ABOUT Peter Petrou Fitness
At Peter Petrou fitness I believe enjoying what you are doing is the key to fitness. I try to explain to people that I could put you on the best and most scientifically designed exercise program in the world that is guaranteed to give you success.
Yet, if you don’t like it you won’t do and you won’t get success. On the other hand, you could be on the most simple exercise program in the world that you love, you will then do it and you will get success and success is what you are after.
Our Core Values
It’s easy to get fit, it’s just hard work.” …I think of myself as more of an adviser than anything else, I mean you are the one doing most of the work and most of the sweating, my job is to get you doing the right exercises so that you can achieve and maintain the results you are after and make sure you are doing them safely. Each client is an individual with his or her own needs and wants and this will be taken into consideration on our first meeting where I will sit down with you, find out exactly what you want to achieve, what you can do or can’t do, find out if you have any pre-existing condition I may need to work around, get you to fill out a pre-exercise questionnaire and most importantly find out what you enjoy doing with your training so that I can then go away and find the appropriate program for you.
If, like most of my clients and the majority of the population you have a sedentary job and weight loss and toning are what you are after this is what I will generally prescribe…
Firstly and possibly the most important thing I try to install in my clients is core conditioning – the development of a strong, stable and functioning torso or to be precise the deep tissue muscle that wraps right around your midsection. A stable core provides the ‘foundation’ for all other movements and must be established prior to other activities such as weight training and aerobic exercises. It’s also crucial for maintaining good posture and preventing back pain as well as improving the aesthetics of the torso and helping you reach peak physical performance.
The second thing is a combination of weight training, aerobic exercise and sound eating habits, which is shown to be the most effective combination for fat loss and toning. When starting out a lot of my clients, especially the girls, tell me they don’t want to lift weights as they don’t want big muscles like big burly body builders, but this is something most people don’t have to worry about. Those body building guys train very hard, they also lift specifically for hypertrophy (muscle gain) and sometimes have a little extra help! What I’m talking about when lifting for weight loss is to lift in order to build lean muscle mass.
While aerobic exercise burns fat during exercise, anaerobic exercises, like weight training, sprints and boxing, utilises fat for hours afterwards. Weight training can also increase the metabolic rate a second way, it restores muscle tissue (that has been lost over the years from a sedentary modern lifestyle), and the more lean muscle mass you have the faster your resting metabolic rate will be. So you’ll continue burning fat while sitting on your butt at work or watching TV!
But exercise is only half the picture, if you really want to lose weight you need a proper diet as well, so you will find lots of useful diet and nutritional information in my monthly newsletters.
Pete wants to help those who suffer from mental illness through exercise.
Pete has spent over 15 years of his life loving, helping and supporting a partner who is Bi-Polar and suffers from severe depression, anxiety and has also battled anorexia.
Pete started seeing a psychologist to help him as dealing with this day in and day out for so long he felt like he was walking around in a fog.
The psychologist diagnosed him with severe reactive depression.
Pete believes that regular exercise is one of the only things that has kept him sane.
Due to everything he has been through Peter has made it a special mission of his to help people with mental illness through exercise. He has articles published on the subject and has talked at seminars about the benefits of exercise and mental illness.
To alleviate the costs, any participant with a referral from their GP stating that they suffer from some sort of mental illness will receive a 25% discount on their training.
WHAT OUR CLIENT'S SAY
kellyp13 / Rating: 5/5
I first started training with Pete four and a half years ago. I was overweight and needed to lose weight in order to start a family. Training with Pete I lost close to 15 kilograms and now have a beautiful baby boy. I continued training with Pete throughout the course of my pregnancy. With Pete updating my program every trimester, which is why I think I had such a relatively easy childbirth (if you can ever call childbirth easy). After my 6 week check up I resumed my training with Pete when he said due to the fact that I had just had a baby that the first priority after giving birth was core stability. I was soon strong enough to resume my training at the level I was before getting pregnant and within 12 months I was pregnant again. I now also have a baby girl and when Pete asked if I would rate his business I was more than happy to.
Although Pete say’s I did it all for myself I honestly think that I owe a large part of my happiness and my newfound health and fitness to Pete. Pete made exercise fun and his ideas of health, fitness and eating showed me a new way of life and has given me good habits I will be able to maintain for the rest of my life. Which as Pete says is the most important thing.
sarahh37 / Rating: 5/5
I started training with Pete almost 18 months ago and have found him to be a great trainer who is a surprisingly down to earth guy and loads of fun. He has been a huge help to me in losing weight and something I never believed would happen, he actually has me enjoying going to training.
As a self-confessed weak and lazy lady I knew I had to do something when confronted by all the dazzling beach bodies in Australia! I have signed up and paid for the gym many times and just never been- so decided a personal trainer was the best way forward to actually get motivated!! I chose Pete because frankly his prices are unbeatable- it is fantastic value for a fantastic service. Pete helps me to stay focused and encourages me to test my own limits, I have “funny knees” and Pete is constantly mindful of this. His kids and wife are a fantastic bonus to the sessions, and a good distraction from the inevitable pain of kettlebells! I would recommend Pete to anyone who wanted a personal trainer (and anyone who didn’t as well- if I can do it anyone can!)