Hi, I’m Rob, and I’m here to help get the most out of you.
As your coach, I’m not the type to yell and scream; jumping around you like an excitable cheerleader. I won’t make you tired for the sake of it and I won’t waste your time. Everything I do is designed to make you feel more empowered to be your best you. Sometimes that means breaking down your limits, other times, we’ll build them up. Either way, the design is always centered on the one moving target: getting the most out of your physical practice.
Quality results require clarity of intention, an intelligent plan, a tenacious attitude towards the process, and the ability to observe big picture thinking.
As with all mental and spiritual growth, I believe physical practice and development is a necessary step towards actively living a conscious, fulfilling life – one that allows you to continually grow, evolve, and become the person you choose to be.
For close to a decade, I’ve been obsessed with learning about anatomy, physiology, training methodologies, nutrition, and behavioural psychology. This knowledge helps me to access a deeper understanding of the human system, and how to best create training that promotes sustainable, enjoyable, life-changing physical and mental change.
I love the art and science of physical practice. I enjoy learning and thinking about it and I thrive on turning these complex ideas into regular routines for people eager to reach their physical potential. Optimum Strength is all about building your best, building your movement skills, building your strengths, and achieving your goals.
Integrating aspects of traditional strength and conditioning, insights from physiotherapy, weightlifting, kettlebells, gymnastics, yoga and pilates, is how I go about building a complete physical performance program. My philosophy around training and performance revolves around the four key foundations of MOVE – Mindset, Output, Vitality, and Energy.
How you think about yourself and the world. Are you in control? Are you free? Who is it you are becoming? How do you do it?
Craft a resilient mindset geared towards growth. Every obstacle and challenge provides you with the chance to improve yourself, so you are always learning and improving.
Consistency. Small daily improvements are the key to long-term results. All the little steps add up over time, and you just have to keep chiseling away.
What levels of physical output can you produce? What is your quality of movement? What is your capacity of fitness?
Movement quality comes first; can you get yourself into the right positions? First and foremost, you need to be able to move well (and pain free) by developing your movement variability through fundamental movement patterns. You can then build power, strength, speed, and endurance. Challenging your movement quality with different loading, speeds, volume, density, and in different states of fatigue.
Think practice, not training. You are practicing the skills of physical movement. Work towards skill and performance goals, aesthetics will follow. The goal of physical practice is to improve, not to see how tired you can make yourself. Master the way you move, through dedicated practice and progressive improvement.
Your vitality comes from your recovery. Vitality to grow mentally and physically, to rest and regenerate to get the most out of yourself and your output.
Recover well – your outcomes from physical practice will only ever be as good as your recovery, in between hard sessions, planned low-intensity sessions, quality sleep and regeneration. The training session is only the stimulus, the magic happens in the recovery.
You need real food to fuel and nourish your body and mind. It’s not just what you eat that’s important, it’s also how you think about what you eat.
Sensible nutrition. Nutrition has become very overcomplicated, with all sorts of extreme ideologies and fad diets, but it doesn’t need to be. You can have a healthy relationship with food, enjoy eating, and build and maintain the health and physique you want. In the words of Michael Pollan, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”, pretty simple really.
“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates 469-399 BC
Education & qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science Sports & Exercise at University of Technology Sydney
- Functional Range Conditioning
- Functional Movement Screen levels 1 & 2
- Precision Nutrition level 1
- Original Strength Pro-Reset
- Diploma of Fitness
- Boutagy Fitness Institute level 3
- Australian Weightlifting Federation Strength & Power level 1
- Australian Strength & Conditioning Association level 1
- Certificates III & IV in Fitness