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To teach you how to live a pain-free, healthy, active lifestyle, that gets you excited to get out of bed every day
I help people build strong robust bodies, develop mental resilience, and create purposeful lives using 1st Principles of Human Movement with integrated collaborative coaching
The 8 Guiding First Principles of Coaching
I started out as an exercise Physiologist because I had two broken legs, chronic fatigue syndrome and didn't know what to do to get better.
I was lucky and found a tai chi teacher who started me on the path to health and longevity, firstly through the movement practice of Tai Chi. My teacher was the real deal, an old school martial artist and the Chinese doctor who was steeped in Zen Buddhism. For 7 years I eat, slept and drank Chinese Health Systems, studying Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Chinese Medicine.
The training was hardcore, intense, and pretty much a life commitment. As I got fitter, stronger and healthier I wanted to share this training with the world, but the Traditional eastern method doesn't suit the western mindset..not many folks are willing to stand in Qi Gong stance for 60 minutes..every day, for 7 weeks. It's simply not accessible to most people, and, it's not the ideal way to learn, there's is a better way to get healthier, fitter and stronger.....if you know how
During training I sustain a bad back injury, it was nasty and put me out of action for 2 years whilst i recovered. I got some really bad advice from some allied health people, which made my recovery a lot slower, and painful then it needed to be.
So I studied Human Movement, Exercise Science with a Post Grad in Exercise rehabilitation
I work as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in a Hospital Outpatient ward for 8 years, and after getting fed up with the public health system, essentially making folks sicker, i left to start my own practice, MoveEP
MoveEp is an integration of east and west exercise health systems, based on 1st principles of movement, physiology, and anatomy.
First-principles thinking is a way of reverse-engineering complicated problems and unleashes creative possibility. The idea is to break down complicated problems, in this case, how the body works, into basic elements and then reassemble them from the ground up.
Understanding the 1st principle of human movement is on to f the best ways to unlock your bodies movement potential, and move from a body not working, to one that does what you need it to do.
Working private practice over the last 12 years I've been able to observe that when working on first principles, that 80% of common issues can be resolved very quickly, with the final 20% solved with some good old-fashioned finetuning, problem-solving and investigation.
means that if you don't deliver results, you go out of business pretty quick...people vote with their money, so I guess I'm doing something OK as I'm still in demand as the guy you see if you want it done right.
When I take on new clients I like them to be aware of my core guiding principles. Its a good way of seeing if we look at the world in a similar fashion, which if is the case, then working together can be heaps of fun.
Guiding Principle #1: Do The Work
No matter how good the exercise program, nutrition plan, or habit guides, if you don't actually turn up, and do the work, then I cant help.
So the first question I ask is threefold.
Are you Ready, Willing, and Able?
Are you ready to start your journey and commit to the practice? If we are looking at creating long-term change, then its going to take some time, be prepared for the journey, rather than the destination.
Are you willing to take work with me so I can coach and guide you through the process? Basically are you coachable, can you take on board feedback, suggestions and directions. Do you have an open mind, willingness to learn, ask questions and generally get after it? If you are not willing to change anything, then nothing will change and I can not help. But if you are willing to embrace change, even if its small steps, then we go move forward at your pace.
Are you able to start, you need the time, money and space to do the work, If you are overcommitted in other areas of your life, then that's often where we need to start
Guiding Principle #2: It's a team effort
There are no magic bullets, pills or potions, instead, it's a collaborative approach where we work together to build a health program that moves you on the path to health and longevity.
I like to use a coaching model as it involves more interaction from both of us. Even though I consider myself an expert in the field, I don't wear the expert cap, but instead, guide, support, instruct and coach on what to do. The next steps, skills, tasks, processes, systems, exercises, habits, supplement to take ect.
It's about working together.
Guiding Principle #3: Play the Long Game
When we play the long game we understand that change that's lasting and meaningful takes time to happen.
Habits take 21-30 days to stick
Muscle takes 6-8 weeks to get stronger
Bones take 3-4 months to heal from a fracture
Bone remodeling (hardening ) takes 18-24 months which is directly proportional to the loading we put on them
tendon metabolic rate of healing is around 10 months
Ligaments, connective tissue, and discs take up to 6 -12 months to heal depending on the site, and severity
Nerves heal the slowest, milliliters at a time
the take-home message is that Rome was not built in a day, that is why I emphasize the journey, the daily practice, with the long-term goal in mind based on your connection to your inner drive, purpose, or why.
Guiding Principle #4: Master the Basics of the 8 fundamental movement patterns
Preatos law states that 80% of results stem from 20% of the things we do, and in movement, nutrition and health, this applies.
For example, if we learn the Fundamental movement patterns we develop as children, then you'll have learned 80% of most exercises straight away.
The 8 fundamental patterns of movement include lunge, squat, hinge, push, pull, press, breathing, and gait.
Get these working well and you'll have mastered the basics of all movement, everything else is built off this.
Guiding Principle #5: A healthy spine is King
The spine is a rather complex series of interconnected bones, joints, muscles, tendons and connective tissue. It houses the spinal cord, which fees information to all functions of the body. If you develop a healthy spine, it straight away eliminates so many health problems due to irritation of nerves coming in and out of the spine.
A healthy spine has 6 ways it can move, flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation, anti-rotation, and neutral (stiffness in the spinal column). A program that develops all these movement patterns to work to a pain-free range of motion allows a freedom of movement that eliminates many back problems purely from sound mechanical loading.
Spend much time developing a functional spine in all its planes of movement.
Guiding Principle #6: Learn how to breath = Learning how to walk
we take on average 22,000 breathes a day, it makes sense to ensure we are doing it right. Breathing mechanics is intrinsically linked to how we walk, run and play. As breathing is always the first movement, in any movement, if the pattern of breathing is poor, often movement is poor. When poor patterned movement evolves often pain and injury follow due to poor alignment and mechanical issues.
Poor breathing also affects the central nervous system and how oxygen is used. Essentially a poor breathing pattern restricts the diaphragms ability to contract and relax which can have trickle-down effects to the upper, lower back, neck and pelvis...it puts it all out of whack! Additionally, poor breathing limits oxygen intake into the system, a key ingredient in the production of energy in the cells.
Learn how to breathe well first solves many problems down stream before they become problems.
Guiding Principle #7: Learn, Play and Grow
Humans are fundamentally wired to learn by doing, the classic Chinese proverb sums it up well
"tell me and I'll forget, show me I may remember, involve me and Ill understand"
Walking the path of health and longevity is an exercise in daily practices, we must do the work to earn the results. Having a Learn, PLay and Grow attitude really helps to facilitate this process.
Learning is all about understanding yourself, your body, what works and what doesn't. The play is important as we explore, experiment and have fun while we develop our practices. Lastly, if we are not growing, in some capacity, then we really just start to stagnate, in our bodies, mind, and spirit. We cant force growth, but we can put you in the right spot that it happens naturally
Guiding Principle #8: Take it from the mat, out into the world
At the end of the day, I am happiest when my clients can do the work without me, they develop the skills and practices necessary to take what they have learned out into the world.
There's a common saying in yoga and martial arts practice, take it from the mat, out into the world. This means that evolve your practice at some point you need to take the practice out into your day to day life.
As a coach and teacher, I love to see students really own their practice, to be confident in their ability to face the world, in whatever arena they are in, this to me is a sign of a successful partnership between teacher-student, coach - client.
Essentially I do not create a dependency on the coaching relationship, but rather a desire to continue coaching due to the inherient value you get from it, we grow and learn together.