03 May Faces of High Street: Absolute Health Performance
Faces of High Street: Absolute Health Performance
During times of unease, exercise provides an important outlet and a chance to step away from work and home stresses. We speak to Finlay, Senior Coach at Absolute Health & Performance, about the importance of keeping active during the current climate, ways you can keep fit at home, and how the benefits of strength training go beyond physical.
As the Senior Coach at Absolute Health & Performance Armadale, Finlay has sport in his blood. Growing up playing tennis, the success or failure of any family holiday depended on its proximity to a court. His passion for coaching became intertwined with his love for sports when he started coaching at school. Ever since then the only feeling that comes close to playing sport himself is assisting somebody else to realise their enjoyment of exercise.
Finlay describes Absolute Health & Performance as being entirely focused on the individual customer’s health journey. Similar to what an elite athlete would experience within a sporting organisation, Absolute offers everybody the opportunity to work with multiple skilled health practitioners to devise a personalised training programme focused on strength training.
When any client walks into their studio the first priority is to understand their history, lifestyle and goals. After getting to the core of what the client’s goals are and what drives them to get there, they are able to partner them with the most appropriate inhouse coach and specialist, whether that be physiotherapy, osteopathy, exercise physiology, dietetics, soft tissue or sports physicians.
Much like many other businesses on High Street, Absolute Health & Performance has had to adapt to the current health crisis and all their services have swiftly moved online temporarily. Although daunting it did not take long to put systems in place and the coaches have also had the opportunity to think of creative solutions to suit the situation of each client. Many bottles of wine have been used instead of exercise equipment…. because well why not!!
Finlays Top Tips to Stay Motivated and Active At Home
- Firstly, I think that most people should be a little more forgiving of themselves. We have all had days when we are not sure what we are doing and probably feel like we are accomplishing little. If you feel this try and become aware of that feeling and then accept that it is okay and will not last forever!
- Secondly, a method that I use is to write down (or vocalise) why you are doing something. “I would like to exercise because…” I think that moves your thinking closer to something you really value, understanding your ‘why’.
- Next, make yourself accountable. This could be telling a friend what you are doing to keep active, but it could also be telling somebody like myself (a coach). Having a coach not only gives you accountability but is also a sounding board for ideas.
- Lastly, if you are to invest in any piece of equipment for home workouts besides lifting bottles of wine, it should be the power band. This is a large looped band which is very affordable, highly versatile and portable if you are going to the park or moving around the home. You can use them to build strength, muscle and assist with any stretching you might be doing.
Visit Finlay at: (in person when it’s safe to, or online)
Absolute Health & Performance 948 High St, Armadale VIC 3143