Pilates exercises for your core

Your core is about more than just the abs you can see; your core is a complex series of muscles that don’t include your arms and legs, and are the centre of your strength and stability.

Harriet Brown
Three things I have learned this season….

t’s hard to believe I have raced in the Ironwoman series for 8 years now!

My initial goal was to just make it into the series where I could race against my idols.

My goals progressed from making the top ten, to the top three, and this year the ever elusive number one position.

Harriet Brown
Goals and Motivation

Before starting any kind of training program, it is important to have a purpose and goals. As a young athlete, I used to shy away when my coach would ask me to write down my goals.

Harriet Brown
Race Day Preparation

Racing is an opportunity for athletes to showcase all of their hard work, skills and fitness. When you are preparing for a competition there are few important factors to consider to ensure you are organised and feeling your best come race day. I will share with you a few tips and strategies I use to make sure I am race ready. 

Harriet Brown
My reflection of 2016

2016 started out with World Championships on the horizon. That was my main focus. However as life never goes to plan, I broke my jaw at the end of May. This meant for six weeks I was unable to eat properly, train, work or talk.

Harriet Brown
The Importance of Protein

High protein diets are all the rage these days. Society is slowing moving away from a low fat diet to more of a high protein, low carb style of eating. Athletes, body builders, models and busy mums are all jumping on the protein band wagon. But what’s so good about protein you may ask? Let me keep it simple and tell you all the secrets about the power of protein.

Harriet Brown
Victoria Surf Clinic

Growing up in Victoria, my idols that I watched on TV in the Nutri-Grain series seemed to live far away and removed from my life. For sure, I had excellent role models in Victoria including the older girls in Ocean Grove SLSC. Those girls inspired me to train hard every day. As I am still a Victorian at heart I love coming home to see how the nippers and youth are progressing and helping out where I can. My aim is to hopefully inspire these kids to love the surf as much as I do.

Grace McCalmon
My Month of No Eating... Just Drinking

For the past month, I have been only able to drink liquids and eat only very soft food. A broken wired jaw, means I am unable to chew my food or open my mouth. So anything that doesn’t go in a blender and turn into mush is out of the question. When I was first told of this strict diet was shocked and thought I would never be able to last, but I had no choice.

Grace McCalmon
How to Know When You're Training Too Much

For so many of us motivated humans, however, turning up isn’t the problem. For many young athletes, the bigger problem lies in training too hard day in day out and not knowing when to rest... One of the most challenging aspects of being an athlete is learning that fine line between training well and overdoing it. Lazy or Tired? 

Grace McCalmon