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Calibre Fitness Blog

The deadlift has been one of the primal lifts that has been used for decades in strength training, however, it can also be one of the most dangerous lifts if not performed correctly.

Traditionally the deadlift is performed with a straight bar and all too often I hear people complaining about sore or stiff backs after deadlift exercises.

The deadlift is a movement that we perform in everyday living and a popular exercise in the gym, therefore, it is an essential part of any training program. Here is a variation you can try to take some of that stress off your back.

Introducing the Olympic Diamond Trap Bar.

The diamond shape allows the user to perform the exercise while standing inside the bar. This then brings your centre of mass back in towards the body rather than in front of your body with straight bar deadlifts. When your centre of mass is moved in front of you body this in turn puts the lower back (erector spinae) under more stress to keep you from falling over. Also with your centre of mass being within your body this allows you to use more of your quads than the posterior chain and now gives you the ability to perform squat jumps using the same muscles that directly crossover to jumping. This will help improve your explosiveness and vertical jump.

The Calibre Fitness Olympic Diamond Trap Bar is built to take a pounding and last a lifetime. The bar is made by a one-piece forged construction giving you the ultimate workout and peace of mind knowing that your bar is the best. Additionally, the bar is ergonomically designed and has two different handle heights to allow the user to begin the lift from different positions. It also accommodates the taller individuals by being more comfortable to lift.

Click Here to view the Calibre Fitness Olympic Diamond Trap Bar.

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Stop Whining, Start Grinding

January 02, 2014

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From Steve: Nov 2014

December 27, 2013

Hey friends of Calibre,

We are going through a sales 'purple patch' at Calibre Fitness!

We have thrown our support behind many leading brands such as Body-Solid, York, Horizon, Vision, Matrix, Concept 2, plus others and will continue to expand our product and brand offering over the coming months.

If it is big brand gym and fitness equipment you want, Calibre has it and at the lowest price on the market- we guarantee it!!

Now for those of you that missed out on our October Pre-Sale, you missed out on a plethora of great deals. Unfortunately I cannot turn back the clock, however, stay tuned as we are almost ready to launch our Christmas Sale so there is still time to grab an amazing Christmas present at a great price!

Finally, as part of our October Pre-Sale and Newsletter Calibre Fitness were giving away a $500 Gift Card. Congratulations to:

Bruce Waynecraft. You have won a $500 Gift Card simply for liking us on Facebook!
(Please contact us to claim your prize)

Look after your health!

Steve Callanan
Managing Director

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Benefits of the front squat

December 27, 2013

The squat is one of the key primal movements that we perform every day however most of us tend to neglect the overwhelming benefits of performing the front squat when we visit the gym.

When we look around the gym, more often than not you will see the vast majority of individuals performing the traditional back squat.

There have been numerous scientific studies in the past that have highlighted the benefits of the front squat.

Firstly, and I believe most importantly, front squats enforce good squat technique. Too often lower back pain occurs as a result of poor technique or 'cheating' when performing a back squat. However, when conducting a front squat if you try to cheat it is game over. If your torso moves too far forward (common with back squats) you will drop the weight. This encourages correct squat technique through keeping your torso erect, which in turn can be directly transferred to back squats.

Secondly, front squats have been proven to be a great tool for training the core. A recent study found that activity in the spinal erector and rectus abdominal muscle was higher when performing a front squat compared to a back squat. It has even been suggested that this can be an effective modality for training the core. This is due to the core muscles being used to stabilize the trunk during a multi joint movement (represents movements associated with daily living). This represents a functional crossover to everyday living that is much higher than the traditional core exercise 'the plank'.

Another benefit of the front squat is the direct transference to Olympic lifts. With the increasing popularity of Olympic lifts, front squats will help those wanting to improve their "cleans" through providing proper technique for the catch portion of the clean.

Next time you are at the gym, why don't you try something different - shift that bar to the front and start reaping the benefits of the front squat!

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From Steve: Dec 2014

December 27, 2013

HO HO HO Calibre followers!

It is time to get merry because Santa Claus is coming to town once again.

Send your friends, family and loved ones the gift of health this Christmas. We have put together some perfect Gift Ideas that are sure to please, whatever your budget.

But get in quick while stocks last and to ensure you receive your goodies before Christmas.

2014 has been a massive year for Calibre Fitness. Thank-you so so much to our growing list of loyal and supportive customers that have made this possible!

Have a sensational Christmas and a Safe, Happy New Year!

Steve Callanan
Managing Director

PS- Congratulations to Jasmine Yeates, you have won a $500 Gift Card for signing up as a VIP!
(Please contact us to claim your prize)

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From Steve: Jan 2014

December 27, 2013

Happy New Year Calibre followers!

2015 is the year to take your health and fitness to the next level!

Calibre Fitness experienced massive growth throughout 2014 but with many new amazing products arriving soon we are expecting 2015 to be even bigger and better.

Once again thank you for your support and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2015!

Steve Callanan
General Manager

PS- Congratulations to Simone Lindner, you have won a $500 Gift Card for signing up as a VIP!
(Please contact us to claim your prize)

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Motivational Video

December 02, 2013

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It is commonly known that many elite athletes particularly of the endurance kind will at some stage in their careers have tried altitude acclimatization or hypoxic training (breathing air with low oxygen) to gain that performance edge. Altitude Training is clinically proven to legally enhance SPEED, STAMINA, POWER, RECOVERY, CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING and MOTIVATION.

Over years of experimentation and studies, many techniques and devices have been developed to simulate these conditions, the most effective is known as Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT). Athletes typically do not live and train at altitude so there are two theories of IHT. The first known as 'live low, train high'. This is where an athlete will train for short periods at altitude then return to sea level to recover. The major problem with this is that it is much harder to train at altitude so although many adaptations will be made, training intensity will be very low so there becomes a risk of losing muscular strength. The more beneficial type of IHT is to live high and train low. This allows training intensity to remain high and the athlete still benefits from altitude acclimatization.

Over the past 60 years, in the former Soviet Union and in many former CIS countries, in particular Ukraine, IHT has been applied and monitored for a variety of medical and sporting applications. There are many health benefits such as controlling asthma, promoting antioxidant response and aiding in weight loss just to name a few. The benefits are not only specific to endurance athletes but ALL athletes will have particular benefits to help increase performance. This is where most of the research and knowledge has come from; working directly with the world leaders in altitude training has enabled the production of a device by a New Zealand company known as the 'SIMPLEX'!

Introducing the SIMPLEX....

The problem with traditional altitude training is that most of the time it ends up being very expensive and there won't be the response the person was hoping for in terms of increasing performance. If we take for example a training camp held at an altitude of 4000m that might be common for a tri squad or sports team to do. Chances are that for a third of them the altitude will be too low and they won't get a training response, for another third it might be too high and they will end up with altitude sickness. The last third might get a training response but then once they have adapted to 4000m then that's all the adaptation they will achieve.

The Mountain O2 SIMPLEX device is the only one of its kind in the world that is individualized to the needs of every individual which means there is a 100% response rate. The best thing is that when you have reached the first level then you can simply increase the difficulty or altitude and continue to get results!

The SIMPLEX works by the athlete re-breathing their own air through a tube into a canister intermittently for 4 efforts of up to 5-7minutes, taking no longer than 40minutes for a session to be completed. Carbon dioxide is kept constant and regulated. Your heart rate and blood oxygen levels are monitored continuously.

FACT: If you were to travel to Mt Everest base camp at over 5000m above sea level your blood oxygen levels would be around 80% of normal value. This can be experienced in as little as 3minutes using the Mountain O2 system!

A standard base phase on the SIMPLEX takes 15-20 days to complete after which blood volume and performance will peak up to 2-3 weeks later (ideal for those athletes travelling over seas for a big competition). If you or someone you know is interested in the product then please like the facebook page or contact me for more information.

Who can benefit:

  • Endurance athletes: increased VO2 max
  • Team sport athletes: increased work capacity
  • Speed/Power athletes: increased power, decreased recovery time
  • Older athletes: less training to maintain peak fitness
  • Injured athletes: improved healing of injury
  • Cross-fitters: Less muscle damage and quicker recovery
  • Asthma sufferers: decreased symptoms
  • Mountain Climbers: climb faster and spend less time acclimatizing
  • Skiers: No altitude sickness.
  • Everyone: Better quality of life!

Some of the many sports used for:

  • Rugby and Rugby sevens and Rugby League
  • Aussie Rules
  • Tennis
  • Army
  • UFC Fighting
  • Iron man and Triathlon
  • Swimming
  • Surf Lifesaving
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Kayaking 
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Interval Training still a HIIT

November 27, 2013

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has again become a popular trend in the fitness industry, although we have to wonder whether it actually ever left?

While it's come back into the spotlight from books such as Fast Exercise, by the BBC's Dr Michael Mosley, leading fitness experts have touted the benefits of HIIT for the past 20 years, and popular programs including Body For Life have utilised the concept of hard, short periods of exercise to improve cardiovascular health and increase metabolic rate for up to 24 hours afterwards.

It was originally developed by athletic coaches to train runners, but it has crossed over to the fitness industry due to its fat-burning benefits confirmed many times over in scientific studies.

In fact, one of the first studies to discover that HIIT was more effective for fat loss was done in 1994 study by researchers at Laval University (Ste-Foy, Quebec, Canada). They reported that young men and women who followed a 15-week HIIT program lost significantly more body fat than those following a 20-week continuous steady-state endurance program. This, despite the fact that the steady-state program burned about 15,000 calories more than the HIIT program.

The Laval University study that found a decrease in body fat with HIIT also discovered that the HIIT subjects' muscle fibres had significantly higher markers for fat oxidation (fat burning) than those in the continuous steady-state exercise group.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, a mere two weeks of HIIT training can improve aerobic capacity as much as six to eight weeks of endurance training.

Another wonderful benefit of interval training is that unlike endurance training, which often leads to muscle loss, HIIT training allows you to retain that hard-earned muscle.

And – to top it all off – it stimulates the production of human growth hormone in the body, which slows down the ageing process.

For those of you who aren't familiar with HIIT, it involves intervals of high-intensity exercise (such as running at 90% of your max heart rate) followed by low intensity (walking at a moderate pace) or complete rest. This is in sharp contrast to the typical steady-state cardio most people do at a moderate intensity, such as walking on a treadmill at 60–70% of their max heart rate.

HIIT sessions can go for as little as 5 minutes, incorporating bouts of 15 – 60 second intervals of intensity.

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From Steve: October 2014

November 27, 2013

Hey all health and fitness focussed people,

Calibre Fitness launched its first ever Pre-Sale a few weeks ago with great success! On offer were big brand cardio and strength equipment at heavily reduced prices.

Well, I have great news! We are ready to launch one more pre-sale with ETA end of December so this is the perfect opportunity to buy an awesome Xmas present at unbeatable pricing for that special someone or make sure you get what you want for Xmas and treat yourself.

But you better move fast as this massive sale is for a limited time only!

Additionally, we are expanding our range quickly, offering only the biggest and best brands such as PENDLAY, CONCEPT 2, YORK, BODY-SOLID, BOSU, HORIZON, KETTLER, MATRIX, TRX, VISION and more! Stay tuned for even more big brands to come.

Finally, as part of our last Pre-Sale and September Newsletter Calibre Fitness were giving away two fantastic prizes. Congratulations to:

  • Craig Ferrier. You have won a Commercial Home Gym for signing up as a VIP!
  • Pehi Graham. You have won a $500 Gift Card simply for liking us on Facebook!
    (Please contact us to claim your prize)

And don't forget to become a VIP customer to receive further discounts and rewards. To become a VIP, simply click here!

Look after your health!

Steve Callanan
Managing Director

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