As a couple whose lives are greatly impacted by mental illness, we often find ourselves neglecting our physical health, and struggling with issues such as low energy and poor motivation. We’ve both benefited greatly by participating in group cardio and personal training with Anthony. His interest and training in psychology, along with his enthusiasm and skills as a physical trainer, have pushed us to challenge ourselves and achieve goals such as weight loss, increased energy and better nutrition.
We’ve both found that exercise has a positive effect on mood, relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety, and his flexibility and willingness to work with other health professionals has allowed us to train safely and effectively with him despite the risks posed by various physical side effects of psychiatric medications.
Although we were not particularly active before we started to train with Anthony, we now both find ourselves missing the exercise when we are unable to go to classes or exercise at home. This is a huge step for us and a very positive one!
Chloë and Owen.
I just want to say thanks to Jeames , Anthony and Matt for their part in preparing me for the Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu in South Amercia that I recently undertook.
The hike is a 45 km section of the original trail built by the Incas in the 15th century . It is at high altitude , remote , in rugged terrain , steep in parts and with literally thousands of steps along the way.
About 5 months before , Jeames designed for me a strength programme with these conditions in mind and this along with 2/3 cardio sessions each week ensured I was prepared as possible for the challenge .
The toughest part of the hike for me was a continual ascent for 1200 metres to a height of 4200 metres – the decrease of oxygen in the air impacted greatly – and I became pretty breathless.
On the last day we had 13km of steep descent – mostly steep stairs – I never thought I would see the day when I would actually thank Jeames for making me do all those step ups, but I did on that day!
Training for those months with a specific goal in mind kept me very focused and the sense of achievement after completing the walk is undescribable. Setting a physical challenge and training for it is an awesome way to keep motivated to exercise.
Jenny Wilson , Co Director DG Wilson Constructions.
I have been training with Anthony and the team from Best Practice for sometime now and am absolutely delighted with the level of fitness that I have acquired – to the point of participating in a 4 km fun run with great enjoyment! The Best Practice approach is professional and motivating and incorporates very high levels of expertise in the fitness area. All the team are very knowledgeable about the mechanics of the body and they have devised a program for me that eliminated a significant neck problem that many visits to a physiotherapist had not achieved. They have been able to think through the mechanics of what was causing the problem and then work on strengthening the appropriate muscles to remove the source of the pain rather than providing a temporary ‘quick fix’. They combine expertise, professionalism and talent with a great sense of humour, endless encouragement and a wide variety of activities that are good fun.
I have exercised with other training studios in the past and there is simply no comparison.
Best Practice Personal Training lives up to its name – it truly does offer best practice in the area of personal training and you enjoy yourself at the same time. Well worth the investment of time and money for the benefits and increased enjoyment it brings to all areas of your life.
Kay Herse, ex school principal Lourdes Hill
Before beginning a personal training programme with Best Practice Personal Training I was sluggish and unhappy with how I looked. Anthony and Jeames have since guided me, encouraged and pushed me toward my goals. Their incredible knowledge about physical fitness coupled with their genuine care for and interest in their clients means that I go back twice a week secure in knowing that I will be well looked after. Today I have more energy, I look considerably slimmer (I still have some more work to do, but I know I will get there), and I have muscle definition that is really starting to look great.
– James QH
Best Practice has provided me with the support to start my weight loss journey, achieve my set weight goal, and now support my fitness journey.
They gave me support and welcome encouragement to come to their group training sessions and also expand the sessions I went to, including my PT sessions, challenge my body and mind to do things i wouldn’t normally have done and have so much fun and a bit of a laugh.
During that time they slowly educated me and changed my eating and drinking habits with their relentless efforts and endless information on “facts and furphy” on good food nutrition, meal plans and calorie counts. There is also the array of “mini challenges” within the “end goal challenge” they have, and hold you accountable for in a way you find yourself wanting to make those mini goals. Because of their support and personal interaction with me I understand why they have a client base of normal good friendly everyday people who have been there for longer than I have and just make their own fitness part of their weekly routine with best practice.
I think the biggest reason for the success is because I was made accountable and responsible for my health and you gave me all the tools required to do this. The goal setting was the first pivotal step in starting this journey and the practical way in which this was explained to me really helped, I also loved making a creative poster I looked at every morning and still look at every day. I didn’t reach my goal weight but am happier with my body than I have ever been and I think that is the biggest battle I have won. Giving me the tools to stop smoking is something I will forever be grateful for as this in turn helped two dear loved ones stop the habit too.
The enthusiasm of everyone at Best Practice has ignited a passion in health and fitness for me and 4 months after my last session with BP I am still going strong. I still go to the gym and actually make it a priority in my life because making excuses would lead me back to where I started.
Best Practice is the only business in which I can honestly say that they do not want my ‘repeat’ business. I say this because I can’t imagine Anthony would be happy with me if I came back to him and said that I need to loose 12 kilo’s and stop smoking again, because this would mean that we both failed. I truly felt that my success was deemed as their success and the same went for my failures too.
The investment I made when I signed up with Best Practice is genuinely one that will give me a lifetime of returns as they gave me the tools to continue on my health and fitness journey for the rest of my life. For the first time in my life I feel in control of my body and am actually happy with it. Now, when I work out it isn’t to lose fat or weight, but it is to retain what I have worked so hard for. That is the most liberating experience of all.
I wish you and your business every success and look forward to seeing how it will evolve.
Although I was quite fit when I started with Best Practice Personal Training, I was amazed with the change in my body after committing to a few sessions a week. I just needed that extra push to go a little harder.
The sessions provide a good mix of aerobic fitness and weights training – I could literally feel myself getting fitter, stronger and more energised after each session!!!
The gym is always clean and the equipment first class. By working with the Best Practice Personal Training crew I know the time I spend training is maximised to help me achieve my goals.
I would like to pass on my thanks to you in helping my general state of health since I have been coming to your sessions. As you know, 2007 was to be my year of health and I am certainly feeling a lot healthier this year than last year.
Although juggling work and a toddler has at times made it difficult for me to train as regularly as I would like, I have certainly noticed a difference in the 6 months I have been training with you. Most importantly, I have found I am having a restful night’s sleep and as a side benefit I seem to be fitting in to a smaller size. Not sure if they are making pants bigger these days or whether I have trimmed up but I’m happy either way! I also enjoy coming to your sessions as you act as my conscience to help me be true to my goals – a true personal trainer. Years ago I used a personal trainer at a bigger gym and although she was a friendly person and very knowledgeable it was more impersonal and therefore didn’t seem to motivate me as much.
Thanks to you and Jeames and keep up the innovation!
Fitzpatricks Brisbane Pty Ltd
“I did 100kms on a bike!”
‘I didn’t want to be your typical guy with a beer gut in his 40’s”‘
“I just wanted to feel more athletic”
“I never thought I would be able….”
15th April, 2011
I want results like these!
0416 116 682
This business was started in 2005 at the Valley Pool, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, by Anthony Gillespie… myself – no pretend third person appraisals here. This is me talking about me! I have a background in professional tennis, both coaching and playing, but put it this way you probably didn’t see me on tv!
This business was started in 2005 at the Valley Pool, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, by Anthony Gillespie… myself – no pretend third person appraisals here. This is me talking about me!
I have a background in professional tennis, both coaching and playing, but put it this way you probably didn’t see me on tv! I completed degrees in both Sports Science, and Psychology with Honours between 1993 and 2003 at the University of New South Wales and the University of Southern Queensland respectively, for a total of 7 years study. Before formal study the journey started with fitness leader courses and work experience in cardiac rehab etc back in 1990. I understand that the process of learning never ends as research and practical experience teaches us new and improved ways to do things.
I have experience in many aspects of life including extensive world travel, running a family business, and more importantly, some serious work and play time on boats. Life is an adventure meant to be lived! But Best Practice Personal Training is not about just one person and what I have done. It is about an intention to encourage good quality training and good quality living, in both members and team members alike. At best practice we have an intense desire to keep learning, deliver results and have fun doing it! We want the right people along for the journey. Who are the right people? -those who have got to the point of being REALLY ready to change. If this is you, take advantage of the vouchers included in this pack and let’s get you where you want to be.
This is a lifestyle change and you know there are no quick fixes. It takes commitment and we are more than ready to help you in that process.
I have a strong background in sports growing up and love to find a new fitness challenge. Currently I’m focusing on getting back to netball and sailing, but my next challenge is to complete a 2.6km Open Ocean Swim. Recently I have sustained a serious knee injury and have become interested in the physical and mental process of the rehabilitation that follows, understanding from a personal view how hard it can be to keep going. As a result I want to implement my personal knowledge of rehab and my knowledge and passion of sports and fitness from a performance view into my training.
Educational background: Certificate III & IV of Fitness, 2nd of a Bachelor Exercise and Sport Science (UQ)
Future Ambitions: Exercise and Sport Science & working everyone from rehabilitation to personal training and professional sports teams
Hobbies: Netball, Windsurfing & Swimming
Travels: I have travelled to England, Scotland & New Zealand. I hope to travel around Europe at the end of the year
Favourite food: Beef teriyaki stir fry
Favourite book: The Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlam
Alison is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor, trained in mat and all equipment. She has worked as a full time pilates instructor since 2009 in Brisbane and also in London. Alison has had experience working with a variety of clients including the elderly, pre and postnatal and advanced clients. While working as a pilates instructor she has continued to educate herself through varied workshops and courses with a focus on anatomy and human movement as well as rehabilitation after injuries. Since being introduced to pilates, while working as a professional dancer, she has experienced firsthand how pilates can improve strength, flexibility and overall well being. Whether it’s a mat class, small group class or one on one pilates, Alison challenges all her clients to achieve their fitness goals.
I have a great passion for sport and exercise having been involved with rowing, basketball, soccer, water polo, cross country and rugby all during my time at high school. This passion developed into a desire to further understand how the human body is capable of performing such amazing feats during exercise which has driven me to undertake my Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Drawing upon my own personal experience with exercise as well as my education into its benefits for a wide range of clientele, I believe that exercise is a powerful tool everyone can use to improve the quality of their life. I have had experience coaching rowing at Brisbane State High school and currently I am working towards completing a marathon distance rowing event.
Educational Background: Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology (current).
Future Ambitions: Continue to learn and improve my skills as an Exercise Physiologist. I would like to gain as much experience with a wide variety of clients and to be one day considered an expert in my field.
Hobbies: Love learning new physical activities, skills, sports and generally anything exercise related. I also love to read and cook.
Travels: New Zealand, Thailand.
Favourite Food: Spaghetti Bolognaise.
Favourite Book: Game of Thrones series
Julia joined the team in February 2015 as an administrative assistant/personal assistant. She has a background in Exercise Science and Public Health and loves being active and learning new skills. After graduating from the Queensland University of Technology midway through 2014, she went to Canada to volunteer at an animal shelter and travel for 5 months, and upon arriving home she found a spot in the Best Practice family. Considering her background in Exercise Science, she is hoping to take up a personal training role on top of her administrative role. She also does fitness testing and training with the students at Villanova College, is a Child Facilitator for the Parenting, Eating & Activity for Child Health Queensland program and plays netball for Queensland Catholic Netball Association.
Educational background: Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science & Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health)
Future ambitions: To be involved in developing and delivering health promotion projects/programs at a community level
Hobbies: Playing netball and dining with friends
Travels: United States of America, Japan, Bali, Canada and a few tropical islands in the Pacific Ocean
Favourite foods: Spaghetti dishes and fruit
Favourite book: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Best Practice – Our Purpose
OUR CORE VALUES – updated July 2013 Down to earth (friendly & non-intimidating) We are down to earth and are friendly to all our clients and but we will still ask the difficult questions with compassion and will hold all clients accountable in a non intimidating way. Inquisitive (life-long dedication to learning, both theoretical and
OUR CORE VALUES – updated July 2013
- Down to earth (friendly & non-intimidating)
We are down to earth and are friendly to all our clients and but we will still ask the difficult questions with compassion and willhold all clients accountable in a non intimidating way.
- Inquisitive (life-long dedication to learning, both theoretical and practical because we are just curious by nature)
We will be inquisitive by always asking if there is a better way that we can help clients achieve their goals. We are committed to researching and implementing new improved techniques through a scientific approach and then with on-going evaluation, refine what we do.
- Fun (lots of fun)
We all have a sense of fun and a desire to use improved fitness and health for a more adventurous life, at least in some way. We don’t sweat the small stuff and figure laughter is the best form of ‘treatment’ there is. If it’s not fun, there is a better way to do it!
This is what we are hired for. After all if clients could do this on their own we wouldn’t be needed! We offer support on the journey to making fitness and healthy habits a non-negotiable part of life.
This acknowledges our goal directed attitude and our clients desire for results. By having a process focus you can free up mental space and the outcome will look after itself.
OUR PURPOSE – (mission statement)
“To create a fun environment that encourages learning which support both clients and staff to achieve their potential in health, fitness and performance. This in turn will help us live a happy life, full of passion and lots of good stuff including adventure and hopefully wisdom”
PHOTOS - SINCE 2005
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