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Matrix last won the day on April 13 2020

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  1. South Pacific Muscle

    Nice work Nate, nice to see the human side of some of the top NZ guys and hear some of their competitive and training experiences! Subscribed!
  2. Covid 19 Home Gyms Set Ups

    Nice Sarge, With A Power Rack, bars, plates and a FID Bench you've got everything you need to cover all the productive lifts!
  3. Was just having a quick chat with Andy Murray online after seeing his home gym set up for working out during the lock down and thought I would start a topic on what everyone has set up at home to train, hopefully to inject some positivity at this time. When I shifted house recently all my old PT studio gear was disassembled and sitting in our garage along with a whole house lot of other assorted stuff. I was looking to hane on to all it for when my kids are old enough to want to start training but my wife was able to give me a hand and get the key pieces assembled as we saw they gyms about to close. I have a: Full Power Rack w/Lat Pull/Low Row Smiths Machine 2 Adjustable FID Benches, 1 with Preacher and Leg Extn/Curl (both removable) Seated Calf Raise 7" Olympic Bar Safety Olympic Bar 2 Olympic Ezi Curls Bars About 200kg of Rubber Coated Oly Plates About 200kg of Standard Plates 3 Tier Dumbell Rack Fixed dumbells 12.5-50kg (just an old hagged commercial set) 2 Pairs of Spin Locks, one takes up to around 30kg the other takes up to 65kg Lat Bar, T Lat Bar, Double D Handle, Tricep Rope, V Tricep Handle, Dip Handles for Power Rack, Ab Slings, 2 Suspension Trainers, AB Mats, Thick Rubber Bully Mats, Wall Mount Chin Bar. 2 Basic Stationary Bikes Boxing Gear and Focus Mitts Swiss Balls, Foam Rollers Not all the toys you find in commercial gyms but hopefully enough to stay sane during this time, If anyone else has a set up, would be great to hear what you have? Stay Safe, D
  4. Arnold Classic Australia Link:

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  5. Hi guys here is a link to watch the webcast of the Arnold Classic Australia to support Big D, Steve, Mateo and all the other Kiwis competing: https://fitnessvolt.com/22115/live-stream-arnold-classic-australia-2018/ Looks like 4pm Prejudging and 7pm Finals Start. Good luck to all the kiwi's competing this weekend!
  6. For visually pleasing physiques, hard to beat these guys in their prime from an open body building point of view, all different weights but all based on Aesthetic Ideals:
  7. Pre Synthol Flex circa 93
  8. Alot of guys looking for Aesthetics wont train their traps too much to avoid the round shoulders/powerful look the deadlifters get. Sometimes smaller traps create an illusion of wider shoulders/clavicles. If you ever watch JCVD in his prime he never had big traps but looked great on film as he had good arms, chest and, unusually for an actor big legs. This guys still a great physique by almost any non open body building standards (who will always want more size). If getting judged in a Body building class - from just one photo I would say his chest would need to be slightly thicker to match his arms which are thick. Perhaps (hard to tell from photo) more lat development. Abs, Serratus and Intercostals are exceptional. Great marketable physique for Sports Modelling and making some money out of the industry IMO.
  9. http://musculardevelopment.com/contests/arnold-classic-weekend/arnold-classic/15806-arnold-classic-webcast-to-be-hosted-on-md-2017.html#.WLtkPzt9600 Pre judge http://musculardevelopment.com/contests/arnold-classic-weekend/15844-men-s-open-prejudging-callouts-arnold-classic-2017.html#.WLthoDt9601 Finals on now
  10. IFBB Advisory Notice

    Yeah I'm not sure how that rule works Realtalk - seems odd? I can understand someone in Open Mens Bodybuilding being able to then drop weight and do the 212 or Classic as they qualified in the Open and the 212 and Classic is still BodyBuilding with quarter turns and posing but to go from Physique/Board Short to a Classic BB class is different. Nothing against the competitor it just seems the system/rules are a bit wishy washy. By that logic, Does that mean someone who qualifies in Board Shorts/Physique can compete as a 212 or Open Bodybuilding Competitor? Surely not? On the other point, I can understand someone with a Pro Card not being able to compete for another fed unless they hand their or lose their card but its a shame that alot of Pro's and even Nutrition Advisers wont dare go to NABBA NAC/WFF shows anymore out of fear of losing their card or having their athletes shafted in the placings. A bit of comradarie seems to have been lost IMO.
  11. Hopefully a good thing? Meaning IFBB Pro Prep Coaches, Nutrition Advisers etc shouldn't have to worry about the fear of losing their Pro card if the come to other Feds Shows to support their Friends, Families, Clients and Training Partners etc. Interesting to see if it will hold up over here?
  12. Best courses for Personal trainer

    There are a few answers to this, alot will depend on what you want to achieve and who you want to work with/which market you wish to service. For example a top body builder working in a body building gym can make a good living working with Bodybuilder and Fat Loss Clients whilst not having to learn the latest ACL recovery techniques. Whilst the "Industry" might frown at their lack of qualifications, they are just hitting their market and using their knowledge base to make an income. If you are looking to get into rehab and sports specific training or working with special populations then a qualification is more essential so you prescribe the correct programming and dont harm your client! PT wise, Personality also comes into play, if you are an outgoing person and can easily converse with people, getting clients is alot easier. If you are the strong silent type, even if you know training and programming inside out, getting clients and imparting your knowledge onto them will be more difficult. Qualification wise, if you have years of practical lifting experiences perhaps in Power Lifting, Oly Lifting or just have tight technique and have been taught well as a Body builder, some of the short or block courses will help with the theory and basic principles of exercise and touch on periodisation, small business management, marketing etc. Richard Dryden (Former NZ Olympic Lifting Coach) was like this, he was a great observer of human movement and was coaching the NZ team without a paper qualification behind his name, he went and got these later on in his career. Another thing to consider is whether you want to be part or full time. If you want PT'ing to be your sole source of income it is bloody hard work and takes a massive amount of effort in marketing, retaining and councilling clients and following up payments , diets etc. It can really suck the life out of you if you dont qualify your clients carefully! Also, People tend to forget, you can be the best exercise coach in the business and still be broke unless you put equal effort into the business side of things, an old quote: Your pile of Books on Small Running a small business should be as high or higher than your pile on exercise. I agree with Jordan in that A Sports Science Degree (if time isnt a barrier) is the gold standard is you want to coach athletes at a high level and/or get into sports research etc however there are always exceptions as their are some excellent course providers out there who can give you all the tools to do this as a profession as they focus mainly on Personal Training and small business management. Some of the most successful (Financially successful) PT's aren't the most knowledgable PT's but they know marketing, time management and running a business and can spot opportunity at a glance. Whether purists agree with this approach or not these trainers are business people first and trainers second. I think what Jordan was referring about PT certificates being devalued these days is that their are too many PT course providers in the market now and many have questionable content with some requiring no hands on practical assessments which I disagree with. These leads to a poor product and brings the industry standard down. Personally I went through NETFIT whihc I found excellent, this was run by Tina Ball (NZ Oly Lifter) and with PT coaching from Tamara Middlenton-Eschave who I found to have a very in depth knowledge of the industry, At the time I believe she was the only PT to be on a direct Government Referral basis with ACC. NETFIT also bring in Tony Boutagy from Aus for their Strength and Conditioning Module. Motivation plays a big key as well, Those who arent motivated but think doing a course will be the magic bullet will invariably fail in the industry, personally I was really motivated to do the course and pass well as it was an industry change for me ( I HAD TO SUCCEED) and I studied very hard, enjoyed every minute of it and got everything I could out of it, The tools I gained from NETFIT plus heaps of my own study and research allowed me to become the busiest PT they had ever had in the 2 Gyms I worked at. One thing I almost forgot to mention, Just as you mentioned about viewing yourself as an apprentice, thats a good analogy as no matter how hard you study or how much you know going into your qualificiation, there is always more to learn so reading a massive amount of the latest research, going to conventions with like minded people, PAYING for some sessions with other trainers from differnent backgrounds who you would like to learn from, these aspects are all very important to your growth and development. That said not every latest trend or study works out to be correct and many are discounted almost as soon as they are published so my philoposphy was to take on board and assimilate what you agree with and disgard what you dont agree with. Just my 2 Cents.