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Preventative Health and a Holistic Approach to Fitness with Dave Liow

Host Tarek welcomed special guest Dave Liow, a seasoned holistic movement coach and the founder of the Holistic Movement Coach Programme. The two engaged in a conversation about the importance of a holistic approach to health and fitness.

In the podcast, Tarek and Dave spoke about the intricacies of holistic health, exploring how it goes beyond mere physical fitness to encompass mental and emotional wellbeing. Dave, with his rich tapestry of academic and practical experience, shared his insights on the interconnectedness of different systems in our body and the significance of client autonomy in the coaching process.

Dave emphasised the transformative impact of coaching, explaining how it facilitates meaningful change by providing clients with the tools to understand their needs and capabilities. He highlighted the importance of setting precise actions and goals, and how consistency trumps intensity when it comes to achieving health and fitness goals.

One of the key topics discussed was the importance of sleep. Dave described sleep as the ultimate regenerative tool, explaining how it plays a crucial role in our overall health. He shared his personal experience with positional sleep apnea and how it led him to research more about sleep and its effects on health.

The conversation also touched on the power of consistent habits. Dave shared an example of a client who committed to doing three morning walks a week at a specific time, highlighting the effectiveness of having a precise schedule. He also discussed the role of caffeine in our daily routines and how it can mask tiredness rather than providing energy.

Dave also emphasised the importance of understanding the individual needs of each client. He highlighted that every person is unique, with their own set of challenges, goals, and circumstances. Therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach is not effective in health and fitness coaching. Instead, Dave advocates for personalised strategies that take into account the client’s lifestyle, preferences, and readiness for change.

Towards the end of the podcast, Tarek asked Dave for advice for fitness professionals starting out in the field. Dave encouraged them to be curious and willing to learn. He suggested starting with a specific area of expertise and then branching out as they gain more experience and knowledge.

In conclusion, the podcast provided valuable insights into the holistic approach to health and fitness, the role of coaching, and the importance of sleep, among other topics. It served as a great resource for both fitness professionals and individuals interested in improving their health and well-being. Listen now and get ready to transform your health journey with the wisdom of Dave Liow!

Our favourite quotable moments:

“I don’t care what program you’re on; if you’ve got a great diet, you’ve got great exercise… if you’re not sleeping, we’re in trouble.” – Dave Liow

“So it’s that idea of not just looking at the single components, but looking at how all those different components interact gives you a full picture.” – Dave Liow

“I think one of the mistakes that we think about is we often think that sleep is like a power down button on your computer; it just turns off. But that’s not the case.”  – Dave Liow


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About Our Guest:

Dave Liow is an exercise physiologist specialising in holistic health and exercise. He is the co-owner of the Kaizen Health Centre and the founder of the Holistic Movement Coach Programme based in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Dave has a long history in elite high-performance sport conditioning and has worked with a wide range of world-class athletes.  He also specialises in working with clients with chronic pain and injuries.  He currently mentors and presents internationally to health professionals on integrating a holistic approach, and cutting-edge movement techniques into health and fitness.

About Your Host:

Tarek is the co-founder of the functional training institute and FitWell Education lab. 

Tarek is an international educator and speaker who has presented numerous times at the biggest convention in Australia, Asia and the US. In addition, Tarek has presented courses to thousands of trainers throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Tarek is also a best-selling author of ‘Purpose Driven Movement.

This podcast is produced by Brave Moon Podcasts.

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