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Coach Shannon- Youth V Pro


Youth athletes are not professional athletes; hence they shouldn’t be training like professional athletes. At Bodyfit I train several youth athletes and also several children. For the record a 9 year old girl I currently train has the best squat mechanics of anyone I train. Here is a super article from the guys at Cressey […]

Coach Jake Shannon – The Basics

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Often people ask me how much goes into training athletes and if I follow online methods such as P90x or Instagram famous* “Fitness Professionals” who have never actually trained or coached anyone and have no recognised qualifications whatsoever. They look good in a bikini or with some baby oil smooshed all over their big muscles […]

Coach Jake Shannon – Squatting & Your Knees

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Let me put a persistent strength training myth to bed for you all. It revolves around squatting and knee placement… When you squat, your knees can and should travel past your toes!! Shock horror I can almost guarantee at one point in your life (assuming you have been in a gym before,) you’ve heard someone […]

Coach Jake Shannon – Power Series

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Training an athlete for power, or more specifically, training their ability to rapidly produce force, has to be coached, periodised and programmed properly for all athletes. Let’s be honest, majority of sports require athletes to be able to express high amounts of power. When all else is equal, 99% of the time, the athlete who […]

Coach Jake Shannon – Your check engine light is on..

Last week I finally got around to dropping my laptop off at an IT place in Darwin to fix it. When they asked me what the problem with it was, I couldn’t even tell them because I didn’t know. All I knew was that I was getting random messages, things wouldn’t close after I tried […]

Coach Jake Shannon – Comparing Yourself

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Recently I got caught out comparing myself to another strength coach. He’s the same age as me with the same qualifications as me, yet he works at AFL level with one of the best teams in the competition. I quickly remembered why I try hard not to compare myself to others in my profession. We […]

Exercise and Depression


In Australia, it is estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults deal with depression, and over 2 million struggle with anxiety. Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research […]

4 Tips for Reducing Anxiety Naturally


Did you know that one in every six young Australians is experiencing severe anxiety? Chances are if it isn’t you, you would at least know someone who is. According to Beyond Blue, anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings when we feel under pressure is normal, they usually pass once […]

When Things Go Wrong With Your Heart

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Did you know that your heart beats up to 100,000 times a day to pump blood, oxygen and nutrients around your body – that’s up to 3 billion heartbeats during an average lifetime. But what happens when this amazing muscle suddenly stops working the way it should? This month the Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal is taking centre […]

Tradies National Health Month


Unfortunately it doesn’t come as a shock that statistically speaking, Australian tradespeople including labourers, technicians, machinery operators and drivers are among the top four occupations of serious injury claims! While there have been improvements, our tradies continue to have the highest health and safety claims of any sector (check out Australian Physiotherapy Association’s tradies health snapshot for […]