“Hey Mark, I am desperate to lose weight. How do I make it happen fast?”

Melbourne Personal Trainer Mark Ottobre

It’s not a nice thing to witness, someone desperately wishing a part of his or her body away. Yet I experience this a lot, in fact most days. Most often it’s with competitors one or two months after they step off the stage. Tired from a brutal comp prep, drastic weight gain has left their

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How to stop feeling guilty about food.

Mark Ottobre Melbourne Personal Trainer

Q: “I feel really guilty about eating certain foods. What should I do?” A: Guilt is the worst emotion when it comes to food. Why? Because if you eat something when you’re guilty what do you do? Eat more. Then what happens? You tell yourself things such as ‘you have ruined it now, you might

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Should Drugs Be Decriminalised?

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Why does everyone care so much about two drug dealers? Just because they are “Australian’- like somehow that means its important? Got me thinking…. Better question to ask, should drugs be decriminalised? A conversation with a friend/top criminal barrister opened up my eyes to the reality which is, the war of drugs has done nothing

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Someone Please Think of the (Diabetic) Children

Mark Ottobre Melbourne Personal Trainer

Worried brother sought my help for his 14-year-old sister who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 8. As an 8 year old, I don’t believe anyone told her “everything will be ok”. In fact they told me the longest consultation they ever had with a GP was 5 minutes and in 6

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There is No Such Thing as Making It.

Melbourne Personal Trainer Maximus Mark

The one thing I have learnt about ‘making it’… There is no such thing. Only higher levels of chaos and order. Sorry if that doesn’t fit your hedonistic idealisms. For every time you make it, you can bet, you have broken something or created huge amounts of chaos in your path. But its ok, you

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Meet Bree Walker. I’m Training Bree for the Olympics.

Melbourne Personal Trainer Mark Ottobre

Meet Bree Walker. I am training Bree for the Olympics. For the moment, her spilt squats are never good enough… BUT by the time I am done, they will be perfect! I am constantly pushing her knees out and putting her upright. Her knee stability has improved amazingly in 8 weeks. (Almost ready to share

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Coaching Commonwealth Gold. What Really Goes On …

Melbourne Personal Trainer Andrew & Mark

I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to help Andrew Moloney with… And before you get your panties in a knot, full credit goes to 1. Andrew 2. His boxing coach, Brian Butler from East End Boxing. I’m Andy’s strength and conditioning coach, but the job title I prefer is: Manager of Athletic Development.

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Thoughts This Australia Day…

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I grew up in a primary school were Ibrahim was a common name and new parents off the boat tried adapting their kids names to Western Culture by naming their kids after popular movies. I remember a set of twins at school, one was named Ocean, the other Eleven (I’m not joking either). What makes

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Why I’ll never tell my kid wrestling is fake

Melbourne personal trainer

Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to WrestleMania!! The showcase of the immortals! Do you remember when you were a kid? How you looked at the world in wonderment. Everything seemed to be so amazing and unbelievable. I remember the first time I ever watched pro-wrestling, I was in awe. Who the heck is this guy called

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Andrew Moloney and I feature on Max’s Muscle TV

Melbourne Personal Trainer

Recently, myself and client, Australian Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Andrew Moloney featured on Max’s Muscle TV. With a strong focus on mobility, this is not your average strength and conditioning workout, but is a must watch for trainers who want their athletic clients to excel. Tune into Max’s Muscle TV Monday nights at 7:30 pm on

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Janet & I feature on Max’s Muscle TV

Melbourne Personal Trainer

Recently, Janet and I featured on Max’s Muscle TV. Tune in to watch as I take Janet through a high volume leg session. This workout aims for maximal hypertrophy with eight exercises, four rounds and minimal rest between sets. Max’s Muscle TV is aired Monday nights at 7:30pm on channel 74 (4Me). Thanks Tony Doherty and the

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Voids Create Values

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I don’t think any one wakes up in the morning wanting to be less? As we work towards our goals and achieve milestones, its completely normal to be no longer driven by that goal. Example, if your goal was to compete and win, and you compete and place 3rd, it’s normal to be no longer

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Deconstructing the worlds most successful strength coach, Charles Poliquin

Melbourne Personal Training

Charles Poliquin. Internationally renowned strength coach, teacher and mentor to thousands of strength coaches and personal trainers around the world and todays guest on my podcast show. My first meeting  with Charles was when I was fifteen-sixteen, reading everything he wrote on T-Nation. I remember thinking, man, this guy makes sense and I would love

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Behind the Competitor with Janet Kane

Behind the competitor with Janet Kane

This year, Janet Kane has exceeded all expectations! Winning her division at Tony Doherty’s FitX in Melbourne, she then went on to dominate at the IFBB Australasian Championships in Sydney. People remarked on Janet’s condition, quoting ‘it was better than previous years.’ A testament to Janet’s hard work, but also evidence of an effective, meticulously

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‘Behind the Mask of a Figure Champion’ with Oxygen Magazine Australia

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I was recently published in the February issue of Oxygen Magazine Australia. My article, ‘Behind the Mask of a Figure Champion’ gives candid insight into the competitive preparation of long time client, and Australian Champion Janet Kane. Thanks Oxygen Magazine for the collaboration! Have a read and let me know what you think. Oh, and if you want

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Let’s Talk Training and Nutrition with the Health and Fitness Broadcast

Health and Fitness Broadcast

I recently did an interview with Sherri Horner from the Health and Fitness Broadcast. In the interview, Sherri and I chat about different training styles for powerlifters and bodybuilders, as well as nutrition tips for figure and physique competitors and my own health, fitness and business philosophy. It was a pleasure to speak with Sherri

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Why Supplements Are Necessary for Weight Loss and Optimal Health

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Q: Hey Mark, I eat a really healthy diet. Why do I need to take supplements? Great question. First, lets define what we mean my supplements. Are we taking about weight loss shakes, fat burners and ‘miracle’ muscle supplements… No. What we are taking about are supplements that improve overall health. They may include, multi-vitamins,

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How to Stay Consistent With Your Diet and Training

How to Stay Consistent With Your Diet and Training

Q: Hey Mark, I can’t stick to the plan and I don’t know why. What should I do?  A: I know where you are coming from, and it’s not uncommon. Trust me, I hear you; you have every intention to eat well and train as prescribed, but for some unknown reason you are finding a

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What To Do When You Hit a Plateau

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Q: Hey Mark, my body fat is still sitting at 18%. I’m making no progress! What should I do? A: That’s an interesting question… One that I always start with, tell me a little bit about where you were 6 months ago… Usually it goes something like, Well 6 months ago, I really hated my

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Why Diets Fail and How to Achieve a Weight Loss Mindset

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What you eat is so much more that just ‘what you eat.’ Whoever said ‘you are what you eat’ was right. There are so many reasons for eating. And what we eat is often a reflection of values. Ask yourself: do you value food as a source of abundant energy and health? Or, do you

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