The Friday Finisher

Welcome to your quick-fire, end of week update with a few bite-sized bullet points covering what we’re learning about and loving in three areas: fitness, nutrition and mindset. We may have even mixed up the order this week 😉 One bullet from each trainer, a little nugget of health and fitness gold.

MINDSET: Lib has some mind hacks


In case you didn’t notice… it’s August! If you’ve fallen off the healthy, fitnessy bandwagon and need a little inspiration and a few practical ideas to get back on track, pop into the Bondi Apple Store tomorrow at 10am to listen to Lib and fellow Women’s Fitness Magazine PT expert, Blake talk about how you can get your mind in the right place by using a combination of old school focus and new school technology to get back on track!

Lib will also be talking about her favourite fitness and nutrition hacks and how you can use them to boost energy and results before spring arrives in (eep) less than 4 weeks! Bring all your questions as there’ll be plenty of time for Q&A during this discussion. The event is free but numbers are limited, so nab your spot by booking here.

NUTRITION: Nic loves cabbage

Not just any cabbage… we’re talking about fermented, spicy, tangy, Korean cabbage! That’s right, Kimchi – the national dish of Korea – is a delicacy made from a mixture of vegetables (mostly cabbage) with spices and seasoning including plenty of garlic and chilli. The ingredients are fermented in tightly sealed containers and can be enjoyed as an accompaniment to a variety of dishes or eaten just on its own (i.e. Nic’s fav way).

It tastes incredible, but what’s all the fuss about when it comes to its health benefits? Put simply, this superfood is touted to improve cardiovascular and digestive health, as well as including a wealth of immune-system boosting antioxidants, flavonoids and probiotics which assist fight against diabetes, cancer, obesity, atopic dermatitis and gastric ulcers. Enough said!

FITNESS: Vee is running for charity

Vee is excited help her friend Sally Lynch support On My Feet, a charity which uses running to help homeless people and those dealing with long term unemployment achieve greater self worth and purpose so they can make decisions that result in better life outcomes. This charity provides education and employment support to participating individuals based on their commitment to running with the team over an extended period of time.

This approach reinforces the idea that running is a great metaphor for life…you get out what you put in. Running has the power to create self-worth through positive reinforcement and being part of a community, while also creating a sense of purpose through goal setting and achievement tied to the prospect of education and employment.

Check out the website above to see how you can get involved by donating, volunteering or partnering for employment, education or corporate support.

Thanks for reading Agogians! Have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see you in the studio.

Nic Mendoza-Jones

Nic is AGOGA’s functional strength specialist. He’s known for his obsessive research (comes from being an ex lawyer) and self-experimentation with innovative and alternative training methods including kettlebells, Indian clubs and ‘gada’ steel maces.

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