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About Olympian Stuart McIntosh - My Fitness Mentor

2000 & 2004 Olympian. Founder of My Fitness Mentor -Personal Training Programs for men & women, Sports Conditioning, Athlete Mentoring & Slalom Coaching.

What makes a truly great athlete? Is success a gift they are born with or developed?

Originally posted on My Fitness Mentor ~ Olympian Stuart McIntosh:
I am privileged that I have many friends around the world that are truly great athletes across many sports and yes some are Olympic medalists.  They all have very different personalities…

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Can you run faster than public transport?

Awesome 🙂

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BLAST FROM THE PAST – 2004 interview with Olympic GOLD medalist JOE JACOBI

During the build up to the 2004 Olympic I had my own athlete website and I just found all the old documents!!!  Including my theories on racing, training, interviews with athletes/coaches and I want to share them with you. In … Continue reading

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Antioxidant Smoothie

Originally posted on The Fit Foodie:
Aside from this being insanely pretty, strawberries and acai make for a refreshing and detoxifying smoothie. Full of antioxidants to clear you skin, this one is great a great way to start your day if…

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My #IceBucketChallenge with the help of some VERY willing athletes.

Just as we were about to shoot, Ciaren ran off to be sick.  We had just finished our session with some Peak Lactic Sprints. . .  He was fine a few minutes later and it all added to the fun … Continue reading

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FREE – ‘6 week personal training program’ for all current clients

WHY?  Because it is winter and cold.  This is my commitment to keep you motivated and guarantee you achieve your personal goals! Programs will be emailed through this week, but if there is anything you want to discuss, please call. Train … Continue reading

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Coming soon: The difference between facilitating & strategic coaching

COMING SOON!!!!!

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The secret to elite level sport performance

Elite level performances happen across many sporting disciplines at major championship events regularly as you can see in the video.  But how and is there a secret training formula?   Not really, it is all about consistently executing an accumulation … Continue reading

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Never cheer up a child with junk food – the best way to help an upset child after sport.

When children are exposed to a routine that works, they learn it, understand it and when done regularly it is locked into the memory. :  Beaten at Soccer + treated to ice cream + given a cuddle = feels better … Continue reading

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Do children learn lifestyle choices from their parents?

In the picture above you see my youngest child and me. She actually watches most of training sessions as all my children have, and in this article I suggest that our lifestyle choices are passed on to our children.  If … Continue reading

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Tenderstem Broccoli, Sundried Tomato and Walnut Salad

I am all about dark, green, leafy vegetables these days.  I want to somehow always try to incorporate them into my day and if I can at every single meal!  This salad came to me as I was staring at…

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You guys are all TOP GUN!!!!! Oceania Open and final Australian Team Selection Race – Coaching seniors & juniors athletes from the USA and Australia… Its been challenging as a coach too!

 Photo: Legend Ricki Powell Team USA – AKA ‘Goose’. As the sun sets and the Oceania Open closes, and yet another National Team selection race concludes I am emotionally exhausted.  As a coach I believe and feel for all athletes … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Farfalle with arugula from mum’s garden… A quick weekday meal !

Originally posted on Good Food Everyday:
Back to the weekday routine and a quick easy meal for today. This pasta is so simple yet delicious and I use a mix of cooked and uncooked ingredients. I like using farfalle with…

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Australian Schools Championship – Core Stability in Sport – ‘Boys Vs Girls’ competition to pull a bus!!!

Over the last 2 days I have been coaching Canoe Slalom Athletes competing in the Australian Schools Championship at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.  Schools from all over Australia brought their best athletes which delivered some excellent racing, possibly spurred on by New … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

Originally posted on Beauty & Fitness:
July 31, 2013 | Marie Spano Have you ever been frustrated by your weight? You cut your calories, log your food intake and diligently work out, sweating through spin classes and hammering it the…

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What will you achieve in 2014?

If you have vision, a plan, strong influences from the right people, mixed with a bucket load of discipline and willingness to work then you are on track to achieve the success you deserve in 2014.

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The perfect Boxing day lunch – Turkey & Brie Panini

I overindulged on Christmas day and now feeling suitably bloated.  My fridge is full of left overs so this my Boxing day lunch, followed by a brisk walk with family to say ‘Merry Christmas’ to neighbours…  (Although I am sure many … Continue reading

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Wild Salmon in a Herb Mustard Glaze served over Garlic Mashed Potato

Originally posted on Yvette's Gourmet Kitchen:
This dish has a very mild taste that is nicely complimented with the garlic mashed potatoes and topped with some peppery arugula. Wild salmon is high in omega 3, it is low in saturated…

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Justin Bieber & Barry Manalow just ruined my training session! Why music is crucial to performance.

If you don’t have a training partner and you need to push yourself music is a great motivator, but it can also have the opposite effect.  I don’t want to listen to Justin Bieber or Barry Manalow during a training session!!! … Continue reading

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My Fitness Diary #1 – my head still believes it is controlling the body of an athlete.

This diary shares my personal fitness challenges as I strive to stay lean, fit and strong without getting bored. My whole body has a lingering dull ache, especially my lower abs and legs.  Simply sitting down to write is a mission. … Continue reading

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What makes a truly great athlete? Is success a gift they are born with or developed?

I am privileged that I have many friends around the world that are truly great athletes across many sports and yes some are Olympic medalists.  They all have very different personalities but they do have similar attitudes built on key personality … Continue reading

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My wife said… ‘Your stomach is sticking out further than your chest’… So I jumped on the scales and wow!!!!

Originally posted on My Fitness Mentor ~ Olympian Stuart McIntosh:
It seems I have been ‘talking the talk and not walking the walk’!   Yep, even trainers can lose track from time to time, we are human too!  (Did you know most…

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One of the Fastest Ways to Get Ripped

Originally posted on Sykose Extreme Sports News:
Carbohydrates, like electricity, provide energy. But, as with electricity, if you stick your fork in with reckless abandon, you’re setting yourself up for failure. With carbs, it’s all about timing. Housing 
a giant…

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The fastest boat on the river – Rowing 4 vs Kayaking 4. (whats the difference between rowing and kayaking anyway?)

Last night in Melbourne, Australia a fierce competition was fought for bragging rights to ‘the fastest boat on the river‘.  It was a very tight race and you can watch the video clip to see who won! (and now you know the … Continue reading

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What does a girl give a man that just gave her flowers?… introducing Man Flowers!

If your partner is drinking too much beer and growing a beer belly, give him the subtle hint by filling his favorite beer glass with silverbeet (aka Spinach) and his ‘keg’ will turn into a ‘6-pack’. A stein of silverbeet is … Continue reading

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Fitness Tips for Busy People

Originally posted on Personal Training in Miami:
1. Schedule ‘workout’ Make exercise an important commitment and schedule it like a meeting so that you are more likely to keep the “appointment”. It is also a good idea to keep tabs…

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Society’s perception of ‘normal’ is changing.

For most men it is expected that ‘they know what to do’, but all too often I find out that their knowledge base is built on rumor or very dated information.  Sit ups before bed and a couple of laps … Continue reading

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What is the first step?

The first step is to meet and discuss how we combine the following options to help you achieve you goals.  I use my knowledge base to create & design a program tailored for you!  I am not pushing a product… If … Continue reading

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Its the way they won gold that is important…

CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS now the World Team Champions and to Jess Fox the individual World Champion. When I reflect back on my training sessions with Jess Fox, Ali Borrows and Ros Lawrence all I remember is laughter… There was soo much … Continue reading

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Learning Olympic Lifts – the Dead Lift

Olympic lifts are great for core stability and work a large number of muscles at the same time.  They are very common exercises with most athletes and currently ‘trendy’ in the mainstream fitness industry due to Crossfit.  Anyone can learn … Continue reading

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Exercise & beer with mates – Cripple Creek

If the only time you catch up with your mates is to have a beer and you wonder why you have a beer belly, then you need to change what you do when you hang out with mates. A couple … Continue reading

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How to follow a ‘steep’ development curve – athletes, coaches, trainers & fitness fanatics!

In my experience many athletes are unable to correctly identify & exploit their own strengths. They are very good at critiquing peers and often focus too much attention on their own perceived weakness.  A good training plan/ log shows individual … Continue reading

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Economic & Social effects on men

  Many men feel too tired after work for exercise, instead reaching for a cold beer at the end of a busy day. This habit forming routine creates long term health issues that quickly has your stomach sticking out further … Continue reading

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Any fitness goal is a little daunting

Every fitness goal should feel a little daunting at first because “YOU just don’t know what you are capable of or what you can achieve until you try.” Its such a awesome feeling when you start something new, suddenly it … Continue reading

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How strong do you want to be?

A 6 week gym program (from me) and you will be much stronger… but how strong do you want to be? Programs are ideal for those that want a structure to achieve a goal or hit a target.  I write … Continue reading

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Appetite Suppressants – Chilli

When and how much should I use? Chilli is natural appetite suppressant and many studies say that a small amount of cayenne chilli will induce metabolism-revving. “We found that consuming red pepper can help manage appetite and burn more calories … Continue reading

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Definition of a Mentor

Definition of a Mentor = A mentor does not tell someone what to do… They share personal ‘experience & knowledge’ to ‘help & inspire’ others to achieve their goals.  (Stuart McIntosh, 2013)  Click to see   ‘My Mission Statement’

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Can I lose 8kg in 8 weeks? How to pick an incentive that gives drive and rewards your effort (Penfolds Grange)

… Continued from previous post –   My wife said… ‘Your stomach is sticking out further than your chest’. The carrot and the stick – A combination of rewards and punishment to induce behavioral change In my experience in order … Continue reading

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My wife said… ‘Your stomach is sticking out further than your chest’… So I jumped on the scales and wow!!!!

It seems I have been ‘talking the talk and not walking the walk’!   Yep, even trainers can lose track from time to time, we are human too!  (Did you know most Personal Trainers burn out in less than 5 years due to … Continue reading

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A Formula for Developing Successful Results

In November 2012 I started a 5 month coaching contract for the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) with the National Canoe Slalom Team, working with the senior, under 22 and junior teams. They are a great bunch of young athletes … Continue reading

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”Gold hopes for waterboys”, An interview I gave the BBC just before the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

I cant believe it is nearly 13 years ago since I raced the Sydney 2000 Olympic games.  In a way it feels like yesterday, but also a lifetime ago. This is just one of the many interviews I gave that … Continue reading

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A Monday Lunch Salad for Men

I am no Master Chef and my photography may not be pretty, but this is a salad for men!  (ingredients are listed below) I know I should eat salad regularly but buying all the ingredients (without them going off) and making it … Continue reading

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If you want to stay fit & healthy pick yourself a fun challenge…

If you want to stay fit & healthy pick yourself a fun challenge… In September 2012 I attempted the Sydney marathon…. It was a personal challenge and the training sessions were hard, I won’t deny it but I achieved much … Continue reading

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Will cutting out beer or wine really make a difference?

Just a couple of glasses of wine or beer per night over seven days is the equivalent to eating an extra 2 average evening meals!!! Plus they are empty calories, not giving you any energy. Beer and wine should be … Continue reading

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Want to grow muscle and lose weight…

Can you remember your parents forcing you to eat your ‘greens’…  This article explains why you should do the same for yourself and your family.  Briefly explaining the benefits for muscle recovery, weight loss and mental health http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/value_of_vegetables.htm Image from … Continue reading

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What can you expect from me?

As your fitness mentor, I have over 20 years of experience to advise you on the steps you must take to create a fitter, stronger healthier you. Once you tell me what you want to achieve we agree a number … Continue reading

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The most successful have no concept of failure!!!

backflip by Guerlain Chicherit at Tignes ski resort, France How do we know what we can achieve…? This image of an incredible first ever car backflip was taken in February 2013 at Tignes Ski resort. The driver, Guerlain Chicherit, spent … Continue reading

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James Bond Diet = no carbs after 4pm and exercise lots!

James Bond Diet = no carbs after 4pm and exercise lots! An amusing short interview 🙂 WHY DOES THIS WORK? Exercise will speed up your

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What’s the First Step?

To meet and discuss how we combine the following options to help you achieve you goals. Diet and Fitness Advice We meet in a café (during your lunch break) to run through what you want to achieve and what

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Are we defined by the way we deal with mistakes…?

Sometimes ‘shit happens’… but are we defined by the way we deal with it? GB Team mate and friend Etienne Stott in gives an entertaining & inspiring insight to his journey to 2012 Olympic Gold medal success… 

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