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January 14, 2017
by Optimum Strength

Kitchen Essentials: Fridge/Freezer

Your fridge/freezer is the central part of your kitchen, keeping it organised and well stocked is the key to making eating healthily and appropriately for your goals realistic and manageable. Instead of providing an exact list of foods, as this will change with the seasons and depending on your individual tastes and goals, I’ll give […]

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December 29, 2016
by Optimum Strength

Motivation – Self Determination Theory

In psychology, motivation is defined as “the direction and intensity of one’s efforts”. But where does this drive originate from? One of the most robust and tested macro-theories of motivation is Self Determination Theory (SDT), developed by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan. This theory contends that people are motivated to satisfy three basic human needs; autonomy, competence, […]

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September 10, 2016
by Optimum Strength

Kitchen essentials: Cupboards/Pantry

As with having the right equipment on hand in your kitchen, having a well stocked and organised cupboard or pantry can make running your kitchen, and being able to confidently and quickly prepare healthful tasty meals much easier. Filling your cupboards with good, basic ingredients gives you options when preparing meals, you can add flavour […]

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August 13, 2016
by Optimum Strength

Liquid nutrition

Foods that you prepare for yourself are the best for you. You decide on all of the ingredients, you control how it is prepared, and you get the satisfaction of being creative with recipes, and playing more of a part in your own nutritional wellbeing. However not all of your meals need to be solid food. […]

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August 7, 2016
by Optimum Strength

Kitchen essentials: Equipment

Being able to prepare simple, tasty, affordable meals which are in-line with your goals, is an important part of being healthy, achieving or maintaining the physique you want, and powering your performances. With the right equipment at hand, the task of cooking is made a lot easier, more enjoyable, and it gives you more options. […]

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June 29, 2015
by Optimum Strength

The joint-by-joint concept

The “Joint by Joint” concept is a simple and elegant way of looking at human movement, it can help to explain the causes of non-contact injuries, and grade the appropriateness of our exercise choices. It was popularised by strength coach Michael Boyle and physiotherapist Gray Cook, and ties in perfectly with the FMS. First, a […]

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June 29, 2015
by Optimum Strength

Functional Movement Screen

The Functional Movement Screen, or FMS, was designed by physiotherapist Gray Cook and colleagues as a simple method for appraising fundamental human movement quality, determining areas of limitation, deficiency, or asymmetry which require further assessment, and separating painful and non-painful positions. At its simplest the FMS asks: Can you get you’re joints into the optimal […]

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April 20, 2015
by Optimum Strength

Welcome to OptimumStrength.com.au

Hi, My name is Rob, I’m a personal trainer in Sydney, and this is my new website for Optimum Strength. I’ll be using this site as a way of sharing information and tips on training, health, performance, and other ramblings I may think of, that will hopefully give you a better perspective and understanding of […]

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