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    The Teeth Cleaning Challenge

    Hi and welcome to another week,

    Thanks to everyone who got down to Round 1 during the week – and special thanks to everyone who headed along to C.Y. O’Connor beach this morning for our beach training session.  I had a bit of a ‘funny’ training week myself – I only did 2x boxing classes somehow but 2x body works and 1x ‘No Rules’…that isn’t really the way I LIKE to do it (usually just do 1x Body OR No Rules each week) and it certainly wasn’t the plan…just how things turned our re- my availability at class times!  I don’t feel too bad for the change up (surprisingly) but still hope to get a little bit more of a Boxing ‘fix’ in the week ahead.


    Thanks also to everyone who has completed the ’28-Days Later Survey’ (still open HERE by the way:  There has been some valuable feedback so far (more on that next week) but I wanted to say straight away:

    If you have done a Body Scan but DON’T understand the scan output, please reach out. 

    It is no excuse at all (of course it isn’t) but it can be almost impossible to go through a body scan ‘in depth’ on the scan in days – the booking sheet has a schedule of 2 people every 5-minutes – but if you don’t understand the information we really WANT TO help you do so…just send me a note or catch me in the gym and we can step our way through the output.

    The body scan stuff – and the challenge – has had me working on something recently around creating training ‘PRESCRIPTIONS’ for people based on their data and their health/fitness goals.  If anyone would like to be part of a pilot program for this, please send me an email to ‘’.

    OK.  I know I promised some more challenge data and stuff for this week BUT because the survey is out there, I am going to hold off until NEXT week.  I guess some of what follows has come from me reading/reviewing the challenge survey responses and looking through the overall post challenge data trying to make changes…

    Anyway – all of that got me thinking about other ‘important’ things in our life that we ‘just do’ rather than ‘do occasionally’.  I was not so much reflecting on the results I suppose but rather reflecting on my own challenge journey and the frustration of what ‘happens’ to my food (and drink!!) in between the challenges.  As I think I have said before, I go from the challenge ‘diet’ – let’s just simplify it and say ‘no goodies’ and ‘no alcohol’ for now – to a period of time where I ‘cheat’ maybe once per week…which is pretty OK.  Then the once per week cheat becomes twice – Friday night AND Saturday.  Then a beer on Sunday afternoon tastes nice, so that becomes three…then another couple of beers after footy on a Thursday becomes four…then icecream after a long, late work day on a Wednesday becomes FIVE.  Basically, I blink and go from SEVEN good days to only TWO just like that.  And I wonder why I am feeling tired all the time and finding the motivation to do my ‘EXTRAS’ (which truth be known shouldn’t really be extras but ‘core’ parts of my training).

    What other important things in life do I NOT need a challenge to comply with?  Well, for a start, how about cleaning my teeth?  Imagine if you only cleaned your teeth once or twice each week unless you were getting your ‘teeth challenge’ sheet signed off by a trainer at the gym?  How would that go for all of us?  I reckon my dentist goes ‘OK’ financially already but just imagine how well off he would be if everyone just ‘forgot’ to clean their teeth twice each day?  Imagine if I approached teeth cleaning the same way I approach my eating/drinking habits?  I was 100% during the challenge then my compliance dropped off by 10% every month right up until the ‘next’ teeth cleaning challenge came along…or worse, I was overseas for the next challenge so my teeth cleaning continued to get less and less frequent?

    I know this is all a bit fantastical but at the same time if we can learn by age 7 or 8 (actually, given what happens in my house lets go with age 13 or 14 or so) that you need to clean your teeth twice each day EVERY DAY then why is it so hard to ‘eat right’ even when you know what you are supposed to do by age ‘XX’ (where ‘xx’ = very very old in my case).  I know the reasons could probably be simplified to say ‘because chocolate is delicious’ or ‘because beer is delicious’ but this ‘eating right’ thing isn’t supposed to be about deprivation – it is supposed to be about being smart and understanding that if you have a ‘night out’ planned for Friday, then choosing to have a couple of beers after work on Thursday is not smart!

    I’m rambling now – I think everyone who has gotten this far will understand exactly what I am talking about!

    Let me know if any of this sounds good (or not) with an email to

    See you in the gym,



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