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Who's Ben Abbey?

So who's the new guy?

Ben Abbey PhotoHi there!  As many of you are probably aware by now, I am the new addition to the fantastic team at Core Principles, Ivanhoe.  If I haven’t bumped into you yet, I’m sure we’ll cross paths in the very near future!

Mind Games

Too tired and too busy to exercise?

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Join the rest of the world. It’s time to stop making excuses and start making time for you! We all live hectic, busy lives full of appointments, deadlines and commitments and it’s these reasons that it’s even more important for us to breathe, take time-out and exercise.

Compound v's Isolated Exercises, when and why?

Get more from your training regime!

What Are Compound Exercises?


Some of my fitness programs tend to focus on functional fitness, which refers to exercise that simulates real-life activities. Many of these functional exercises include compound movements. Compound movements involve multi-joint mobilisation that work more muscle groups at once. A good example of a compound exercise is a squat, it engages hamstrings, calves, glutes, lower back and your core.

The results are in - the good, the bad and the ugly!!

The results are in - the good, the bad and the ugly!!

We want to set a new benchmark in the way we train and help people achieve their health and fitness goals. We know the only way we can achieve that is
to check in with you - our members.

We didn’t want to shy away from the stuff that’s not working, we want to know about it (the good, the bad and the downright ugly!) and change it. We also want to celebrate the stuff that is going well and do more of that stuff!

The sad obsession with being thin - the controversial truth!

The sad obsession with being thin - the controversial truth!

Dieting involves the mental fortitude few can sustain. Usually, it takes great feats of discipline and it challenges just about every emotional instinct that runs through our bodies. Just consider the emotions that run through the mind of the average desperate dieter….denial, guilt, depravation, contempt, confusion, regret…. So why do we persist with dieting when every instinct tells us it’s bad for us?