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The Core of MoveEP

Hi, I’m Drew and welcome to Move EP, and I’d love to share with you why I do what I do.

As an Exercise Physiologist and Acupuncturist, I have a pretty unique outlook on Exercise, Health Nutrition and the power of the mind. I believe fully functioning human being needs a balance between 5 core elements to perform at your peak and enjoy an active and healthy Life. The 5 Cores include Strength, Cardio, Movement, Nutrition, and the Mind

When the 5 cores are in alignment then Longevity will occur,  this is what I call playing the long game.

What is longevity?

Well to me it’s about being fully functional, in your mind, body, and spirit, so when we get live to 120 we have a body that works, an active mind, and the spirit to enjoy it. To me that’s what its all about

“I believe an exercise is a form of medicine that everyone can do, it’s my mission to connect each person to a Movement practice that nourishes, supports, and enhances their lifestyle.

I believe a movement practice is essential to living a long and healthy life, giving you the freedom to enjoy the things you love to do. Be it at work, on the sporting field, or at home.

To achieve this We use proven systems of exercise, nutrition, and mental development, to create a well-rounded, balanced program that gets you where you want to go.

We tailor our programs to your specific goals and needs and coach you in how to get results and keep them.

We don’t have a dogmatic approach to anything, we use what works, simple as that, and we only use principle based systems.

Principle based systems are programs that are created around governing ideas, concepts, and rules, that apply across all levels, from beginners to advanced.

The Principle of Metabolic tissue growth tells us that certain structures in the body, muscle, ligaments, tendons, all have unique metabolic rates and physiology, so our exercise programs take these into consideration. There are no quick fixes, short cuts, or super secret techniques accessible to a select few inner circle.

The programs we teach and the systems we use are available to everyone who is willing and able to commit to the process

The approach I take is not for everyone, and that’s ok, but if you are willing to put in the time, and effort, and consider yourself a student of the human experience then I’d love to hear from to see how I can help you

How Do We Coach

We coach you in the Move studios, in,

  • one – one session, where you get to work with Drew individually
  • small private groups, where you work on your own program, in a small group, with Drew coaching you
  • classes, groups up to 12 people, Core level 1, level 2, Kettlebells, GRIT (High-Intensity Intervals Training)
  • and in our online coaching programs.
    • MOVE EAT LIVE – online nutrition and health coaching
    • Move online – follow along Programs you can do at home

Getting started

We love to give everyone the chance to come in and have a chat about what you like to do and why. From there we can start to develop a plan that suits your specific needs. If you have an established medical condition that’s ok, I specialize in working with people who have existing injuries, illness or chronic conditions and will work closely with your health professionals who are on your team.









Andrew Dowler – Exercise Physiologist and Acupuncturist

Want to find out how we can help you, call us on 0419 874 682,

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How do I know when my knee is good?”

How do I know when my knee is good?”

Hi there, Drew here,

Welcome to my series on how to create Super Healthy Joints, today we are focusing on the Knees and the very cool exercise the Hack Squat

Super Joints: Knees – The Hack Squat Body weight

Yesterday I had a conversation with a client about how to ‘fix’ her knee pain. Specifically she asked

‘How do I know when my knee is good’

I explained that knee is a very simple joint…it only really bend and straightens

But it’s really complex as the knee bend is really controlled by the hips and ankle

A quick and simple way to check all three is to try a hack Squat

So what the heck is a hack Squat?

Well it where you Squat down with a straight back

You rise up on the balls if your feet

And allow your knees to fold out to the side

If done correctly you will get
1. Full Hip Flexion
2. Full Knee Flexion – Extension
3. Full ankle Dorsiflexion

Essential, it tells us you have really good Range Of Motion and control across the hip/knee/ankle

This is good

Pain is bad

It means something not right

Restriction, or simply not being able to Squat into the hack position simply means the knees not quite right…and there’s work to be done. Here’s where you chat with your rehab guy or gal

How many should I do
– start at 1
– build up too 10
– then build up to 3×10
– at this point your knees are feeling great 🙂

How often should I do it
– week 1 do 10 a day
– week 2 do 15 a day
– week 3 do 20 a day
– week 4 do 25 a day
– week 5 do 30 a day

Why so slow?

Well this is more a joint exercise as opposed to a muscle exercise

Joints get stronger and more flexible SLOWLY….there’s no rushing

So let’s make Haste Slowly

A little bit each day, done over a long time always provides the best result fir joint health

Have a play

If you have any questions please drop me a line


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Create a Back That Works – Core Fundamentals Workshop

Create a back that works with our Core Fundamentals Workshop 25th March 2017,  12 -3 pm

Do you have a Dodgy Back?

Are you finding it hard to get out of pain?

You’ve heard that strengthening your core is great for back pain, but not sure where to start?

Our workshop Create a Back that Works Core Fundamentals may be just what you need.

Join Exercise Physiologist Andrew Dowler, and Functional Strength Coach Liz Fulop as they teach you the Fundamentals of Core Training.

Many people have a dodgy back,

Heck,  there was a time Drew was barely able to walk from chronic Lower back pain.

In 2002 Drew had a nasty fall onto his back, it shifted his pelvis severely creating Sacro Iliac Joint (SIJ) Dysfunction. The SIJ is the primary weight-bearing joint of the spine, and the pain is just horrible.

Being very active, studying martial arts, and working as a Personal Trainer the Pain almost ended his Movement career

Frustrated with little success with manual therapies, Drew decided to try some Core exercises

Within 3 months the majority of the SIJ pain had resolved completely

Since then Drew has been teaching other how to treat their back pain with exercise

And it all starts with the Fundamentals of Core training.

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Heres an example of one of your Core Tutorial Videos

We know that having a functional Core is integral in creating a strong and healthy back.

We see core training in Exercise Systems like Yoga, Pilates, Kettlebells, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Dance, and Calisthenics

There is a reason why all these systems have a focus on Core training

A healthy core

  • Creates a healthy spine and back
  • Allows correct breathing
  • Facilitates natural movement patterns
  • Decreases pain form mechanical dysfunction
  • Allows the nervous system to operate optimally
  • Enhances posture
  • Decreases stress
  • Supports everyday activity and exercise
  • Can be done anywhere
  • Doesn’t require expensive gym memberships or equipment you never wind up using

Functional Strength Coach Liz Knows what it’s like to recover from a nasty injury.

Recently she found out that she had 3 stress fractures in her foot, bummer right

A big part of her rehab was doing core exercises

Why, because the core controls how her foot works

As a Cx Works, GRIT Strength, and Rpm Instructor Liz understand first-hand the value of a strong core. And she’s also really really good at teaching folks how to use theirs

The Details

When: Saturday march 25th 12 – 3 pm

Cost: $99

Bookings: email drew – to reserve your spot, or call 0419 874 682

Where: at the studio, The Grianery Building, suite 8, 34a Doveton Street

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The Workshop Schedule

  1. Introduction to posture and anatomy of the core
  2. How to breathe correctly
  3. Postural positions used in core training
  4. Active Joints and mobility for you back, shoulder, neck, and hips
  5. Introduction to core strengthening exercises
  6. Discussion, exploration, and self-practice

At the end of the workshop will get access to Tutorial Videos of all the Drills and Exercises to practice at home.

As an added bonus you will get a 1 month free trial to Move Online, where we have Core Classes available for you to watch and practice at home.


Who’s it for: Anyone wanting to create a healthy back

Do I need any experience: Nope, this is for absolute beginners

How hard will it be: you can go at you own level and pace

Do  I need a referral from my doctor: If you have a disc injury, acute back injury, or unsure we advise you to chat with your treating health professional. You are also welcome to call Drew to discuss if the workshop is suitable for you. we have found that unless pain is stopping you from getting up off the floor you should be fine.

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Spinal Rolls

Core Level 2 – Spinal Rolls

Hey folks, here’s a little teaser of the type of moves you can expect io our new CORE LEVEL 2 class.

Here we have a sequence incorporating FULL spinal flexion(stretching the lower back, hips and hamstrings) into a Spinal roll Up focusing on active spinal flexion, requiring strong abdominal control and thoracic mobility