the Panasonic Medium Business Award and the Sensis Social Responsibility Award.

 Ms Shiff said Telstra Business was committed to helping small and medium-sized businesses succeed by providing them with business grade tools and guidance for today’s challenging and ever-changing environment.

 “We touch more small and medium businesses than almost any other organisation and we want them to succeed not only by providing services and solutions, but also by working in partnership with them to help their business thrive into the future,” Ms Shiff said.

 “As part of this commitment, each year Telstra invests months of work and millions of dollars to assess the hundreds of entries in the Telstra Business Awards.

 “We make such a significant undertaking because we want to work with small and medium businesses to realise their potential and help them receive the recognition they deserve.”

 Editor’s note: Q&A’s with the business owners, the contact details of the business owners and photographs are available on request from Lighthouse Communications Group on 02 9692 8811 or by email: plaidlaw@lighthousecomms.com.au

 Media contact: Peter Laidlaw, Lighthouse Communications Group, 02 9692 8811                                                              

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Succeed Canberra Make Telstra Awards Finals

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

As most of you are we aware that we nominated for the Telstra Australian Business of the Year and we are pleased to announce that we have just made the finals..

These awards are Australia’s most prestigous business awards. They have been running for 17 years and will be announced Friday 24th July so stayed tuned we will keep you posted!!!

We at first got shorlisted and have since been notified that we have made the finals in two categories:

“2009 ACT Telstra Business Awards Finalist Micro-Business Award”

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“2009 ACT Telstra Business Awards Finalist Sensis  Social Responsibilty Award”

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I would like to take this opportunity thank all of our staff and clients over the last five years. This recognition nationally really does make all the long hours worthwhile.

Wish us luck.

The Succeed Fitness Team

Why you Should Weight Train

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

By: Scott Williams

Want to get a whole lot more out of life?

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 By undertaking a strength program you can help to combat diabetes, and it is a well known fact strength training improves glucose tolerance in people who have type II (adult onset) diabetes. Strength training combined with a sensible diet can level out glucose levels to the stage where a person with type II diabetes is no longer dependant on insulin.

 A combined weight training and cardiovascular program elevates your resting metabolic rate, which helps burn more calories at rest ( a good thing). The more muscle the body has the faster the metabolism works! Between the ages of 20 and 40 the average woman loses 3.6kg of muscle and gains 10kg of fat. Men between 20 and 80 lose up to a quarter of their muscle mass. Studies show, people doing a combined program can increase strength by 43% in the arms and shoulders and 22% increase in leg strength.

 Weight training also benefits people with arthritis as it gives a reduction in joint pain and fatigue and a big gain in strength. Recent studies conducted at Tufts University and The University of Nebraska, both show that strength training work caused significant declines in arthritis activity.

 Weight training develops muscle strength that supports the joints.

 WHAT YOU DON’T USE…. YOU’LL LOSE– as we get older our muscle and bone density decrease, weight training can turn all this around as it stimulates new tissue growth for both the muscles & bones ( a very good thing). On average people who lift weights and do regular cardiovascular exercise, have bones that are 46% more dense than our sedentary counterparts.

 Research shows that weight training causes fewer heart symptoms. It yields better coronary artery flow, greater muscle strength and less fatigue. It is scientifically proven that just by starting a weights program you can cut the risk of heart disease by up to 23%.

 Just by doing some basic weights/exercise, it can make simple tasks like carrying groceries, getting up & down or in and out of a car become much easier.

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 By exercising regularly you will have more energy, sleep better, be more alert and become more active.

 Exercise doesn’t need to be complicated – it just needs to be regular. The following are some examples of how exercising can be made easier:

  • – organise fellow staff members for lunch time activities – bootcamp classes, various sports
  • – start a walking/running club at lunchtimes
  • – participate in a workplace fitness program
  • – join a local health club
  • – hire a Personal Trainer
  • – increase incidental exercise (ie. park the car further away, walk to work, take the stairs not the elevator)

 If you would like to organise a staff exercise program, or an exercise program for yourself, please do not hesitate to email me with your enquiry.

Make it a Habit

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Do you have trouble getting motivated to exercise?

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Do you wish there was something you could do about it?

Do you think it’s your willpower that just doesn’t measure up?

What if there was a way for you to develop your willpower?

What if I could give you a few little secrets that you could use to create motivation and put to use to reach your fitness goals? Well if you’re willing to supply just a little bit of desire and a little bit of effort, I’ll teach you how to develop an unstoppable motivation and willpower that your friends will envy.

The key to your success is a simple five letter word… and that word is habit. This is our number one goal! Yes! Our number one goal is to create the habit of exercise and our improved fitness will be a by product of accomplishing this. How are we going to do this? We are going to break this down as far as necessary. And you will be the one who determines just how far that is. What do I mean by that? Well virtually all exercise consists of either steps or repetitions. Think of your favorite exercise. Is it walking? Then it can be broken down to steps… (or time spent) right? Is it push ups? Then it can be broken down to repetitions. Get the idea? So if we are to succeed at creating the habit of exercising, technically we only need to take “some” steps or to do “some” repetitions on a regular, consistent basis.

You might be thinking, come on now… how is taking a few steps or a few repetitions going to help me reach my fitness goals? Stay with me for a minute. Most people who fail at reaching their fitness goals, fail because they lack motivation. And the reason they lack motivation is because their holding the wrong picture in their mind. Both of how you perceive exercise and how you perceice yourself, plays a big part in the picture….. Always remember, something is better than nothing.

I begin by telling myself that I am going to do “one set” of my favorite exercise (the leg press) and then after giving myself two or three minutes to recover from that set, I will then ask myself if I want to do more. Nine times out of ten I do! And if I don’t I can still feel good that I did that set and strengthened the habit of exercise. Surely anyone can do a “single set” of their favorite exercise and create the habit of doing so. Make the goal creating the “habit”… not the workout!!! We can always increase the steps, the reps, the number of sets, the exercises and the time spent anytime we want to! And I encourage you to do so… whenever you feel like it!

We need to keep in mind that not all workouts have to be maximal. Start each workout with just one set of your favorite exercise. Wait 2 or 3 minutes and while you’re waiting, praise yourself for accomplishing that set. You’ve just included some exercise in your day. Doesn’t that feel good? You have taken the first step to creating a habit… a very good habit. And each time that you do this you are strengthening that habit. Now, ask yourself if you feel like you want to do more. If not… stop. If so, repeat.

Many people get to the gym and turn around and go home because they just don’t feel up to working out that day. But many of us have found that if we just submit to doing a set or two of something, we begin to feel like doing more.

Habits begin like flimsy cobwebs at first and are strengthened day by day to become like unbreakable cables to strengthen our lives. What happens is once you get started, you will begin to feel the endorphins rush and most of the time you will “feel” like doing more. I kid you not! Try it!

Here is a poem that I came across recently that seems appropriate for this article. I hope you enjoy it.

Who am I?

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.

Half the things you do you might just as well
turn over to me and I will be able to do them
quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed –
You must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want
Something done and after a few lessons
I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men;
And alas, of all failures, as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine,
Though I work with all the precision
Of a machine plus the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin –
It makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me,
And I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am habit!
– Anonymous

 Looking for a Personal Trainer or Bootcamp in your area? Go to our website today for more details: www.succeed.com.au . Email your interest and we will give you a FREE Personal Training session, just so you can see what actually does happen.

Beginners Guide to Fitness

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

What to do when you are ready to get in shape?

So you are finally ready to turn from your couch potato ways, and trade your T.V. remote in for a dumbbell! Congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of fitness! I commend you on your resolve to lose weight and get into shape! Now where do you begin? These days there sure is a lot of talk about diet and fitness, whether it is a new diet pill or piece of exercise equipment. It is enough to make your head spin, and certainly enough to confuse the beginner. Take a deep breath, and follow these simple tips to go from being a fitness beginner to a pro!

TIP #1: GET MOVING

The first thing you need to do, as a fitness beginner, is to start moving! I mean this literally. Get up, and walk out your front door. Now walk down the street. Now turn the corner. Keep going! Do you get the picture? Start introducing your body to fitness by going on walks. These walks will probably start out slow and short, but before you know it they will be brisk and long. Try to work up a sweat as you tour the neighborhood. Make it a habit to wake up early to go on your walk, or consistently go on a walk before you go to bed. These walks will get you to start burning calories each day, and will also begin to build your cardiovascular endurance.

TIP #2: STRETCH

Once you become a pro at walking, you will need to add something new to your routine. Stretch before and after your walks. Start by reaching down to touch your toes and holding it for 30 seconds. You will feel tightness on the backs of your legs, in your hamstrings. Now place your palm against a wall at chest level and turn your body away from it. As you hold this for 30 seconds you will feel a stretch in your chest. Most inactive people have tight hamstring and chest muscles due to prolonged sitting, so it should be your priority to stretch these muscles out. You will be pleasantly surprised at what this will do for your posture!

TIP #3: CLEAN YOUR DIET

Fitness professionals like to claim that 80% of what your body looks like is directly related to what you eat. In other words, if you are eating burgers and fries and visiting the gym everyday, you are still going to look like you are eating burgers and fries! It is time to clean up your diet, so you can continue on your fast track to fitness.

  • Rule #1: No more fast food. Fast food is cheap, available, and quick, but it is far from healthy. You are better off avoiding it completely.
  • Rule #2: Eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Your body needs the nutrients found in these foods, and they will fill you up without empty calories.
  • Rule #3: Eat 4-5 small meals a day, rather than 2 large ones. This will keep your metabolism high all day, and turn you into a calorie-burning machine!

TIP#4: FIND A GYM & PERSONAL TRAINER

After you have mastered walking, stretching, and have started to clean up your diet, you are ready to join a gym. Don’t be intimidated or scared of this concept, the gym is a friendly place where people go to burn calories and build muscle! Find a local gym that has a convenient location near your home or work place. The key to making your gym membership worth its monthly dues is to use it consistently. Go to the gym no less than three times a week. While you are there begin a resistance training program as well as a cardiovascular program.

TIP #5: FIND A BUDDY

There is no better motivator to get you to the gym than knowing that someone is there waiting for you. If you find yourself slacking off in your workouts, or skipping the gym, a workout buddy might be just what you need. Find a friend with whom you share similar fitness goals, and become workout buddies. Agree to meet three times a week at the gym, and encourage each other throughout your workout. You will find that this makes workouts motivating and fun.

There you have it, all you need to know to get yourself up off the coach and into a healthy, fit lifestyle! Making the decision to get into shape will be the best one you make in your life, and I wish you all the best.

Looking for a trainer in the Canberra area? Then look us up at: www.succeed.com.au and you will receive a FREE Personal Training session with one of our professional staff.

Beginners Guide to Fitness

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

What to do when you are ready to get in shape?

So you are finally ready to turn from your couch potato ways, and trade your T.V. remote in for a dumbbell! Congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of fitness! I commend you on your resolve to lose weight and get into shape! Now where do you begin? These days there sure is a lot of talk about diet and fitness, whether it is a new diet pill or piece of exercise equipment. It is enough to make your head spin, and certainly enough to confuse the beginner. Take a deep breath, and follow these simple tips to go from being a fitness beginner to a pro!

TIP #1: GET MOVING

The first thing you need to do, as a fitness beginner, is to start moving! I mean this literally. Get up, and walk out your front door. Now walk down the street. Now turn the corner. Keep going! Do you get the picture? Start introducing your body to fitness by going on walks. These walks will probably start out slow and short, but before you know it they will be brisk and long. Try to work up a sweat as you tour the neighborhood. Make it a habit to wake up early to go on your walk, or consistently go on a walk before you go to bed. These walks will get you to start burning calories each day, and will also begin to build your cardiovascular endurance.

TIP #2: STRETCH

Once you become a pro at walking, you will need to add something new to your routine. Stretch before and after your walks. Start by reaching down to touch your toes and holding it for 30 seconds. You will feel tightness on the backs of your legs, in your hamstrings. Now place your palm against a wall at chest level and turn your body away from it. As you hold this for 30 seconds you will feel a stretch in your chest. Most inactive people have tight hamstring and chest muscles due to prolonged sitting, so it should be your priority to stretch these muscles out. You will be pleasantly surprised at what this will do for your posture!

TIP #3: CLEAN YOUR DIET

Fitness professionals like to claim that 80% of what your body looks like is directly related to what you eat. In other words, if you are eating burgers and fries and visiting the gym everyday, you are still going to look like you are eating burgers and fries! It is time to clean up your diet, so you can continue on your fast track to fitness.

  • Rule #1: No more fast food. Fast food is cheap, available, and quick, but it is far from healthy. You are better off avoiding it completely.
  • Rule #2: Eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Your body needs the nutrients found in these foods, and they will fill you up without empty calories.
  • Rule #3: Eat 4-5 small meals a day, rather than 2 large ones. This will keep your metabolism high all day, and turn you into a calorie-burning machine!

TIP#4: FIND A GYM & PERSONAL TRAINER

After you have mastered walking, stretching, and have started to clean up your diet, you are ready to join a gym. Don’t be intimidated or scared of this concept, the gym is a friendly place where people go to burn calories and build muscle! Find a local gym that has a convenient location near your home or work place. The key to making your gym membership worth its monthly dues is to use it consistently. Go to the gym no less than three times a week. While you are there begin a resistance training program as well as a cardiovascular program.

TIP #5: FIND A BUDDY

There is no better motivator to get you to the gym than knowing that someone is there waiting for you. If you find yourself slacking off in your workouts, or skipping the gym, a workout buddy might be just what you need. Find a friend with whom you share similar fitness goals, and become workout buddies. Agree to meet three times a week at the gym, and encourage each other throughout your workout. You will find that this makes workouts motivating and fun.

There you have it, all you need to know to get yourself up off the coach and into a healthy, fit lifestyle! Making the decision to get into shape will be the best one you make in your life, and I wish you all the best.

Looking for a trainer in the Canberra area? Then look us up at: www.succeed.com.au and you will receive a FREE Personal Training session with one of our professional staff.