We’d like to introduce you to an integral part of our team…. Let’s get to know Jade Varley, our Member of the Month for July! Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself: I moved over from the UK about 5 years ago with my husband, Scott, and we love living here. We have a pet rat and some fish and I spend most of my time running my own business.nQ2. Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start training?nI had been dabbling in many different forms of exercise for about 10 years and I had reached the point where my energy levels were really low. I also wanted to do something that would help me to manage my emotions which I think exercise is really good for.nQ3. What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from training at MP?nExercise can be fun…and addictive. I don’t think I could go more than a few weeks without exercising now. I definitely never thought I would say that! Q4. What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nJump squats. I’m not sure why. Probably because they are relatively easy and the jumping up bit is quite good fun. I also quite like running, but not too far because I’m too impatient. Q5. What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program?nJust Do It! Starting anything is often the most difficult bit so I would say start small and go from there.nQ6. What do you enjoy most about training at MP?nI like the community feel and how everyone gets along so well. It is a really supportive and fun environment and the way the sessions are structured really suits my lifestyle.n———————————————————————— Jade started training with us in our ICE program in March 2013. She’s always had really good attendance, but we’ve definitely noticed even greater consistency this year. Plus, her fitness levels continue to increase and she is faster and stronger as the months go on.nMaking time for yourself when you have a business to run can be incredibly challenging, but Jade seems to do it with ease! Several mornings each week, she’s in the studio with a big smile on her face – starting her day by doing something just for her. And that’s just one of the many reasons why Jade is so deserving of our Member of the Month award – congratulations, Jade!
Every week, Luke and I sit down to plan what meals we would like to eat for the week. We choose a few to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And this week, Luke had a request for meatballs! Yummy! I didn’t have a recipe for meatballs, so went on the search for one – and there were heaps on good ol’ Google. However, most of them had bread included in the recipes, and I didn’t really want to include that as an ingredient.nSo, the recipe below is slightly modified from a traditional meatball recipe – but still just as yummy! Homemade MeatballsnIngredients: 1kg lean beef mincen1 x zucchini, gratedn1 x carrot, gratedn1 x brown onion, finely choppedn3 tbsp. parmesan cheese, gratedn800g crushed tomatoesnBasil, salt and pepper Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease a baking dish.nMix mince, zucchini, carrot, onion and cheese in a large bowl. Roll 1 tbsp. of mixture into a ball and place into the baking dish. Repeat until the entire mixture is used up. Coat the balls with tomato and a sprinkle of basil, salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for at least 30 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve with vegetables, or a salad, or they’re the perfect addition to pasta as a post-workout meal. Photo source: www.taste.com.au
There are so many benefits to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Because it’s intense, your body has to work really hard – burning more fat! Plus, the high intensity means that you can’t go for very long, so workouts are time-efficient. Another great thing about this style of training is that you have so many options – which exercises to do, the length of time you do them for, your rest periods, etc – you can customise it all according to what you want to do on the day. If you love variety in your workouts, this style of training is perfect for you! Here’s an example of a HIIT workout you can do at home. You don’t need any equipment (toddler is totally optional!) so you can do it anywhere really. I did 4 rounds with a 30 second rest in between. 15 reps for each exercise.
Feel like a sweet treat?nLook no further than these tasty biccies. I made these with my toddler last week – it was a cold, rainy day and so we were indoors all day, and we decided to do some baking. I try to minimise the amount of refined sugar, flours, etc I use in my cooking, so went on the search for a healthy cookie recipe. I found a great one on www.onehandedcooks.com.au and modified it to suit what I had in the pantry! Here’s my recipe for Clean Cookies! Ingredients: 1 cup of pitted dates, roughly choppedn1.5 cups of rolled oatsn1/2 cup of desiccated coconut 1 tsp baking powdern1 tsp vanilla extractn1 tbsp. coconut oil, meltedn1 tsp honey 1/4 cup milknHandful of sultanas Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place all ingredients, except for the milk, in your food processor. Blend to combine. Place mixture in a bowl. Stir through the milk until a moist batter forms. Roll tablespoon sized balls and place on a lined baking tray. Flatten gently. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool. (The cookies will still feel quite soft, however they will harden up as they cool.)nEnjoy! These cookies are perfect for your post-workout snack, or for your kids school lunchboxes. *Store cookies in the fridge.
Our Member of the Month for June has proven himself to be an incredibly valuable team member, and we are so excited to introduce him to you! Let’s get to know Wade Haggarty, our Member of the Month for June! Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself: I recently turned 32 and grew up in Biloela. I still dream of becoming a lead singer in a world famous rock band, but for now I happily work in the city as a business analyst which over the past 10 years has seen me relocate back to CQ, over to Canada, and now calling Brisbane home. My favourite time of the year is summer as I love the long days and everything about the beach.nQ2. Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start training?nNot at all. I had two friends training with Luke a couple of years ago and could see how much they were enjoying it so I decided to join the crew and be a part of all the fun.nQ3. What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from training at MP?nLife, diet, and exercise is equally important as each other. Nothing needs to be sacrificed.nQ4. What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nThis is a silly question. But to provide an answer to it, I dislike running the most.nQ5. What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program?nJust give it a go as you may even surprise yourself at what can be achieved. Most importantly, reward yourself along the way.nQ6. What do you enjoy most about training at MP?nThe energy that the crew and Luke bring everyday, the sessions are short yet intense, and the convenience of it as I live two blocks away.n———————————————————————— Wade started training with us in our ICE program in October 2014, and since then, he has become one of our mostnconsistent members. Also, he just completed his first FIRE Program, achievingnfantastic gains in strength & muscle mass. Apart from being incredibly consistent innattendance and effort, one of the best things about Wade is that he alwaysnbrings a smile to your face. He’s always willing to get involved in all of ournsessions and social events, and he is fun and energetic to be around. Congratulations for being our Member of thenMonth for June, Wade – our MP Family is richer for having you in it!
If you’re looking for a super easy brekky recipe, look no further than a frittata. It’s full of protein, and you can add pretty much any filling that you want. We got 3 days worth of breakfasts (for 2 of us – with a side salad) from this recipe, and we had some pretty early mornings, so having something in the fridge ready to go was so helpful. Here’s my recipe for Mediterranean Frittata Ingredients: 4 x eggsn1 pack of frozen egg whitesnHandful of spinach 1 x red capsicum, choppedn30g low-fat feta, choppednHandful of pitted Kalamata olivesnSprinkle of basilnMethod: Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Blend your eggs and egg whites together in a blender/Magic Bullet. Spray pyrex tray with canola spray. Place spinach, capsicum, feta and olives into tray. Pour egg mixture over the top. Sprinkle basil over the top. Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes or until you can slide a knife into the frittata and it comes out clean. Enjoy!
The thing I love most about winter is the food. Soups, stews and roasts – makes all that cold weather (almost) bearable! This soup is the easiest I’ve ever made and it tastes great, too. I can make it in under 15 minutes and I know that I’ll have meals for days. Tasty Chicken SoupnIngredients: 1 x brown onion, choppedn1tsp mixed herbsn350g shredded chicken breastn4 x cups mixed frozen vegetables (corn, peas, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, etc)n1/2 tsp grated gingern4 cups of chicken stockn1 x 400g can of diced tomatoesn2 tsp lemon juicenSalt and pepper to tastenMethod: Place chicken breast in slow cooker, with a little bit of water. Cook for 2.5-3 hours, or until you’re able to shred the meat easily. Once the chicken is finished, heat a pan over medium heat and add onion and herbs. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken, frozen vegetables, ginger, lemon, stock and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer on medium heat for 5-8 minutes (uncovered), or until vegetables are cooked. Serve and enjoy! (Recipe originally sourced from www.mp-body.com)
Our Member of the Month for May began training with us in February this year, and has already achieved some fantastic results, proving that hard work really does pay off! Let’s get to know Terry Kerr, our Member of the Month for May! Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself: I’m 38 on the 6th of this month. I have 2 great kids and I’ve been with my partner, Kristie, for 16 years. I currently manage Red Plum Automotive. We are a national vehicle brokering firm. It’s a job I’m enjoying very much and look forward to the company growing over the coming years. Q2. Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start training?nThe “snap point” for me to get back into shape happened when I was trying on a friend’s clothes whilst getting ready for the Red Plum Christmas party. The shirts were way too tight around my waist and belly. I knew I had let myself go, but this was something I’d never had an issue with in the past. Soon after that, Luke came to visit me at work. The penny really dropped at that point. Q3. What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from training at MP?nThe biggest thing I’ve learnt from training at MP is getting fit again is extremely challenging, but it can be a lot of fun, too. Also, getting fit and dropping fat need not be a chore if you have other fun loving and like minded people around you, all striving for a similar goal. Of course, Luke makes it both justifiably challenging but incrementally rewarding, with constant updates on the changes he notices in us all. Q4. What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nMy favourite exercise would have to be the boxing with running thrown in for a little extra torture. I am finding myself improving at all of the exercises, which is motivation in itself. Q5. What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program?nMy advice is to set lots of small and moderately easy goals to achieve while you’re on your path. I have found that simply setting one ultimate goal is far too general and is a reward that’s too far away to smell. The small goals you achieve while you are on your journey offer lots of little rewards which will keep your motivation high. The smallest fish taste the sweetest. Q6. What do you enjoy most about training at MP?nEasily the best part of training at MP is the people. A cliché, I know, but hey, I’m a social animal. Sure, I could say it’s the facilities or the quality of the program, and that goes without saying, but it’s the people who motivate me and it’s the people who keep it interesting. You guys push me to jump higher, run faster, get that last burpee out and to not quit until I get to the top of the hill. ———————————————————————— Terry attends our ICE program, consistently attending 3 classes each week. Since commencing training in February this year, he has dropped a couple of sizes and is fitting into clothing that he previously couldn’t wear with confidence. And while the physical transformation has been exceptional, what Terry contributes to the group can’t be underestimated. His sense of humour, his fun loving nature and the way he encourages his team mates is so incredibly valuable. I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say, “THANK YOU, Terry!”nCongratulations for being our Member of the Month for May and keep up the awesome work!
Our Member of the Month for April really needs no introduction! She’s been training with us for almost 5 years, she’s been with us longer than any other client, and she continues to make us proud each and every week! Let’s get to know Tala Tuua, our Member of the Month for April! Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself: I work at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital as a pastry chef. I studied at Auckland University of Technology and also at Southbank TAFE. Q2. Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start training?nMy snap point came when I was starting to get depressed after a little operation. I was putting on weight, and had no energy for volleyball, so that’s when I went and joined MP. Q3. What do you enjoy about training at MP?nThank you so much to Luke and Rachael and my MP Family for the encouragement and pushing me to become a better, and more healthy, person!n———————————————————————— Tala has been training in our ICE Program since we kicked it off almost 5 years ago, and we know that at every session, she is going to bring her A-game!nCountless times, she’s pushed through physical and mental barriers, working around injuries and a hectic work schedule to get the most out of every workout. Also, she has had great success in her chosen sport of volleyball, including competing in the World Senior Games last year in Las Vegas. Tala is a fierce competitor, but she always does it with a smile on her face! In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever seen Tala NOT smiling… Tala is an incredibly generous spirit, and one who is always encouraging her team mates throughout our ICE Sessions. We really could give you Member of the Month, every month, for the contribution you make to our family, Tala. Thank you!
Our Member of the Month for March celebrated her 1 year training anniversary with us last month, and what a wonderful year it’s been! Let’s get to know Margaret Iles, our Member of the Month for March! These legs are going to be running a half marathon in a few months! Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself: I have 2 grown up girls who live in Canberra, and have worked for Australia Post for 27 years. I moved to Brisbane just over 12 months ago for a lifestyle change and I’m loving it. Q2. Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start training?nMy snap point was centred around my youngest daughter putting on weight. I needed to be a role model, so joined a program and lost 15kg. I realised that I could train myself in my own back yard. At this time, I also took up running and haven’t looked back. When I came to Brisbane, I moved into a sedentary job and realised I needed something more, so I joined MP and the rest is history!nQ3. What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from training at MP?nTo challenge yourself. I would never have done that without Luke and the team. Q4. What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nIt’s definitely changed recently and I am favouring burpees. I also love boxing sessions. Q5. What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program?nConsistency is key, and don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day. Get up and try again the next day. Q6. What do you enjoy about training at MP?nThe fact that we never know what Luke has in store for us keeps it interesting, but above all my MP teammates. ———————————————————————— Margaret is currently doing our ICE Program, and has set the super exciting goal of running the Gold Coast Half Marathon in July this year! We are so looking forward to watching her cross the finish line! Congratulations for being our Member of the Month for March, Margaret! On behalf of the entire MP Family, we appreciate you and all of the positive energy and hard work you bring to every workout!