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  • The Difference Between Mobility vs Stretching And How It Affects You!

    The Difference Between Mobility vs Stretching And How It Affects You!

    The confusion between mobility and stretching is a very common one. Both of these terms are often used interchangeably which makes their differences confusing. Stretching Stretching is a training which improves flexibility within a given muscle. This can be done either through static stretching holds or dynamic stretching through a desired range of motion. The effects of stretching are only temporary, and muscles can 'stiffen back up' hours after. However, when regularly completed the increased range of motion can become more permanent, this is achieved not through the 'lengthening of a muscle' but a greater stretch tolerance of them muscle. Mobility Mobility is a fitness attribute ....

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  • School Is Still A Form Of Strain On Young Athletes

    School Is Still A Form Of Strain On Young Athletes

    As school is about to return, it's still important to understand that school is a form of strain on young athletes (especially at exam time). This strain may not be obvious but is worthwhile to take into consideration and reduce training load during these times as priorities change. When school holidays hit, it's an ideal time to begin increasing training volume with more time to sleep in, eat better, and generally be more relaxed. Head to the link here to learn more about how you can support junior and senior athletes today. And if your young athlete needs support, get in touch with Inner Athlete to discuss how we can best support them. Trent Pirihi Founder and Head Strength ....

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  • The Benefits of Sauna And How They improve Your Health

    The Benefits of Sauna And How They improve Your Health

    Get hot and steamy! Yes, Trent Pirihi looks ridiculous. Sauna use is getting a lot of attention lately with its ability to improve our health status for almost everyone. What we love above passive heat therapy, specifically sauna use, is the anti-aging and health promoting effects. Benefits include: Positive effects on our blood pressure Reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia Reduce muscle wastage Reduce muscle soreness Improve cardiovascular function (similar effects to going for a brisk 15 min walk) This isn't for everyone, so do your research and check with your GP first to see if its safe. And if you would like support with getting fitter, stronger and leaner, contact us ....

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  • The Best Ability Of Athletes Is Availability

    The Best Ability Of Athletes Is Availability

    "The best ability of athletes is availability" - Bill Parcels Why should all athletes have this mentality? Whilst this might be an overused quote and applied in many settings, it's over used for good reasons. What does this even mean for youth athletes? For youth athletes, it's very important to know if they want to train and compete at the highest level, being available to be selected is key. This enables you to be noticed and recognised. Niggling injuries, lack of fitness, and illness are areas that seem to hold many young athletes back from being selected. So how do we work around this? There are 4 main areas that all youth athletes should be doing consistently well: Sleep: ....

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  • 3 Squat Alternatives For Upper Body Injuries

    3 Squat Alternatives For Upper Body Injuries

    Don't let that upper body injury stop you from training your legs productively while you recover! Here is three of our alternatives we give to our athletes with various upper body injuries: SSB Squat Zercher Squat Belt Squat Watch our quick video here and if you know anyone with any injury, share this with them! Or contact us today for help with your health and wellbeing during injury recovery and after. Trent Pirihi Founder and Head Strength Coach Inner Athlete (AUS) ....

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  • Feeling Sore After Training Sessions Is Not The Goal

    Feeling Sore After Training Sessions Is Not The Goal

    A big misconception surrounding training is that you need to leave the gym feeling sore or finish a run absolutely exhausted. This couldn't be further from the truth. Of course, you have to push yourself and test your fitness periodically, but when you are training you have to leave enough room to progress and consistently make the sessions rather than leaving the gym with your muscles screaming in pain. Losing body fat, going up in weights or reps, completing the same session with less fatigue or with less rest between sets. These are all additional ways that indicate that we've had a good session and are making good progress. If you truly want to make permanent and sustainable change ....

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  • How To Support Your Youth Athlete With Pre-season and Trials

    How To Support Your Youth Athlete With Pre-season and Trials

    Pre-season and trials are upon us for many sports I'd like to take this moment to remind all parents, players and coaches to take it easy in the first 3-4 weeks by slowly building up the intensity and duration of training sessions. We're already hearing kids are missing sessions due to patella and Achilles tendon issues. The body will take time to adapt to the training. Take it easy before the Christmas period so you'll be able to push harder after the break when training really cranks up. For more information, watch our short video on how you can best support your child's athletic development. Contact us today if you would like to know how Inner Athlete can support your young ....

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  • How To Improve Your Sleep and Your Health

    How To Improve Your Sleep and Your Health

    With the return back to some normality, it can be easy to slip up and neglect your own health. Personally my sleep took a negative dip. Whilst I was looking into remedies to get a better night's sleep, I began to notice I would be anxious late at night, reducing the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. I did further research and stumbled onto a Doctor on YouTube who did a video on weighted blankets. And sleep is a critical part of our daily routines! The benefit of a weighted blanket is it helps to reduce your heart rate, thus making it easier to get to sleep faster. This has been known in the mental health space as a form of therapy but is becoming more mainstream as we're ....

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  • A Guide to Plyometrics for Youth Athletes

    A Guide to Plyometrics for Youth Athletes

    Plyometrics involve jump training which train the muscles stretch shortening cycle with the goal of improving speed and power. When loaded and prescribed correctly, plyometrics can increase muscle strength, neuromuscular control, muscle-tendon stiffness, bone density and decrease the chance of injury. To achieve the best results from your plyometrics training, it must be incorporated alongside regular sprint and strength training. A good way to fit them into your weekly training schedule is to program them at the end of your warmups, these act as post activation potentiation (PAP) or 'priming' your body for the main session ahead. By improving your speed and power you are able to sprint ....

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  • An Athlete's Circle of Support - What It Is And Does It Help Athletes To Reach Greater Heights

    An Athlete's Circle of Support - What It Is And Does It Help Athletes To Reach Greater Heights

    An athlete's success is not just predicted on their will, drive and determination, but also the support they decide to surround themselves with. The athlete's circle of support is critical at all stages of their journey. It's a group of individuals with a specialised skillset to help develop the athlete in varying ways. It's what can lead them on the path of success with the right people and resources at their disposal. It's the glue that holds the athlete together through the highs and lows to keep them on the right track. Every successful athlete has had some circle of support, for example: King James with his mum, trainers, coaches, physical therapists, Obama (yes, he spoke to him ....

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