Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer

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Specialties:

Affiliation:

  • Sharecare

Location:

  • Gold Coast

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    Is fitness a habit?

    Fitness is absolutely a habit! True health and wellness is a lifestyle build on the foundation of healthy habits. If fitness is not a habit then it's a fad; which will fade over time. When fitness is a habit, you adhere to it when it’s convenient AND when it’s not. If you allow fitness to fall in and

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    How can I make sure to maintain my weight loss?

    The answer to this question depends on your level of calorie intake. In order to truly maintain your weight, your body needs to be in homeostasis (a balanced energy state). This means that your caloric expenditure (calories burned each day from physical activity, etc) should equal your calorie intake...Read More
  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    What is the TRX?

    TRX is essentially a gym-in-a-bag. It’s an extremely versatile suspension training system designed by Randy Hetrick and his Navy SEAL teammates as a way to workout while deployed in the field. The TRX weighs less than two pounds and can be set up in seconds, literally. All you need is an anchoring point

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    How can I get rid of a double chin?

    Getting rid of a 'double chin' is a matter of exercising more and watching what you eat. You cannot do what is called spot reduction. This means that the body will burn fat as a whole, not in one specific area that you are focusing on. Since weight loss (or losing body fat) is a matter of burning

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    How big a role does nutrition play in sports performance?

    Personally, I feel that proper nutrition forms the foundation upon which sports performance is built. Without a good nutrition program, every aspect of your physical and mental abilities will decline. Everything from your level of hydration to the timing of your carbohydrate intake will drastically

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    Should I seek professional help before starting a fitness program?

    Yes! It is always important to consult your doctor or a healthcare professional before starting any type of exercise program. There are a number of underlying issues that could affect your ability to safely participate in an exercise program. Some of these issues include high or low blood pressure,

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    Is physical fitness important for me as I age?

    Yes! Physical fitness is extremely important to maintaining function and independence as we grow older. Without adequate physical fitness the human body will change as we age; bones become brittle, balance and proprioception decreases, muscle strength and endurance declines, tendons and muscles shorten

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    Can I turn fat into muscle?

    No, fat cannot be converted into muscle. This is a common misconception. I think that when people experience body composition changes, they assume it is because the body is converting fat into muscle. What is actually happening is that the body is burning fat as a fuel and building muscle (assuming you are performing an...Read More
  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    What are some effects of smoking on physical fitness?

    The effects of smoking are detrimental to physical fitness. Everyone knows that smoking isn't good for you, but let's look into exactly what it does to the body.

    First and foremost, smoking takes its toll on your lungs and cardiovascular system. A key component of your cardiorespiratory fitness is

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    What attitude do healthy people take toward fitness?

    In my experience, healthy people take the attitude that health and fitness is a lifestyle. They embrace the fact that fitness and good health are lifelong pursuits, not finite trends and fads. Healthy people understand that fitness takes dedication, hard work and sacrifice. But they also understand

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    Can I get over-specialized in my sports performance training?

    Personally, I believe that you can get over-specialized in your sports performance training. Sport specific training is great but you should never stray too far from the basics. Foundational exercises such as the squat, deadlift, clean and press, pull up, etc should be your bread and butter. These

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    How does the body lose weight?

    The body loses weight according to the laws of thermodynamics. Weight gain and loss is centered around your energy balance. When your body is in a negative energy balance, this means you are expedning more calories than you are taking in. When this happens, the body must rely on its stores of fat,...Read More
  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    How can exercising with a friend or partner be helpful?

    Exercising with a friend is a great way to help you achieve success in pursuit of your fitness goals. Here are some reasons why exercising with a friend is beneficial:

    • Exercise partners are great at keeping each other accountable and motivated when things get tough and one of them gets discouraged.
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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    What is circuit training?

    Circuit training is a form of weight training that focuses on minimal rest between exercises. In 'traditional' weight training you perform a set, rest, then perform your next set. In circuit training, you perform one set of each exercise in your program back to back to back with minimal rest in between

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  • Mike Allard , NASM Elite Trainer - Gold Coast,  - Fitness

    Will strength training help my swimming?

    Absolutely! Strength training will help improve performance in any sport, competative or recreational. It is vital that the workouts focus on core strength, power, injury prevention and proper body mechanics. Winning and losing in swimming is decided by fractions of a second so minute improvements

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